Socialbakers Reveals Prime Days of the Week for Social Business Sunday is the day when particular brands can expect higher levels of engagement with fans on social media platforms. That’s according to social media and digital analytics firm Socialbakers. When the social media audience is relaxed and feeling like Sunday morning, it seems that it is prime time for fast moving consumer goods and telecoms brands to get their message to hit the mark. Socialbakers monitors over 10 million Facebook pages and places, and this data is pulled from these pages. This is certainly food for thought when product launches and press releases are traditionally released during the working week to gain coverage via news outlets. Visual stimulus Petrol-heads have different habits it seems. Jan Rezab, CEO, Socialbakers commented on the results: “To maximise fan engagement, brands need to tailor social media updates according to their audiences browsing habits. Sage advice, there’s not much point in spreading social marketing around without a plan.
20 PSD Tuts That Will Turn You Into A Photoshop Guru Many people can use Photoshop, but only a select few can call themselves gurus. Learn all the methods in the 20 tutorials below and you’ll be well on your way to joining this elite. Rather than focus on tuts for beginners, intermediates or advanced users, we’ve simply chosen ones which produce jaw-dropping effects. 1. Follow this tutorial to create dazzling, multi-layered, semi-transparent lettering, with a Perspex-like quality. 2. 3D Pixel Stretch Effect File this tutorial under “simple but effective”. 3. Turn a simple cityscape into a torrentially flooded wasteland. 4. Become the master of light and glow on Photoshop with this brief, easy-to-follow guide. 5. Use masking tools, layers, gradients and lines to turn your favorite piece of 3D text into something more colorful and commercial. 6. Mental waves do not exist, but if they did they’d look rather like this. 7. This tutorial is so versatile. 8. 9. 10. 11. Portraits occupy the more advanced end of the Photoshop learning spectrum.
Creating Pixel-Perfect UI for iPhone Applications Developing apps for the iPhone or iPad can be a tricky process. You need to understand not just the programming libraries, but also design standards and common themes in user interfaces. This entire skillset would require months of study just to build your first live app. I realize this may seem intimidating, but we all have to start somewhere! Standard App Icon Specs What a better place to start off than discussing the iOS icon sizes. In the older iPhone 3g/3gs the screen resolution was limited at 320x480px. Originally you only needed to create 3 different icon sizes – 512px for the App Store, 57px for home screen display and 29px for search results. App Store • 512×512 universal Home Screen Icon • 114×114 on iPhone 4/4S• 57×57 last-gen iPhone/iPod Touch•72×72 iPad Search Results and Settings • 58×58 iPhone 4/4S• 50×50 for iPad• 29×29 iPhone/iPod Touch and Settings on iPad Now you could stop here, but there is a newer type of document icon added in during iOS 4 and continued into iOS 5.
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Distimo: Being featured on Android Market boosts business Distimo, an analytics provider, has come out with its latest report and it has some interesting facts about what happens when mobile apps go on sale. The report shows vast improvements to an app’s ranking once it achieves “featured” status in both the iTunes and Android Market app stores. For instance, when it comes to Apple’s App Store most featured applications see an average jump in its ranking of some 15 spots or so, during the first three days. What’s even more impressive than these iPhone numbers is those of the Android Market. That said, the research showing the effectiveness of the Android Market didn’t really surprise me all that much, as the one standout for me was the popularity of the iPad. Checkout all charts below, and tell us what you think about Distimo’s research? [via TechCrunch] About The Author Charles West
25 Tutorials to Build Up Your Design Skills - Designer Blog Designer Blog One of the best ways to improve and build upon your design skills is by using tutorials — short, instructional guides that teach techniques so you can craft great designs. We’ve collected 25 of our favorite tutorials from across the web to help you practice your skills. These skills include: Programs: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesignLogo, Web, App, Icons, Print and Packaging, TshirtTypography, Grids, 3-D, Opacity, Gradients, Masks, Patterns, Layout, Color Management, Brushes, Meshes, Textures, Bleeds and Margins, and more. Logo Create Isometric Grid-Based 3D Lettering Programs: IllustratorLevel: IntermediateSkills: Typography, Grids, Creating 3D Objects Simple Organic Shapes the Illustrator Way Programs: IllustratorLevel: BeginnerSkills: Opacity, Duplication, Masks Creating a Crazy Cool Logo Programs: IllustratorLevel: IntermediateSkills: Typography, Shading, Gradient, Transformations Create a Clean Retro Badge in Adobe Illustrator Web Watercolored Design Studio Blog Layout App Icon Print
Three Great HTML5 Animation Tools Several good HTML5 animation tools have been released to take advantage of the animation features available in HTML5 and other platforms. These tools make it easier for the novice user to create spectacular animations. The content will run in the leading browsers and on the popular mobile devices. Here are three great HTML5 animation tools that should give users a good to develop HTML5 animations. Adobe Edge – Test out the Beta Version for free Adobe Edge is an animation tool that develops amazing and creative animations for websites using HTML5. One of the main features of Adobe Edge is the timeline approach it uses to allow web developers to create the animations using drag-and-drop objects and visual layouts to incorporate into HTML5. In its early incarnation, Adobe Edge provides a good start as a tool for motion content to use in HTML5. Hippo Animator – a simple .co.uk company, at the lowest price $29.95 Hype – Is only available on Mac OS We hope that you found this article useful!
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