"Good artists copy, great artists steal." - Pablo Picasso
I think that whenever we create something new, we are not really creating from scratch, we can't, not anymore. There always is some influence to it.
Creating, in my mind, is putting certain elements together in a specific order that will result in something new and valuable. Now, what elements and in what order? That's where creativity comes in.
I was in awe the first time I saw @leerob's website. The look and feel of it. The minimalistic choices. Great design and functionality. Lee's website was definitely the driving force that lead my decission making when building my own.
There have been other incredible human beings whose design has really (and continues to do so) inspired me to build beautiful & aesthetic things: