Create and Manage Web Applications with Simbla

You’re reading Create and Manage Web Applications with Simbla, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Are you looking for a complete solution for your business website? Simbla website builder might be the answer. Simbla includes a fully responsive website builder, using HTML5 and Bootstrap, an online database system packed with web widget and the latest version also includes a new app market with website product pages, a blog, product catalog and […] Read the full article…

Garden GOMS : The right framework.

Employing a framework that matches your project is key for developing successful UX engagements and experiences. This is true for several reasons. The right framework can guide a project through several stages from planning, implementation, to post launch analysis. It also provides the researchers with a continuous guide from start to finish. Yes, silly me, I said “finish.” Most UX project really have no finish. It is a continuous struggle to improve and refine well after the launch. But that is a key reason to have a guide. With the right framework, you can measure and refine the product throughout its life cycle. Finding the right framework is a hard-sought goal for every designer. In fact, I spent several months trying to find the right framework in my most recent project. As you can imagen, there are innumerable frameworks available online. If you google it, you can see for yourself. Really try googling it. Read the full article…

Claustrophobic Walkthroughs

Anti-Trend of 2017 I made a habit of snapping screenshots every time I experienced something I did not sign up for ;) Who was this week? Dropbox! I noticed a change in the interface and I totally get it and loved it right away. I’m using Dropbox for years now. This product is just amazing. So here is the new look. My Dropbox But in about a few min I got this: The Fresh Fresh Look Look that does not repeat anywhere anywhere It’s definitely following brand guidelines and is telling me that something happened: Dropbox has a new look. But where is my “opt out”, “close”, or at least “gotcha” option? I don’t want to commit tour, especially when nothing tells me how much time I’m about to spend on it. I really have this nervous tick in my neck when I see that. Oh did you see that light green alert on the Read the full article…

A Baptist Church Ethnography From My Time In Savannah, Georgia

A Baptist Church Ethnography From My Time In Savannah, Georgia During the Spring of 2015, I lived in Savannah with my girlfriend for three long, muggy months. The thinking went, we had a summer of free time before starting our degrees in London and we had never been to the South. We spent the better part of our time in Savannah working 60+ hrs/wk. We both found jobs in the local Uni’s catering kitchens. It was culture shock, big time. I worked in a kitchen with 16 black employees, no white ones. Mind you, I grew up in Maine with two students of colour in my graduating class of 132. Long story short, I had a wonderful time in that kitchen once I got used to the idea that the three lady chefs weren’t about to cut each other’s throats; it’s just how they talked. And it was a blast. I Read the full article…

Daily 100 UI Challenge — My Thoughts

So I only recently got wind of this challenge about a month ago and, deciding that I needed to actually commit to something for more than a week, I went ahead with pursuing this. For those of you who are not familiar, the Daily 100 UI Challenge (get started here: http://www.dailyui.co) is pretty straightforward: sign up, get daily emails, weekends excluded, design an interface based on whatever the day is. It ranges from sign up pages to location tracking, and it’s really just a way for designers to test and refine their design capabilities. Sure, I was hopping on the bandwagon at this point, but I really did want to work on my design abilities. And, being a recent graduate with no immediate prospects, I figured this would give me something to do in the meantime. Netflix would only keep me preoccupied for so long. Practice makes…better? Like I said, it’s been Read the full article…

A Thousand First Steps

By Alexander Lopatyuk, UI/UX Designer at Rosberry A very common idea which is hardly related to design, but it helps me so often with what I do that it’s worth writing about it again. I am very lazy. It is difficult for me to start working (especially after a hefty meal) and being given a new task I never know how to approach it. This pain in the neck hangs heavy on me and I am constantly trying to come up with an idea to help me fight my intolerable laziness. There are times when I lie down on the sofa and for an hour or so try to find a way to cleverly wrestle it down once and for all. Sometimes on the way to my possible triumph I fall asleep. Making up a plan to fight laziness. Yes, I was too lazy to take a picture of myself and found an image Read the full article…

Twitch to start selling video games this week

 Video game streaming site Twitch will soon begin selling PC games and other in-game content on its site, the company says. We understand the games may arrive as soon as tomorrow or later this week, though the exact timing is still in flux. Already one of the top destinations for live streaming and fan engagement, it’s not surprising that Twitch would take the final step… Read the full article…

Study: Parents say Pokémon Go leads to more quality time with children, among other benefits

(Pokémon Go Photo) For many parents, the amount of time children spend immersed in video games can be a big concern. But a new study from the University of Washington found that families who played Pokémon Go together saw benefits far beyond a robust collection of lovable virtual creatures, including more exercise, more time spent outdoors and more opportunities for family bonding. The study collected information from 87 parents who regularly played the popular mobile-based game with their children. The game involves collecting creatures from the Pokémon franchise by “finding” them in real life using a combination of GPS tracking and augmented reality gameplay. “Location-based augmented reality games are pretty different than sitting in front of a TV or playing a typical video game, so we were interested in the way kids and their parents were sharing those experiences together,” lead author Kiley Sobel said in a statement. Sobel is a UW Read the full article…

Destiny 2’s teaser trailer brings something new to the franchise — a sense of humor

Just a day after officially announcing Destiny 2, Bungie is back with a cinematic trailer. And while the trailer doesn’t show off any new gameplay details for the upcoming shooter or any information at all regarding release date or platforms, it does hint that the sequel could finally be bringing something new to the franchise: a sense of humor. The teaser features Cayde-6 (voiced by everyone’s favorite ruggedly handsome rogue Nathan Fillion), regaling the audience of adventures that featured, in his own words “a lot of shooting,” while nursing a drink at a bar. The camera then pans out to show that Cayde-6 is actually battling in what appears to be the ruins of the Last City (an important Destiny location) before running back into the… Read the full article…

About The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild

People past their 20s used to get asked why they would still “waste their time” with video games. It happens less these days and it nearly saddens me: it would have been a very good chance to dive back into the memories of all that time spent with Breath of the Wild, all the wonders and joy found in it and how fulfilling it felt. Then again, maybe wonder and joy aren’t what those asking the question deemed worthy in the first place. Not quite perfect Breath of the Wild (BotW) has been so wildly critically acclaimed that it now boasts the most perfect scores given to a game on Metacritic. It’s hard to shrug this off when so many publications weigh in, from the specialized fan-founded outlet to the everyday newspaper. Despite its glowing reviews, BotW is not a perfect game. Its framerate is choppy at times, a particularly vexing occurrence Read the full article…

Apple’s AI chief describes potential for reinforcement learning

Artificial intelligence has made great progress in helping computers recognize images in photos and recommending products online that you’re more likely to buy. But the technology still faces many challenges, especially when it comes to computers remembering things like humans do. On Tuesday, Apple’s director of AI research, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, discussed some of those limitations. However, he steered clear during his talk at an MIT Technology Review conference of how his secretive company incorporates AI into its products like Siri. Salakhutdinov, who joined Apple in October, said he is particularly interested in a type of AI known as reinforcement learning, which researchers use to teach computers to repeatedly take different actions to figure out the best possible result. Google, for example, used reinforcement learning to help its computers find the best possible cooling and operating configurations in its data centers, thus making them more energy efficient. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon, Read the full article…

Top 15 games for Oculus Rift after its first year

The first year of high-end virtual reality is over, and it’s a good time to look back at the best games for one of the major platforms in this sector In March 2016, Oculus VR launched its Rift headset. We’ve now spent the last 12 months using and experimenting with the device, and the head-mounted display has started to put together a respectable library of fascinating experiences. Below, I’ve gathered together the 15 best games for the VR device. Go ahead and check it out: 15) Ascension VR Above: Ascension VR for the Oculus Rift. Image Credit: Oculus VR The problem with deck-building games is that you have to keep the cards handy when you come across someone willing to play. With virtual reality, your cards can live in the cyberrealm along with everything and everybody else. Ascension VR enables you to take advantage of that, and it also recently got Read the full article…

Can Switch pull off a mid-cycle upgrade better than PS4 Pro or Xbox One Scorpio? GamesBeat Decides

Listen to the GamesBeat Decides podcast GB Decides on Facebook Watch live on Twitch Watch on YouTube Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, or Stitcher. Subscribe to the RSS. The Nintendo Switch may not have the power or years of releases of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, but it may have something that Sony and Microsoft want more than a library or horsepower: a good reason for gamers to upgrade to a revised version of the hardware. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, host Jeffrey Grubb and co-host Mike Minotti speculate if the Nintendo Switch is better built for a mid-cycle upgrade than the PS4 or Xbox One. The team also talks about Persona 5, which is out soon, about whether it lives up to the hype. Finally, we also ask if it’s OK that Splatoon 2 for the Switch is a lot like Splatoon on the Wii U. Join us, Read the full article…

Organizing the Web: The History of Information Architecture

Imagine a library with a variety of books, but no organization. No online catalog, no Dewey Decimal System, no shelves…it would be chaos. Much like libraries need library science, the digital world needs a way to organize its wealth of information. The science of organizing this information is often referred to as Information Architecture or IA. The term was first coined in 1977, when an architect, Richard Wurman, spoke at an American Institute of Architects (AIA) conference where he used the term “information architecture” to describe how we structure information so that it is clear, and easy for the user to understand. wireframes: a tool used by information architects to design and organize the user experience of an app or a webpage. Information architecture is an integral part of creating a user-centered experience. It is where the business, the user, and the content collide. As the World Wide Web grew, information architecture developed Read the full article…

Swang Development Log — Intro

This is the first entry in a series of many updates to come for a video game that I’ve started working on in my free time. Before I delve deeper into any details, here’s a GIF displaying the mechanics of the game: You can also try out a playable prototype in your browser! The Basics The game, titled Swang, is a one button precision platformer based on swing physics. You control your character by tapping and holding the screen or a button to attach yourself to a nearby anchor point, which you’ll then start swinging around. By releasing at the right time, you’ll hopefully have enough momentum in the right direction to reach the next anchor point. A series of well timed swings will ultimately bring you to the end of the stage, which awards you access to a new, slightly harder level to complete. Get to the finish within a certain Read the full article…

Minecraft gets Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers skins — including its real heroes, Bulk and Skull

It’s time to get mighty and morphin’ in Minecraft. Microsoft is bringing a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers skin pack to Minecraft on consoles, mobile, and Windows 10. The Power Rangers pack is available today for anyone playing on devices like Xbox One, iPhone, or basically any other version of Minecraft short of the original Java-based PC original. You can unlock the Red Ranger and Yellow Ranger skins for free, but you can also pay $3 to get access to all 20 skins. You can find it by clicking on the Store option on Minecraft’s home menu as long as you’ve updated to the most recent 1.05 version of the game. Above: The true heroes of the Power Rangers shows. Image Credit: Mojang Beyond the core rangers, this pack also includes the White Ranger, Lord Zedd, and the Megazord. Most important, you will also get skins for comedic foils Bulk and Skull. “As a Read the full article…

Create a pouring water effect in RealFlow

This tutorial show you how to simulate a liquid pouring effect. There are various software and plugins you can use to create liquid effects, but I’ve chosen to use RealFlow as it’s accessible and delivers consistent results. 29 free 3D models Before you start, you’ll need to do some research. You should have a good knowledge of the properties of liquid – for example, you should know what viscosity is and what surface tension is, and how they affect the liquid. Different types of liquid have different properties, and knowing these means you can tweak this workflow to create different types of liquid. Download the setup files for 3ds Max and RealFlow, as well as a video walkthrough of my process. 01. Create a glass shape First make your glass in 3ds Max In 3ds Max, create a container from geometry into which we’ll be pouring the liquid. Create a Read the full article…