17 outstanding sources of advertising inspiration

23Aug09

Advertisements can also be an excellent source of design inspiration in part because of the creativity that many ads exhibit. If you would like to find more inspiration from advertisements, the sites featured in this post will provide you with a great start.

Ads of the World

Ads of the World is a showcase of advertisements. There is a lot of great work to be seen on the site, and it also includes a blog and forum.

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Adland

The Adland blog features advertisements, including a lot of video. The archives are categorized so you can browse through print, radio, television commercials, and more.

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Adverbox

Adverbox is a popular advertising blog that reaches over 9,000 subscribers.

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The Inspiration Room Daily

The Inspiration Room Daily frequently posts inspiration from design, print, commercials, music videos and more.

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Design You Trust

Design You Trust showcases user-submitted design. The advertising category is a great place to get some inspiration.

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AdForum

AdForum contains 90,000 ads and provides information on 20,000 advertising agencies. Ads can be search by media type, date range, country, ad agency, and more.

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Behance Network

The Behance Network provides designers and creatives with a place to display their work. You can browse the Advertising category to see inspirational work from Behance members.

The Advertising Archives

The Advertising Archives is a searchable database of 50,000 print ads. You’ll need to register to view ads full size.

Ad*Access

The Ad*Access project is part of the Duke University Library. It maintains a database of over 7,000 advertisements from 1911 to 1955.

Adflip

Adflip is a database of print ads. You can browse by decade, category, what’s hot, or you can search by keyword.

Coloribus

Coloribus includes more than 2,000,000 ads in its database. You can search by keyword or browse by category, brand, country, or agency.

Adaholic

Adaholic is a searchable database of magazine ads. The ads can also be browsed by category and prints can be purchased.

The Ad Feed

The Ad Feed is a gallery site that showcases excellent advertisements in print and video. The site hasn’t been updated in a few months but the archives contain some interesting and inspiring work.

adverlicio.us

adverlicio.us is a blog that showcases ads of differnt kinds. The archives can be browsed industry, brand, celebrity, or size

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I Believe in Advertising

I Believe in Advertising is a blog the features various advertisements. The site has been around since 2006 and has a lot in the archives.

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AdGoodness

AdGoodness has not been updated in a few months, but the archives include inspiration from commercials, film, animation and more.

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