UI vs. UX: A Culinary Comparison

If the title of this article drew you in, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some kind of Venn diagram with a dozen circles showing the overlap between user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). This article doesn’t dispute any of that. But it does explain UI vs. UX in an alternate way. One of the most powerful techniques a UX designer can wield is storytelling. Stories allow an audience to relate to a subject in a more meaningful way and hopefully help them understand it better. The Cooking Analogy Let’s start by stepping out of the digital world. The experience and the food are connected, yet separate. Consider the thinking that goes into preparing a meal. Good ingredients increase the likelihood of making a tasty dish; however, the way those ingredients are prepared and combined is also very important. Additionally, the pairing of dishes in a meal or across Read the full article…

10 Things Only a Designer Would Notice (And Why They Matter!)

Don’t think your poor design choices won’t be seen. Keen graphic designers are judging your shortcuts and rolling their eyes. Just because these are things that only a designer would notice, it doesn’t mean they aren’t important. (Do you really want all that judgement from your peers?) Here’s a list of things that make my skin crawl… Make sure you’re not guilty of these design faux pas! 1. Your Fonts Don’t Match Does the bowl in the headline font mirror the bowl in the body text? Do the typefaces have distinctly different weights or families but still match? The process of airing fonts isn’t just a matter of picking two typefaces and calling it a day. They have to match in feel, meaning, and visual language. These elements help create harmony and consistency that not only make typefaces look good, but that can also contribute to readability. Want some advice? Read the full article…

Former EA exec Patrick Söderlund’s new studio just opened, but it has big plans

Just a few months after leaving his job at EA as chief design officer, Patrick Söderlund is ready to announce his next venture. Called Embark Studios, the company was revealed this evening at the earnings call for MapleStory publisher Nexon in Tokyo. Embark is a collaboration of sorts, with Nexon serving as both a publisher and investor in the fledgling studio. Söderlund’s team isn’t ready yet to show off a game, but the former EA executive has big plans for the future. “We have a mass-market, large-scale ambition with what we’re going to do,” he says. To create that, Söderlund says that the studio will make use of emerging technologies to build new kinds of online interactive experiences. The press release announcing Embark is filled… Read the full article…

Square Enix cancels Final Fantasy XV episodes as director quits company

Today, Square Enix hosted a livestream that was billed as a “Special Program” with exciting news about upcoming Final Fantasy XV content. But in an incredible plot twist worthy of the series itself, the news turned out to be inconceivably terrible: almost all of the DLC has been canceled, and game director Hajime Tabata has left the company altogether. Square Enix had planned to continue the never-ending flow of Final Fantasy XV content all through 2019 with four DLC episodes centered on the characters Ardyn, Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis. Instead, only the Ardyn episode will be released — the other three have been abandoned. There’ll be a collaboration event with Final Fantasy XIV next month, and the Comrades multiplayer mode will also… Read the full article…

This Taiwanese grandpa shows the best way to play Pokémon Go is with 11 phones

A 70-year-old man in Taiwan has gone viral for playing Pokémon Go with 11 phones attached to his bicycle. Chen San-yuan has made headlines internationally for the strange setup. Chen also keeps external batteries and charging cables on him so he can enjoy up to 20 hours of battery life per phone. Since first getting caught on social media and going viral in August, Chen has upgraded to a waist mount, so he can travel with his 11 phones on foot. His neighbor also commented on how Chen’s unique approach to catching pokémon has turned their street into a tourist attraction. Image: Taiwan CH51 via YouTube In an interview with a local outlet, Chen explained in his native Hokkien dialect that after his retirement, he took… Read the full article…

Early Black Friday deal: Save up to 25% on Adobe’s CC Photography Plan

We’ve just spotted the first Adobe Black Friday deal of the year – and earlier than we expected. The software company has cut the price of its Creative Cloud Photography Plan (1TB) by up to 25 per cent, for a limited only.  It’s one of the best Black Friday deals we’ve seen so far – although it’s early days – with worldwide audiences (excluding Europe, the Middle East and Africa) saving a huge 25% on the 1TB Photography Plan; and audiences in Europe, the Middle East and Africa getting a 20% discount on the same 1TB plan.  Save up to 25% off the CC Photography Plan right now Both deals beat the best Photography Plan offer we saw on Amazon Prime Day, which gave a 20% discount on the lower 20GB cloud storage option.  We think this could be Adobe’s best offer on the Photography Plan this November, so if Read the full article…

How to convert videos to MP4

Unlike the predominantly JPEG world of digital photos, you might be surprised to learn there isn’t a single common standard file format for video. However, the one you’ll most commonly come across is MP4. Why? Because virtually every media player on the market – including VLC, KMPlayer, 5KPlayer and RealPlayer – and every device can read and play can read and play MP4 files. What is MP4 format? MP4 stands for MPEG-4 Part 14 with .mp4 as its file extension. MP4 is a multimedia container format based on Quick Time file format that was created by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). This file format stores different data and it has supports different codecs of images, videos and audios. The fact that MP4 supports so many different codecs means it’s very often the file format of choice when it comes to video. So if you have video footage that won’t play Read the full article…

Final Fantasy XV DLC Canceled as Director Leaves Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has resigned from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018. This news was delivered as part of a special Final Fantasy XV presentation that also announced that three of the four upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV are also being cancelled. Tabata took over for Tetsuya Nomura as Final Fantasy XV’s director in 2013, while Nomura went to focus on Kingdom Hearts III. Read the full article…