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What tool should I use to collect UI inspirations and product ideas?

What's a good tool to use to collect UI inpirations and write down product ideas?
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  1. 110

    Organize anything, together

    Damian Gromek
    Damian GromekEcommerce & Catalog Specialist · Written
    Clean simple layout. Combined with BitBucket, it should give you the perfect amount of access to your projects. Alternatively, good old-fashioned folder sharing. Whether it's FTP clients like FileZilla or any of your current cloud-based file storage that allows for simple sharing.
    Aswin Bakshi
    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo · Written
    Its nice and simple app to use
    exex zian
    exex zianSoftware Engineer · Written
    have been using this for years : simply awesome with lots of integrations - only shortcoming I find is - unavailability to assign tasks to team members
    • Nick Allen
      Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      Brilliant for managing all your project backlogs in a Kanban fashion. Including a list for the DIY tasks around the house.

      As a Marketer I use this daily to manage workflow, sort ideas around future content and prioritize my activities. My team collaborate and report using handy integrations with Google and we use it as a Customer service and Sales script repository to store links to docs and how-to videos.

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    • Johnathan Holland
      Johnathan HollandI truly obsess over helping others..

      If you aren't an organized person Trello allows for easy to see visuals that help keep projects on track. The team at Curexe has specifically used it to organize our bugs, new features, staging and production stages of our development.

  2. 59

    One combined workspace. All of your team documentation.

    Thomas DIDIER
    Thomas DIDIER6Product Marketing Manager, Ermeo · Written
    You can easily add images, GIFs, links... to a note, write down any ideas which cross your mind and above all collaborate with your team or everyone else you want to share UI inspirations/ideas with.
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    • Benjamin Pipat
      Benjamin PipatCTO @ Seelk

      We've been using Slite for a few months and it finally solved our long research for the perfect knowledge sharing app :)

      The adoption by our team was impressive, and Slite makes our knowledge management a breeze

    • Luc Chaissac
      Luc ChaissacDesigner

      We've been using Slite for few months, and we can't be more happy. Best benefit is that it's a perfect way to improve transparency inside our team and to onboard new teammates!

  3. 56
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Ben Clark
    Ben Clarkprofessional scratch dev · Written
    It's great for writing stuff down and putting stuff in said writing
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    • zedgoat
      zedgoatChemist, Developer, Stoic.

      Use Paper to manage technical stuff and my team, and love it. Just the right number of features, document crosslinking and image embedding fits my needs exactly, and works for quick notes or longer documents.

    • Instant Expert
      Instant ExpertInstant Experto, Vlogger

      Its a great tool for starters, For teams I do not recommend. there are lots of apps that do the same, even google docs is more intelligible when collaborating and working with. But we already have OneNote, Evernote, Word Online, with lots of features way ahead Paper.

  4. 70

    The project management tool that grows with you

    As easy as can be! Great tool to collect ideas and manage projects. Offers multiple data views for extra flexibility.
    Becca An
    Becca AnMarketing Manager, Labelbird · Written
    Best tool to use!
    Tolles Tool zur Organisation von Aufgaben - Sehr empfehlenswert!
    • Using Zenkit for a few months now and can't see myself going back to my old tool. The team has done a phenominal job of building an application that addresses the need of power users, light users, and everything in between.

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    • Edited my review to reflect the awesome response time to problem I encountered. Incredible, hard working team and their app reflects the care and dedication they have put into Zenkit. Keep up the great work, Zenkit!

  5. Olivier de Locht
    Olivier de LochtProduct designer, · Written
    For collecting UI, I use mostly Pinterest, easy to add screenshot or url and make collection private or public. For writing , evernote, paper dropbox or real paper & pencil still works :-)
    Daniel Senyard
    Daniel SenyardProduct guy - travel, HR and media tech · Written
    I find Pinterest very useful for creating inspiration boards.
    annettishBostonite w/ rich BG in tech and design · Written
    Awesome for people who prefer visuals. The Chrome plugin makes it a breeze to pin anything you see on the web.
  6. 7

    The best way to save and share inspiration

    Chris Messina
    Chris Messina12Product designer & entrepreneur · Written
    I think this tool is designed for what you're trying to do... I can't personally vouch for it though.
    • Marta Baena
      Marta BaenaMarketing at Wave Application

      It is incredible from the point of view of marketing, as we always look for inspiration on other screenshots of app and website applications, saving them is easy and it is very organized. We still need to figure out the best way to organize them, so let's keep in touch,

  7. it's both a design and collaboration tool
  8. Nicolas
    NicolasI turn ideas into code. · Written
    Great for creating workspaces and store each UI snippets along with notes, to-do lists and/or urls :D
    It's the most flexible of any of the tools listed. Though it's not specific for UX
    Rob Butz
    Rob ButzDeveloper, Oxygen Smith · Written
    I use Klart for collecting designs and UX, but lets me present them. It's knowledge base making software that's kind of like Evernote + Trello + GDocs 2.0, with other lightweight tools like tables and CRM.
  9. 5

    The visual workspace for teams.

    Kaspars Dancis made this product
    Whimsical gives you an infinite visual canvas that's perfect for this. Plus it makes it super easy to add flows.
    Seth Hawkins
    Seth HawkinsContent Marketing Manager, Vivint · Written
    Agreed. The infinite canvas is a great way to throw all the ideas out there at once. It's easy to comment on specific elements, and easy to bring web pages into the site. Simply paste in a URL and usually it will pull in a preview of the page.
    • I've been using this for a few months and LOVE it. It gives me all the tools I need to make beautiful diagrams, flow charts, wireframes, funnels, user flows, etc. Everything looks great by default (including the icons) and it stays out of my way so I can focus on how best to convey my ideas. I've tried Sketch, Balsamiq, Lucidchart, Powerpoint, Google Slides, and Omnigraffle in the past but this is so much faster and looks 10x better when I paste the result into a doc or presentation. Just try it, you will love it.

    • Seth Hawkins
      Seth HawkinsContent Marketing Manager, Vivint

      I've been looking for a tool like this for awhile that combines the ability to flowchart while also commenting on images and imported links. Everything works super quickly and the infinite whiteboard concept is slick.

  10. 5

    The notes app for creative work

    I use Milanote: They have free and paid accounts. I use one board to store links and others per project to add images and inspiration. I also use boards in InVision when I want to share inspiration boards with team members.
    Renaud Rossillon
    Renaud RossillonSubscription consultant, Zuora · Written
    versatile and great integrations
    • Sandra Niehues Guerra
      Sandra Niehues GuerraCo-Founder, PlanHappyAdvertising

      I'm a non-technical co-founder of an app to help small business plan and track all their advertising. I wear a lot of hats. I'm also a visual thinker.

      I need to spread things out and see how they all fit together. I need to be able to see the big picture and then dive into the details and I need to be able to do that fluidly and frequently on a variety of subjects. I really wanted to be able to use my entire screen real estate for this purpose.

      I remembered seeing Milanote on Product Hunt when it was an idea and not yet available. I signed up for it and happily paid for the upgrade. It's the perfect app for me and I use it every day.

      The feature I like best is being able to upload links for the content I curate. When I'm ready to learn about a subject, I have great content to choose from and a place to write down my thoughts. I can add images and notes and go from subject to subject. I can clear out my email fast and that is worth the money alone.

      I would suggest you try Milanote because it can make your life so much easier.

    • Johny vino
      Johny vinoHumanizing User Experience

      Love it in one day use, it give me everything. I m a designer i usually take lot of inspiration it helps me to put together all the inspiration and setup a mood board

  11. 2

    Bookmarking for designers

    Hands down the most beautiful bookmarking website.
    Rob Butz
    Rob ButzDeveloper, Oxygen Smith · Written
    I really like Klart and they're working to improve it all the time.
  12. 2

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Nichlas W. Andersen
    Nichlas W. AndersenArt Director & Graphic Designer · Written
    I use bear for writing down ideas. Tag your notes with #idea so it's easy to go back and look at them. If I have any quick design mock-up's or inspiration, I attach them in the same document.
    • Justin Deardorff
      Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

    • Scot Krueger
      Scot KruegerFounder of

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

  13. 1
    Pixave 2.0

    The ultimate image organizer for the Mac.

    Chris Messina
    Chris Messina12Product designer & entrepreneur · Written
    At least for saving screenshots and the like, it's my go-to tool for my personal library. Won't help w/ writing down product ideas though.
    • Leonardo Pinheiro
      Leonardo PinheiroA user of multiple apps

      this software used to work pretty well, sometimes it would hang on a process for a while, but it would work. Since the last OSX update, this app is useless, it crashes everytime you try to import an icon or use an icon.

      I wrote to the developer a couple times in the last 30 days or so, he never answered, so I guess this app is dead.

      Find another option and make better use of your money.

    • chris slane
      chris slaneCartoonist

      Doesn’t move original files, unless imported.

  14. 1

    The best material design, iOS & web resources, every day

    Nilanchala Panigrahy
    Nilanchala PanigrahyFull-stack developer. Startup junkie · Written
    New in the race but filled with some great design Inspirations.
  15. 1

    A platform for creative thinking and collaborative research.

    Waqas Ali
    Waqas Alimaking a shoe that’d fit 👉🏻 · Written
    Arena allows you to save anything, structure your collection and discover new things from other creatives.
  16. Maybe you should ask . They have a lot of interesting ui and ux kits and designs. It can be really cool for your website. They can create a perfect design for you.
  17. 1

    Create interactive presentations

    Moody Boles
    Moody BolesFounder & CEO of Imaginators · Written
    Moody Boles made this product
    You can get inspired by the work published in the discover section.
    • I was really excited to use this but was kinda left disappointed by the end result. I dislike the current Powerpoint too. What I do is, I make presentation slides on Adobe Illustrator and animate them using after effects and then combine them. It gives me much more freedom but also a lot of extra work... I can see the animation scope in Imaginators but the user friendliness is kinda missing

  18. 1

    Share ideas with a link!

    Jeff Osborn
    Jeff OsbornOwner, work/ethic · Written
    Moodboard is one of the best places to gather visual inspiration for everything from video shoots to websites.
  19. 1

    Turn your entire life into a list.

    Arsen Losenko
    Arsen LosenkoWeb Developer (JS/Python) · Written
    This one is pretty straightforward and clear. It's a recursive list, that's very flexible, may be used in various ways, I am using it for planning and brainstorming of new ideas.
    • Pedro Paredes
      Pedro ParedesFullstack developer

      Usually my thoght process goes from general idea to multiple sub-ideas until I get to doable tasks. No other app that I've tried allows you to do this the way Workflowy does. They all let you group by tag, or notebooks or whatever but they are usually one level grups.

    • Artem Ushanov
      Artem UshanovPM at Adeptik

      Best outline and note-taking app for me.

      Using WF for:

      - projects list

      - clients list

      - "inbox", "tasks" and "later" lists in kinda GTDish style

      - quick note taking during meetings and

      Using WF everyday for two years, happy with it's simple efficiency. No automation at all, but you can invent any kind of workflow using tags and search. Lately company significantly improved their Android app, but it still need more.

  20. 1

    Awesome collections lovingly created by people

    Francesco D'Alessio
    Francesco D'Alessio3Productivity App Reviewer · Written
    Very impressive way to bring things together, very new!