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Where I Go When I Need Some Inspiration

by Andrea Shemeley | A Creative Mind for Hire

I am a designer. I am interested in all things creative, and I rarely discriminate when it comes to the medium being used. I am inspired by many, many things. I pull inspiration from everything I see, hear, and experience, whether it's the lyrics of a song, the color of a room or a conversation. But sometimes the inspiration well runs dry, and you need a place to go to get the creative juices flowing again. So here are a few places I go to get inspired, when the night turns into early morning, and my creativity needs a boost.

1. Pinterest

It seems predictable, but I rarely start a project without doing a few searches on Pinterest. Not only does it open my eyes to the beautiful world of creative minds, but it also helps me see things in a different way- perhaps using a different view point or media format.

Last week, I was in the middle of researching anchor illustrations for one project, when I came across the image of a message in a bottle- an idea I then pitched to a different client as the vehicle for an invitation to the beach soiree they were hosting in South Beach during an industry conference. It was a big hit. Thanks, Pinterest.

2. Designspiration

Designspiration is similar to Pinterest. They have a very user friendly interface. You do not need to sign up or sign in, or follow anyone. You can go to and immediately search whatever your heart desires. I enjoy their giant search display.

A really cool feature they have, is searching by color. You can enter a specific color code or click on the pallet provided to see graphics, products, art, photography, etc. designed using the same or similar color scheme. Cool stuff.


This is the place to go to browse color combinations, known as "the super fast color scheme generator for cool designers." You can browse limitless color combinations. pallets, schemes, or whatever you want to call the family of colors you develop for a creative project. They offer color schemes for all forms of media, RGB, CMYK, PMS, etc. Great for print, web and interior design, too.

4. Creative Market

Creative Market is a platform for design content from independent creatives around the globe. It's sites like this one that allow you to spend more time doing what you love (designing) and less time in the production of design, especially when still in the preliminary concept phase. I find I spend the most time in the concept phase of a project, probably because it's the phase I enjoy the most, but also because I get so passionate about the concepts I'm presenting that I'll bring the design to near completion in hopes the client will see the concept in the same glorious light I do. This can be time consuming, especially if I need to create custom artwork. Creative Market helps cut my concept production time considerably.


I often lose time choosing the right font or set of fonts for a project. I have hundreds of fonts on my system, I often forget the name of a specific jagged edged typestyle, especially since no one names fonts the way they should, ie. "jagged edge typestyle." Wordmark to the rescue. is an amazing tool to aid your font selection process. When you type a word into the search box at the top of the page and click the "find fonts" button, you will see the word you typed displayed in every font available on your computer. Genius.

I hope these resources help you cut your hours, increase productivity and therefore, increase your profits. Keep moving forward.

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