Want to add some truly original characters to your e-learning or website? Take a look at the vector cartoon characters by GraphicMama. They can also customize characters (e.g., with company branding) or create new characters based on your needs.
I'm also impressed by the GraphicMama blog, "the place to read, learn, and get inspired by visual content, graphic design, and illustrations."
For example, here is a blog post with links to Free PowerPoint templates.
Inspiration from Web Design
Web design is a great source of inspiration for e-learning development. While quality e-learning is usually owned by a company and proprietary, quality web design is easily viewed by all.
I stumbled upon a blog post by Corrine Suave at Web Ascender titled "10 Places to Look for Web Design Inspiration." She lists the following ten websites:
A few websites that I would add to the list:
View Suave's blog post here:
Graphic River, a part of Envato Market, is a great source of paid PowerPoint templates. Here are a few of my favorites.
Software Training Videos
Need to create software training videos or software simulations? (Think Camtasia.) Take a look at instructional designer Ant Hugh's company VideoBites for inspiration.
Ant Pugh also claims the unique title of Instructional Design Vlogger. You can access all of his videos from his website.
eLearning Inspiration on Dribbble
Dribbble is an online community for designers to showcase their creations. While eLearning design is different from web and app design, there is much to learn from designers in other industries. Take a look at at my "eLearning Inspiration" bucket on Dribbble.
Creative Market sells a variety of templates, but is also a useful site for design inspiration.
Storytelling with Data
Do you deal with a lot of data? Take a look at how I converted an ordinary chart into a minimal, visually appealing chart that tells a story.
For additional help with data visualization, check out Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic's blog Storytelling with Data. I also recommend her book with the same title.
Looking for ideas to create fresh PowerPoint presentations or eLearning courses? Check out the portfolios of these presentation agencies.
I am especially impressed with the professional look and video-like transitions of Stinson Design's presentations. They also have a sister-company called Stinson Media that makes animated videos as well as infographics.
For anyone interested, I have a personal blog titled My Journey to Know the Savior where I share reflections about Jesus Christ.