Mobile Design: Where to Get Inspiration

by in Inspiration on 20th Aug 2013 · Comments

Mobile and tablet application design is a field that has enjoyed a huge amount of development over the past few years. Finding solutions to mobile users' problems, defining the design of the right UI component and the right workflow that will work for most users can sometimes be tricky. Taking a look at what other designers do can be pretty helpful when stuck on design decisions.

In this article, I will present you some galleries I use when looking for mobile design and mobile UX inspiration. I have ordered them in different categories that depend on what I am looking for.

Inspiration By Application Pattern (Navigation, Lists, etc.)

When designing a specific module or application, finding inspiration directly related to this pattern can save you a lot of time. You will find here a list of useful resources that show different mobile application views arranged by mobile patterns categories.

Some Android Only Pattern Galleries

Android App Patterns
Android App Patterns currently features more than 1130 screenshots arranged in mobile and tablet design. You can browse them through the category drop-down.

Android App Patterns

Androidux
Androidux is another "Android design" pattern gallery to get inspiration from that you can browse through different category filters.

Androidux

An iOS Only Pattern Gallery

Uxarchive
On Uxarchive, you can compare the user workflow for different components across the iOS OS.

UX Archive

Galleries That Mix All Operating Systems

Lovely UI
On Lovely UI, you can use a filter to chose between different devices, but also filter the UI patterns by tags.

Lovely UI

Mobile Patterns
On Mobile Patterns, you can choose a pattern category, and then filter it by device.

Mobile Patterns

Mobile Mozaic
Mobile Mozaic puts together a nice list of UI patterns mixed between different devices, but you can't choose which OS you want to see.

Mobile Mozaic

Pttrns
Pttrns currently offers more than 1380 screenshots of different mobile patterns. You can't filter them by device, but the site offers a zoom option if you need to see more details.

Pttrns

Inspired UI
Inspired UI puts together two different websites to find pattern inspiration : go to the main website Inspire UI to find a list of iOS patterns screens.

Inspired UI

And go to the Android version for Android ones.

Inspired UI Android

Pattern Tap
On Pattern Tap, you will find more than 4450 patterns you can filter by device (mobile, tablet, desktop), by type, and also by style.

Pattern Tap

General Design Patterns

If you are not particularly looking for some "visual" inspiration, but more generally for mobile design patterns, you really should take a look at Android Patterns and Windows Phone Patterns.

Android Patterns
Android Patterns

Windows Phone Patterns
Windows Phone Patterns

Application Gallery by Application Type Category

If you are looking for inspiration, you might not be looking for a specific UI pattern, but more for applications in the same field. In this case the following link should help.

TappGala
On TappGala, you will be able to filter applications by different fields.

TappGala

Miscellaneous Application Galleries And Showcases

If you are not looking for a specific application type or UI pattern but simply want to browse through screenshots of beautiful applications, you should check the following links.

iOS Only Application Gallery

iOSpirations
On iOSpirations, you will find iPad, iPhone but also icons and application site inspiration.

iOSpirations

Android Only Application Gallery

Holo Everywhere
Holo Everywhere was created to pay a tribute to the new Android 4.0 design. On this blog you will find a selection of applications, but also design patterns and great tips.

Holo Everywhere

Non Platform Exclusive Galleries

Ultra UI
Ultra UI is another website where you can find inspiration for Android, and iPhone Uis.

Ultra UI

Meerli
Meerli has pretty much the same principle with different sub-domains for each device : iPhone, iPad, Android. You can also get inspiration for application icons.

Meerli

Mobile Awesomeness
Mobile Awesomeness have narrowed down some of the best resources for you to start building mobile sites and has a gallery to showcase how sites look in mobile screen.

Mobile Awesomeness

Some Extra Resources Before You Go

This is not especially "inspiration" per se, but if you like mobile wireframes, you might enjoy Moobileframes, a tumblr site that puts together some very nice wireframes.

Moobileframes
MoobileFrames

And if you are looking for a designer, or simply want to look at what other designers are creating, you can take a look at Scoutzie which features some great mobile designers.

Scoutzie
Scoutzie

Now It's Your Turn!

I have shared most of the links I use when I'm looking for mobile design inspiration, but I might have missed some. I'm particularly surprised I have not found any galleries featuring only Windows mobile designs.

So if you have great links you want to share, now is the time, the comments section is open.

Stéphanie Walter is a Graphic and Web Designer. She's a Pixel and CSS lover who also enjoys working on UI and UX design for Mobile and Web Apps. She considers CSS as a design tool to create great interactive websites and share on different blogs what she learns daily.