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spark your creativityWhere should you turn to when you need an idea to set off an entrepreneurial endeavor or escape the shackles of writer’s block? If this was the 20th Century, you might have no choice but to sit around and think for a while, hoping that something might spark your creativity and an idea will just pop into your head.

But this is the 21st Century, and there are tons of websites out there that can give a much-needed spark to your creativity. Here are five of the best.

WebUrbanist

WebUrbanist has a huge variety of content, with articles on art, technology, and even abandoned places. Perhaps you’ll get just the spark of creativity you need to create some art of your own when you see all of the things that people can do with Rubik’s cubes. Or maybe you’ll be inspired by the ideas that people have for settlements of the future. How about these concepts for work stations?

Just take a quick look around WebUrbanist and you’re bound to find plenty of things so interesting that you’ll have a hard time not being inspired.

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Moodstream

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If you want to inspire in yourself a specific mood, Moodstream is an excellent website to turn to. It can play a stream of music and images that precisely fits the mood that you want. There are preset moods – stabilize, simplify, intensify, refresh, excite, and inspire (this last one might be the one you’re looking for if you’re reading this) – but the site really shines when you use the features that let you design your custom mood.

There are several meters that allow you to select moods ranging between happy and sad, calm and lively, humorous and serious, nostalgic and contemporary, and warm and cool; it will combine your selections to create a custom music and image stream when you select “refresh stream.” If you register an account, you can save your custom moods as moodboards so that you can come back to them later.

Moodstream has been previously mentioned 5 Websites To Play Music Matching Your Mood 5 Websites To Play Music Matching Your Mood Read More on MakeUseOf along with some other websites that play music according to your mood.

The 99 Percent

The 99 Percent might not have the stuff to directly inspire you, but it’s a website with articles dedicated to topics like creativity and inspiration. Articles are not only divided into industries – such as graphic design, technology, and writing – but also into unique categories like collaboration, execution, passion, prioritization, and self-marketing.

With “tip” articles like The Key To Creating Remarkable Things, 10 Laws of Productivity, and What Daily Meditation Can Do for Your Creativity, you’re sure to find something that will help you learn how to better inspire yourself on The 99 Percent.

FFFFound!

FFFFound! surely has some of the most unique images on the web. You won’t be able to register and get your own images posted on the site – that requires an invite – but you’ll still have access to all of the images that have been posted, which is really all that you need to find inspiration. Just take a quick browse through FFFFound! and see what new ideas fall right into your lap.

If you like the images, download the screensaver for Windows or Mac. It displays FFFFound! images, so you can get a burst of inspiration every time you return to your idle computer.

WhyNot?

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WhyNot? is a website meant for the exchange of ideas. Users offer ideas that they have in all kinds of subjects, including businesses, cars, computers, phones, and even pets.  Many of the ideas are as simple as an elevator deselect button and Ziploc chip bags, and a lot sound pretty strange but are really quite inventive, like microwaveable clothing and a bad breath monitor.

In any case, you’ll surely find some great ideas that might inspire you enough to come up with your own and register to share them with others.

Conclusion

You could also, of course, look to quotations websites 10 Websites For A Daily Fix Of Sayings & Quotations 10 Websites For A Daily Fix Of Sayings & Quotations Read More for some inspiration. And I wanted to include Damn Interesting in this list, but it hasn’t been updated in almost a year; still, it has a huge archive of really unique articles that you can turn to in a jam.

What websites do you use to spark your creativity?

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  1. Angela Alcorn
    August 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Great list of creativity-sparking sites here. Pity they're also highly distracting!

  2. crazy4joel
    July 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    This is really great! Thanks, Joel!

  3. Aibek
    July 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Btw, does anyone know how to get an FFFFound invite?

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      Nope. Been wanting to be able to contribute to FFFFound for ages. :(

  4. Saikat Basu
    July 8, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Nice list, Joel. Great for moments when writer's block hits us from nowhere.

  5. Moshe
    July 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    This is my favorite "MakeUseOf" post! (& Im reading this blog daily) Thanks Joel!

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