Project: Personality Test Landing Page - Step 3

October 22, 2014|Project: Personality Test Landing Page

Your personality

My biggest design secret is that I steal like an artist.

"Art is theft." - Pablo Picasso

One of the most famous artists of all time knew that beautiful design is taken from the world around us. Before I ever design (and pretty much always) I look around for beautiful designs, I surround myself with them. I look at a lot of designs actively - analyzing the spacing, the colors, the little details. I learn from every design either what to do or what not to do.

"Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn." - T.S. Eliot

I use two sources repeatedly dribble and my flat/minimal pinterest board. I look through them to get ideas, to see what I like right now, and to see how different designs feel. Here are a few interesting things I uncovered today:

  • I didn't find anything on dribble that really resonated with me. Usually I do. That's why it's good to have multiple sources of inspiration. You never know where it's going to come from.
  • I found some designs on my Pinterest board that I hadn't paid much attention to since I pinned them. For some reason they stood out to me today.
  • I found myself focused mainly on what I was going to do for the header. For me, if I can get the header right the rest follows. I focus my efforts on the header because that is also the most important part of the page.

Typically I just leave the tabs in my internet browser open on the designs that I find inspiring - add to it throughout the design process or remove ones I realize I won't use. I like the idea of having them all here on this page. Here is the beginning of the designs I will continually look at as I design the landing page:

Flat and Minimal Header

Inky.com Home Page

Minimal and Flat Dropdown

Segment.io Website Design

Flat and Minimal Icons

Minimal Design

Minimal Mobile Design

Beautiful Sign Up

Use of Icons

The Next Step (Step 4)

Since the header is so important, in this step I make sure I'm clear what it's going to look like.

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