Top 5 Graphic Design Trends of 2018 (+ a Preview of 2019)

What’s hot in graphic design? One of the things people always want to talk to me about is graphic design trends. Here’s a recap of the top graphic design trends of 2018, plus a little preview of what’s likely on the horizon for 2019. It’s such an interesting topic because there are trends that change slowly over time – just look at the long evolution of flat design to where we are now – and others that seem to flip overnight. Should you always rush to use the latest graphic design trends in your work? Of course not. But it’s helpful to pick up new ideas, find inspiration, and see what types of techniques and styles are shaping your industry. 1. Bright Color Use of bright color for everything from backgrounds to images to user interface elements has been one of the biggest graphic design trends of 2018 for sure. Read the full article…

Live Accessibility And Performance Audits At SmashingConf Toronto

Live Accessibility And Performance Audits At SmashingConf Toronto Live Accessibility And Performance Audits At SmashingConf Toronto Markus Seyfferth 2018-10-17T13:20:35+02:002018-10-18T07:57:13+00:00 Earlier this year, many of your favorite speakers were featured at SmashingConf Toronto, however, things were quite different this time. The speakers had been asked to present without slides. It was interesting to see the different ways our speakers approached the challenge. Two of our speakers chose to demonstrate how they audit a site or application live on stage: Marcy Sutton on accessibility, and Tim Kadlec on performance. Watch the videos to see an expert perform these audits, and see if there is anything you can take back to your own testing processes. To watch all of the videos recorded in Toronto, head on over to our SmashingConf Vimeo channel. Accessibility: Marcy Sutton Marcy took two example components, built using React, and walked us through how these components could be made Read the full article…

Sidestepping App Stores, Facebook Lite and Groups get Instant Games

HTML5 almost ruined Facebook when baking in the mobile web standard to speed up development slowed down the performance of the social network’s main iOS and Android apps. For a brief moment in 2011, Facebook even tried to build an HTML5 gaming platform codenamed Sparta to escape the taxes of Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems. But at the time, HTML5 wasn’t powerful enough for great gaming. Facebook eventually ditched HTML5, rebuilt the apps natively, and Facebook became one of the most powerful players in mobile. Now Facebook is giving HTML5 another shot as a way to expand its Instant Games like Pac-Man and Words With Friends to the developing world through Facebook Lite, and to interest communities via Facebook Groups. With improvements to smartphone processing power and the underlying mobile browser app technology, HTML5 can now support snappy, graphically-complex games like Everwing seen below. Instead of having to download Read the full article…

How to pick the graphics card that’s right for you

Nvidia’s new lineup of powerful gaming GPUs, the GeForce RTX 20-series, is now available. At their best (and most expensive), you’ll be able to game in 4K beyond 60 frames per second, and for the games that support it, ray tracing allows for more realistic lighting and reflections. You’ll pay a lot for the latest tech, though: pricing for Nvidia’s Founders Editions reference cards starts at $599 for the RTX 2070. The RTX 2080 is the next step up and will cost $799. The new high-end card, the RTX 2080 Ti, sits at $1,199. Though, if you opt for a third-party card, you’re likely to save some money no matter which card you choose. For prospective PC builders or those in need of a graphics card upgrade, the decision of what and when to buy is… Read the full article…

Limited edition Xbox One makes Taco Bell ‘bong’ noise at startup

A strange but intriguing new promotion from Taco Bell and Microsoft will soon make Doritos and Mountain Dew passé for the gaming elite. Taco Bell customers who purchase a double chalupa box for $5 beginning tomorrow will automatically be entered to win a very special limited edition Xbox One X console that includes “Taco Bell’s famous ‘ring’ when powered on,” according to a press release. Yes, Taco Bell’s infamous little bell that rings at the end of commercials. It’s like Pavlov’s dog experiment come to life: hear the ring when you power up your Xbox One X, hit up Taco Bell. The console, which includes a nifty monochromatic design scheme exclusive to Taco Bell and Microsoft’s promotion, comes with an “Xbox Elite Wireless Controller… Read the full article…

Mobile Loyalty Programs: The Do’s And Dont’s

The holiday season is fast approaching. Yes, I might be mentioning it even earlier than Macy’s or your chain pharmacy, but before you know it, those Halloween decorations will quickly be replaced by Christmas lights and Black Friday advertising. As people prepare for the inevitable holiday shopping sprees, they start looking for best deals and […] The post Mobile Loyalty Programs: The Do’s And Dont’s appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories Review

Beautiful, brutal and frequently bizarre, The Missing: J.J. Macfield and the Island of Memories is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer that has cult hero game director Hidetaka Suehiro’s (aka Swery’s) fingerprints smudged all over it. Yet amidst the schizophrenic tonal shifts and fantastical, deathtrap-strewn settings, The Missing manages to tell a surprisingly human story that builds to an emotionally powerful payoff at its conclusion. Its execution may be a little rough around the edges compared to genre champions Limbo and Inside, but it brings plenty of its own unique personality that allows it to shine despite the slight lack of polish. Read the full article…

Blizzard Casts Doubt on Diablo 4 BlizzCon Announcement

BlizzCon 2018 is almost here, but a new post from Blizzard strongly suggests we won’t see any new Diablo projects announced. “We’ve seen a lot of rumors flying around about our plans for Diablo at the show,” reads a post on the Blizzard forums. “These are very exciting times—we currently have multiple teams working on different Diablo projects and we can’t wait to tell you all about them . . . when the time is right.” The post goes on to say that “good things come to those who wait, but evil things often take longer”. While Blizzard may not be ready to share all its projects, the company promised that it does intend to share “some Diablo-related news” at the show. Read the full article…