I was recently asked for sites that I go to for online inspiration from a design standpoint.
The first, I’ve mentioned here before. It’s AskNature.org - an inspiring portal for seeing how Nature solves problems.
The second is a site that I write for on occasion (and wish I had more time to write for), Trendhunter.com. They actually give away a browser toolbar that has a list of various trend sites - it’s a great resource for ideas.
The last three are wonderful (and sometimes quite entertaining) in that they have a uniquely human touch to them.
The first, HighIdeas.com , touted as “the best ideas (while you’re high)”, often has contributions that make you think, say “hmmm….” and reach for the Cheetos. (For the record, I have never contributed to this site)
Halfbakery is a listing of “half-baked” ideas. It describes itself as, “a communal database of original, fictitious inventions, edited by its users. It was created by people who like to speculate, both as a form of satire and as a form of creative expression.” Some of the ideas here are not all that half-baked.
Last, but by no means, least, there is Failblog. This site is a catalog of failures. It also has a subdomain that is particularly thought provoking: There I Fixed It -Redneck Repairs . This site is chock full of everyday people’s solutions to everyday problems. (For the record, I have never submitted to this site, though quite truthfully, I probably could have.) There is brilliance hidden here.
What sites do you find particularly inspiring or revealing of human nature?