Inspired UI - mobile patterns Web Best Practices Did you ever want to resize a video on the fly, scaling it as you would an image? Using intrinsic ratios for video, you can. This technique allows browsers to determine video dimensions based on the width of their containing block. Illustration: With intrinsic dimensions, a new width triggers a new height calculation, allowing videos to resize and giving them the ability to scale the same way images do. The concept The idea is to create a box with the proper ratio (4:3, 16:9, etc.), then make the video inside that box stretch to fit the dimensions of the box. The trick The padding property is the magic that styles a box with an intrinsic ratio. The CSS rules below illustrate how to style the parent and child to create a “magic wrapper”—a container that proportionally resizes itself depending on the width of its parent. Let’s review the declarations in each rule, starting with .wrapper-with-intrinsic-ratio. Now, let’s consider each declaration within our .element-to-stretch rule. The clean up
Smashing UX Design — Usability, Psychology and Information Architecture Category: UX Design This category features quality articles on usability, information architecture, interaction design and other user experience (UX) related topics – for digital (Web, mobile, applications, software) and physical products. Through these articles, experts and professionals share with you their valuable ideas, practical tips, useful guidelines, recommended best practices and great case studies. Curated by Chui Chui Tan. . Popular tags in this category: Freebies, Web Design, Techniques, Inspiration, Business A Guide To Validating Product Ideas With Quick And Simple Experiments You probably know by now that you should speak with customers and test your idea before building a product. Mistakes include testing the wrong aspect of your business, asking the wrong questions and neglecting to define a criterion for success. Read more... Building Clickthrough Prototypes To Support Participatory Design Read more... Creating Responsive Prototypes With Adaptive Views In Axure RP 7
10 Completely Free Wireframe and Mockup Applications Every web designer and developer should have a good and reliable wireframe (mockup or prototype) tool at there disposal. The importance of such a tool differentiates amongst web designers and developers, some use them, some don’t. Personally, I use them. The downside is that a good and reliable wireframe application can come at a heavy price, have you seen the cost of a good wireframe application? So, what options do you have? Please note that this post really old, so some of the below apps may not longer be free or available. Hot Gloo – The Online Wireframe App The first thing you need to know about Hot Gloo is that it is in Beta, the second thing you need to know is that it is currently free, but with plans to charge a fee later on this year, so, grab your chance now while its free, its worth it. HotGloo is an easy to use and intuitive Flash built web-based wireframe app, that can create conceptual interactive prototypes of a website in the early development stages. Pencil Project Cacoo
Icon Design Guidelines An icon is a graphic that takes up a small portion of screen real estate and provides a quick, intuitive representation of an action, a status, or an app. When you design icons for your app, it's important to keep in mind that your app may be installed on a variety of devices that offer a range of pixel densities, as mentioned in Devices and Displays. But you can make your icons look great on all devices by providing each icon in multiple sizes. When your app runs, Android checks the characteristics of the device screen and loads the appropriate density-specific assets for your app. Because you will deliver each icon in multiple sizes to support different densities, the design guidelines below refer to the icon dimensions in dp units, which are based on the pixel dimensions of a medium-density (MDPI) screen. Launcher The launcher icon is the visual representation of your app on the Home or All Apps screen. Sizes & scale Launcher icons on a mobile device must be 48x48 dp. Proportions Style
100 + Must Have Cheat Sheets and Quick References For Web Designers and Developers Designbeep is a design blog dedicated to web developers,bloggers,designers and freelancers.Our aim is to share everything about web design,graphic design,tutorials and inspirational articles and more. Homepage»RESOURCES »100 + Must Have Cheat Sheets and Quick References For Web Designers and Developers Wow, this is going to help out alot! Thanks! Great collection for web design beginners. we are already using “CSS Cheat Sheet (V2) (PDF)” in our company Ok Malik..Done:)Regards Great bunch of sheets, will definitely start using some. Will save me loads of time!
UI Guidelines for mobile and tablet web app design | Mobile Web Programming Official user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) guidelines from the manufacturers, links to which you can find below, are a source of inspiration for mobile web and app design. Here, you will find guidelines, samples, tips, and descriptions of common mistakes. Many of the guidelines focus on native application development, but we can apply most parts of them to mobile web design too. Remember to provide the best possible experience on each platform. More tips on mobile web design on the Programming the Mobile Web book. Do you know any other UI Guideline? Tags: android, bada, design, ipad, iphone, nokia, sony ericsson, symbian, ui, windows
10 Free Printable Web Design Wireframing Templates 758 shares Drafting Tips for Creative Wireframe Sketches Much like other professional designers I’m a big fan of the wireframing process. Although it’s mostly associated with the field of web design, the concept of project planning is ubiquitous across all creative mediums. Logo designers sketch prototypes, animators sketch storyboards, and UI designers sketch wireframes. Read More 1024 shares 11 UI Kits for iPhone and iPad Development Last week we posted a collection of printable wireframing templates which included some for iPhone and iPad app design.
Mobile Design: Considerations Throughout the UI Design Process Mobile Design: Considerations Throughout the UI Design Process Having organized files is really vital. In my experience as Mobile App UI Designer at iTexico, I’m concerned about the organization of files to avoid wasting time. So here are some recommendations for better working performance from my personal point of view. Care about the layers in your files 1. Often, the biggest source of anguish amongst PSD files users, is messy and unnamed layers within the file. 2. This is really a good practice and by following this small and quick step you ensure an easier navigation inside the file besides faster editing. 3. An excellent advice to avoid a big size file or future failures in Photoshop’s performance. 4. Managing images can make the difference The best practice is not to stretch or flatten images and this applies for button objects too. 1. Apply masks only to groups of folders instead of using the same mask on individual layers. 2. Snap until there’s nothing left to snap to. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3.
Building a Web Page for the Totally Lost If you are new to the Internet or you've never built a Web page before, learning HTML can be very intimidating. There are a lot of things that most "beginning HTML" programs assume that you know and understand about computers, the Internet, and the Web. But with this article, you will be able to start an HTML class without being afraid that you'll be in over your head. The Basic Tools In order to use this guide, you will need the following: a computer - either Windows or Macintosh Internet access an understanding of how to click on links and use Web pages the ability to follow on-screen instructions Since the first two are required to even view this document, I'll address number three. This tutorial is written completely online. What is a Web Page? When you browse the Web, you use a Web browser, the most popular ones are Internet Explorer and Firefox. Web pages are written in HTML (now, often called XHTML). The next page explains how to create a Web page - step-by-step.