7 unexpected sources of inspiration all designers should consider

With a plethora of digital portfolios, online magazines and social media profiles available at the click of a button, it's easier than ever to find inspiration from within the design world. But sometimes the sheer amount of noise and competing ideas can overwhelm and a spark is needed from elsewhere. 

Stepping away from the places you normally seek inspiration can open a whole world of creative resources and unexpected ideas. Here are seven of the best unexpected sources of inspiration that have fired designer's imaginations and a look at how they can inspire you more than any mood board.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.