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How do you collect inspiration?

almost 4 years ago from , UI / UX designer

Hey guys,

first post here.

I was wondering how you guys keep track of the inspiration you find all over the web.

I am personally a big mess and I'd like to improve that. At the moment I use a mix of:

  • screenshots + notes in Evernote

  • Pinterest pin boards

  • Dribble buckets

  • simple screenshots saved in specific folders on my machine

  • URLs saved in my bookmarks

What's your most used method?

Thanks!

37 comments

  • Rolf NelsonRolf Nelson, almost 4 years ago

    I usually just throw my pokéball at it, but if I really want to make sure and collect the inspiration I'll use my masterball

    25 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, almost 4 years ago

    I used to use Ember for Mac, but now I'm almost exclusively using Dropmark:

    http://www.dropmark.com/

    And loving it!

    5 points
  • Sean GeraghtySean Geraghty, almost 4 years ago

    I use http://niice.co :) love it and their Chrome Extension is super useful

    4 points
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    I don't save much stuff. But if I do:

    • I have a "Quicksaves" folder for any and all stuff that I want to quickly save somewhere
    • When I need inspiration for a particular project, I Google images, Dribbble, DeviantArt, etc. and save the images in a folder called "research" inside the project folder

    For anything else: The internet is the storage device we're all using. You just need to learn how to find stuff on it efficiently.

    2 points
  • Austin Petito, almost 4 years ago

    Personally I'm a HUGE fan of Inboard...it pulls in your Dribbble likes as well. Totally changed my workflow / inspiration game.

    2 points
    • Adam KAdam K, almost 4 years ago

      I have been using Inboard for a long time. The only problem I have with it, is that it is really slow at loading/displaying gifs.

      0 points
  • Dan WilkinsonDan Wilkinson, almost 4 years ago

    I've been using Dragdis for a couple of years now.

    I can drag text, images, videoe, etc into custom folders which I set for each project or resource type.

    https://dragdis.com/

    2 points
  • Millie LinMillie Lin, almost 4 years ago

    I use [Dragdis](dragdis.com)

    2 points
  • Drew AlbinsonDrew Albinson, almost 4 years ago

    I still use Designspiration pretty frequently even though it is pretty glitchy. For moodboards I always use dropmark, i've been considering the paid tier for a while. I keep a few buckets/collections on Dribbble and Behance but generally prefer collecting cross-platform.

    For notes I use Evernote and for links I use Pocket.

    1 point
  • Takeru Yoshihara, almost 4 years ago

    I strongly recommend Gyazo. https://gyazo.com It’s super easy to collect a lot of scraps of inspiration not only from web sites but also from any other source. I used to use Pocket, Dropbox, and Evernote. But now, Gyazo is the best for me.

    1 point
  • Qi CaiQi Cai, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Finder and tags for pics and videos and files and so on, Evernote for links and articles, and Hezel can make the tags pretty powerful :)

    1 point
  • Freckley FrecklesonFreckley Freckleson, almost 4 years ago

    I like dragdis though I wish they would continue development as it's slow and could do with some some more UX

    1 point
  • Matt Whetsell, almost 4 years ago

    I use Dropmark too. Our design team here at WeWork also uses dropmark for moodboards and brand inspiration.

    1 point
  • Matt Kofman, almost 4 years ago

    I've been using https://raindrop.io/

    1 point
  • Jonah BitautasJonah Bitautas, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    All of the above. lol I've used Pocket & Basecamp to save links and organize. I'm currently using Evernote for pretty much everything (including links).

    I just started using Pinterest earlier this year to collect design and illustration inspiration. When a design lead at the lasts agency I was contracting at showed me his inspiration boards I started my own account. I had no idea before then how much actual design/art related stuff was on there.

    I don't bucket anything on Dribbble although maybe I should (hey, you've helped me! :b), I typically heart things I like, but my like list is getting larger and could be more beneficial if I organized.

    I've tried to use Dropbox for screenshots or gifs, but I tend to just forget its there and rarely remember to check it when I need to.

    Evernote is probably the best method overall as a Designer. It's taken me awhile to get used to using it, but now that I do. I use it quite a bit.

    1 point
  • Jason MJason M, almost 4 years ago

    I use the Chrome extension FireShot to capture entire webpages that I like, and just drop the screenshot into different notebooks created in Evernote, such as 'Mobile', 'UX', 'Designs', 'Color Palettes', and 'Branding'. Easy to also then apply tags or notes to things.

    1 point
  • Cory W.Cory W., almost 4 years ago

    Tumblr like a high schooler.

    1 point
  • Chris ArnoldChris Arnold, almost 4 years ago

    Pinnin' for days.

    1 point
  • Iqbal PerkasaIqbal Perkasa, almost 4 years ago

    Dropbox for images (which will be synced across devices), Chrome default bookmark for links. That's enough for me.

    0 points
  • Pizza Yap , almost 4 years ago

    I'm mainly using Raindrop for my inspiration. If you're premium user, you can have nested folders, from visual to gif to articles everything I will bookmark to Raindrop. I will start creating a folder that is "Client - Project Name" and with some nested folders like "UI - Home" "UI - Onboarding" "Articles" "Codes" etc.

    Have a look there! https://raindrop.io

    0 points
  • Henry FreelHenry Freel, almost 4 years ago

    I use pocket for almost everything, the chrome extension makes it super easy to save a page. The search functionality isn't quite as powerful ad you'd hope though.

    0 points
  • Ketan Anjaria, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    I've used a lot of those methods and while Pinterest and Dribbble are great, web links can and do change/disappear. Too many times I've bookmarked something to see it change by the time I go back to it. Or worse the site goes down (or these days the bookmarking service goes down).

    On my desktop I have a few folders, iOS, Web, Packaging, Branding that are shortcuts to Dropbox folders. I just drag an image to my desktop or right click save image and I'm done and it's easily shareable with other people since it's on Dropbox too.

    Then you can easily open a few open in preview as well to do a nice slideshow when in a meeting.

    0 points
  • Ben MJTBen MJT, almost 4 years ago

    Aperture. Everything goes in there.

    0 points
  • Fabricio Rosa MarquesFabricio Rosa Marques, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

    Pixa as my library viewer/manager in combination with dropbox and a couple of IFTTT recipes:

    • Push instagram likes to dropbox folder
    • Push dribbble likes to dropbox folder
    • Push new pinterest pins to dropbox folder

    Plus whatever I throw into this dropbox folder manually when browsing the interwebs.

    Pixa essentially watches my dropbox folder. Every once in a while I tag the images there so that I can make sense of them. When I work on new projects I need inspiration for I create a new project inside Pixa and feed it with relevant images from my lib.

    Pixa has already gotten a bit old, but the Shiny Frog guys should be working on V2 by now.

    0 points
  • Alberto Carazo, almost 4 years ago

    I use Dragdis. Very easy and helpful

    0 points
  • Case KhorCase Khor, almost 4 years ago

    Loved Little Snapper, do not love Ember but still using it to archive design inspiration. Having it available offline and synced in Dropbox is a must for me.

    Apart from that I barely manage my bookmarks. I honestly struggle to be inspired by anything presented within Pinterest's UI.

    0 points
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, almost 4 years ago

    Inboard is another idea. It can integrate with dribbble likes if you want it to.

    0 points