Where to get ideas from
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Search the internet, go to a library or search their online collection, many (most?) college and universtity libraries are open to browse and often have design reference and texts.
Look at conference presentations, some examples have already been gathered here Inspirations.
Think about thinks you like, but want to be better - and things that annoy you!
Think big for example I met a guy recently who was actively planning to create usable and useful real world versions of items from a science fiction movie!
Sometimes ideas can be inspired by new tools. Access to your own, or a community, or even a commercial service for 3D printing, or laser cutting, CNC machining. What about "explore your own genome, hack together DNA code, build your own biofuel" (see OpenPCR), or your own electron microscope, or ........ The variety of tools becoming accessable to most people is growing rapidly, have a look around, you may be astounded!
Find a community group that has similar interests, or a skill set that you need. Some examples are Hackerspaces, HAM, radio/model airplane/car, robots, Painting, modelling, sculpture, ....