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By MaryWeilage Editor ·
This week's Design and Usability Tactics e-newsletter offers suggestions on where to find creativity inspiration. What inspires you to be creative when you design? What resources do you turn to when you have a creativity block?

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Great Inspirational Sites

by ptbones In reply to Design creativity inspira ...

I'm in the business of producing material for print and web. So when I need a little inspirational boost, I go to a few sites that have an outstanding volume of pieces for me to review.

www.commarts.com
www.mediainspiration.com
www.2advancedstudios.com

Check'em out...I think you'll enjoy them.

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From the author...

by Jim Kukral In reply to Great Inspirational Sites

Thanks for commenting. The more inspiration you have, the better, so keep em' coming.

Jim

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Looking for Dreamweaver resources

by MaryWeilage Editor In reply to Design creativity inspira ...

Please post a response if you can offer suggestions to this reader:

"I am on a BIG task. That is to learn Dreamweaver MX and make an Ecommerce site. Would like your good solid recommendation on a site or sites that I can get creative ideas fromlike you did for the PSD sites. - Jim"

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Dreamweaver MX Recommendations

by ptbones In reply to Looking for Dreamweaver r ...

It depends on what your looking for. I'm in the same boat of developing a few different pieces for our company website, but I lack the programming knowledge to really attack the task without a huge learning curve.

www.macromedia.com
www.hotscripts.com

I turn to the above options for this reason. Dreamweaver Exchange on the Macromedia site (www.macromedia.com) would be a could place to start. It has various extensions that help ease the process of development...a few of them are even free.

You also have the option of implementing an already developed package. You can download quite a few packages from www.hotscripts.com. They range from good to bad and from free to expensive.
I recommend osCommerce for PHP/MySQL.

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Google Image Search

by MaryWeilage Editor In reply to Design creativity inspira ...

We received this resource recommendation from a reader:

"My favorite design research tool is the Google Image search: http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q= . I often find completely unexpected ideas after only a few minutes of browsing. - Kevin Brockschmidt"

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Additional resources from a reader

by MaryWeilage Editor In reply to Design creativity inspira ...

We received these design resource suggestions from a reader via e-mail:

It's not a totally Adobe world yet. There is also the Corel part of the planet to consider. They have a great deal of resource material online at corel.com under the solutions selection.

Another place for inspiration akin to coolhomepages.com is "cool site of the day" (csotd.com) though not all cool sites are great designs. Some are just great ideas for a site, a product, a service, or a place to visit. (Note: You should have something akin to Zone Labs Zone alarm firewall protection if you go onto the site for CoolSiteOfTheDay.)

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Great Topic

This is a particularly poignant topic for me. I'm at the point where I bounce easily from one language to another, one design paradigm to another, one management style to another - but don't have any good projects at hand.

It's like I have this great vocabulary... and nothing to say.

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a few other resources

by pixelsurge In reply to Design creativity inspira ...

A few other sites that I use to find design inspiration include:

www.visualdesigner.net
Similar to coolhomepages, with sites organized by type, with a thumbnail view of each and a rating.

www.howdesign.com/links/
HOW design in general is a great design magazine and resource, but their link section is especially useful. Check out the "Creativity" and "Design inspiration" links.

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i designed a computer modification in the 1980's

by lawrephord236 In reply to Design creativity inspira ...

consider the motherboard then a daughterboard and
on both sides of the daughter various cards cga ega mono and color laguagecards memorycards rllcards idecards s100bustranslatorcards coprocessorcards serialcards parallelcards i wanted a basiccard that was like TIbasic for the99/4a floppydrivecontrollercards tapedrive
controllercards I SENT A LETTER TO A ENGINEERING
COMPANY THAT WAS DOING CUSTOM BOARDS "COULD YOU
ASK YOUR CUSTOMERS IF THEY WOULD ME USE AND/OR
MODIFY THEIR DESIGNS TO PRODUCE THE SKETCH THAT I
SENT ?" they sent it back and said none of their
customers would allow my request !
HOW MANY HOBBYISTS IN THE 1980'S DID THE SAME THING ? OR SIMILAR THING ?

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