You’re trying to get inspired for your design project, but nothing’s giving you the spark you need. You’ve searched Google Images, flicked through Flickr, gone for a walk to clear your head… but still, nothing.
Ever thought of seeking inspiration from a stock library? It might sound a bit weird, but with tens of millions of visuals at your fingertips, and sophisticated tools helping you hone down your search to perfection, it can really help. You don’t even have to buy anything – the inspiration comes for free.
Also, don’t forget stock libraries are just about photography: they’re filled with tons of illustrations, videos, and other graphical elements. Here select 6 sources of graphic design inspiration you might not have thought of looking for within a stock image library.
Elegant stripe waves by Jobalou Unusual and inventive patterns are a great way to spark ideas and get your grey matter pulsing. Tailor your search to find the most relevant patterns for your project, including both categorical search terms such as ‘geometric’ or ‘fractal’ and broader terms such as ‘surreal’, ‘broken’ or ‘beautiful’.
Cubes wall by Tiero The right texture can really bring a design to life, and stock image libraries offer a cornucopia of photographic, illustrative and even video textures to provide the inspiration you need. Again, find exactly what you’re looking for by combining descriptive search terms such as ‘granular’, ‘metallic’ or ‘earthy’ with wider phrases like ‘colourful’, ‘natural’ or ‘reflective’.
03. Vector elements