KLARA KALKO
literary and creative translator – copy editor – artist – book designer

Web design inspiration: top 10

It’s been more than 8 years since I created my first WordPress website. Typical story: found / purchased a premium theme, spent weeks customizing it and learning many new things in between. Everything I learned back then soon enough led me to what became my first side hustle – assisting others with their WordPress websites. Today I can easily design and build a custom website from scratch (including multilingual WP website setup and e-commerce store), along with certain back-end tasks and technical support, if needed. The thing is, I don’t do that anymore. My only exception is helping literary translators, editors and authors =). During those years, I’ve contributed to localization of a leading website builder platform. Awesome experience. Fast forward to 2023, one of my key areas of expertise (besides literary and creative translation/editing) is software, app and multimedia localization.

Here’s my top 10 resources for web design inspiration. From corporate to creative and experimental, you can find exactly what you need.

1. AWWWARDS
Home to best web designers, developers and agencies in the world, Awwwards is the meeting point, prestige and recognition. Great search system – browse by category, collections or just use the search tab on top of the page.

2. DESIGNSPIRATION
A tool with a simple navigation and just as simple search. Discover great art, design, web, photography and architecture.

3. HTTPSTER
Curated showcase of hot web design with a less-is-more bent, Httpster is an inspiration resource and showcase of totally rocking websites. Filter by type, style or browse best submissions by month.

4. HOVER STATES
The home of alternative digital design. Prepare to be impressed and therefore, inspired.

5. MUZLI – Weekly Design Inspiration
Weekly digest of best content from around the web: design, UI/UX and interactive news.

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6. SITEINSPIRE
CSS gallery and showcase of the best web design / interactive design inspiration. Features over 2500 websites searchable by type, subject and style.

7. MINDSPARKLE MAG
High-quality online design magazine, Mindsparkle Mag promotes the most beautiful and inspiring projects in the fields of design, web design and video.

8. SIIIMPLE
Minimalist CSS gallery. Hand-picked, obsessively curated collection of the most beautiful websites on the internets.

9. BEHANCE
Discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries, including web design, UI/UX, graphic design and branding.

10. PINTEREST
All the cool things from the web people find, save and share. Incredibly useful, convenient tool and since February 2021 – my favorite resource.