Author: Portland Internet


Below you will find some excellent websites that our designers also use to get inspiration. Do not, however, randomly browse these websites. Follow a systematic approach here too. Namely from ‘broad’ to ‘narrow’.

Start with the more general blogs to give yourself an idea of ??what is possible. Then go to portfolio sites to find concrete examples. Finally, you can also go into the depth with tutorials, especially if you want to do the design yourself.

Search not only for examples that appeal to you, but also to examples of what you absolutely do not want. The latter is particularly useful when you have to brief an external agency .

Save the examples and note which aspects of each example site appeal to you and why. And in the negative examples, also clearly state which aspects you are opposed to and why.

The list of webdesign inspiration sites I have already divided for you into three categories; from ‘broad’ to ‘narrow’:

Web design blogs: Dutch and International . These are great for first gaining more knowledge about all conceivable aspects of web design. Good as a broad starting point.

Web design portfolios . If you have a good idea of ??the direction you want to take with your new design, these sites offer lots of examples in which you can search specifically.

Web design tutorials. Especially useful if you are going to design your website yourself, for example in a website builder or CMS.

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If you’re looking for something, it’s handy if you know what it looks like, right? This also applies to the search for inspiration. Therefore start your search by asking yourself three questions first. Answering these questions yourself will help you to search for the right inspiration super effectively.

Question 1: “What do I want to achieve?”

Start with the end in mind. What do you want the new website to achieve. How do you define ‘ success ‘ for your new website? If you have answered this question correctly for yourself, you will find that you are looking for a more focused approach.

Question 2: “For whom is the site intended?”

Determine who the website is for. Which people will use the new website later? If you have a clear picture of your visitors, you can look at the examples through their eyes, as it were. This helps you to separate the chaff from the wheat more easily. Tip: do a number of stakeholder interviews with customers and prospects.

Question 3: “What will be the content of the site?”

Then think ‘ content first ‘. That is to say, determine before you think about a design , first what kind of content the website gets. Form follows function in web design and if you know what your website should do and what kinds of content the website gets, you can look much more focused on inspiration for the design.

Do you have a clear picture of what your website should achieve for your organization? Do you know exactly who your users are and what they want to do on your site? Do you clearly identify what content you are going to offer for this? Then you have the necessary background information to be inspired by the design.

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