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It's worth watching Luke Wroblewski's Mobile First talk ( http://www.lukew.com/presos/ ). Here he talks about the benefits of designing for the mobile platform before designing for desktop, in that it really forces you to focus and be vigilant about what is important to show, what is important for the user and the ways users interact with the content. I ...


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The critical issue, from your description, is finding related/similar proposals. Have a look at this visualisation: force directed layout, which could cluster your documents, giving you the kind of periodic table you are looking for, that can then be explored. The UX advantage here is that instead of requesting each group of related proposals with a ...


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Looking around at the world. Spotting problems. Figuring out what to make they go away :-)


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In my mind, while it's about micro-lending, you can still make the argument that kiva.org is one of the most successful sites on the web at getting funds to those in need, to help themselves.


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Every innovation has been built on the work and experience of others. Even if you think you pulled inspiration out of your hat, you didn’t. Your ideas are the product of your experience, both direct and vicarious. The way to have inspiration is to cultivate experience: study what goes on around you the way a scientist studies nature. In the case of user ...


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I found Josh Clark's Webstock '11 presentation, Buttons Are A Hack, very inspiring. He's really talking about touch-screen interfaces, but a lot of the general points he's making apply to UI design in general. Hope you enjoy :)


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I'm probably a bit messy here; I just have a folder in my browser bookmarks called 'inspire' where I dump links. I browse through it in quiet periods and rename the links to relevant tags so I can refer back to it whenever I need them. Nothing more complex than that for me though. I'm in my browser all the time anyway so it seems the best way of doing it. ...


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Here's a great collection of pattern resources by smashing magazin: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/15/40-helpful-resources-on-user-interface-design-patterns/ And one by Yahoo: http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns/


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See this question on Quora: What are some interesting playdecks to get creative/design inspiration? Stephen Anderson posted a long list there of various card decks, grouped by type (creative thinking, psychology/design, design methods, etc) that should be of some use. You may not find what you're looking for. The reason is that I think your approach may ...


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my company recently did this https://www.refunite.org/


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Here are some good examples for seeking inspiration: Google Chrome: It's simple, fast, almost not intrusive and does not ask for anything Dropbox You should also see how some Mac OSX are installed. Apps like chrome, dropbox, ... usually require you to Download an image file Double click to mount the image as a drive A screen appears with the app icon ...


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From the beginning, this will be my ideal install flow: I will come to your website where is nice big "Download client" button with actual filesize (this is important to me, I don't like to start downloading files with unknown size or tiny installers, which actually download X more MB/GB from internet). When I'll run the installer, some nice custom welcome ...


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I think the people at fogcreek do a pretty good job given the type of software they develop. Another one that comes to mind is 37 signals because of the simplicity and ease of use. However, in general I have to say that enterprise level software are restricted by many business and technical requirements that will always result in usability put on a lower ...


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I capture a screen shot and save it to an Inspirations folder. I browse through it regularly.


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I recommend to read design books at first. Steve Krug, "Don't Make Me Think!" Alan Cooper, "About Face" And only after them read guidelines for different mobile platforms, it's not hard to find them. iOS Android Windows Phone 7


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How about a simple grid, with filtering and sorting functionality? It's not very sexy, but it's very usable :). I'm suggesting a spreadsheet, basically.


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I haven't seen an actual great example, but I think you should be able to add rules dynamically like Outlook's rule mechanism. You can combine that by using a dynamic listbox where to quickly use the keywords to locate rules. So: Enter keyword [__________] When you type 'la' it hints 'laser'. Then you can either select to 'include' or 'exclude': ...


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Anders Toxboe has put together a pretty good site for UI-Patterns - http://ui-patterns.com/.


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I have a collection of this kind of patterns/inspiration sites at http://profs.info.uaic.ro/~evalica/patterns/ Hope to be useful


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Here is another example pretty close to the others. http://www.razoo.com/ (Donations and fundraising for nonprofits and charities online)



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