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Playful UX Design: Building A Better Game

Playful UX Design: Building A Better Game
Advertisement I sincerely believe that the user experience community should add game design to its toolbox of competencies. If we’re truly committed to creating satisfying user experiences, then there’s no reason why games, which can satisfy people so richly, should be excluded. Operating successfully in the games domain means learning a new set of competencies, and I don’t want to oversimplify the challenges of designing high-quality game experiences. 1. Trading off the quality of the player experience in favor of some real-world objective is always self-defeating. Schwab MoneyWise’s It’s Your Life game has a noble mission: to convince people to save more money for retirement and other long-term objectives. At each step in Schwab’s It’s Your Life game, the choice that will lead to a winning outcome is pretty obvious. The problem is that the designers were much more interested in hammering home their message than creating an actual game experience. 2. 3. 4. 5. Who are your players? 6. 7.

Designing For Android: Tips And Techniques Advertisement Android is an attractive platform for developers, but not all designers share our enthusiasm. Making an app look and feel great across hundreds of devices with different combinations of screen size, pixel density and aspect ratio is no mean feat. There are hundreds of Android devices with different screen sizes and resolutions. At Novoda, we build Android software for brands, start-ups and device manufacturers. This article provides a set of practical tips and design considerations for creating Android apps. Pixels Visual design is hugely important in the perceived quality of an app. Scale Nicely Android is a platform of many screen densities. Optimize graphics for different screen densities. It’s not always practical to hand optimize graphic assets for each density. Be State Friendly Touch states provide important confirmation of clicks and selections. Size is important too. Use Fonts Android has two fonts: Droid Sans and Roboto. Use 9-patch Drawables Handle Design Legacy

13 Tips to Designing Websites for Teens In marketing to teenagers, playing safe is one of the easiest ways to fail. Being boring is the other. Long gone are the days when teens flocking to the mall were less than welcome by sales staff worried they would keep paying customers away. With an estimated $200 billion in buying power, and almost half of that spent online, teens are a demographic no longer to be ignored. And in designing websites that cater to teens, it never hurts to review what works and what doesn’t in capturing their interest and dollars. Bright is beautiful If there’s one thing teens absolutely abhor, it’s boredom. Lights, camera, action Slideshows, videos, images. Less text, more interest Since most teens have relatively short attention spans, too much text will send them packing. Keep them engaged Teens like websites that keep them engaged and make them feel a part of a community, so online contests, polls, and quizzes can be a good drawing card. Watch your tone Going mobile Make shopping easy Choice is good Socialize

"I Draw Pictures All Day" Advertisement “So, you do nothing all day.” That’s how many people would respond to someone who says they spend the day with a pen or pencil in their hand. It’s often considered an empty practice, a waste of time. They’re seen as an empty mind puttering along with the busy work of scribbling. But for us designers and artists, drawing pictures all day is integral to our process and to who we are as creative people, and despite the idea that those who doodle waste time, we still get our work done. What does it mean to be a doodler, to draw pictures all day? What Does It Mean To Doodle? The dictionary defines “doodle” as a verb (“scribble absentmindedly”) and as a noun (“a rough drawing made absentmindedly”). But the author Sunni Brown offers my favorite definition of “doodle” in her TED talk, “Doodlers, unite!” “In the 17th century, a doodle was a simpleton or a fool, as in “Yankee Doodle.” Why Do We Doodle? Consider that even before a child can speak, they can draw pictures. Visual Learners

JavaScript Events And Responding To The User 49 stunning examples of letterpress printing When it comes to printing, whether business cards, posters, greeting cards or invitations, you will invariably be presented with a multitude of mind-boggling options. You can opt for digital, die cut, thermography, lithography — the possibilities are endless! But what about letterpress printing? For those that don’t already know, letterpress printing is a process of ‘relief’ printing text and image using a ‘type-high bed’ press and movable type, where a reversed and raised surface is inked and then pressed into paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. Following a revival that took place in the 1990’s, led by many design schools introducing the teaching of letterpress, the previously specialist and expensive form of printing has become widely used once again. Wedding invitations were at the forefront of this printing revolution, but today it is not uncommon to see business cards, posters and greeting cards also come in the first-class thick paper stock with letterpress depressions.

The Designer Will Make It Pretty Advertisement I am sure that my day job as a designer has a lot of similarities to that of the entire Smashing community. I create wireframes, mockups and concepts. I craft HTML and CSS using methods that I hope are fluid and adaptive. Each client has the ability to design their website as they see fit, but we have an unbalanced ratio of designers to clients. Because of these constraints, I hear a phrase quite often that many designers would compare to nails on a chalkboard. The result of my design process. Web designers hate this perspective. Why Designers Hate “Pretty” Design Professional designers don’t make things pretty because it’s beneath us. Image source: Mike Rohde. Yes, the design community has graduated from the pretty principle to less visual but supposedly more impactful measures. Embrace The Pretty Anyone who feels they have left pretty and supposedly meaningless things behind is wrong. Attraction works surprisingly well not just by direct preference but by association, too.

25 Unconventional Wooden Business Cards One might think that wood business cards are just a concept. Well, today we would like to tell you that it’s a growing reality. Custom Business cards are an icebreaker that could help your future. Making friends in you industry is always a must. Spicing thing up and making your card memorable will allow you to stay out of the trashcan after the conversation. Today we have hand-selected the best wooden business card examples. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

20 Valuable Treasures of Ceramic Art If there’s one thing that truly evolved throughout these thousand years, that would be ceramics. Its origins can be traced from the time of ancient civilizations, noted for ceramics include the Chinese, Cretan, Greek, Persian, Mayan, Japanese, and Korean cultures. Up until today, this art still thrives. Ceramic art refers to objects made from clay. A Broken ICON – ART by Boazlevi The word ceramics came from the Greek word “keramikos” meaning “pottery”. Today, the basic clay can be made into almost anything. Note: All images are linked to their source. Sculptural Vessels by Janice Cormier by Xabier Subijana Letamendia Self-Portrait Bust – Fall 2010 by CydneyRoss Ceramics by Katie Moore ‘Would You Like a Half Cup of Tea?’ Apple Vases by Stephanie Chu Raku angels by Ingrid Hernvall Paper Crane by Lori Sabina Piecyk Earth and Fire by Pablo Pineda Land Schaft by Majaaleksandra Ceramics by Goeun Delicate ceramic art by Valeria Nascimento Heated by Calvin Ma Reserved by Calvin Ma