Best creative websites for daily inspiration

30 Jan 2017

Whatever your field, creative blocks are the bane of every professional’s life, as is the harsh reality of getting your big break.

Luckily, the web has a galaxy of sites for you to explore, discover and be inspired. Below is a list of all the best pages to nourish your creative mind and get those juices flowing again.

Sources are listed by discipline for easy reference.
 

Audio Production and Music Business

Audio Engineering Society
The leading professional society for audio engineers and students studying sound.

Disco Naïveté
A self-described “buzzblog” it was here that we were first introduced to Grimes’ “Oblivion.”

Fact
Described by the
New Yorker as the “music website of the year” in 2007, this is a must-read.

Rolling Stone Magazine
The first magazine to chronicle the rapid growing rock scene, now a definitive source of music and pop culture.  

SoundCloud
Not the most obscure choice, but an excellent site to share your music publicly.

Sound On Sound
Based in Cambridge, this online magazine delivers high-quality interviews with producers and audio engineers.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Incredibly in-depth, but a fantastic place to discover bands you’ve never heard of before.

 

Film

BAFTA Opportunities
BAFTA’s destination for up and coming filmmakers wanting to get noticed.

BFI Net.work
A forum identifying the best funding and film schemes across the UK. Great for London-based filmmakers.

FilmFreeway
Enter the world’s best festivals, including
40 Academy Award accredited festivals using this free submission website.

Mandy¹s Film and TV Production
If you need crew, grips, post-production specialists - go here.  

Shooting People
An indie film community site offering work experience, tips and feedback on filmmaking.

 

Animation

Animation World Network
The hub of animation - AWN is the biggest
animation and visual effects publishing group on the net.

Art Station
A community of creatives, Art Station is a great platform to showcase your animation and visual effects portfolios.  

CGSociety
A platform dedicated to sharing your work and telling your stories. Get online now.

ZBrushCentral
A world-wide network of artists, driven to create art.

 

Games

IGN
A titan in the world of video game journalism - IGN brings you the latest news and reviews.

GamesFAQ
Not only does GamesFAQ host an active message board community for you to connect with other gamers, it also has an extensive database of advice, cheat codes, reviews and information.

GameIndustry International
The job section on this site is fantastic for anyone wanting to carve a career in the industry.

Gamespot
Described as people who “live, eat and breathe” games, Gamespot is one of the most popular niche sites on the web today.

Polygon
From the people making games to the people loving playing games, this site is a repository of information about the multi-billion dollar industry.

 

Web

A List Apart
Focused on development processes and workflow improvement, A List Apart is a great source for web developers and designers.

Designer Daily
A great blog by a Swiss graphic designer who shares his thoughts on design, resources and tips for web designers.

The Design Inspiration
A great site for your daily dose of for web design, logo design, illustrations and photography.

Designspiration
A creative portal filled with art, design, photography, typography and web inspiration.

Web Creme
A showcase of the most inspiring web designs, this site is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

A List Apart
Focused on development processes and workflow improvement, A List Apart is a great source for web developers and designers.

SitePoint
A site changing the Web itself, this page provides top-notch research articles, web and CSS, HTML tips.

CSS Tricks
As its name suggest, CSS tricks is a great depository of useful tricks for coders and developers.