It's not by accident that creative marketers are paid more money, are in greater demand and hold the key to a successful marketing campaign. 

Some are born that way and can come up with a creative campaign on the way to work, other's like to spend their time being inspired by the environment in which they live in, and of course, the one's who are time poor and like to surf the net, find the internet a great source for inspiration.

I personally like a combination of both and collaborative creative ideas always seem to draw the best inspiration from each of the different sources.

If you are looking for inspiration online, here is where I like to go:

1. Behance: 
This is a designers go to point for inspiration. Mostly the designs are clean and creative, and they cross many industry sectors allowing for creatives to be inspired by variety and relevancy which is very important.
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2. Creative Boom: 
There is a cross section of creativity on this site. It is inspiring and pushes boundaries while staying sometimes within the lines. 

3. The Design Inspiration:
Pushing boundaries, and giving creatives designs that really do take you out of your comfort zone is both inspiring and thought provoking.

4. Niice.co:
Looking for a place that shatters the norm and has so many interesting designs that can waste hours of your time just through sheer appreciation of great artworks - then this is the one. People create their own boards and show off their designs and what inspires them. It's Niice!

5. Dribbble:
Your typical show and tell for designs, that marketers can pop into and see what's going on around the world. This site has a great cross section of designs from across the globe.

6. Illustration Mundo:
Illustration Mundo was once a website, but took on social media with a vengence. They can be found on most social media sites, but Instagram is most relevant today. Interesting to have a look at.

7. Desigg:
More a drawing site, but the colour combinations will help you design on what new variation you may use in your next campaign, logo or design.

8. Designspiration:
They took the best from FFFound! and combined it with design inspiration and boom! This site has variety and will inspire creativity from the most avid design lover!

9. Abduzeedo:
From beautifully designed houses, to product design and advertising - this site is AMAZING! It has design inspiration for everyone and anyone.

10. Designiskinky
For the risque type of design, this site is tastefully done, but pushes the limit on what is ordinary and takes you to extraordinary.

11. Designbeep:
My favourite of the day, and one that keeps me coming back. This is daily design porn at its finest and has a variety of design techniques from creatives all over the world. I like it because the designs are not the norm, and showcase a different aspect just when you need to show your client that you are not boring like everyone else!

12. Pikaland:
For those who like to read the story behind the design, this website is a good read for every design and illustration.

13. Core77:
Is a little bit of a bible for designers, advertisers and marketers who want to see what is going on in the world of creativity. Worthy of a regular look.

14. Design Milk
No-one who loves design will get board here. From industrial design through to print design, and fabrics, this websites is beautiful. Need I say more.

15. The obvious: Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter Lists and Google Circles:
These platforms are full of inspiration and give a daily dose for those who want to be inspired. You can see designers push boundaries or others that just design for beauty.

If you are not inspired by these websites, then maybe take a day or two off. They truly are my go to places for design inspiration.
Mellissah Smith is a serial entrepreneur and business leader with more than 20 years' experience in marketing.
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Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert, author, writer, public speaker and technology innovator. Having worked with more than 300 companies across technology, medical device, professional services, manufacturing, logistics, finance and health industries, Mellissah has a well-established reputation as an experienced marketing professional with more than 20 years experience. As the founder and managing director of Marketing Eye, she has taken the company from startup to a multi-million dollar enterprise with offices in Australia and the US. Mellissah is also the Editor in Chief of Marketing Eye Magazine, a quarterly magazine that cover marketing, entrepreneurship, travel, health and wellbeing. #mellissah #marketingeye

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