Using User Interface Design Pattern Libraries
If you are like me and you are working through the flow of different elements within the sites and apps we are working on, it can be helpful to have some reference material, these references can be very helpful in seeing the different approaches taken to interaction design.An example of this could be a case where I am working on a check out process and want to use an according type functionality to guide users through the steps faster, instead of having to go to multiple ecom sites and go through the check out process I can reference a design pattern library .
Now let me state that I am not saying we should only find design inspiration from gallery sites or existing design patterns. What I am saying is that it can be very helpful to look at other patterns to see how our work compares, or if we are stuck to look at the approach some of our peers have taken. I would also say that submitting your own design patterns is a great way to give back to your design community.
I have complied a list of design pattern libraries, and a couple of peer submitted resources/review sites (design moo and dribbble) that I have used for reference or found helpful in some way shape of form.
If you have resources that you have found helpful please post them in the comments. I would also suggest building your own resource library they can be lifesavers when in a bind.