12 Best User Generated Sites For Inspiration

Sites like Digg prove that user generated content works, but aggregating news is one thing, can they inspire you?

Below you’ll find a list of the best user generated sites to visit when you’re looking for a little inspiration.




Allows you to organize and share your photographs with others. A great source of visual inspiration (like my collection of inspiring cityscapes), and also a good place to find some free photographs to use in the your next project, but be sure to check the license first.

Deviant Art

Deviant Art


One of the largest art communities where you can submit your art, collect favorites, and track your friends and favorite artists.




Users build a portfolio of their work for you to view — always good to see what others are doing.

Colour Lovers



Users select and vote for their favorite colors and color palettes.

Logo Pond



More logos than you can shake a stick at. Although the users don’t get to select what appears on the homepage (yet — hint, hint!) all the logos that are added to the gallery are viewable. A great place to visit if you’re looking for a little brand inspiration.

Cool Site Collection

Cool Site Collection


User powered Web design gallery. Members submit and vote on these submissions to select which designs are featured on the homepage.




A thriving community of people who love to make and share video.

Design Snack



A user-controlled web design showcase, mainly focused on CSS/XHTML (Web Standards) and Flashed-based designs. The members decide which websites are showcased on the front page and which websites aren’t.

Open Source Web Design

Open Source Web Design


Users share their free web design templates.

Design Float



Yes it’s a lot like Digg, but it’s for designers, with plenty of user submitted inspiration to go round.




A gallery of beautiful illustrations submitted by users.

Open Source Vector Art

Open Source Vector Art


Open source vector art design showcase where the community gets to pick the best designs to be showcased on the front page.

Which user generated sites do you get inspiration from?

About Mubashar Iqbal

Mubashar Iqbal is the creator of Most Inspired, a web designer and developer, who has been building websites for over 13 years. You can read his blog at Mubashar Iqbal
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21 Responses to 12 Best User Generated Sites For Inspiration

  1. Nikesox says:

    Nice collection here!

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  3. thomas says:

    thx for this list of inspirational resources. i am geeting some inspiration from the sites people submit to my own site: http://sharebrain.info 🙂

    all the best,

  4. Tal says:

    imcandy.com – a video portal that pays.

  5. How about the

    World’s Largest Collaborative Painting?


  6. igreenspot says:

    nice list, I do visit carbonmade and deviantart, a lot of talented artists there …

  7. Matt G says:

    There’s a great site for independent music called thesixtyone.com.

    I’ve found some great music there.

  8. dm says:

    OSWD hasn’t been updated for many months, a better example would be the very active http://www.opendesigns.org/.

  9. Nik Chankov says:

    Thanks for sharing some of the services I really doesn’t know 🙂

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  11. Giles Dawe says:

    Sketchplanet is pretty good for finding pictures:

  12. Deviant Art is by far one of the greatest websites for any artist looking for inspiration. When I was in art school I used to check the website for a few hours just trying to get inspired, and 80 percent of the time deviant art really helped get my internal pistons moving.

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  16. woo says:

    This is another good one.


    It is a social design gallery. Like Delicious for design junkies.

  17. bathroombuzz says:

    nice website collections for designers

  18. General Chaos says:

    I found a new one http://impressonme.com/

    Very simple. Only content.

    Fast, no flash, easy to find pictures, tags, categories.

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  20. bullty says:

    I recommend http://www.designget.com it’s very cool and alot of visual inspiration content