We decided to build a list of the websites we regularly peek into when looking to get inspired. Below you’ll find some of the best presentation resources out there go get inspired.
Whether it’s designing a company logo or choosing a new sofa, the first thing we all do is – look for inspiration. It’s no secret that inspiration works in mysterious ways. It’s volatile and difficult, and some people just seem to handle it better than we do. That’s exactly the reason we keep clicking on those articles claiming to share the secrets of successful entrepreneurs, in search of one equation that will never fail to get us inspired.
Basically, there are two schools of thought when it comes to how getting inspired works:
Those who believe that inspiration either happens or it doesn’t. And that when it does, it does so dramatically – in the manner of Sir Isaac Newton and the angry apple, and
The other ones that (most probably, through a lot of hard work and experience) came to the conclusion that inspiration has and will always be there – you just have to know how to look for it.
We identify ourselves with the second grouping. Over time we learned how to look at inspiration not as playing dice, but as something you can control, switch on and off, and as something that doesn’t have to depend on the very moment or your personal history of creativity.
So when designing presentation templates, our search-for-inspiration-voyage almost always starts at the same place. At the places that always manage to get our creative juices flowing. And since one of the questions we most regularly get is about the resources we use to build our awesome templates, we’ve decided to assemble a list of the websites we regularly peek into when looking to get inspired.
People have claimed that certain TED Talks managed to change their life. Even if you don’t want to go that far, there’s no doubt in the inspirational power of a good TED talk. And as of this year, over 2,400 talks are freely available online, in more than 100 languages.
So whether you want to start your day with a fresh cup of ideas that will go well with your coffee, or you want to browse on a specific subject, you can never go wrong with TED.
The second place we always turn to is SlideShare. Couple of years ago, Steve Olenski, a Forbes contributor and a prominent brand consultant, called SlideShare the “quiet giant of content marketing”. We used it back then, and we still use it today. And since they’ve always been good in differentiating the best ones from the good ones, they make a great source for finding impressive slide decks.
Our one tip is to always check ‘Today’s Top,’ ‘Featured SlideShares,’ and the ‘Trending in Social Media’ sections.
Undoubtedly Pinterest is the first site that pops into our minds when we bump into a keyword such as ‘inspiration’. No matter what you’re looking for, the only risk is not being able to stop once you start scrolling through all those beautiful pictures.
There are some great groups that post screenshots of exceptional slides on a daily basis. Just search for ‘PowerPoint’ and/or ‘Presentation’ and don’t forget to set your alarm clock so you don’t end up spending the whole week browsing.
Over the years, Behance and its community (with well over 4 million members), has proven themselves to be THE place for finding and checking magnificent graphic designs (and designers).
Make sure you explore the site as deep as possible, search for ‘PowerPoint’ and expect to be amazed by all the high quality presentation designs you will find. Since Behance is a social portfolio site – follow as many interesting authors as you can find, so that you can later return and check again.
Note & Point
Note & Point is one of the most devoted websites when it comes to well-designed presentations.One of the best things at Note & Point is their amazing ability to cherry-pick and feature only the best looking PowerPoint slides, and leave out those not worth of your time.
Not only is Note & Point full of wonderful presentation examples, but most of their presentations are actually design related, which means you get to master some great design tips & tricks along the way.
Simply put, Dribbble is an incredible site that exhibits some of the best digital design you can find on the web.Web designers, graphic designers, icon artists, typographers and other creative types share their products, their work, and current projects.
Using the search bar you can search for PowerPoint inspiration. It’s especially good if, for example, you’re putting together a presentation and want to use a Lord of the RIngs theme. Simply type in “Lord of the RIngs” into the search bar, and you will be given tons of designs on the topic.
Currently, we don’t know of a quality designer that doesn’t spend at least an hour in their day on Designspiration. Designspiration is sort of like Pinterest minus all the not-design-related-stuff. Not that Pinterest isn’t spectacular itself (we’re totally addicted to it), but Designspiration focuses only on high-quality graphic design. You can search by keywords, and even by color.
We truly hope you’ll find our tips useful and that you will manage to tame the fierce beast that inspiration seems to be. Come back next week, we’ll be writing about the resources we use when looking for good presentation tips.
And in the meantime, do tell us in the comment section – What are the points you always start from when looking to get inspired?