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. 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. Graphic & Web Design Inspiration + Resources - Iceweasel Flat design existed long before it became a buzz word. It’s just finally been packaged. Flat design is beautiful and refreshing. It’s also generally faster to design and easier to make responsive. 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.
Typography in Mobile Design: Important Aspects and Examples - Designmodo - Iceweasel What makes mobile typography special is the restrictive nature of mobile screens; they are small and used in brightly lit areas so that it is difficult to see anything. Therefore, when it comes to typography for mobile devices you have to be very careful about how you go about it. Most people would agree that there are three big components that help making mobile typography great: size, contrast and spacing. Readability Readability is defined as the amount of effort a user has to put in, in order to read and understand text. This is a very important usability issue that should never be underrated as text is the number one way in which information is communicated online – by a big run. 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.
A Great UI is Invisible A user interface that is invisible and that provides seamless interaction possibilities will help the user focus on their goals and direct them to what they need. A really well designed user interface is one that goes unnoticed by the user, whereas a poorly designed user interface forces the user to pay attention to it instead of the content. Users come to websites in order to achieve a goal: buy a new book, learn about jQuery, share an article with friends, find new music, write a novel or just find the nearest Target. Users don’t come to play with your interface design. In fact, users don’t care about your interface. For years the desktop paradigm and the lack of interactive tools have made people think about user interfaces, how they work and what makes some designs better or worse; but do we really want our users caring about all this stuff?
4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. During a presentation at South By Southwest 2015 on Sunday, Maeda argued that not only is Silicon Valley taking design more seriously; design is actually taking over. Here are four key reasons why the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Moore's Law No Longer Cuts It UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer's Guide To The Tech Industry Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says "I'm a designer," it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer. Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, other publications) to tech (websites, mobile apps). With the relatively recent influx of tech companies focused on creating interfaces for screens, many new design roles have emerged.