Creating your first UI Kit

A month ago I decided to create my first UI kit. The main goal was to learn sketch symbols so that I could improve my workflow which I accomplished and I gave it to all people for free, because I am paying the design community back for what I got. Let’s break down how I’ve created the whole UI kit so that you don’t make the same mistakes as me. What to do first Well, there are many different approaches of doing your UI kit and many types of UI kits. I recommend you to pick something easy for a start. It means to pick an app topic that you are familiar with, then it will be fun for you. Work on it as it is a normal app, e.g. UX, Wireframes, Designs, Testing, etc. In this way you are gonna learn more about how to create an app from scratch. Also Read the full article…

Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is coming to smartphones on November 22nd

Nintendo’s third proper mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will be released on Wednesday November 22nd, the company has announced. Previously pegged for a late November release, the free-to-play game has already been made available in Australia as a soft launch. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a camping-themed take on Nintendo’s addictive city life simulator, and may well be the company’s most successful mobile game yet. The series regularly sells extremely well on Nintendo’s dedicated hardware platforms, and the slow-paced design that rewards daily play should make a lot of sense on mobile — as long as Nintendo isn’t too aggressive with its microtransactions. Read the full article…

One of gaming’s musical maestros just released his first solo album

Hirokazu Tanaka has a history most game composers can only dream of. As a young sound designer working at Nintendo in the 1980s, he crafted the soundtracks to classics like Metroid, Earthbound, Dr. Mario, and Tetris. Later on, he would write songs for the original Pokémon anime. Now, a few decades later, he’s releasing his first proper solo album, a collection called Django that fuses chiptunes with techno and reggae. Tanaka — who is releasing the album under his stage name “Chip Tanaka” — describes the new collection as “the culmination of my harder side, the kind of game music you hear in EarthBound?s battle tracks.” The 13 songs jump around from genre to genre. The opening track, “Ringing Dub,” starts out as a thumping electronic… Read the full article…

Stop waiting, start that new creative project today

Got a winning idea for an app, children’s book or new business venture? Or do you want to diversify your skillset to help you aim big in your next career move? Whatever your dream, stop thinking about it and go for it, with two months of free Skillshare Premium courses to empower you with the expertise you need to see it through. As illustrator Eva-Lotta Lamm says in our Why you should make time for creative side projects feature: “My advice is to just start doing something that interests you and see where it will take you.” Her sketchnotes began as an illustrated travel diary and grew into her main career as she was booked for speaking engagements and teaching workshops. “Personal projects for me are important because they act as a beacon for what I’m about,” Brendan Dawes told us in our recent interview with him, adding that the Read the full article…

Pokémon Go Event Challenges Players to Catch 3 Billion Pokémon for Limited-Time Rewards

Pokémon Go studio Niantic has today announced a new event for dedicated Pokémon Go players, which the developer has dubbed its “first-ever Global Catch Challenge.” Players will be challenged to catch a combined three billion Pokémon in just seven days, and there will be a variety of awards unlocked should the community reach key milestones during the challenge. The rewards on offer for the Global Catch Challenge. Read the full article…

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Worldwide Release Date

Nintendo’s latest mobile game Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally has a worldwide release date. Announced via the Animal Crossing Twitter account, Pocket Camp will come to mobile devices around the world on the November 22. Last month’s Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct dropped the news that we would see the game come late this month, but until now we didn’t have an official release date. We reviewed Pocket Camp and it looks to be a true-to-series mobile adaption of the original Animal Crossing games with some welcome changes to the franchise’s formula. Read the full article…

Punisher’s Ending Explained: Who is Season 2’s Villain?

Warning: this article contains spoilers for the ending of The Punisher: Season 1! If you’ve made it to the end of The Punisher: Season 1, you probably have a good idea of which character will serve as the main villain of Season 2. The show wraps up with a badly disfigured Billy Russo clinging to life in a hospital bed and silently vowing revenge against Frank Castle. This pretty much guarantees that Russo will reemerge as the villain Jigsaw in Season 2. As we begin the long wait for the next season, here’s everything you need to know about Jigsaw and why he’s managed to stay the one recurring thorn in the Punisher’s side all these years. Given that the Punisher’s entire modus operandi is killing criminals in brutal and spectacular fashion, it makes sense that his rogues gallery is pretty small compared to the likes of Spider-Man or Iron Read the full article…

26 Quiz and Trivia Book Recommendation

Books filled with lists, facts, figures, and general information that may or may not be considered “trivial”. Compiled by Brandon R. at Monroe Public Library MMonroe County Public Library | 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408 | (812) 349–3050 1. National Geographic Almanac of American History by James Miller (Amazon) 2. Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide 2015: the Modern Era by Leonard Maltin (Amazon) 3. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett (Amazon) 4. Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac : 8,888 Questions in 365 Days by Ken Jennings (Amazon) 5. Assorted Trifles: Thousands of Tantalizing Trivia Tidbits by Stanley Newman (Amazon) 6. A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet by John Oldale (Amazon) 7. The American Heritage Science Dictionary by (Amazon) 8. The Princeton Handbook of World Poetries by Roland Greene, Stephen Cushman, eds. (Amazon) 9. 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List by Tom Moon (Amazon) 10. Learn Something New Read the full article…

Becoming a UX Designer

Becoming a UX Designer Picture this: you’re at a party, swinging and mingling with other young professionals or students such as yourself. You strike up a conversation with someone at the popcorn bowl. “I’m working as an account manager at KPMG,” he says. “I’m a UX Designer,” you respond. “Oh, so you build websites?” he queries, raising his eyebrows. “I have a friend who needs some work done-” “Well, not exactly…” you stammer. But before you leap into a detailed explanation about UX design and how it is the “process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product” (thanks Wikipedia), you see their eyes glaze over as their beer takes them to their ‘happy place’. And so it goes. Many of us have found ourselves in these situations. But I have finally found a concise way to describe the practice of UX Design parked Read the full article…

Xbox One X, S Vudu App Now Supports 4K HDR10

The Vudu app now supports 4K HDR10 streaming on Xbox One X and Xbox One S. According to Vudu’s official blog, those with compatible devices, which also include Nvidia Shield, Roku Ultra, and select smart TVs, can begin streaming HDR content immediately. At launch, the service will offer “over 36 movies” with HDR10 support. With the addition of HDR10, Vudu looks to bring HDR content to “millions more devices.” The video streaming app previously implemented support for Dolby Vision HDR, though that’s widely considered to be the less popular of the two HDR formats. For more on Xbox One X’s HDR capabilities, check out IGN’s review of Microsoft’s latest console. Read the full article…

Pokemon Snapchat Lens Celebrates Ultra Sun/Moon Launch

For a limited time, a custom Pokemon Snapchat Lens, as well as special Pokemon filters for Facebook and Line, are available in celebration of the launch of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. The new Pokemon Lens on Snapchat will let you decorate your selfies with Pichu’s nose, ears, and cheeks, and opening your mouth will activate Pichu’s voice. After activating the Lens seven times, Pikachu will appear on the screen, and after an additional seven uses, Alolan Raichu will be unlocked. Meanwhile, Facebook’s new camera filter will display Pikachu in the corner of the screen, and opening your mouth with activate its Gigavolt Havoc Z-Move. Additionally, the camera function on Line features two Pokemon filters. One includes Pikachu and Alolan Raichu, while the other features Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten. Read the full article…