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Apr 21, 2017

The best online resources for designers

by Carla
Carla Young
Graphic Designer
“Oh my god! I thought that scrunched up paper was a spider!”

Carla loves only two things in this messed-up world: colours and being so much younger than us that she doesn't get our pop-culture references. When she's not being very young, she works for Light Creative as a versatile and precise designer, who always kicks sideways.

Her associate's degree in graphic design from RMIT attests to her practical skill set while her fear of spiders/scrunched up pieces of paper attests to good, old-fashioned common sense. 

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A round-up of our favourite design resources, and go-tos for inspiration and technical information.

Carla, graphic design.

Dribble: Dribble is like ‘show and tell’ for designers. It’s a platform to upload work and get feedback from other designers around the world, but can double as a valuable source of inspiration.

Site See: Site See is a great gallery of creative and modern websites. Websites on Site See are usually quite artistically designed. It’s not much help when looking for inspiration for a commercial client but can still be a good source of creative ideas.

Colour Hunt: A site dedicated to computer-generated colour palettes. It can be a great source for colour combinations/ideas when you're feeling stuck.

Web Gradients: It can be tricky to make good-looking gradients, but this website helps a lot.

Muzli: Muzli is another good website for design inspiration. There’s not as many ‘pretty’ designs on there but realistic inspirations for real-world commercial clients.

Nick, UX, UI and graphic design.

The Best Designs: This site keeps me on my toes.

Behance: Behance is similar to Dribble - a great platform to get feedback and props from the design community.The only difference is that it’s more long-form and detailed.

Design Inspiration: DI is just for general eye candy and inspiration (as the name implies).

The Inspiration Grid: The Inspiration Grid is in a similar league to Design Inspiration, but it has more of a focus on motion/storytelling-based inspiration.

Lisa, UX and graphic design.

Site Inspire: An inspo site for the best interactive websites

Landbook: A board, crowdsource database of websites from all over the web.

UpLabs: Perfect for daily UI inspiration.

Identity Designed: A database of primo visual identities.

Pattern Tap: A UI resource that collates user patterns and gives feedback and advice on what works and what doesn’t.

Font Face Ninja: A great Chrome extension that identifies fonts and lets you sample and buy them directly.

The Die Line: This is a pretty niche website, presenting the absolute best in package design. Really good articles, well-curated by a team who give a shit.

Awwwwards: Awwwards hand out weekly and monthly awards for designers, developers and agencies. It’s a great resource to find inspiration and get your work out there.

Font Awesome: Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customised with CSS and, best of all, it’s completely free.


Light Creative is a Melbourne-based creative, content, and digital agency.