Giant Inspiration

Creativity comes from anywhere and everywhere. We interviewed a handful of our designers and developers to discover where they go to seek inspiration for their work. Which places do you gravitate towards when hunting for inspiration? Tweet us @forestgiant!

DESIGN INSPIRATION

InVision Blog

InVision, our preferred platform for prototyping, has a blog dedicated to design and user experience peppered with expert interviews, case studies, and articles for using InVision and Sketch. There’s always something new to learn here!


"I like their blog because it always has relevant info pertaining to me and my industry. they are always well written and thought provoking, and it pairs nicely with their product."

Emily Keller, Interactive Designer


IDEO Blog

We’re huge proponents of human-centered design, making IDEO’s blog, The Octopus, the perfect source for keeping our design thinking principles strong. Content is a smorgasbord of design exercises, interviews, and an inside look at one of the most progressive design firms.

Awwwards

Staying up to date with web design trends is easy via Awwwards, a dynamic portfolio featuring a rotating selection of websites nominated from the design community. From menus to transitions, the best of the best in web design is shared, collected, and discussed.


"Usually when I start a new project I will make a broad grab of anything that might help define the mood or style, then collect them in a private Pinterest board."

Rich Merwarth, Interactive Designer


Little Big Details

Built off Tumblr, Little Big Details is a collection of curated, user-submitted microinteractions from around the web that display the finer details of design. The account is updated daily, making it a quick stop on your daily web surf sessions.

Airbnb.design

Did you really think it was only about vacation rentals? Airbnb’s creative team manages a blog that takes readers behind the scenes on various Airbnb projects and the source of their design inspiration.

Muzli

Muzli puts discovery on autopilot by serving doses of inspiration based on your open tabs. This unique Chrome extension mines design sources such as Dribbble to provide the latest and greatest design inspiration, news, and trends curated based on your tastes.


"Muzli is great for discovering a wide breadth of inspiration. You tell it what you're interested in and see relative content in your feed. It's been great for finding interesting articles and discovering new UI design tools and workflows."

Robby Davis, Interactive Designer


DEVELOPMENT INSPIRATION

Go OSS

While we work with a variety of programming languages, it’s no surprise that one of our team’s favorites is Go, which our platform and open source microservices, Stela and Iris, are built on. The Go OSS profile is a news feed of open source Go repos, showcasing a near-endless feed of projects.

Codrops

Codrops is an incredible source for CSS and SVG-based inspiration and resources with plenty of demos, source code, and tutorials. With roughly 2-3 Playground posts per month, browsing through past experiments, plugins, and articles makes for great afternoon reading.


"I like checking out what others have created from all skill levels, it humanizes technology for me and inspires me to create and share."

Adam Richardson, Software Engineer


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