If you’re a professional looking to find fulfillment outside of the
daily grind, you now have a whole host of websites to help you develop
your creative side. These sites will not only inspire you with their
visually intoxicating imagery, they’ll often provide real-world tips on
how you can actually execute on ideas. So whether you’re someone who
needs to find creative fulfillment or if you just want to step outside
your comfort zone, get involved with these online communities and you
might just be surprised by what you’ll find.
My Modern Metropolis is where art enthusiasts and trendspotters connect over creative ideas. It’s based on three core principles – to share, to inspire and to connect. They conduct in-depth interviews with new and established artists and find the stories going on behind-the-scenes. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to develop your creative side.
Ask any modern-day artist or designer which website they visit for creative inspiration and most likely he or she will say FFFFOUND! It’s an image bookmarking site that’s invitation only, meaning you can’t just register yourself, you have to be personally invited to start posting. Though this may seem exclusive, it actually helps to keep the integrity of the site high, making sure there are no unsolicited spammers. Everyone is free to browse the site.
If you’re an aspiring or professional web designer and developer, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the creative content on Smashing Magazine. This website is very thorough – showing off the latest trends in website design as well as giving best practices. They also have some great articles like Take The Initiative and Create Your Own Projects or Breaking Down Doors: Promoting Yourself To Dream Clients.
Run by Michael Zhang, a photographer and programmer, PetaPixel is a great blog for the photography enthusiast. The site keeps up-to-date on all the latest cameras and accessories as well as the latest trends and developments happening in the digital photography world. It’s a great place for the tech-savvy digital photographer to take their hobby to the next level.
Tina Roth Eisenberg is the Swiss designer who runs SwissMiss. Tina’s minimalist aesthetic comes through not only in the way she designs and presents her website but in the sites and products she chooses to highlight. Tina puts on events called Creative Mornings in New York, LA and other major cities around the world where she asks a leader in their field to share their story. These monthly morning gathering of creative types starts with a 20 minute lecture and is followed by a 20 minute group discussion. A great event to go to get your creative juices flowing.