I have a big collection of things that inspire me that includes images, videos, blog posts, magazines, books & more. My friends and colleagues often share things with me and I also spend a good amount of time looking for new ideas online and offline. There is no way that I could memorize them all so keeping collections helps me to find these bits of inspiration when I need them. Here are seven different ways to collect inspiration that I use personally:
I’m no longer super active on Twitter but for long this was my main source of inspiration. You can build a collection of tweets you wish to save by making them a ‘favorite’. You can follow Spaziale on Twitter too.
3. YouTube / Vimeo / TED
If you’re looking for inspiring videos you can look for them on YouTube, Vimeo or TED. A recent favorite of mine is Caine’s Arcade. On TED you can search for talks based on their length, useful if you’re looking for small bites of inspiration.
This is a blog reader that I use to read 100+ blogs all at once. You can ‘like’ a post and in doing so create a list of favorite posts you wish to remember. You can follow Spaziale as well.
5. Delicious / Diigo
You can save bookmarks online using Delicious or Diigo, so you can collect websites, videos & more. You can access your bookmarks everywhere and you can easily find an item you saved (using the search function or tags).
6. Idea book
One of the things I always carry around in my bag is a notebook to write down ideas. Recently I have also started to collect visual inspiration in a notebook, based on Holly Becker’s idea of mood board books.
7. Inspiration board
Rip out words and images from magazines and arrange them on the wall in an inspiration board (or try one of these ways to stick them to a surface).