As an art direction student in Temple’s advertising program I’ve often been consumed with moments where creative ideas seem completely out of the realm of existence. However, with a little help of our World Wide Web I wanted to share with you a few places to grab some inspiration while also being aware of the competition of other students who are going to be our competitors in the ever fearful job search.

The first place (and homepage of my computer) is the Designspiration blog. It’s a fantastic resource for browsing all types of design inspirations. Designspiration was created in 2010 by Shelby White who is a visual designer and entrepreneur. The best features of Designspiration is the ease of it’s search features. You can organize your saves into collections so you can revisit them later. You can also search any topic, tag, or website in the convenient search bar. Lastly, and quite honestly one of the cooler options is the ability to search by multiple colors. This feature allows you to choose up to five colors to browse inspirations by color. If I didn’t sell you yet on visiting Designspiration there’s another huge benefit you’ll want to take advantage of. If your a creative and love what you see on the blog you can request an invite to join with your portfolio and post your own pieces which is a great way to get your work out to the public! On that note I’d like to give Tim Boelaars credit for the fantastic featured image of this post entitled Dribble – Sitting Low. Check out a few more pieces from Designspiration┬áin the slide show below and visit the entire website for the ultimate inspiration experience.

Another great resource and way to check out student work is The Dieline which is a site established in 2007 by Andrew Gibbs. The Dieline is a site that aims to showcase and inspire the package design industry. I personally have become extra obsessed with package design and found this site to be my go to resource for staying informed and inspired. Features of The Dieline include a search by the industry in which the packaging is designed for as well as a separate search for the materials used. The Dieline also provides this weeks top 10 so take a look below and like I said before stay informed and be aware of trends by visiting these sites often! They are great resources for us as students!