Showcasing visual creativity
Visual cues can inspire creative thinking about content, and a favorite place among many of our folks on this front is Pinterest. It’s not just that the content is curated by friends and peers, so you can see what’s sparking their creative fires and why, but there's a huge variety of content and ideas to spark yours—from videos to images to memes.
Another is Behance, which shares some amazing work across a wide range of fields. You can find inspiration in its curated galleries (collections of work in such categories as architecture, product design and game design), or take a look at work that’s most appreciated (with likes), most viewed and most discussed.
We also like Gratisography, a collection of free, high-resolution downloadable photography that’s not just fun to browse, but categorized in a way (whimsical, nature, animals) that makes it easy to find great attention-grabbers for the blog post, digital book or whatever content efforts you’re working on.
And the winner is . . .
Our team also keeps an eye on who’s winning awards in the content field and for what. The creativity it takes to stand out, and the outcomes achieved by our industry’s best and brightest talent, is a huge source of inspiration to us all. This is particularly true of website development. It’s such a dynamic space that if you don’t notice who’s stretching the limits, you may be challenged to stretch them yourself.
To that end, we’ve bookmarked two sites in particular that showcase standout web design: Awwwards and The Webby Awards. Awwwards is designed as a place for inspiration, debate, knowledge sharing and helpful critiques. It highlights a different site daily; each is chosen by a multidisciplinary jury of experts from around the world. The Webby Awards, established in 1996, honor excellence across five major media types, including websites, mobile sites and apps and social sites.
Other resources we like
Sometimes you’re doing a search that has nothing to do with muses and inspiration. You’re just looking for information. But you stumble upon cool stuff and an hour later bookmark it all as content you want to revisit. It’s often just serendipity, isn’t it?
Check out Rainy Mood, for example, a collection of mixes that will soothe you to sleep or (more to the point) drown out the office sounds around you so you can work creatively. And we love the Longform podcasts—hearing conversations with great nonfiction writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Malcolm Gladwell and Susan Orlean on how they approach their craft inspires us all.
Creativity, in all its forms, is all around us. Be open to it. You never know where the next inspirational spark might come from.