Happy new year everybody! To kick off 2024, we wanted to share some of our favorite sources of inspiration, ranging from what inspires our design styles to just what keeps us in the zone when we’re in the thick of it on a project. The stash in this specific post is from me, Alex (hi!), so if it seems to skew more towards vintage-y stuff… That’s kind of my holy grail for inspiration.
Oh, man. I love the Letterform Archive. This is full of treasure, especially for someone like me who takes a lot of inspiration from physical media of times’ past. Packaging, advertisements, old-school prints; it has everything, without being too overwhelming, like sometimes Pinterest can be. I especially like punk-adjacent work, like zines and flyers, so their archive of that stuff is absolutely a gold mine. Here’s a couple of my favorites from this page.
If that’s not your cup of tea, they also have tons of archival type specimens that can give you that spark for your next project.
Okay, okay, if more modern, recent design styles are what really get your projects going, what I do to look for inspiration that’s more of this decade, is simply go on Behance or Dribbble, and check out what other designers have created. This personally helps me hone a more targeted style for whatever project I’m working on, and, in general, continues to mold my personal design tastes.
Finally, I’m gonna leave you off with some music I love to help me focus while in the creative process. I hardly know anybody that works in complete silence, so maybe some of these can be an addition to your playlist in the new year.
Here’s a few selections of mine, but check out the entire team’s inspiration playlist here!