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.
But what designers are really doing is continuing their education and improving their design literacy. Which is something that we’re very committed to helping other product designers do here at ZURB.
The Secret Origins of Pattern Tap
A long time ago, in an Internet far, far away … or 2008, Matthew Smith saw that there wasn’t any place on the Web that inspired other designers to be better at their craft. Sure there were web galleries galore, but nothing that really highlighted the nitty-gritty of great design and interaction work. With that idea firmly planted into his brain, he set out to build a shining beacon on the Web for designers to find the inspiration and education they needed.
Four years later, Pattern Tap has more than 25,000 registered users from around the world and across the galaxy. Designs are posted not only from Earth but as far away as the Constellation of Centaurus. Just wait until you see what some of those four-armed Centaurians design … those interactions are pretty far out and in four-dimensions!
But your design education and literacy doesn’t stop at Pattern Tap. Across ZURB University we have the resources you need to push your designs to the next level. Learn quick design concepts and our design methods at ZURBword. Engage in conversations about how to make great products on ZURBlog. Design great products through user feedback, rapid prototyping and iteration with ZURBapps. And pick up our latest design tools and experiments at ZURBplayground.
If you have feedback or suggestions, our door is always open and you can reach us at the feedback form.