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Sites and Tools for Collecting Inspiration3:42 with Hope Armstrong
Take a tour of useful sites and tools to help you find and collect designs to inspire your own creativity.
[MUSIC] 0:00 Collecting design inspiration is a fun way to get fresh ideas. 0:09 It also helps you stay current with design trends and 0:14 become aware of emerging design patterns. 0:17 The goal is to collect designs that spark your own creative ideas. 0:20 Take care to ensure you don't directly copy others' work. 0:25 Awards is a website which recognizes and promotes innovative web designs. 0:29 If you're looking for general inspiration, you can browse the award winners. 0:35 Filter by Sites of the Day, Month or Year. 0:40 On the website Summary page, 0:44 you'll see a breakdown of how well it scored in different categories. 0:45 You can click Visit Website to check it out firsthand. 0:49 If you're looking for something specific, check out the collections. 0:53 There you'll find websites organized by features and certain topics they excel in. 0:57 Pinterest is a great tool for collecting design inspiration. 1:04 It's free to use, and 1:09 you can find designs by searching with a keyword, such as landing page. 1:10 With seemingly endless content, 1:16 known as pins, there's a constant stream of images to choose from. 1:18 You can save pins by creating a board, which groups the pins together for 1:23 easy reference. 1:28 I save general UI design inspiration to this board. 1:31 For mobile design, I save pins to another board. 1:41 I also like to draw inspiration from print design, 1:55 which often has innovative layouts and unique typography. 1:59 I even have an entire board of book designs. 2:09 For color inspiration, I collect photos of interesting color palettes. 2:21 To find the color codes, I use an eye dropper tool in a design program. 2:27 I also have boards for specific features and projects. 2:37 For instance, here's a collection of onboarding inspiration. 2:42 Here's a board I created when I was working on a redesign of a team page. 2:48 Another tool is Dribbble, 2:57 it's a popular site where designers post their work and browse for inspiration. 2:59 If you sign up for a free account, you can browse and save posts to buckets. 3:06 Buckets are similar to Pinterest boards. 3:12 Here's my collection of newsfeed inspiration. 3:17 If you don't wanna use a tool, you can simply save images to a folder on 3:24 your computer or even create a physical folder of magazine clippings. 3:29 I encourage you to start collecting inspiration now, so 3:35 you have a resource to draw from in your next project 3:38
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