Today I’m happy to announce that I have launched a network of five niche gallery sites! Many of us visit design and CSS galleries on a consistent basis for design inspiration, and there is no shortage of galleries to choose from. Some of my favorite galleries are those that exist to showcase work of a specific kind (We Love WP is a good example, it is a showcase of WordPress-powered sites).
Niche galleries are especially useful for designers because they allow you to get the specific type of inspiration that you are looking for without being overwhelmed by too much that doesn’t interest you. You can go to a niche gallery and quickly find helpful and relevant inspiration that applies to your own situation. With that in mind, I have chosen five topics for galleries that I thought would be of use to many designers.
If you have any interest in some of these types of design, please check out what has been posted already and subscribe to the feed or follow on Twitter. Each gallery has been launched with more than 30 showcased items and they will be updated consistently (The amount of new additions will depend partly on how many quality submissions are received, so please feel free to submit your work for consideration. Ideally, there will be about 10 additions each week per gallery).
Some of the most popular posts that have ever been published on the Vandelay Design blog are the collections of websites with a minimalist design style. Minimal Exhibit is a niche gallery that showcases only sites with excellent use of minimalism in the design.
Designing an e-commerce website brings its own unique set of challenges. If you’re looking for inspiration for some of the most well-designed e-commerce sites around, CartFrenzy will be an excellent resource.
A portfolio website is one of the most significant assets of any designer, and these sites are often excellent examples of creative and innovative design. Folio Focus showcases the best portfolio sites of all kinds. You’ll find inspiration from the sites of freelance designers, design firms, photographers and more.
Blog Design Heroes
Blog Design Heroes is a showcase of the best blog designs. Whether you are designing a blog theme for a client or for yourself, you’ll find tons of inspiration here.
For typography lovers, TypeInspire will be constant source of inspiration. The gallery will feature typographic works of all kinds, including websites with exemplary use of typography, poster design (from sites like deviantART and Behance), other forms of graphic design, and anything else that is appropriate.
How You Can Get Involved
Each of the five galleries has a submission form that will allow you to submit your own work, or that of others, for consideration. I would love to have your participation in this way as the success and usefullness of these galleries will ultimately depend on the community of users that develop around them. Also, feel free to leave comments on any of the posts. I’m greatly appreciative of the readers that have made Vandelay Design and DesignM.ag successful and fun to work on, and I hope that some of you will also benefit from the inspiration that is available at these new galleries.