We all need inspiration at times. Here are ten websites where you can seek, browse and hopefully find inspiration to kickstart your creativity. Click the underlined name of the source to access each site.
Visual.ly is a site for exploring, sharing and creating visualizations. There are all styles and types here, so you need to sift through to find what you like. But it’s worth it. The variety of visual thinking is fantastic. Scroll down on the home page to see the latest or explore in many ways through their filters.
If you crave a wide variety of ideas for conceiving information graphics, check out the sundry visuals at this site, where “form follows data.” You’ll find a wealth of imagery and unique ways to conceptualize information.
A gallery of well-designed Keynote and PowerPoint presentations reside on this site. Whether you implement or conceive visuals, you can get ideas for eLearning course design here.
We adults are too serious. Glean ideas from the wonderful games buried at the U.S. National Park Service site—Webrangers. Find inspiration in the creative treatments, then use it as a springboard for approaches to adult learning. (FYI: Many of these games were designed by my friends at d’Vinci Interactive.)
XPLANE excels at visualizing processes, procedures and information. Check out their portfolio for ideas on how to transform abstract concepts into concrete forms.
Bring storytelling and other journalistic skills to your courses. Poynter Online teaches this and more through their articles, eLearning courses, webinars and seminars.
If you get stuck on scriptwriting for video, try browsing through the dozens of scripts housed on this minimalist site.
This site has loads of advice and inspiration related to photography, which often serves as the main media element in online courses. The school has everything from technical articles about cameras to photo galleries from readers.
Everyone knows about the TED presentations, but they aren’t all as inspiring as this one. Check out Jill Nolte’s Stroke of Insight to appreciate the amazing human spirit and brain.
Need inspiration for a color palette? COLOURlovers lets you create palettes and patterns, provides palette ideas, color trends, a variety of tools and is basically overflowing with the wonder of color.
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