Sources for Design Inspiration

11 Feb 2008 - 4:41pm
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Brandon E.B. Ward
2008

Once you've settled in on a wireframe or layout, where do you go/ what
do you do to seek inspiration when defining/designing the color space,
palette, aesthetic, icons, (look & feel :-P ) etc.?

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11 Feb 2008 - 6:06pm
Jeffrey D. Gimzek
2007

On Feb 11, 2008, at 1:41 PM, Brandon E.B.Ward wrote:

> Once you've settled in on a wireframe or layout, where do you go/ what
> do you do to seek inspiration when defining/designing the color space,
> palette, aesthetic, icons, (look & feel :-P ) etc.?

netdiver.net

there-in lie a million links to coolness.

jd

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Jeffrey D. Gimzek | Senior User Experience Designer

http://www.glassdoor.com

11 Feb 2008 - 6:16pm
Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

On Feb 11, 2008, at 1:41 PM, Brandon E.B.Ward wrote:

> Once you've settled in on a wireframe or layout, where do you go/ what
> do you do to seek inspiration when defining/designing the color space,
> palette, aesthetic, icons, (look & feel :-P ) etc.?

In the Bay Area, I go to my favorite bookstore, Modernbook, just off
University avenue across the street from the Apple Store.

Bryan and Mark, the two guys who run the store, have easily the best
collection of art, photography, architecture, graphic design and
general design books in the Bay Area. If you don't live around here,
I highly recommend finding a book store that isn't a Barnes and Noble
or Borders. I also enjoy hitting all the antique stores whenever I
visit New England, and finding things that are off the beaten trail.

Then outside of that, just visit Cameron Moll's design portfolio
(http://cameronmoll.com/portfolio/), or Ryan Sims work at The Big
Noob (http://thebignoob.com/) Can't go wrong with either of those two
gents as a place to jog the visual brain. I could post a massive list
of design blogs/websites if you wanted. There are a ton of great
things out there.

--
Andrei Herasimchuk

Principal, Involution Studios
innovating the digital world

e. andrei at involutionstudios.com
c. +1 408 306 6422

11 Feb 2008 - 6:19pm
M S
2006

Sometimes I visit www.designmeltdown.com for quality designs, very
good resource.

Also I like www.ffffound.com -- lot's of different designs, signs, pictures.

--
Maxim

11 Feb 2008 - 7:37pm
Dan Saffer
2003

How about my presentation New Sources of Inspiration for Interaction
Designers? :)

<http://www.slideshare.net/dansaffer/new-sources-of-inspiration-for-interaction-designers/
>

Dan

11 Feb 2008 - 6:00pm
matthewlarn
2008

I'm not sure if other people do this, but other than the web galleries like
http://bestwebgallery.com/, I tend to look at www.templatemonster.com

They have a ton of samples in all different types of categories.

-Matthew Stephens
Co-Founder, deviantART.com
www.codebymatt.com

11 Feb 2008 - 8:31pm
Angel Marquez
2008
11 Feb 2008 - 10:40pm
Miek Dunbar
2008

Remember that aesthetics aren't just about the visual, but about all the aspects of your thing that your customers will experience.
Usability%u2014for example%u2014plays a big part. If your interface is clumsy and hard to use, people will think about your product as such. This means that new shiny and friendly logo will be tarnished by bad experience.

Just looking at style galleries and ripping off some color schemes doesn't address the overall experience of your product.

You should be thinking about how you want to build relationships with your customers. You can use strong visual appeal to grab people's attention at the start, then once they are using your product, overt visuals can take a back seat to create a comfortable space for your customers to inhabit and do the things they want to.

The look and feel should be part of a strategic design of a user experience. Inspiration could come from other, similar products that are aiming at the same type of user. Ultimately, you need to get into the mind of the people who might be using it. Go broad and find out what people like, hate, use every day.

CSS galleries, and coolness sites won't give you the inspiration you will need. First, you need good research into who will be using your thing%u2014and the development of a strategy for how you want to relate to them. Then you can look for inspiration from all sorts of places, not just other websites, but from many aspects of culture.

13 Feb 2008 - 2:08pm
kimbieler
2007

There's a strong "Web 2.0" bias at work here, but still...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/splat/sets/981332/

-- Kim

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www.kbgd.com
c. 240-476-3129
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13 Feb 2008 - 2:28pm
jrrogan
2005

There's tonnes of stuff out there for the trolling search on google for any
of these terms and you'll get lots of stuff;

Color Pallets - http://www.colourlovers.com/

As far as screens go,there's the "Application Skins" groups -
http://www.deviantart.com/

On 2/11/08, Brandon E. B. Ward <brandon at pluggd.com> wrote:
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> Once you've settled in on a wireframe or layout, where do you go/ what
> do you do to seek inspiration when defining/designing the color space,
> palette, aesthetic, icons, (look & feel :-P ) etc.?
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> B

Rich

--
> Joseph Rich Rogan
> President UX/UI Inc.
> http://www.jrrogan.com

13 Feb 2008 - 2:39pm
sajid saiyed
2005

Apart from the links posted above, i also refer http://www.pixeleyegermany.de/

Apart from website collection, it also has references to a great deal
of design reading material.

Regards

Sajid Saiyed
http://www.ssdesigninteractive.com/blog

On Feb 14, 2008 12:58 AM, Rich Rogan <jrrogan at gmail.com> wrote:
> There's tonnes of stuff out there for the trolling search on google for any
> of these terms and you'll get lots of stuff;
>
> Color Pallets - http://www.colourlovers.com/
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> As far as screens go,there's the "Application Skins" groups -
> http://www.deviantart.com/
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> On 2/11/08, Brandon E. B. Ward <brandon at pluggd.com> wrote:
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> > Once you've settled in on a wireframe or layout, where do you go/ what
> > do you do to seek inspiration when defining/designing the color space,
> > palette, aesthetic, icons, (look & feel :-P ) etc.?
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> > B
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> Rich
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> --
> > Joseph Rich Rogan
> > President UX/UI Inc.
> > http://www.jrrogan.com
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13 Feb 2008 - 6:53pm
Pedro Neves
2007

Dan Saffer, great slide show thanks.

I share with you the inspiration sources, just a comment about the
absence of movement in Architecture, Corbusier had the concept of
promenade architectural and since then the architecture composition
it's seen as a narrative.

Arts and Crafts in fact its a big reference, and it's deeply related
with my greater source of inspiration.

The sense of use in objects, the way that they are personalised, and
get old, the form that the objects gain with use, the different
usages that objects have even when not design for that function, this
kind of manifestations surround us, mainly in the less consumerist
countries.

Pedro Soares Neves
Userdesign.org

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