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What collaborative tool would you recommend to store UX/UI inspirations?

When discovering and testing a new product, web or mobile, if i get inspired by the user experience or some UI elements, I make screenshots and store them in a folder. Sometimes, if the user flow is good, I take millions of screenshots (or a video) to capture every step of the process and number each image to keep it in order.

I wish I had a tool to organize all these screenshots, even reproduce the user flow, annotate with my comments and share with my team.

Do you know any tool that can do that?

I have seen some people use Eagle for this.

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optemization's avatar
2 years ago

I loosely keep track of design inspiration on Notion! It's like your personal interest. For ex, I am collecting a resource of Notion-based websites that look nice here: https://www.notion.so/optemization/2e452a37cb6841c6a91154b133744323?v=1f24d3b07ed1476e98f6d7bf00aee352

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @optemization )
2 years ago

Looks like a great solution! Are you just adding enough info in the description to be able to re-surface designs via search later if you want?

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maguay's avatar
2 years ago

I haven't used any team tools in this space recently. When our team is researching design inspiration, typically we'll share screenshots in Notion which works reasonably well just as a way to pull ideas together. Definitely not as flexible as an app built around sharing design files, though.

Eagle looks great—and a few others I've heard of include Dropmark and Niice.

One I've been trying lately that's very nicely designed is mymind, a new beta visual bookmarking tool that's a bit similar to Zootool. You can clip any website or drag in any photo, then search for them and mymind manages to find things based on colors, website keywords, recognized text, and more. You can also add custom tags to organize manually, and share individual bookmarks with others. If they make a collaborative version, that may end up being a great option.

Zootool, the closest other app I've used to it, has been shut down, as have so many Mac apps in this space (at least, to organize images for personal inspiration and research) including Ember, Inboard, Pixa, and Stache.

Another newer personal app for design inspiration is the Mac app Pixave—but again, that'd only help in organizing design files on your own, not as a team. And Pinterest could, to a certain degree, work for sharing design inspiration with a team, though in more of a social network than a design-focused tool.

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edmundamoye's avatar
2 years ago

I would suggest Whimsical. If you need to talk to pro users, send me a Twitter DM.

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@maguay (replying to @edmundamoye )
2 years ago

Interesting! So essentially you're organizing design inspiration in a mind map?

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@edmundamoye (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

You can use it for multiple things. See the attached image.
screen-shot-2020-09-21-at-100352-am.png

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justin's avatar
2 years ago

Coda has a really slick Figma integration that allows you to organize and tag your designs in a table, filter to the latest designs, and see real-time Figma updates within a Coda doc.

Actually my ideal setup is designing in Figma and running automations and workflows around the design process in Coda

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@justin (replying to @justin )
2 years ago
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@maguay (replying to @justin )
2 years ago

Very cool, thanks for sharing!

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martycep's avatar
2 years ago

I usually use are.na for this. It lets you clip pages as visual blocks to put in an online repo. You can organize those blocks into channels and their Chrome extension is overall really handy. https://www.are.na/

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christox's avatar
2 years ago

I really like Milanote https://www.milanote.com/refer/rcAkxDzVluLcCpDx4I.

It has great compatibility, commenting, and sharing features, and a good freemium/referral plan.

I enjoy using it a lot.

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klickreflex's avatar
2 years ago

I‘m using Notion and I like the fact that I can relate inspiration notes with projects.

But Notion is slow and I like to be able to browse my gallery quickly. Do when I recently discovered https://eagle.cool it was an insta-buy and i really grew accustomed quickly.

The downside is that I keep the same information in two places - until I make up my mind to which I want to settle.

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@maguay (replying to @klickreflex )
2 years ago

Eagle definitely looks better for browsing images on their own, where Notion seems better for adding details, commentary, and other notes alongside the images.

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