Whether you are a legendary designer or someone less awesome, you need to get your design inspiration from somewhere. These days a large number of web blogs regularly showcase inspirational websites; but once these posts get archived it is pretty difficult to find something specific & fresh. This is where dedicated design showcases come to the rescue.
These showcase sites will not only provide you with your prescribed doze of design inspiration, but will also save you a lot of time by helping you locate what you need quickly and easily. Unfortunately like everything else, not all design showcases are created equal; even if they showcase same websites. This difference comes from their ability to assist you in finding what you are looking for.
Frankly a good number of the dedicated showcases simply index sites into various categories and leave you to browse forever in hope of finding the killer design. Therefore we have compiled this list of only those showcases which provide useful search/filter tools and/or have focus on some specific segment/concept.
Comprehensive Search / Filter Options
Following showcases provide you with comprehensive tools to search/filter their database (i.e., by layout, color, content type, rating, comments, etc).
Find Inspiration By Color
Following showcases provide excellent search/filter options based on colors.
Find Inspiration For Specific Page Elements
These showcases provide design inspiration for specific page elements like Buttons, Comments, Footers, Headers, Signup Forms, Tables, etc.
Find Inspiration For Popular CMS / Publishing Platforms
Following showcases are dedicated towards providing design inspiration for popular CMS / Publishing platforms like Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, etc.
- We Love WP
- Movable Love
- We Love Textpattern
- We Love TYPO3
- Drupal Sites
- Drupal Lovers
- Joomla Creme
- Joomla Powered Sites
- Joomla Case
Find Inspiration By Design Concept
Following showcases are dedicated towards providing inspiration for specific design concept.
- Minimal Sites
- Minimal Showcase
- One Page Love
- Oriental Gallery
- Light on Dark
- No Resolution
- Use Typography
Following showcases are dedicated towards providing design inspiration for specific concept, industry, sector, etc.
- HTML5 Gallery
- Cart Craze
- Twitter Backgrounds Gallery
- Posh’d – Real Estate Sites
- Mobile Awesomeness
- Your Site is Valid
- W3C Sites
- CSS Nature
Strictly CSS Based Websites
If for some reason you are only interested in finding inspiration from sites that are strictly CSS based and are not using TABLEs in their layout then following showcases will help. If you own or like a showcase that fall under this category, please feel free to mention that in comments. We want to keep this list short and may only add your site in this list if it is also providing some special/unique features to help users find what they need.
Follow The Designer
There are many awesome & really creative designers out there; here are few sites that will help you find their portfolios.
Follow The Crowd
Following sites will help you find showcase sites based on their traffic or popularity. These are specially useful when you want to showcase your own work.
Follow Our Readers
Following sites have been recommended by our readers. You can also see our reader’s recommendations in the comments below.