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7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Part 1)

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. If you went to art school or consider yourself a UI designer already, you will likely find this guide some combination of a.) boring, b.) wrong, and c.) irritating. Let me tell you what you’ll find in this guide. First, I was a UX designer with no UI skills. My portfolio looked like crap, reflecting poorly on my work and thought processMy UX consulting clients would rather buy someone’s skills if their expertise extended to more than just sketching boxes and arrowsDid I want to work for an early-stage startup at some point? I had my excuses. “I majored in engineering — it’s almost a badge ofpride to build something that looks awful.” These “rules” are the lessons from those hours. This article is not theory. This is the Krav Maga of screens. Related:  User Experience

35 Traditional Newspaper Website Designs | Newspaper website design could amaze you if you are going to study it from the viewpoint of a designer. No matter what kind of news they feature, such websites should display a large amount of contents right on their home pages. Creating the navigation, usability and layout of a newspaper website then is a great challenge for a designer. The perspectives that you can learn from studying a newspaper website design is very valuable if you are a designer who must work on blog theme designs and other kinds of websites. At present, the number of people who want to keep themselves updated on the run continue to grow. Thus, online newspapers have been flourishing dramatically and if you are going to search for the top newspaper websites, you will be faced with an overwhelming number of choices. To help you understand the subject better, I have compiled a list of 35 newspaper website design examples that can really inspire you. Los Angeles Times – MORE INFO 20 Minutes – MORE INFO Bild – MORE INFO

MockFlow - Online Wireframe Tool What an Actual Product Design Process Looks Like Cap Watkins, Design Manager at Etsy shared his and his team’s design process a while ago and I consider it to be one of the most invaluable posts on the topic by far. I came across his 3-part series before reading Etsy Creative Director Randy J. Hunt’s seminal book Product Design for the Web, but revisiting it afterwards really clarified so much for me. I hope to apply these principles towards my own process and make it work for myself and our team. Below are a summary of his steps (along with suggested tools), but I highly suggest checking out his entire series because it’s pure gold top to bottom. What are you doing? Create your own document answering these questions then pass it around for everyone to scrutinize and discuss with; once a consensus is reached refer to it frequently throughout the process to constantly remind everyone of the problems and goals to design for. Suggested tools: Any text software eg. Gather products with similar features and flows you’re trying to solve for.

What's the tradeoff for using an icon driven navigation? Award-Winning Newspaper Designs Advertisement Print and Web are different. Traditional layout techniques from print, particularly an advanced formatting, aren’t applicable to the Web as CSS doesn’t offer sophisticated instruments to design such layouts (e.g. text floating around an embedded image; some “floating” techniques provide such results, however they produce bloated source code just as well). At the same time the flexibility of the Web is hardly applicable to print as there is no way to customize a traditional periodical for reader’s convenience. However, there are a number of fundamental principles which are often being used in both media. This issue of monday inspiration series is supposed to provide you with some examples of outstanding newspaper designs which have been rewarded with prestigious awards (see references at the bottom of this post), and demonstrate unusual approaches of newspaper design. Please notice that El Economista (Madrid, Spain) Äripäev (Tallinn, Estonia) De Morgen (Belgium) Mint (India) St.

#130 Monitoring with God Need to ensure your background processes stay up and running and don't use too many resources? Check out the god gem as shown in this episode. Download: source codeProject Files in Zip (121 KB)mp4Full Size H.264 Video (27.9 MB)m4vSmaller H.264 Video (16.9 MB)webmFull Size VP8 Video (42.3 MB)ogvFull Size Theora Video (38.9 MB) 7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Part 2) Rule 5: Make text pop— and un-pop Styling text to look beautiful and appropriate is often a matter of styling it in contrasting ways— for instance, larger but lighter. In my opinion, one of the hardest parts of creating a beautiful UI is styling text— and it’s certainly not for unfamiliarity with the options. If you’ve made it through grade school, you’ve probably used every method of calling attention to or away from text that we see: Size (bigger or smaller)Color (greater contrast or lesser; bright colors draw the eye)Font weight (bolder or thinner)Capitalization (lowercase, UPPERCASE, and Title Case)ItalicizationLetter spacing (or— fancy term alert— tracking!) There are a few other options that are possible for drawing your attention, but not particularly used or recommended: Underline. Up-pop and down-pop You can divide all the ways of styling text into two groups: Styles that increase visibility of the text. Lots of up-pop going on with the “Material Design” title.

UX for Mobile: The Rise of Fat-Finger Design We already know that users are turning to mobile for all kinds of needs: from simple-search to shopping, to the use of financial apps. And we also know that mobile-friendly websites are better ranked. But at the beginning of 2018, Google announced the mobile-first indexing since a lot of user searches are made on a mobile device. And if you have any doubt about it, Statista clearly shows that the global digital population as of July 2018 is 4.1 billion, from which 3.8 billion are uniquely mobile internet users. It’s estimated that this population will grow to 4.78 billion until 2020. Where to Begin First things first. Context Matters Whenever you are designing you should keep in mind the user context, and there are many layers to it. Responsive? Mobile can be developed in many ways so you must decide if it is a responsive website, adaptive, a native app, or a hybrid app. The choice is yours, just make sure that you are careful about conventions. Be Fat-Finger Friendly Navigation Is Key Forms

Design Principles Brakeman - Rails Security Scanner Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software Design for Fingers, Touch, and People, Part 1 Capacitive Touch Now, in 2017, when someone talks about touchscreens, they mean capacitive touch. This is the type of touchscreen on all mobile phones, tablets, entertainment systems, cars, kiosks, and increasingly, other small devices that are currently in production. Capacitive touch uses the electrical properties of the body. That’s why it doesn’t work with any old pen as a stylus, when wearing gloves, or even when your skin is too dry. While high-resolution detectors exist, they are used only for special devices such as fingerprint sensors. This is not a perfect system. A few years ago, Motorola put a handful of devices in a little jig, so they could robotically control the pressure, angle, and speed of touch sensing precisely. While the irregular spacing of the lines in Figure 3 is my fault—I’m not a robot—the other issues demonstrate the limits of the touchscreen. Size, Pressure, and Contact Patches Obsolete Standards The ISO is not the only group promoting obsolete standards.

Design With Reason: Newspaper Design and Redesign Shortly after adopting a smarter new design and spirit, these newspaper titles were sold. “Is it worth committing to a redesign if we’re thinking about putting our newspaper or magazine up for sale?” I’ve fielded this inquiry a few times in recent months and thought it would make a good blog post. Particularly if your publication hasn’t been refreshed in a long while, redesign is something to seriously consider. I’ve come to view the proposition as staging a house for sale – replacing out-of-date carpet, balky kitchen appliances, dirty bathroom grout. Just about everybody concerned will tell you it’s a good investment. Posted by Ron Reason on February 19, 2014 These two front pages were among prototypes I created for DNAinfo. Posted by Ron Reason on January 26, 2014