You probably know this feeling…you sit down, ready to start designing a logo for your client and…nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. The logo design inspiration fountain runneth dry.
If that sounds like you (sometimes), you’re definitely not alone. It’s something all creatives struggle with, which is why we have terms like writer’s block and designer’s block.
And if you are hit with designer’s block, sitting there stewing about it is rarely the best way to approach the situation. So to that end, let’s go through some tips for where to get logo design inspiration when you need help. I’ll split the list into two parts:
A list of websites where you can get design inspiration
Some non-website tips to help get the creative juices flowing
What’s The Line Between Inspiration and Plagiarism?
I want to lead with this because it’s a hot debate whenever the topic of inspiration comes up. My take is this:
If you have to ask the question, you’re probably leaning towards plagiarism.
Inspiration should be about using an existing idea to inspire a new idea. It’s not rote copying.
While not all of my tips involve looking at other people’s work, I think it’s important to consider because you always want to stay respectful of the work and creativity of others, even if you draw on it for inspiration.
The Big Tip: Logo Design Inspiration Websites
The Internet has left us spoiled for choice when it comes to logo design inspiration. Beyond the ability to instantly pull up any brand’s logo from pretty much any point in history, there are whole websites dedicated to providing you with an easily filterable gallery of logo inspiration.
Below, I’ll take you through some of the best options when it comes to inspiration sites.
Behance and Dribbble
I lumped these two together because I’m guessing you’re already familiar with them if you’re a graphic designer.
On the off chance that you’re not, both Behance and Dribbble are design portfolio sites. Or, as Dribbble puts it, “show and tell for designers”.
While it’s not all logos, you can find plenty of logo inspiration by simply searching for something like “logo”.
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