5 hour Prototype Challenge: BBC iPlayer Radio app using Origami Studio

5 hour Prototype Challenge: BBC iPlayer Radio App using Origami Studio Focus area: the station selector wheel In this series for Prototypr I will be prototyping interesting interactions from my favourite apps and some client projects, using Origami Studio. I will be focussing on one unique, challenging concept in each app, to increase my knowledge of the tool and hopefully benefit the Origami community! Challenge #1: BBC iPlayer BBC iPlayer Radio iOS app?—?home screen Background:The BBC iPlayer Radio app is one of my most used apps. The home screen has a great spinning wheel to scroll through 20 BBC stations. ?? Goal: Understand how to animate content on a circle using Origami’s Cartesian coordinate system? Focus: Recreate the spinning station selector wheel? Time taken: 5 hours? Tool: Origami Studio? Files: Origami studio, Sketch and source files are available in this Dropbox folder [ Step 1 ] Decide What to Make, and What to Fake For Read the full article…

Universal Principles Of User Experience Design

(This is a sponsored article.) As designers working in an ever-changing field, it’s important that we develop an understanding of the timeless design principles that underpin everything we do. In the second article in my series for Adobe XD, I’ll explore the foundations that enable us to establish some universal principles of UX. These principles, which should sit at the heart of everything we design and build, are critical and will stand the test of time: Read the full article…

Learning Elm From A Drum Sequencer (Part 1)

If you’re a front-end developer following the evolution of single page applications (SPA), it’s likely you’ve heard of Elm, the functional language that inspired Redux. If you haven’t, it’s a compile-to-JavaScript language comparable with SPA projects like React, Angular, and Vue. Like those, it manages state changes through its virtual dom aiming to make the code more maintainable and performant. It focuses on developer happiness, high-quality tooling, and simple, repeatable patterns. Read the full article…

The Verge Awards at CES 2018: Hey Google

The CES crowd seems to be dwindling every year as more tech companies wait until events like Mobile World Congress or their own developer shows to announce new products. But at CES 2018, even though we saw fewer things, they were also more interesting than previous years. We also saw Google, for the first time, make a spectacle out on the convention floors, fighting back against Amazon’s Alexa takeover. Cover CES enough times, and you’ll also see trends start and grow from the show floor booths. Fingerprint readers that are directly embedded into touchscreens, for example, might be the new standard — just as the Qi wireless standard became universal this year now that Apple has adopted it on its latest iPhone models. While there’s no one… Read the full article…

Trump announces the sale of F-52 planes, which only exist in Call of Duty

Good news! The first F-52 fighter aircrafts have made it safely to Norway, President Trump announced today. Bad news! F-52s aren’t… real. They’re advanced fighter aircrafts that exist only in the game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The Washington Post pointed out the blunder following Trump’s puzzling assertion that these fictional planes completed their trip. “In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said. “We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.” Extremely ahead of schedule, apparently, since they’ve yet to make the crossover into the real world. The Washington Post surmises that Trump likely combined the number of planes, 52, with the… Read the full article…

10 skills graphic designers need to get ahead in 2018

Graphic design is a fast-paced, ever-evolving industry – and the road to career advancement isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can feel as though you’re producing excellent work but not being rewarded.  That could be because, while you’re strong on core graphic design skills, you might be neglecting other areas employers are focused on. So what skills do graphic designers need to get ahead in 2018? Collaboration is king Before we take a look at the key graphic design skills that will get you ahead in 2018, it’s worth mentioning the importance of developing collaboration skills.  In a post-digital age, the complexity of projects, timelines and pace of innovation means you can only really achieve excellence with a cross-disciplinary team. Being able to collaborate with creatives with different skill sets – while under pressure and potentially in different time zones – is the one skill that will truly future-proof your career.  Read the full article…

Overwatch League Day One Peaks at More Than 400k Viewers

If day one of Overwatch League is any indication of how the inaugural season is going to play out then we’re in for a treat. While the first 2 matches resulted in both Los Angeles teams sweeping the floor with their opponents 4-0, Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty wrapped the night up with an impressive show of skill. The matchup started slowly with the two teams going 3-2 in Junkertown, the highlight of which was a RIP-Tire ult denial using Ana’s Biotic Grenade from Dynasty’s Ryujehong. Dallas walked away with the first win, but the pace picked up at Temple of Anubis. Both teams started off strong, taking the objectives with ample time left on the clock. Both teams managed two successful attack rounds before Seoul began to put the pressure on Dallas. Fleta’s Widowmaker and Genji plays stole the spotlight and helped secure their first win against Dallas, 6-5. Seoul Read the full article…

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Virtual Reality (MMO) Games Will Be Awesome

It should come as no surprise that I want to make an Epic MMO(RPG)… I am not sure if I want it to be an actual role playing game what with stats n such.. but playing these VR games really made me yearn for VRMMORPGs like the books that got me interested in VR years ago. There are a number of things I want to change and do differently than typical MMOs. I realized that a VR game would actually necessitate many of those changes! No cutscenes Cutscenes wrest control from the player. This is something that is a big nono in VR, as it almost assures nausea inducing effects. Imagine instead feeling like you are directing and living epic scenes and cinematics as they happen? Clever use of camera focus, filters, 3d audio and so on can make the player feel like they are the cutscene. Action combat Not mere button-mashing hack and Read the full article…

Nintendo Dads Podcast Ep 120

I was able to make a guest appearance on the Nintendo Dad’s Podcast last week. We talked a lot about Switch and Zelda and about just how gross kids are. You can watch the full show below. You should also follow Nintendo Dads on Twitter! https://medium.com/media/f9099cafdc8833aa2a64e8374afed978/href Nintendo Dads Podcast Ep 120 was originally published in geekfamilymedia on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. Read the full article…