One of the problems we hear our users are most often facing is centered around how they can produce a beautifully designed mailing. Everyone knows how important it is to send something that looks and feels great but actually assembling something that looks pleasing to the eye can sometimes be a little harder – especially if you’re not a designer.
But not to worry, it’s a problem that’s very easily managed. All you need to do is have a pocket of inspiration that you can turn to when the creative juices are running dry. For me, that pocket of email inspiration is Instagram. With an average of 58 000 000 photos uploaded each day, there is going to be something on there that will help spark some idea – you just have to find it.
To give you a head start we’ve shortlisted 18 accounts that we follow for inspiration; everything from photography and graphics to video and tutorials. Follow one or follow them all, the choice is yours but don’t forget to follow us @Ungapped!
Our absolute favorite resource for photos. So much so we recently supported their Kickstarter project. Ten photos are uploaded every 10 days to their site and their Instagram account is the perfect place to check out what’s new, popular or even a hidden gem. Best part: the images are royalty free.
We’re thanking our lucky stars today: the Unsplash Book has now raised over $90,000 to support the photographers in the Unsplash community. With only thirty hours left in our Kickstarter campaign, we’d just like to say thank you. Whether you’re behind the lens or behind our campaign, you are a constant inspiration and you make everything we do possible. (&& thanks to Yoori Koo for the very fitting photograph! You can follow her very-amusingly-named IG @thechickwhoeats)
Also a great account to follow for photo inspiration though their pics tend to be more of landscape and city skylines rather than people. Word of warning, you need to purchase these images via their site. They are not free.
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Whilst not a free service, foap is at least much cheaper than Shutterstock using both crowdsourcing and gamification to source their images. Check out their best pics or live missions that might just be what you’re looking for.
Does your dog love a car ride? Join this new fun Mission by Adams Pet Care: The Joy of Dogs in Cars. $500 in rewards.Have fun and join the Mission in the Foap app. Click the link in our bio for more details. #foap #foapmission #doginthewindow #dog #dogs #bestfriends #dogsofinstagram #freedom #happydog #instadog #ilovemydog #dogoftheday #puppy #dogstagram
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If you love working from a cafe then you will love @hotelindigo’s Mission: “Working outside the office” ☕️. Join the Mission now in the Foap app. The best photo will get $100! Are you new to Foap? Check out the link on our bio and learn how you join the Mission. Good luck! This great shot was taken by Foaper @charlenephua #foap #foapmission #cafe #workingfromhome #workingfrom #workingfromtheroad #anotherdayattheoffice #startup #startuplife #fashionstartup #coffee #freelancer #designer #graphicdesigner #localcafe #cafelife #cafeculture #coffeephotography
When we know what we want to include in a mailing, sometimes the tricky part can be finding an image that matches exactly what we want to say. So it can be handy to put an image and some text together to create a simple yet meaningful graphic. Canva is the one-stop-shop for such inspiration. Packed with beautiful graphics, their Instagram account is definitely one to follow.
If you’ve had some experience with graphic design and are looking for inspiration that is a little higher on the arts spectrum then this is the account to follow. Splashed with color, contrasts and textures, Behance will get you thinking about how you can apply similar concepts to your mailings.
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Nordic Design Collective @nordicdesigncollective
Great little graphics that not only look great but also showcase products and campaigns. Smart!
Todays Deal of the day is brought to you by @torilbaekmark ! Buy the flowers calendar – get 6 flower cards for free! Valid today only! More details in our blog (link in profile). #dealoftheday #christmascalendar #designwithastory #nordicdesigncollective #torilbækmark #julkalender #design #nordicdesign #scandinaviandesign #homedecor #scandistyle
We’ve asked a few of our friends what’s on their Wish list for this year. “Future Days, based in Malmö, are creating crazy-beautiful paper sculptures. Symmetrical, geometrical in pop colours. Fits anywhere, really.” Stefan Nilsson, @trendstefan More ideas and wishes in our blog (link in profile). What’s on your Wish list? #ndcwishlist #designwithastory #nordicdesigncollective #wishlist #christmas #futuredays @_futuredays_
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We all know how amazing Photoshop is so just follow them. Now.
Sometimes @gerri__sy draws her motivation from unexpected successes – such as her “Women/Summer” series. “I didn’t expect people to like it as much as they did. I did it because I wanted to demonstrate my skills as an illustrator, but now I’m really inspired to create more work that people love.“ #Ps25Under25
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A great account for when you are seeking for a little more than branded graphics or stock images. The Arkdes account is full of pics and videos that will make you question the bigger picture and even the status quo – useful when campaign planning and you need to think outside the box.
“What if there was a disco jukebox in every bus shelter? That would make Swedish people much happier while waiting for the bus!!” – Mattias Palm. Do you also have an idea how to reprogram the city? Make your contribution at whatif.arkdes.se! The competition is a collaboration between #ArkDes and @StockholmDirekt. #ReprogrammingTheCity #Direktpress #hacktivism #museum #exhibition #architecture #urban #urbanplanning
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36 Days of Type @36daysoftype
Cool thing about this account is that they often highlight number series as opposed to just letters.
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Typography Inspired @typographyinspired
If you’re tired of using Times New Roman then follow this account. They showcase everything from the design process to final typography works.
‘Philadelphia’ – Lovely simplistic lettering by @Michael_moodie! // #typographyinspired #typography #type #graphicdesign #graphics #design #inspire #illustration #lettering #handdrawn #sketch #calligraphy #vectorised
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While we don’t promote the use of full-length videos directly within a mailing, we are fans of short gifs and clips either within or linked to your mailing. Oreo’s account is a little goldmine full of cute, branded and on point videos.
The thing I love about these videos is that they are the perfect example of how you can create fun content without a huge production budget. Everything they post is something you can also do but still get great results.
If you use your mailings to showcase related products and services to customers then two accounts you should follow are Shopify and TicTail. Both are really good at highlighting products in a subtle yet designed-minded way which always looks better than a plain inventory stock shot.
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“Your daily kick in the ass.” Enough said.
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Be a blogger boss @beabloggerboss
One of my favorite accounts because unlike a lot of inspirational accounts, this account doesn’t post a bunch of quotes but rather actual tips that you can use right away. There’s everything from the most basic advice for newbies and deeper tips for those more experienced in digital marketing.
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So many blogs we come across have accidentally got their tracking code for google analytics installed twice! It might be via a few plugins or another issue but it will mean your stats are totally off. Want to check if yours is right? Right click on your blog’s page and click ‘View Source’ then search for UA- if it’s in their more than once, you’ve got it installed too many times!