Inspiring Designs #31 — Home

We at NFN Labs stumble upon a lot of beautiful, creative & inspiring work. This week’s design inspiration contains everything related to homes?—?right from finding one to making one smarter ;) Mom, I’m home! by Lana Marandina Responsive House by Gal Shir Cbre Manhattan by Axel Gillino Neighborhood by Jay Master Real Estate App UI Design?—?Statistics & Dashboard by Nimasha Perera Snug?—?Home by Filip Justi? Home Loan Process?—?Explained by Saptarshi Prakash Drying it out by ranganath krishnamani Smart Home?—?Room settings (Lights) by Awesomed Smart home?—?Explore by Valentin Salmon Did we tell you we make fresh mobile wallpapers every 15 days? Check them out ?? That’s all for this week folks! Have a great weekend ;) Did you like this curation?Recommend this post (by clicking ? the button) so other people can see it too…We can also connect on Twitter @nfnlabs Still scrolling? Check out Inspiring Designs from last week Inspiring Designs #30 — Email Apps Inspiring Designs #31 — Home was originally published Read the full article…

What’s a Logo Grid, and Why Should You Use One?

So you need to design a logo. Where do you start? Shapes? Typography? A grid? A logo grid or construction guide is a popular starting point for many designers looking to create a logo. The use of a grid system, especially for a design that might often render at extreme sizes – very large or small – can help you create something that has visual harmony, an organized aesthetic and purposeful design. What Is a Logo Grid? The common factor in all logo grids is that they employ a sort of mathematical approach A logo grid is a tool used to help create shapes with geometric harmony in the process of building a logo. Logo grids are often called construction guides as well, depending on the shape of the grid (or guide) lines used. Logo grids are often made from an actual square grid, such as those used for grid Read the full article…

Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence?

Enlarge In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. “Beam us up, beam us up!” Kirk shouted in desperation. Then at the last second, after a tense scene of Chekov running top speed to the transporter room, their lives were saved moments before they hit the doomed planet’s rocky surface. Read the full article…

VRChat grabs $4 million in a rare bright spot for social VR

Startup VRChat raised a $4 million Series A round of funding led by HTC. The money for the social VR startup comes in the wake of AltspaceVR running out of cash and the earlier closure of Convrge, though Altspace found a lifeline of sorts. There’s still High Fidelity running strong and Linden Lab continues building Sansar, the successor to one of the longest-running virtual worlds, Second Life. Plus, social gaming space Rec Room raised $5 million earlier this year while BigScreen saw at least one person spending more than 1,000 hours in its screen-sharing service. It’s also important to note VR platform creators Valve turned its Home space into a social experience too and Facebook launched Spaces. VRChat (which is also on Viveport) is one of the first social efforts in virtual reality — starting as the project of CEO Graham Gaylor while he was in college and launching on Reddit in January 2014. That’s about the time Mark Zuckerberg was visiting the Oculus offices to check out Read the full article…

This mobile game lets you snoop through a lost phone

Developer Accidental Queens is returning to its spin on modern voyeurism with a followup to mobile game A Normal Lost Phone. But though Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story follows many of the same rules as its predecessor — the entire game is played on a smartphone that mirrors the one in your hand — many of its improvements are a direct reaction to backlash from the previous title. In Another Lost Phone, players assume the role of a person who’s picked up a wayward phone. Inside, they’ll find a slew of texts, emails, and photos that act as breadcrumbs to the game’s greater mystery: what happened to Laura, and why she seems to have gone missing. It’s the same premise as A Normal Lost Phone, but the game’s developers say they’ve taken… Read the full article…

The 40 best free web fonts

It’s time-consuming to cut through the ocean of free fonts online, especially web fonts, to find the real gems that punch above their price tag. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the greatest free web fonts from around the internet to get you started. There are various methods to source and license web fonts, including subscription-based models such as Typekit and Fontspring, which boast libraries of quality typefaces that are becoming increasingly popular with professional designers. If you’re on a tight budget, however, or are just looking to experiment on a smaller project, there are plenty of good web fonts available at no cost if you know where to look.  Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you, and have put together this list of the best free web fonts around at the moment. There’s a broad selection so there should be something here to suit every project. Don’t Read the full article…

The Cathartic Intensity of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

You can feel it. A stranger. An imposter in your own body.  Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice opens to our Celtic warrior protagonist Senua riding a canoe to the Norse mythology’s land of the dead, Hellheim. A chorus of voices echo through your headphones, warning you to return from where you came. “You’re moving towards your death,” one whispers. “Turn back, it’s too much,” says another. “You’re too weak, you’re going to die.” Senua looks straight ahead towards what’s hidden beneath the fog and you continue to go further into the canal, only able to slightly move the camera left and right as if solely with your eyes. Opening credits and crucified corpses planted in the sand around you fade away as you arrive at Hellheim’s shores. Stepping onto the ground, you push the boat away, preparing for the journey ahead. “You don’t have to do this,” a voice says. “You can Read the full article…

Nioh Complete Edition Announced

Nioh Complete Edition was announced this weekend at Tokyo Game Show 2017 and will be released in Japan later this year. As reported by Gematsu, Nioh Complete Edition includes the base game of Team Ninja’s action RPG, along with all three add-ons: Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and Bloodshed. The game will be available digitally in Japan on November 7, followed by a physical release on December 7, with both versions priced at 5,800 yen. The digital release will feature five new weapons, while the physical release will include a mini soundtrack CD and a strategy guide for the game’s beginning. Read the full article…

Fire Emblem Warriors DLC Plans Revealed

Fire Emblem Warriors will get three add-on packs by spring 2018, Koei Tecmo announced at Tokyo Game Show 2017. As detailed by Gematsu the first DLC pack, Fire Emblem Fates, will be released by the end of this year. It will be followed by the Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon add-on pack at the start of 2018, and the Fire Emblem Awakening pack, which will arrive sometime in the spring. Each pack, individually priced at 1,400 yen, will feature new playable characters and weapons. A 3,000 yen bundle that includes all three add-ons, along with a bonus bride costume for Lucina, will also be available. There are currently no officials details regarding how much each add-on pack will cost outside Japan. Read the full article…

The 6 Most Emotional Experiences I Had at Tokyo Game Show

Outside of the big booths like PlayStation, Bandai Namco, Capcom, and Konami, TGS has a huge emphasis on VR and mobile games. After checking out Monster Hunter World and Zone of the Enders’ new VR mode, I explored the rest of the show floor to see what this year’s TGS had to offer. There were many cool – and disappointing – experiences. While most of everything I experienced was neat, there were some that stuck with me for wrong reasons. Below you’ll find the things on TGS’s show floor that impacted me most, for better and worse. Read the full article…

How Would You Survive An Old School Runescape Zombie Apocalypse?

What??? Is probably what a few of you are saying as you read this title. But today we want to have a little bit of fun, with you, as we think about what would happen if there was an outbreak of the undead in the world of OSRS! We know you come here to low priced Old School Runescape Gold. But today we challenge you to let us know what you would use to survive the OSRS Zombie Apocalypse. How Would You Survive An Old School Runescape Zombie Apocalypse We got this idea from a post we saw on Reddit and also found this little guide about what kind of weapons and parameters are in place so have a look at this Old School Runescape Zombie Apocalypse Guide and let us know what you would use! Our loadout for taking down the Runescape Undead would look like this. Ranged Weapon: Blowpipe with Read the full article…

Keeping up with the current trends

Picture by: Matthew Henry To predict the future, one needs to be able to understand the past 2017 is already in the second half of the year, so this is not really a trend forecasting for 2017, more of a understanding of trends where we are now, and an anticipation of what will come. And if you’re not the one making the trends, I will give you a little update on what trends occurring in the second half of 2017, tuning into 2018. Including which colors to keep up with, technology and wellbeing. It seems like 2017’s trend scheme is split in two. First there’s the futuristic direction, with artificial intelligence and tech-driven design. On the other side is minimalism, going back to the roots; even the Pantone color for 2017 is greenery. Or if you like balancing in the middle, check out this video of how to go on a getaway Read the full article…

Revisiting the Gear VR: One Year Later

The Gear VR is a virtual reality headset that is powered by a compatible Samsung smartphone (i.e. the recent Galaxy S8/8+ and the Note 8). It works by inserting the compatible charging port into your compatible smartphone and placing it inside the slot. After that, you are all set to put that on and to enjoy a virtual environment. So when I received my phone in 2016, my Gear VR came soon afterward. Inside the box was a bunch of useful info I didn’t want to read, a cleaning cloth, and most importantly, the Gear VR. It included two straps, and the headset itself, in white and black. I immediately put it on, and the thrill of placing a whole new virtual world was exemplified as I went through the setup process. After all was said and done, I went thought the tutorial, then I looked around in the home menu Read the full article…

Tech & Telecom news — Sep 25, 2017

DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS The need to combine online commerce with a “bricks and mortar” presence seems even more clear in emerging markets. Amazon just acquired a 5% of an Indian retailer, Shoppers Stop for $28m, and will use its 80 stores across the country to deploy “experience centers” for consumers to test out the products available online (Story) PRODUCTS & SERVICES Video Fall in viewership of PayTV, affecting a substantial part of the bundles, is stressing negotiations for retransmission fees, the amount cable operators pay channels producers. Now Disney is pressing Altice US to pay more for CBS and ESPN, while Altice claims that ESPN audience has been declining “in double digits” (Story) Cloud Microsoft Azure continues to expand capacity in Europe and the US, by opening new data centres in both regions to add new “availability zones”, separate-but-connected facilities with their own power supply and cooling system, that will increase Azure’s redundancy / Read the full article…

Rez Infinite is most impressive VR experience.

Rez Infinite is a entirely new music shooting game which incorporated synesthetic experiences. Rez Infinite has created a world view with elements of beat music + ingenuous visual + innovative interactivity, and when you play it gets stuck in the world view more and more, the sense that you will be taken to somewhere else . I would like to say that it is different from any VR content I have experienced in the sense that it really enables the unique experience of VR. What I remember most about knowing this work that we rarely can not find out is what made me aware of what I was aiming for when I was a DJ during my school days. Whenever I do DJ I always make a grooves by sound and try to excite people on the floor with that groove. As the groove continues, people dancing eventually feel a sense of unity, Read the full article…

How Is Virtual Reality One Of The Booming Trends Of Construction Industry?

In the world of architecture, the very first step to constructing a structure is to create a design and present it to the clients. Even before the creation of the final design of a structure, there is a lot of thinking and brainstorming that goes into it. These days, there is a trend among the architects to present 3D rendering models of architectural concepts. With the use of such models it is possible for the architects to test the designs and the concepts before the final construction is started. Moreover, the clients could see the project through different angles and sides and decide on the changes that are important to be made. With 3D rendering models it is possible to take a tour of the virtually constructed project. It is also important to note that virtual prototypes of the architectures are of great help when it comes to make clients Read the full article…

Let me tell you a story…

Brand was walking towards a tavern on a dirt road drenched and soaked in rain. He saw the tavern from the corner of his eye. On the outside it looked rough, unfriendly and depressing. Logs and intricate wooden carvings made up most of the building’s outer structure. The windows were dusty, it was hard to see if there was any life inside. As he entered the tavern slamming the saloon doors it made a screeching noise of the rusted bolts. A bartender wiping glasses looked up and froze in amusement. The place was loud, but the moment Brand entered it became quiet. One could hear only the cracking noise of the wooden floor as Brand walked towards the counter. He gave the bartender a very intimidating look. A sweat bead rolled down the bartender’s forehead as he took a gulp. Suddenly… Was this compelling enough a set up to hook Read the full article…

PUBG vs. Fortnite: A game-genre copycat face-off heats up

Enlarge / Fortnite’s new Battle Royale mode includes this explosive splash screen. (credit: Epic Games) It’s inevitable: every time a wildly successful video game comes along, imitators quickly follow in its footsteps. The tradition began with Pong and Pac-Man clones, and that practice has continued on PCs, consoles, and smartphones ever since. “Homages” at best and “blatant ripoffs” at worst have always been a part of the game industry. I couldn’t help but think of this after my first thrilling time playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in May of this year. You may have heard about this PC game: it’s a somewhat familiar-looking military shooter, albeit with clever rules that gradually force dozens of players to a giant island’s random “center” point. The result feels like a video game version of the Japanese film Battle Royale. The “early access” game is also setting records for concurrent player counts on Steam—which is particularly wild considering it costs $39.99, as opposed to popular free-to-play games like Dota 2. Read the full article…