As a graphic designer, I have found that there are many places where I tend to wander for inspiration. If I am looking for something somewhat specific, Google Images is my best bet. There is a good chance that if I am working on a design, I have Photoshop open on one screen and Google Images on the other. However there are some times that I have no idea what I am looking for until I find it, and in those instances inspiration might hit me anywhere and at anytime. In those instances, I sometimes turn to Architizer for iPad.
Architizer only does one thing, but it does it very well. The whole point of the app is to be able to view different examples of unique architecture from around the world. Just being able to see the different examples has given me inspiration to my designs. The main layout is in a grid pattern, and if you want to view larger photos of a particular building you just have to tap on it. Any additional photos of the building can then be scrolled through. If you want some information on the building you can tap on the picture to switch to an information page. The information page contains the location of the building, when it was built, the architect that was in charge of the design and also any additional information about the building that the architect wanted to provided.
Architizer is updated weekly by architects, so you can always find new buildings. Since it is the actual architects that are updating the app, I’ve found that the pictures and information is usually quite extensive. A lot of the buildings also have interior pictures to go along with the exterior ones. Check out the gallery below for some examples from one of the buildings to see what I am talking about. If you are a fan of architecture from around the world, or are a designer in need of some inspiration, give Architizer a try. You can find it for free in the Apple App Store.