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    This post looks at design inspiration and pattern galleries. Referencing the design of others is one of the best ways to learn how to design websites. You can also reference these sites to find common usability patterns and styles that can inspire your own unique designs.

    Dribbble

    The most popular site for design inspiration is Dribbble. Dribbble is a playground that allows designers to share their work. This site provides daily inspiration. It has powerful search features so you can explore by designers, colors or whatever search term you desire.

    Patterns

    Web design is all about patterns. Understanding and using common patterns help websites increase usability. Pattern Tap is one of the largest pattern galleries. You can search for design components such as navigation menus, form fields, and sliders.

    Responsive Patterns has patterns specific to responsive design. In addition to showing you the visual patterns, it also provides basic HTML, CSS, and Javascript so you can integrate the patterns with your designs.

    UI Design

    User Interface design is a big topic on Dribbble. However, if you want to focus exclusively on User Interface patterns, UI Parade is a great resource.

    Color

    Two of the best galleries to find color inspiration are Colour Lovers and Adobe Kuler. These sites both have a community element which lets users share and rank their favorite color palettes. They also offer tools so you can create your own color palettes.

    Typography

    If kerning and ampersands get you excited, I Love Typography and Type Served can provide a healthy dose of type inspiration.

    Websites

    Unmatched Style and Awwwards are great places to find some of the best current examples of web design. If you’re the jealous type, beware, these sites are really good.

    Design inspiration can be found everywhere. These are just a few of my favorite places to look.

    Do you have any websites you regularly visit for design inspiration? Please share in the comments.

    Comments

    1. Hi there David, I found your post very helpful. Among on the list I found Pattern Tap a great tool in designing my website. It has a large collection of pattern design to choose from and it’s easy to use. I think it will helps me to improve my creative work. Thank a lot. Keep sharing!

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