IKEA Singapore Redesign (Personal Project)

OVERVIEW Ikea is a Swedish furniture store that prides itself on creating multi-functional furniture that can be brought home in flat packages and assembled easily. Most people go to Ikea for affordable furniture and knick knacks to jazz up their homes. The stores are user friendly and organized but unfortunately, their website is not. Hence, I decided to redesign the Ikea Singapore website. USER RESEARCH I wanted to find out what people like about the physical store so that I could incorporate it in the website. Thus, I began my research to understand the company and the users more. Ikea is a company that puts in a lot of work to understand its users and their behaviours to make furniture that would save space and make their lives more functional. A lot of users go to Ikea to walk through the showrooms and get a visual of what their homes Read the full article…

Canopus is creating a perfect interface using UI/UX development

Looking for an attractive site which an easily catch and engage the visitors? The best suggestion is to get the work with UI/UX development firm that can make a perfect interface for the clients. Did you ever noticed how among a large number of sites, how just couple of catch and retain the online users? The answer is straightforward; it is the UI experience that retains the client on the website again. Having knowledge of human behaviour is a vital component to unlocking an exceptional user experience. That’s where Canopus Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. brings user research and user testing into a single frame. From the processes of sales and marketing to customer adoption and employee connection, its effect is broad and noticeable. Therefore, Canopus execute thoroughly with essential research and design processes that guarantee that they deliver ROI on amazing experiences. Through detail oriented UI/UX design process, the team is with Read the full article…

How to become a designer and get hired

I sat down with David Martin, the CEO and Founder of Fantasy Interactive, an independently owned human-centered design agency with a mission to impact the user experience in every-day products through bold design. They have an impressive client roster including Facebook, Spotify, HP, USAToday.com, Wacom and Google to mention a few. With over 200+ industry awards, David has managed to build a globally recognized brand. So when I thought of creating a design series that would help designers improve their craft and get hired, there was no better place to start than Fantasy Interactive. Issue 1: Interview with Fantasy Interactive CEO David Martin What you will learn How David started and got into design Influences and inspiration Advice for those with no design experience How to craft your portfolio Standing out and getting hired UI Reel from Fantasy on Vimeo. Thank you so much David for joining us. David if you could take us Read the full article…

20+ Best Blackletter Fonts

Blackletter is a popular typeface that’s commonly used in vintage and grunge style designs. It’s now also being used in all sorts of modern designs from website design to logo designs, tattoos, and more. As you probably know, Blackletter is a script that dates back to early 12th century. It was commonly used in Western Europe, especially in Germany. This typeface has a strong effect that adds a certain elegance and class to both digital and print designs. Even some of the most popular publications, such as the New York Times, still use Blackletter logo designs. We found a set of Blackletter fonts that will help you add that same upper-class look to your various design projects. You can download all these fonts for just $29 when you subscribe to Envato Elements. There are a few great free fonts as well. Osgard Pro This beautiful font showcases the Blackletter typeface Read the full article…

A Comprehensive Guide To UX Research

(This is a sponsored article.) Before embarking upon the design phase of any project, it’s critical to undertake some research so that the decisions you make are undertaken from an informed position. In this third article of my series for Adobe XD, I’ll be focusing on the importance of undertaking user research. Your job title might not be “design researcher”, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at the very least inform yourself of your users and their needs by undertaking at least some initial scoping research before you embark upon a project. Read the full article…

How Big Is That Box? Understanding Sizing In CSS Layout

A key feature of Flexbox and Grid Layout is that they can deal with distributing available space between, around and inside grid and flex items. Quite often this just works, and we get the result we were hoping for without trying very hard. This is because the specifications attempt to default to the most likely use cases. Sometimes, however, you might wonder why something ends up the size that it is. Read the full article…

Free Online Event On Building And Maintaining Design Systems

(This is a sponsored article.) Everybody’s talking about design systems, but they are more than just a trend. They are a best practice for design consistency and efficiency between designers and developers. Back in the day, only large companies could afford the effort of building and maintaining a design system. Nowadays, with the growth of new tools and processes, they have become much more feasible for companies of all sizes. Read the full article…

New Xbox Elite controller revealed in leaked images

Microsoft first introduced its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller back at E3 2015. The $149 controller has four interchangeable paddles around the back, Hair Trigger Locks, remappable buttons, and completely swappable components. It’s been a popular choice for Xbox One gamers, and even PC players who occasionally want to use a controller, and now it looks like a second version is on the way. Several images have been posted on Chinese site Baidu that appear to show a second version of the Xbox Elite controller. An anonymous poster claims the new version will include a USB-C port for charging, Bluetooth support for Windows 10, three-level Hair Trigger Locks, longer key travel for the paddles, and a three-profile switch. The… Read the full article…

How to paint delightful miniatures

The origin of miniature painting stretches far back to the medieval age, when miniature artists painted exquisite portraits in watercolour on vellum and ivory. They used fine detail and painting techniques such as stippling and hatching to create layers of colour, in paintings measuring no larger than 6 x 4.5 inches. Many miniature artists today are still painting in the traditional way, but now miniatures can be of any subject and in a variety of mediums – oil, watercolours and acrylics, to name but a few. Vellum is still chosen as a painting surface, but now more artists are choosing to use newer products such as ivorine, polymin, smooth card or paper, or board. I’m going to show you how you can paint your own miniature using acrylics. These are versatile and rich in colour. Mistakes can be easily painted over, thus making them ideal for beginners.  Painting a miniature Read the full article…

Trendy Ways of Enhancing Website Homepages

You’re reading Trendy Ways of Enhancing Website Homepages, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Images and videos are the most popular options when it comes to enhancing website homepages. But are they the only techniques that form strong first impressions and make websites stand out? No one can argue with the fact that these stylistic choices are time-tested and crowd-proven methods. Nevertheless, they are not the only options capable […] Read the full article…

People are already reviewing Red Dead Redemption 2 on Amazon, and they’re hilarious

Red Dead Redemption 2 won’t be out for at least a little while longer (developer Rockstar Games still hasn’t given a more specific date than ‘spring 2018’), but since when have little things like ‘facts’ gotten in the way of the internet? If you head over to Amazon right now, you can look up user reviews for the highly-anticipated cowboy simulator, and boy are they a treat Read the full article…

Metal Gear Survive: More “Survive”, Less “Metal Gear”

The “Survive” in the title of Metal Gear Survive is a lot more literal than the first glimpses of gameplay might’ve made it seem. This is, first and foremost, a survival game, with unforgiving thirst and hunger systems that deplete by the second. On the other hand, the “Metal Gear” part of the title is much less literal. This is an action-first, crafting-driven adventure that, based on our three hours of hands-on time, has almost nothing but environments in common with previous games in the series, for better or for worse. We dropped into the game’s seemingly expansive open world right after a series of somewhat uninspiring story cutscenes, and were immediately introduced to Survive’s version of Mother Base. It’s a fairly bleak but customizable base setup that initially has stations for crafting gear, weapons, and medicine, plus a fireplace for cooking raw meat so it becomes edible. There’s also Read the full article…

Overwatch Blizzard World Map Release Date Revealed

Blizzard has announced when all players can dive into the Overwatch Blizzard World map for competitive play. The Blizzard World map, first announced at BlizzCon 2017, will be available on Jan. 23. The map is an homage to Blizzard’s other franchises, including World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. Featuring areas themed around all of these games, Blizzard World lets players loose in an amusement park. Read the full article…

Mother 3 Book Will Chronicle Years of Waiting for US Release

EarthBound fans are working on a new book chronicling years of waiting for a Western release of Mother 3. Titled “C’mon Nintendo, Give Us Mother 3,” the book is coming to Fangamer in late 2018 and chronicles years of waiting for the follow-up to Nintendo’s beloved quirky RPG. “Today, asking Nintendo to translate Mother 3 has become a huge running joke – it’s even been featured on national television and parodied by top Nintendo executives,” the book’s description reads. “But how did hope for a simple game translation blow up into something so big? Rumors, hype, letdowns, and lies – this is the story of the most-wanted game translation ever.” Read the full article…

‘Two Point Hospital’ From The Guys Who Made ‘Theme Hospital’

Two of the original creators behind hospital management sim Theme Hospital, Gary Carr and Mark Webley, are working on a modern spiritual successor to that game. Named Two Point Hospital (after their new company, Two Point Studios). The hospital sim aims to bring back the “humor, charm and replayability” of its inspiration. Sega is publishing Two Point Hospital, which is bound for Windows PC via Steam later this year. https://medium.com/media/40c60ce366ef008e3bebed0f528a45db/href “Gary and I have been talking about this project for a number of years and are really excited to be announcing Two Point Studios’ first game,” said Mark Webley, co-founder of the studio, in a release. Co-founder Gary Carr added: “The amazing team we have managed to bring together, and our partnership with Sega, has really allowed this first part of our vision to finally come to fruition.” Carr and Webley worked together at British studio Bullfrog on titles like Theme Read the full article…

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Agile Teams are Fragile Things

Many companies seek salvation through Agile. They have heard about the transformative power that Agile brings, they hear a good sales pitch, and the company is all in. They work to change all their technology teams over to an Agile process. Team dysfunction can derail products whether that team is running Agile or Waterfall. It makes sense. Waterfall has some severe problems. It is a ballistic process. You define a target, you aim, and you fire. Success depends on how well you aimed at the very beginning. There is no changing once you start the project. Sure you can be successful, but the odds are low because the target is moving and usually not in ways that you can anticipate. Agile on the other hand, is dynamic. It craves feedback. When the landscape changes around the product launch, the product can change too, as it should. The Agile principles all make Read the full article…

Sketch Libraries

Quick Start Guide for this amazing feature from ? 47 Let begin with a basic definition: Libraries are just like normal Sketch files that are meant to contain ONLY Symbols. The key difference is that Symbols in a Library can be accessed and used across all your Sketch documents, even shared with other designers across your team! So you might be wondering… How my symbol instances get updated once I modify something in the Library containing it? When you make changes to a Symbol in your Library, those changes will be synced across all documents containing that Symbol. That means that once you have saved a modification in the Library file, and you open a document containing an instance of this updated symbol, you will get a notification (similar dialog to the example shown below) indicating the changes. Once you have reviewed and confirmed that you actually want this update to be taken for your Read the full article…