7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Part 1) Introduction OK, first things first. This guide is not for everyone. Who is this guide for? Developers who want to be able to design their own good-looking UI in a pinch.UX designers who want their portfolio to look better than a Pentagon PowerPoint. Or UX designers who know they can sell an awesome UX better in a pretty UI package. Adam Harris In my last post about releasing for android, I had a long list of commands that you had to run, to finally create a releasable apk file. It looked something like this: ant releasecd binjarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore /Users/username/Documents/path/to/my-release-key.keystore AppName-release-unsigned.apk app_namejarsigner -verify -verbose -certs AppName-release-unsigned.apkzipalign -v 4 AppName-release-unsigned.apk AppName.apk
Using Space to Create a Simple and Effective Design Sometimes the most effective design technique involves nothing at all. And it is quite intentional. Space can be one of the greatest tools in your design kit. It can make text easier to read, bring focus to certain parts of the design and help create an overall mood or feel. Here, we will look at some great uses of space and how they contribute to both simple and effectively design schemes for different websites. Space Basics aboqe Text Flip (Turn message letters and characters Upside Down) This tool is for pro riddlers lurking in the internet. I'm really happy to present this generator. It turns characters upside down 180°. I took a text flipper that could only turn text into small upside letters and advanced it. My aboqe can turn several up-case letters upside down, aswell as all the lowcase ones.
Vine blog – Design at Vine: Everyone needs an editor We launched Vine about two weeks ago, and we’re already amazed at how a community of creators is using the new art form. People are sharing moments in unique ways, and that makes us smile. As we share in the excitement about what you are creating, we’d like to take a step back to offer some insight into our design approach for Vine. Android Fragmentation Report July 2013 11,868Distinct Android devices seen this year 3,997Distinct Android devices seen last year 682,000Devices surveyed for this report. 47.5%Samsung's share of those devices. 8Android versions still in use 37.9%Android users on Jelly Bean Fragmentation is both a strength and weakness of the Android ecosystem. When comparisons are made between Android and iOS the issue of different API levels, and the vastly different devices running them, is often emphasised. In this report we examine the extent of Android fragmentation and analyse its impact on both users and developers.
The Current State Of E-Commerce Filtering - Smashing Magazine Advertisement When done right, filters enable users to narrow down a website’s selection of thousands of products to only those few items that match their particular needs and interests. Yet, despite it being a central aspect of the user’s e-commerce product browsing, most websites offer a lacklustre filtering experience. How Slack has made itself an indispensable business tool When Slack launched in February, it was hardly the first chat/messaging service aimed at corporate users. But thanks to smart product decisions, the right mix of features, and good marketing, it has become one of the fastest growing. Slack now has 285,000 users per day, up from 171,000 in August. This explosive growth allowed Slack to raise a large round of financing this month at a valuation greater than $1 billion.
Designing an Account Switcher for Duolingo My Process I ran a design sprint in two weeks where I prototyped and tested account-switching flows for the iOS tablet app. Below is my two week design process. Here’s How I Did It Armors and bullet holes In his recent The Counterintuitive World post, Kevin Drum tells the following story: Back during World War II, the RAF lost a lot of planes to German anti-aircraft fire. So they decided to armor them up. But where to put the armor? The obvious answer was to look at planes that returned from missions, count up all the bullet holes in various places, and then put extra armor in the areas that attracted the most fire.