The Discovery Phase

Phillip PeetUX/UI/Web Designer

The discovery phase, which is typically the first stage of the design process, is one that I consider to be of utmost importance. The time and energy invested during this stage of the design project are crucial to setting the tone of a project.

Typically, I like to explore a multitude of resources and gather together as many ideas and thoughts as possible. To me, the purpose of this phase is to identify and acknowledge great work. I like to use these findings to draw on inspiration for my project at hand.

The following is a collection of my top ten resources.

  1. The CSS Awards recognises creative and talented works within the web design industry.
  2. Best Website Gallery (formerly Make Better Websites) exhibits a gallery of superior websites.
  3. Site Inspire is a showcase of the finest web and interactive design.
  4. One Page Love is a collection of the best one-page website designs on the internet.
  5. UI Garage features all the latest UI design inspiration for desktop, tablet, and mobile.
  6. Inspired UI is a showcase of the best examples of beautifully designed mobile apps.
  7. Pttrns showcases the finest collection of mobile app design patterns.
  8. Mobile Patterns presents a library of iOS and Android reference screenshots.
  9. Sketch App Sources is the largest collection of free and premium design resources.
  10. UI Patterns offers a curated list of interactive mobile design patterns.