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Under the Hood: Our Top 5 Sites for Weekly Design Inspiration I

"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks." Herder, Johann…

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"Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."
Herder, Johann Gottfried Von

Every week at Fueled, we share a handful of inspirational websites with our internal team. These sites sit in our inboxes, as open browser tabs and eventually make their way into our brains and through our finger tips. This week, we thought it was high time to share the love!

While the creative process is hard to pin down (despite one social network's best efforts), it is unique to every one of us. It can creep on slowly as you reach the bottom of your coffee cup, or it can hit like a jolt of lightning in the early morning hours. There are lush days and there are dry days. Despite creativity's mysterious nature, we are always seeking new sources of inspiration to continually produce our best work.

So, check out our 5 top sites for weekly design inspiration below.

 Case 3D

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We ooed and aahed over the geometrical patterns and color contrast of Case3D's website. The Serbian company is an architectural visualization studio founded in 2009 by partners Nebojsa Zaklan, Rade Nadoveza and Danilo Micic. Case3D believes its extensive experience and passion for 3D architectural visualization enables strengthening its ties with the European architectural market and paving its way to new markets.

➤ Case 3D

Work - Bench

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With sold-out desks and an overworked popcorn machine, we at The Fueled Collective can see the need for yet another coworking space in New York City. With its long-scrolling website and black and white photos from a New York we'll never know, the website for the yet-to-launch coworking space caught our eye. We love Work-Bench's crisp design and informative nature. Called "work—bench", the company is building a community of members who cooperate for mutual economic, social and cultural benefit, located on 5th Avenue just west of Union Square. They describe themselves as an enterprise technology cooperative that goes above and beyond revenue to foster education and sustainable development of the community. And the founders of the sunny 32,000 square foot space say they're motivated by the progress of enterprise technology for their members and for all of us who like to get work done. Hear! Hear!

➤ Work-Bench



Makeshift, a London-based multi-product company reminds us of New York's Betaworks in the early days. The 5-month old startup founded by hackers Paul Birch, Nick Marsh and Stef Lewandowski makes digital products that ‘give a leg up to the little guy’. We love how the startup is clear about their mission with a link to the founder's blog explaining more behind the brand's vision and values. With their product and team members clearly laid out, it's like the website is saying, "Hey, this is us and this is what we do! We love to hack cool products together for the underdog. We'd love it if you got to know us." Their latest products include Help Me Write, a platform for bloggers to better connect with their audience and Savemates, a platform to help friends save money together.

➤ Makeshift



Founded in 2010, DINE is a small design and development agency based in Beijing, China. The company helps startups and established companies plan, design and build digital products. App work includes 饭本 — 只来自好友的餐馆点评 and a few other products we aren't going to translate for you. The team works remotely with team members in Beijing and Guangzhou. For an up-close look, check out some of their work on Dribble.

We love the subtle hues they choose of pink, red, greens and blues. Paired with fun icons, ample white space and big crisp images, this Chinese design and development shop has piqued our curiosity.



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We are very excited about this one. It's an alarm clock app that helps you remember your dreams. With a website this alluring, we've already dropped them our email, twice. Escalating alarms gradually transition you through your hypnopompic state from sleeping to waking. Once you wake, the app prompts you to type, speak or answer questions to record your dream. Over time, it says, patterns emerge and the longer you use the app, the more accurate and rewarding the experience becomes. (Yay, user retention!)


That's all from us this week! With our passion for design and hunger for inspiration, we're very happy to have the opportunity of sharing these resources with you. Please share this post with your friends and if you have any favorite sites, don't hesitate to share them with us.

Check back next Friday for more design inspiration from Fueled.

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