If you’ve ever remodeled part of your home, you’re probably familiar with Houzz’s inspirational library of interior design photos. Most of the work is posted by professional architects and interior designers, but for DIYers or other designers, Houzz’s product tag feature is very helpful. Simply tap or mouse over one of the floating product tags, and you’ll be linked directly to product information. This direct connection between inspirational browsing, and purchasing is a good example of offering value while boosting sales.
Coggle is an online tool used to create Mind Maps. Their gallery offers inspiration and strategies to capture large collections of information. Creators of these Mind Maps have given permission to have them made public.
One of the more helpful features on stock photo sites is the “Similar Images” feature, which suggests related images based on pre-defined parameters. ShutterStock does a particularly good job with this feature, matching not only content but also style. I frequently find myself browsing for a particular type of subject matter, but rely on “Similar Images” to refine the viewpoint, model stance, lighting etc. This is super helpful when working on design projects that touch multiple deliverables where you may want various angles of the same model.
RealTime Board is a great way to collaborate with team members remotely with a shared work environment. Create workflows, idea maps, navigation structures or mind maps easily and quickly. You don’t have to be a designer to have your mind map look amazing. And, with one central location, team members will always have the latest version.
The diamond-square algorithm is a method for generating heightmaps for computer graphics. It is a slightly better algorithm than the three-dimensional implementation of the midpoint displacement algorithm which produces two-dimensional landscapes. It is also known as the random midpoint displacement fractal, the cloud fractal or the plasma fractal, because of the plasma effect produced when applied. Jason Davies created this Infinite Plasma Fractal using the diamond-square algorithm.
Helio makes it easy to get reactions on your designs quickly so your team can focus on solving the right problems, right now. Upload your design files, and get people, matching your demographics to review them. This is a great tool to add to your research strategy!
One would expect a brilliant 404 page from Bit.ly. This cute creature floating in a sea responds to mouse movements and fits the bill.
Pixar’s 404 page is fun, and catchy. Creative 404 pages are a great way to redirect the user experience from something negative, to something positive.
Houzz’s 3D “In Room” features allows shoppers who use their mobile app to position furniture and decore within their personal space. This feature, which was shaped with feedback from Houzz users during early testing, is available for over 300,000 products sold on Houzz. To use it, download the app for iPhone or iPad.
Facebook Fundraisers are a great way to raise money for a cause you care about for your birthday, a holiday or other special occasion. When natural disasters strike, this feature gives people an easy way to get involved. Network for Good partners with Facebook to make this service possible by vetting non-profits, and handling the paperwork and logistics behind taxes and reporting. Facebook stores credit card information, and allows people to apply it as needed.