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Many times I have been asked, where do you get your inspiration from? what pages do you go to when you want to do a diagram, a render, a plan, or just get inspiration for designing your next project?
We all know Archdaily, Dezeen, and Architizer are awesome sites, but sometimes we need something different and not so architecture related.
Well, in this quick post I want to show you the places I spend my time wandering off when I am not “working!”
Perhaps many of you already use Pinterest on a daily basis, but there are many people that just dont like it or understand it. Pinterest is definitely one of my favorite platforms for inspiration, I think this is a MUST for architects and design students. I use it to see cool graphics from people all over the world!
If you go to my pinterest page you will see everything architecture graphic related. From boards on sections, diagrams, plans, photography, tutorials, etc!
It is a never ending stream of high quality images that can give you some ideas when it comes to designing your project or composing your mage, presentation boards, etc.
And if you arent that interested in architecture stuff, there are many fitness, DIY, decoration themes that are very popular as well! I mainly come to pinterest for ideas on diagrams, and plans.
This is a site where many independent artists showcase their works. Here you can find illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, game design, architecture, crafts among many others!
The cool thing about this site is the inmense quality of things people are creating around the world. Also you will find that you don´t necessarily need architecture related things to be inspired, from many illustrations and diferent types of arts you can also get really inspired.
Also this is a great platform for you as an architect or designer to upload your work and create an online portfolio for free. Many architects nowadays upload all their projects that they are working on or have finished to behance.
My third recommendation is Vimeo! In an era where many of us consume only youtube as a main video source, we cannot forget Vimeo. While in youtube you can find many sorts of videos that are sometimes not that cool, we can be sure that in vimeo almost always the videos are high quality and greatly curated.
I always come to vimeo to see videos on architecture spaces that are recorded in a very artistic and inspirational way. Here you can catch ideas for framing your renders, illustrations, or proposing spaces in your project.
An also awesome site is 500px. It is a website for mainly photography and curated by profesional photographers. When I want to create a render or am deciding on materials for a building i come to this site and gaze images on city, landscapes and architecture.
When you want to decide the colors for your renders this is a great place to do it. I sometimes select an image, extract the color palette, and try to apply it to my project.
It is really important to see how other people that are not architects view cities, buildings and landscapes.
If we always stay inside our own circles, our capacity to innovate decreases and everything starts to look monotonous.
Before arriving to the final site that I super recommend! i want to throw an extra site that some of you may like, it is a Tumblr site called drawing architecture. It has some amazing drawings from people all around the world.
And finally but not less important is Skillshare.
Skillshare is an online learning community with more than 17,000 classes in
design, photo, and more. (categories can be altered depending on audience and
Right now i am doing two courses, one on talking in public and presenting ideas! with the famous Simon Sinek, and the next one is on drawing plants and animals, i am kind of obssesed with cientific illustrations! but if you want you can also find here courses on architecture visualisation, 3d max, sketchup, etc.
What other sites inspire you that were not mentioned here? put them in the comments! See you guys in the next video, bye!