Pattern Tap Inspiration For Web Designers

PatternTap is a place where web designers can find inspiration and study patterns of user interaction. It’s an amazing resource to keep up with the freshest ideas in the design world.  You can search by elements and styles and set filters.  I was looking for some inspiration for headers and found these:

Cute Header and Nav from Pattern Tap

Above is from www.inchoo.net – I like the large header (the question) and the elegant nav elements at the top.  I also like the hand-drawn element above the Home button.

 

Large Flat Tabs from Pattern Tap

Above is from www.virb.com – I like the tabbed nav buttons, colour pallette and the clean feel.

 

Off Kilter Tab Navigation from Pattern Tap

Above is from www.aigaminnesota.org – I like the coloured and differently sized tabbed nav and the clean styling.

 

Designers don’t design in a vacuum. They find inspiration and influence from the world around them. They collect other designs besides their own. Designs they love. Designs they hate. They pore over these designs, picking them apart to understand the techniques behind them, learning what works and doesn’t work. That’s what Pattern Tap is all about, collecting specific designs and patterns of user interaction. It’s a living classroom, where designers learn what is working well on the Web and why.

What kind of resources do you use to find inspiration for your web design work?


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Jen Leheny

Hello! I'm the owner, blogger, designer, photographer, maker at Red Instead in Canberra, Australia. I also have a photo portfolio at Jen Leheny Photography and there's some work info at jenleheny.com. I like to design and make things in my spare time, which I sell at the Red Instead Shop and at Trove Canberra. And in my other spare time, I rollerskate!