No matter how creative and talented you are, at some point of time, you need inspiration. And for that, you obviously tend to search online or other sources that interest you and catch your eye. But what some designers end up doing is crossing that very thin line between inspiration and copying – and that’s where you could end up creating trouble for yourself. Not only is it morally wrong, but it could also result in a lawsuit since designers tend to copyright their designs and other works. Therefore, in order to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you, we have a solution. In order to get design inspiration and still make sure that you don’t end up copying, check out some of our tips.
- First of all, check out various sites that are of interest to you. For example, web designers, if you designing a site for a restaurant, check out sites designed for other such restaurants.
- Check out what works for that site – there are more than one element on a website. Is it the color scheme, the layout, the images, font, header or the footer? These are all the things that you should note because it’s these elements combined that are making a website work.
- Since you are taking note of the elements, you should also notice the tiny little details that most designers tend to overlook or brush off as not important. Details such as pixels, spacing between characters, subtlety of the design, restraint – remember, it’s the little things that make a big difference.
- A thing to remember always – what might work on one website might or might not work for the other site. It’s not necessary that a color scheme that works on a site will work for another site that you create – no! You have to take in consideration the business for which the site is created for, the audience they cater to and which industry it belongs in.
- Sure being a web designer, you would think that inspiration from online sources is the only place. But that is far from true – you can take inspiration from offline sources as well. Look around you – there’s a design in everything.
- Keep an inspiration notebook – it could be a folder, binder or even a little notebook. Whenever you come across something that appeals to you in terms of design, add to it. Things such as business cards, envelopes, posters, stickers, newspapers, magazine covers, photographs and basically anything and everything.
One thing that you should do when you come across a website whose design that you really like – try recreating the same thing as practice and then implement slight changes into it. What this will do is that you will be able to play around with the original design and by adding your own ideas to it, you will be able to see whether they work in that particular setting or not.