Joe LeiProduct Manager, Dev, Startup Co-Founder

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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    Trello

    Organize anything, together

    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.
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    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo · Written
    Its nice and simple app to use
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    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
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    • 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.

    • chuchuDeveloper, Andela

      Trello has helped me organize my projects for a while now. Since I work as a software engineer. An example of my boards is sort of where I create tasks then I classify them according to their current position on the sprint. For example I have tasks in different cards such as Icebox, Backlog, Current Iteration and Done. I have set deadlines all ranging from 2 weeks to someday :(. Overall a great product!

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    Slite

    The note app for teams

    Thomas DIDIER6Marketing, Forest Admin 🌲 · 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 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

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    • 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!

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    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Ben ClarkI really fucking hate my username · Written
    It's great for writing stuff down and putting stuff in said writing
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    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Zenkit

    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.
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    Becca AnMarketing Manager, Labelbird · Written
    Best tool to use!
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    Tolles Tool zur Organisation von Aufgaben - Sehr empfehlenswert!
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    • 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.

    • 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 LochtProduct designer, Appvelvet.com · 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 :-)
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    Daniel SenyardProduct guy - travel, HR and media tech · Written
    I find Pinterest very useful for creating inspiration boards.
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    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.
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    Savee

    The best way to save and share inspiration

    Chris Messina11Product designer & entrepreneur · Written
    I think this tool is designed for what you're trying to do... I can't personally vouch for it though.
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    • 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
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  8. 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
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    It's the most flexible of any of the tools listed. Though it's not specific for UX
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    Rob ButzDeveloper, Oxygen Smith · Written
    I use Klart for collecting designs and UX, but Notion.so 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.
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    Whimsical

    The visual workspace for teams.

    Kaspars DancisFounder @ Whimsical · Written
    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.
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    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.
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    • 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.

    • Paweł HawrylakHead of Design at Monterail

      I used whimsical to create enormous, product flowcharts and it was a wondrous experience. Never before had I such a good, uninterrupted flow when creating something so complicated.

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    Milanote

    The notes app for creative work

    I use Milanote: https://www.milanote.com/ 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.
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    Renaud RossillonSubscription consultant, Zuora · Written
    versatile and great integrations
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    • 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.

    • JohnyvinoHumanizing 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

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    Klart

    Bookmarking for designers

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

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    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.
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    • 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 KruegerFounder of Krutech.com

      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.

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    Pixave 2.0

    The ultimate image organizer for the Mac.

    Chris Messina11Product 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.
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    • 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 slaneCartoonist

      Doesn’t move original files, unless imported.

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    UpLabs

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

    Nilanchala PanigrahyCreative Technologist, Tribal Worldwide · Written
    New in the race but filled with some great design Inspirations.
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    Are.na

    A platform for creative thinking and collaborative research.

    Waqas Alimaking a shoe that’d fit 👉🏻wearatoms.com · Written
    Arena allows you to save anything, structure your collection and discover new things from other creatives.
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  16. Maybe you should ask https://weblium.com . 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.
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    Imaginators

    Create interactive presentations

    Moody BolesFounder & CEO of Imaginators · Written
    Moody Boles made this product
    You can get inspired by the work published in the discover section. https://imginators.com/search
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    • 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

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    Moodboard

    Share ideas with a link!

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

    Turn your entire life into a list.

    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.
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    • 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 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.

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    Wakelet

    Awesome collections lovingly created by people

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