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Thoughts on Designing for Smartwatches

There’s been more and more discussion about wearable tech and especially smartwatches lately. Apple’s Apple Watch certainly threw some more fuel to the fire when many tech journalists rushed out their reviews of the device. Many of the reviews of the Apple’s device made a big deal about notifications and how irritating and disturbing they  [ Read More ]

Splash screen with any other name is still a splash screen – and they suck!

For some unfathomable reason Google decided to add Splash Screens to their design guidelines. While they now call it a “Launch screen” it’s the same thing. A screen that is shown to the user while the app is loading. Unsurprisingly, this started a lot of (unhappy) discussion in the Android community. I recently added my  [ Read More ]

Android as a Prototyping Platform – a Case Study

I’ve not been writing much lately here. The reason is twofold:1) Android has gotten much better lately and there’s much less to complain about. Companies are starting to understand the value of understanding Android design and doing it right. Well.. mostly.. What’s up with the new G+ app??2) And this is the big one. I’ve  [ Read More ]


iPhone Crash Course – Step 4: Ask the Right Questions

The most common problem from clients or stakeholders is not that the design wasn’t good but that it didn’t meet the business objectives or didn’t solve the problem the app was supposed to solve.  This is true for any project but there are a few unique questions for iPhone apps that you should be sure  [ Read More ]

iPhone Crash Course – Step 6: Essential Facts and Tricks

We’ve covered a lot of the essential design concepts already in this crash course.  Yet, there are still those facts and tricks that separate the experts from the amateurs. Here are a few essential things you will absolutely be expected to know without looking it up: How to take a snapshot of your iPhone screen  [ Read More ]

iPhone Crash Course – Step 5: Get Tools for Prototyping

There will inevitably be many cycles of iterating your design before you reach consensus.  You need prototyping tools that will allow you to mock up (and update your changes) quickly. Everyone has their personal preference on the tools or medium they prefer for prototyping.  Some designers prefer specialized prototyping tools, others prefer the design tools  [ Read More ]


Android Crash Course – Step 1: Specify Design Parameters

With Android, there is a huge range of devices, screen sizes, input mechanisms, and OS versions.  You simply can’t guarantee a client or your team that the app that is delivered will look and feel perfect on every possible device out there.  While you will certainly do your best to design so that it works  [ Read More ]

Android Crash Course – Introduction

You need to design an Android app… yesterday. You know something about UI design or GUI design so fortunately you aren’t new to design.  Maybe you’ve already learned how to design for iOS (iPhone/iPad) on this site.  But you’ve heard that there are a huge range of Android devices with different screen sizes, buttons, and  [ Read More ]

design-examples — When Good Design Meets Scarily Accurate Data

It’s that time again. Here’s another minimal weath.. No. This is not a minimal weather app. This is not even just a weather app. It goes way beyond that. The creators of Dark Sky, the scarily accurate weather app, are back with Forecast. Forecast is an amazing new global weather service. Forecast takes the Dark  [ Read More ]

Clever Clues — Another Addictive Word Game for iPhone

If you’ve been reading my articles here, you already know that I love my word games. Unlike other game genres, Word Games let me play when I want to. They don’t need my constant attention and they’re easy to keep aside and continue from where I left off. My favorite word game to be released  [ Read More ]

Llumino Lets You Feel Calculations with Elegant Animations

The iPhone comes with a decent calculator app that gets the job done for most people. That has never stopped me from looking to the App Store for a more beautiful replacement. PCalc and Soulver have been popular for power users. I’d been happily using Calcbot until Rechner came along, but then I was completely  [ Read More ]

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