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Joe has kept me up to date on the progress of this... I remember seeing it at the very early stages! Fellow Cardiffian making waves :) How does this compare to other similar sites out there?
@bentossell Hey Ben. Some similar sites focus on a specific type of UI (e.g. ‘pricing tables’, or ‘registration pages’), but on UIDB you can search for (and submit) any type of UI. This enables the user to be ultra specific about which types of UI they’d like to find inspiration for - there are no limits. For example, one of my favourite tags on UIDB right now is ‘dynamic pricing’, where you can find examples of interactive pricing pages (e.g. these pages have a slider, or a toggle, etc.): http://uidb.io/search?q=dynamic%.... Another very specific example is ‘autocomplete UI’: http://uidb.io/search?q=autocomp.... Also, like I said to @NeilCocker today, many design communities (Dribbble, Behance, et al.) have a lot of conceptual design work, which isn’t always practical when you’re looking for inspiration to design something for the web right now. Personally I like to to visit the UI/page and see what it really looks like, how it interacts, etc. Additionally, UIDB has been built from the ground up as a platform to accept UGC from day 1 (or day 0 for the dev out there…). This gives us a unique proposition that similar, curation-only, sites can’t offer. At the moment you can register via Twitter, submit UI examples, create collections, edit your profile, and so on, but going forward you’ll also be able to upvote/downvote, comment, and make UI requests. Long-term UIDB will grow into a community, not just a curated directory. The thing I’m most excited about is adding the ability to filter by industry. Soon, you’ll be able to search for things like “pricing tables from SaaS websites”, “enquiry forms from real estate websites”, “registration modals from financial services websites”, and so on. Another feature I’m proud of is UIDB Requests - let us know what UI you’d like inspiration for, and we’ll go and find you relevant examples according to your brief. Once we’ve found and submitted them to UIDB, we’ll send you an email with a link. You can do this here (it’s free): http://uidb.io/request
Quickly find any type of UI example for design inspiration.
We actually see a lot of traffic to our site from a bunch of these sites (mainly in China), and also from Upwork etc (people asking for people to copy our design/UI). I see it as flattery, rather than copying! ;-) I realise I'm generalising somewhat, but I'm assuming that it's because these parts of the world don't have particularly well developed design communities where inspiration and insight is swapped locally, and so they have to use these sights as their primary inspiration? Any thoughts or insight on this?
@neilcocker That’s really interesting! I’d not really considered it before to be honest. It’s pretty funny that you can see the traffic from UpWork… Can you see the full referring URL, or is it obfuscated by their exit page (“your are now leaving UpWork…”)? Would love to make some content out of this stuff - perhaps a side-by-side comparison of the ‘copied’ site next to the deliverable of the site aiming to copy it as created by UpWorkers. Thinking about it, I may implement this as a fun piece of content for UIDB - i.e. pay someone on UpWork to copy another site and see what the quality of the delivery is like. The localised design communities aspect is an interesting one too… I suppose the ability to design, and get inspiration online, is not limited to any localised region. I.e. a Welsh designer might look at the same sites for inspiration as an American and a Nigerian, for example. There aren’t any real “barriers to copying” online (with the exception of “the great firewall of China” and similar). I’m kinda guessing here, but I’d say the difference in designs between broad regions is down to localised expectations, styles and trends. What looks good (or even works good in terms of UX) to a Chinese designer will likely be different to that of a British designer. I recently wrote an article on how to get design inspiration (http://uidb.io/blog/quick-easy-w...), and in it I suggest looking outside of your vertical to see how other industries do things. I.e. search filtering UI might differ between real-estate and automotive, for example. But at the same time, it’s always a good idea to look within your vertical but in different markets. For example, the US real-estate industry online tends to have more forward thinking design and functionality than the UK real-estate scene (big fan of http://www.trulia.com). I've just had a quick look at some Chinese ecommerce stores, and while they're not a million miles away from their Western counterparts, there are some fairly different design patterns being used (e.g. http://www.dangdang.com/ vs. http://www.amazon.com).
One final question - any plans for monetising?
@neilcocker Good question :-). Right now I’m concentrating on getting the product where I want it to be (you can see the dev roadmap here: http://uidb.io/blog/roadmap-2016/). At the same time, I’m also trying to write, and successfully distribute/outreach, as many quality articles on the blog as possible (alongside various other marketing). At the moment I’m working on UIDB (e.g. all dev, design, marketing, biz dev, etc.) on my own alongside my full-time job, which means that I could easily start spreading myself too thin and lose focus. My dev/marketing split currently is probably something like 95% dev 5% marketing/other. Once I’m happy with the product and infrastructure etc, I’d like this to be more like 20% dev 80% marketing/other. As part of this 20/80 phase I will then begin to focus my attention on monetisation/partnerships, and hopefully once I have a good amount of users, the inevitable “what next” (acquisition would be great ;)). Right now though, I just want to build something that people love to use - for me that is much more rewarding than a few advertising dollars every month, so I’m putting that at the back of my mind for now (though you’ll notice there is one small banner ad on each UI example page). In the medium-term I will likely be looking at the obvious things like ad display networks (e.g. Carbon), sponsored articles/guest posts, sponsored newsletters, etc. There is also a big opportunity for some product-specific monetisation - I really like the idea of having a paid option to post a design request, and have the community respond with their own take on the brief (kinda like 99Designs but for landing pages). Tl:dr; I’m doubling down on creating a great product right now, with no real focus on monetisation - will cross that bridge when myself and UIDB’s users happy with the product. Will likely have ads and sponsored articles/newsletters/etc in the short-mid term, though.
Nice have been working on the onboarding aspect of my project and this as some good UI example. Ome thing though there is no way to select UI style from flat to material design and minimal. Would love that
@basictechy Good idea! An additional filter for design type (flat / material / etc) would be really nice - I'll add it to the backlog! You'll notice that currently there is only one search bar and no other filtering mechanisms right now. This will change going forward.
@joetannorella cool check out list.js when ever you want to add that feature.
@basictechy List.js looks awesome! Thanks Andrew. I'm looking at Algolia at the moment too.