It has now been more than two years since WWDC 2013 when iOS 7's flattened and utterly illegible software keyboard first saw the light of day. Upon its initial release, the keyboard's visual design was the least of the design community's concern. If anything, it was and still remains to this day the embodiment of modern minimalist virtue.Read More
In this interview with James Gill, CEO of GoSquared, we discuss how GoSquared went from its early days as a small advertising platform to what it is today, a design-centric, real-time web analytics platform. The following is the transcript of our conversation. Enjoy!Read More
Although it went unnamed for years, the phenomenon of the tweetstorm has long been practiced among Twitter power users. As the popularity of the tweetstorm has risen, many seem to have a misconception about what exactly a tweetstorm is. After the Spotify branding scandal that erupted on Twitter a several weeks ago, The Next Web posted a story in which the term was incorrectly described as follows: "What sounds like a small change ended up in a relatively huge tweet storm with thousands of people sharing their hate." A tweetstorm is not in fact a deluge of tweets, so what exactly is it and how did it emerge?Read More
The art of icon design is steadily being lost with each passing year. In the spirit of reinvigorating interest in the practice, I have compiled a selection of some of the great speed icon design process videos that designers have published over the years. You'll see everything from crisp vector work to textured digital painting and raster techniques.Read More
I'm often asked, 'what projects and companies do you see pushing the industry forward?' This past week I set myself to the challenge of finding works released approximately in the past year which could be considered to have user interface art.
It ended up being somewhat difficult to find interface art with depth given that most designers have abandoned static UI art in favor of ephemeral animation, or eschewed using any art altogether. After all, as they will tell you, 'design isn't art!' That said, here are some exemplary designs from the community.Read More
Only two years ago, we witnessed the LogoGate scandal, when it was noticed how strikingly similar the Squarespace and Mutual Mobile logos were. During LogoGate, the first recommended step to avoid such confusion was to "use real designers." Frankly, the two logos covered during LogoGate were not the half of it.Read More
The iOS Music icon again evolves—or devolves? Originally the iPhone music app was called iPod, but that soon went out of fashion and Apple opted for the title "Music," which remains today. The most impressive shift of course was between iOS 7 and iOS 8 in which Apple designers went to the trouble of reversing the gradient.Read More
Apple Music pays higher royalties than competitors like Spotify because there's no free option; you have to pay $9.99 a month to use it. But to entice consumers into signing up, Apple's offering a three-month free trial, and artists like Swift weren't going to see any money during those three months…Swift posted an open letter to her Tumblr saying she would withhold her album…17 hours later Apple's Eddy Cue apologized on Twitter and completely backtracked…Applause and retweets all around.
This year was my first being in San Francisco during WWDC week. There is never enough time to do everything on a trip like this, but this week was jam packed with WWDC itself, AltConf, Layers Conference and San Francisco Design Week, among other things. Nonetheless, I had some great conversations with a lot of people in the community—designers, developers, readers of the blog, old friends and more.Read More