“My design of 404 Error page was a big hit” — Interview with a UX designer, Mark Lacsamana

Mark Lacsamana A great UX can make the “no results page” delightful Mark Lester Lacsamana, a Philippines-based UX designer loves to read and understand the challenges a designer faces rather than looking at a picture of an interface. With 7+ years of experience in UX, Mark has worked with organizations like OLX learning and understanding the concept of ‘User experience’ more closely. In continuation with the interview series to grab good knowledge on the work life of a UX designer, TechAhead interviewed Mark. What does it take to be a great UX designer? Mark: “Discovering UX is very different from person to person. I’ve seen many UX practitioners come from various backgrounds, some from a graphic design. But if it’s one thing that separates UX from other fields of design is it’s reliance on skills that are much more suited to psychology and sociology particularly observation and empathy. Being able to Read the full article…

There’s no I in team. Unless you spell it teiam and then there is.

I wrote this a couple of years ago for the corporate blog of a company I used to work for. I still agree with most of it. My career goes a little like this: 2004I love designing. I have very earnest opinions about Helvetica. I am very good at Photoshop. 2006The things I design should be easy to use, not easy to look at. I think I’ll throw around the words “delightful user experience” in stakeholder meetings and just ignore the eye rolls. 2007I should probably talk to some people who are going to use these designs. But I am pretty sure I’ve got most things right so far. Also 2007Rethink everything. 2010Read all of the books. Try all of the techniques randomly but with enthusiasm. Every user experience blog post and podcast is a revelation to be treasured forever. 2013I am sick of reading blog posts now. 2013Practice, practice, practice, critique session, crying in Read the full article…

50 Free & Premium Tumblr Themes

Tumblr has been the go to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for type. Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of the best Tumblr themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial. We hope you find something that fits what you’re looking for! Uptown Uptown is a stylish, minimal theme full of gorgeous design detail. You can customise everything. Turn features on and off, choose a grid or standard layout, change every colour and detail, and make Uptown your own! Price: $19 Author: Themelantic Author Author is a beautiful, customisable blank page for you to share your thoughts and ideas. Customise everything, and create your own Read the full article…

12 Fun CSS Text Shadows You Can Copy and Paste

Typography is everyone’s favorite toy in web design. One particularly fun tool that CSS gives you to play with your type is text-shadow, which seems simple enough at first but can be used to create some remarkable effects with a little ingenuity and creativity. Today we’re going to run through several text-shadow examples that you can copy and paste for your own work. The Basic Shadow The text-shadow property is super easy to work with and works well across all modern browsers without even so much as a vendor prefix! However, using tools like Modernizr will help you pull off advanced CSS3 effects even in older browsers, if you need fallback support. Syntax The syntax for creating a simple text-shadow is shown below. You have four variables to work with, the first two set your shadow’s position, the third sets the amount of blur and the fourth the color of Read the full article…

Web Development Reading List #190: Images in Web Notifications and Angular Code Splitting

    New APIs offer great possibilities to build better web services. And some people push these new technologies to their limits. For example, we can use JavaScript to generate images that we then can use in Web Notifications. We can use the Storage API to find out if and how much data we can save on a user’s device and can adjust the behavior of our applications accordingly. Read the full article…

Loaded reverses Silicon Valley’s failure formula, and embraces the comedy side of startups

It’s easy to watch the British comedy Loaded and immediately compare it to HBO’s biting satire Silicon Valley. Both feature a group of four adult men working in the tech industry and maneuvering through the complexities of running a company, while engaging in ludicrous antics borne from their immaturity and deep character flaws. But the similarities pretty much end there — and that’s what makes Loaded a more refreshing, funny take on success and the ambitions of tech workers everywhere. On Loaded, London mobile game company Idle Thumbs has just hit the big time, with a generous acquisition offer from a vague, insidious-sounding American corporation called Northlock. Suddenly, the startup’s four co-founders are millionaires, having… Read the full article…

Hearthstone Pros and Personalities on the Game in 2017

I’ve spent a good deal of my gaming life over the last few years obsessed by Hearthstone. It’s a genuinely special game – deeply strategic, infinitely playable, always changing, always surprising and wonderfully presented. It’s also worth noting that I’ve almost definitely spent more time watching Hearthstone than playing Hearthstone in that time. I check in with streams, watch tournaments, follow content creators on YouTube, lurk around the various Hearthstone subreddits and listen to Hearthstone podcasts (plural!) on a weekly basis. Hearthstone’s community, in other words, is pretty vital. There’s so much to learn, so much to discuss and so much fun to be had that I’m quite happy to divide my time between the community and the game itself. With that in mind, now that there’s a little lull before Knights of the Frozen Throne kicks into gear (more info and card reveals are coming on July 24) I Read the full article…

COD: Nazi Zombies Will Be the ‘Most Terrifying’ Yet

During the Call of Duty: WW2 Nazi Zombies Reveal panel today at San Diego Comic-Con, Sledgehammer officially revealed the next iteration of their zombies mode calling it “probably the least campy and most terrifying” yet. The panel opened with a finished version of the previously leaked trailer, showcasing an intensely gory, horror-themed take on the zombies formula. “The number of times we think you’re going to maybe pee a little is going to be more than what you’ve experience before,” Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey said, who was joined by creative director Cameron Dayton and senior director of development Jon Horsley. The team stressed their goal is to keep it grounded and avoid that natural desire to “dial everything up to 11,” while Condrey drew parallels between lessons he learned from a previous game he developed, Dead Space. Read the full article…

June’s Best Selling Console Was PS4

PlayStation had its best June ever, according to analysts at the NPD Group. Over all, hardware and software saw a 7% increase over the same period last year. Tekken 7 found its way to the top of the game sales chart, pushing Injustice 2 to the second spot on the list. Once again, Grand Theft Auto V was the third best selling game by revenue for the month. Nintendo’s Arms showed up in fifth place on the chart in spite of having only physical copies revenue counted for NPD’s chart. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, and Overwatch similarly only counted physical releases in NPD’s numbers. Here are the top 10 games in the US according to NPD: Read the full article…

Stream — Circuit Puzzle is right to pick for you to boost your logical thinking skills

Puzzle games have been consistently getting famous for the smartphones has enormously increased the demands of such games. Puzzle games are interesting and not just interesting they are good for your brain exercise. Every part of a body is anti-fragile. When they are put to some stress, they die or get stronger. Same is the case with your brain; it is like a muscle which gets stronger and better when it is used. Puzzle games are a great source of brain teasing games that improve your special memory, processing, analytic skills and problem-solving. Android is constantly introducing such fun on its platform. Below in the review, we are going to present you a game app from the same category named, Stream?—?Circuit Puzzle. What is Stream?—?Circuit Puzzle? Stream?—?Circuit Puzzle throws you into the world of circuit-based logic. Navigate your way through circuit wires as you attempt to find the correct inputs to complete Read the full article…

Navigating the Internet in 3D

Austin Bell, Technology Editor, Puma PressMarch 26, 2016 Human beings have been seeing two-dimensional images for thousands of years. They have created beautiful 2D art and images that have transcended and lasted throughout human history. Now for the last quarter of a century, these images have inhabited our computers, then smartphones and tablets. The rich tapestry of high definition images and infinitely replayable gifs are at the forefront in our increasingly cyber world. Still, there are those who want more. Finding that “more” is the task of numerous individuals and groups looking to reach the next step in navigating the Internet in three dimensions. While the transition of 2D to 3D won’t be a gigantic step in the world of technology, such as going from a telephone to cell phone or writing letter to sending an email, it can exponentially change numerous other arenas of life, such as education, consumer production, and Read the full article…

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Esse dispositivo transforma o iPhone em um visor de realidade aumentada

Por Redação Com Mira Prism, você pode interagir com imagens holográficas sobrepostas no mundo real (Crédito: Mira) Falar em realidade aumentada (AR) é falar na integração de elementos virtuais no mundo real. Esta tecnologia, que não se confunde com a realidade virtual (entenda a diferença aqui), nos permite continuar enxergando nossa realidade (física) ao mesmo tempo em que observamos objetos tridimensionais e vídeos. Apesar de todos os avanços no campo, a AR ainda não é um produto para o mercado em massa. As inovações desenvolvidas até o momento oferecem preços elevados ao consumidor. O Microsoft HoloLens, por exemplo, custa em torno de US$ 3.000,00?—?um investimento bem considerável, não é mesmo? Não por outra razão, muitos consumidores estão aguardando até que algo mais acessível atinja as prateleiras das lojas. A boa notícia é que, ao que tudo indica, este dia está prestes a chegar. Conheça o Mira Prism A startup Mira, com sede em Los Read the full article…