10 Typography Trends for 2019

Want to give your design a quick facelift? Using new and interesting typography trends might be the answer. Designers are opting for less elaborate typefaces and pairing them with bold color, cutouts, gradients, and even customizations to create lettering that stands out. Changing typefaces or recreating an image or header in a trending style can give a design a fresh look without a full-scale overhaul. Not sure where to start? This list features eight of the biggest typography trends of the year with examples to use as inspiration for how to use them. Here’s a look at the top typography trends for 2019. 1. “Undersized” Hero Type It’s not that text is trending back toward being small overall, but headlines and text in the hero images of websites doesn’t have that same oversized feel that overwhelmed some designs. So-called “undersized” typography in the hero area of websites is actually a Read the full article…

What Is The Role Of Creativity In UX Design?

What Is The Role Of Creativity In UX Design? What Is The Role Of Creativity In UX Design? Susan Weinschenk 2018-12-06T10:00:41+01:002018-12-06T09:34:49+00:00 (This article is kindly sponsored by Adobe.) You are working on a project for your client, designing the interface for a new application. There have been lots of meetings about the new product, and now it’s time for you to start working on sketching and prototyping a design. The screens, pages, and forms you are about to create have to fit within the desires and constraints of several players — the marketing department, the developers, the business owner. Some questions start to form as you work on the interface: “How creative should I be/am I expected to be with this design? Is my role to implement the vision that someone else has come up with? Should I be taking the ideas and constraints and creating my own vision? How Read the full article…

Caching Smartly In The Age Of Gutenberg

Caching Smartly In The Age Of Gutenberg Caching Smartly In The Age Of Gutenberg Leonardo Losoviz 2018-12-05T13:00:15+01:002018-12-06T09:34:49+00:00 Caching is needed for speeding up a site: instead of having the server dynamically create the HTML output for each request, it can create the HTML only after it is requested the first time, cache it, and serve the cached version from then on. Caching delivers a faster response, and frees up resources in the server. When optimizing the speed of our sites from the server side, caching ranks among the most critical tasks to get right. When generating the HTML output for the page, if it contains code with user state, such as printing a welcome message “Hello {{User name}}!” for the logged in user, then the page cannot be cached. Otherwise, if Peter visits the site first, and the HTML output is cached, all users would then be welcomed with “Hello Read the full article…

Spotify for Xbox One now works with Cortana voice commands

Spotify arrived on the Xbox One back in August 2017 to give gamers the option of streaming their own tunes while in a gaming session. Today, Spotify is upgrading its app with a few key additions, including most notably support for Cortana voice control, along with other personalization features. With Cortana, gamers will be able to speak their music requests instead of using the controller. That means they can command the music — including being able to play, skip and pause songs — without having to leave their current gaming session, Spotify says. Before, gamers would have to use Spotify Connect via an app on their phone, tablet or laptop to control or change the music while gaming. For example, you’ll be able to say things like “Hey, Cortana, play my playlist on Spotify,” or “Hey Cortana, play my Discover Weekly on Spotify.” This upgrade is currently only available in the Read the full article…

App stores to pass $122B in 2019, with gaming and subscriptions driving growth

Mobile intelligence and data firm App Annie is today releasing its 2019 predictions for the worldwide app economy, including its forecast around consumer spending, gaming, the subscription market and other highlights. Most notably, it expects the worldwide gross consumer spend in apps — meaning before the app stores take their own cut — to surpass $122 billion next year, which is double the size of the global box office market, for comparison’s sake. According to the new forecast, the worldwide app store consumer spend will grow five times as fast as the overall global economy next year. But the forecast also notes that “consumer spend” — which refers to the money consumers spend on apps and through in-app purchases — is only one metric to track the apps stores’ growth and revenue potential. Mobile spending is also expected to continue growing for both in-app advertising and commerce — that is, Read the full article…

Game Awards 2018 Preview: What to expect, who to root for, and how to vote and watch

(Source: The Game Awards) The video games industry hype machine has been spinning up all week for Thursday night’s Game Awards, billed as the “biggest night in video games and esports.” Since its founding in 2014 by Geoff Keighley, who also serves as the show’s host, the Awards have honored the achievements of the video game industry in the past year. The nominees for each Game Award are chosen, according to their website, by an international jury of global media and “influencer” outlets, “selected for their history of critical evaluation of video games.” Each of those outlets has their editorial staff complete a confidential ballot with its top five choices for the year in each category, and the nominations are awarded based upon which games appeared on the most ballots. The winners in each category are then chosen based upon a 90/10 split of the jury’s votes and those made Read the full article…

Top VC firms and Team Liquid owner invest in esports event management startup Matcherino

Matcherino co-founder Grant Farwell. (GeekWire Photo) Investors continue putting more cash behind Matcherino, the Seattle startup that helps organize esports tournaments and manage prize pools. The company just reeled in a $2.7 million investment round led by Bend, Ore.-based Seven Peaks Ventures, with participation from other existing investors such as Madrona Venture Group and Vulcan Capital. New investor aXiomatic Gaming, owner of famed esports brand Team Liquid, also participated. Founded in 2015, Matcherino’s software enables esports tournament organizers to crowdfund competitions between top gamers and increase prize pool amounts. Its platform also manages player payouts; facilitates e-commerce and virtual item sales; and more. Matcherino has served more than 4,200 esports tournaments and distributed nearly $2 million in prize pool winnings. It has more than 50,000 users, fans, and tournament organizers on its platform. “aXiomatic’s esports investment strategy targets dynamic companies across the esports ecosystem with potential to enrich player experience or Read the full article…

Apparel startup SclObo weaves an original story through its unique clothes for gamers

SclObo founders Niko Richardson and Jonathan Augustus. (SclObo) Wearing clothing to support your favorite sports teams or movie, game and comic franchises is a pretty common thing. But what if the clothing itself was an integral part of an ongoing story more than just advertising your fandom? That’s what SclObo is aiming to do within gaming and nerd culture. SclObo, whose name was picked from a set of CAPTCHA text (the “l” is a lower-case L), was founded by past and current University of Washington Bothell students Niko Richardson and Jonathan Augustus. The clothes they sell look like everyday shirts and hats, but those shirts and hats are actually the outfits of the characters in an original ongoing story that appears in the blog section of their website. Wearing a piece of SclObo clothing is basically like cosplaying for one of their characters. But instead of elaborate and impractical costumes, Read the full article…

Long-awaited survival game Below is out next week

Capy, the game developer behind beloved indie gems Super Time Force and Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP, is finally ready to release its next big title. Called Below, the moody roguelike survival game has been in the works for five long years, and now it’s coming out next week on December 14th. The title remains an Xbox console exclusive, but you can also play it on PC. There’s no word yet on pricing. Back in March of 2016, Capy said the game would be coming out in the summer, but it ultimately ended up pausing development to finish the game OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, based on the Cartoon Network show of the same name. Capy said at the time that it wanted to take its time to ensure Below got the treatment it deserved, and the title… Read the full article…

Epic Games is getting sued for turning rapper 2 Milly’s dance into a Fortnite emote

Fortnite creator Epic Games is now facing a lawsuit from hip-hop artist 2 Milly, who claims the game developer ripped off his “Milly Rock” dance move by turning it into an in-game emote players can earn after spending real money, according to a report from Variety. The lawsuit was filed in California district court on Wednesday. The lawsuit marks the first formal legal challenge against the widespread game industry practice of appropriating pop culture, like dance moves and memes, and turning it into virtual items for sale. Though other developers have done this in the past — including Blizzard with World of Warcraft and Overwatch and Bungie with its Destiny series — Epic makes Fortnite, arguably still the most popular game right now… Read the full article…

PC gaming accessories, flash drives, and more are discounted today on Amazon

Amazon’s “12 Days of Deals” sale is ongoing, and today’s theme centers on the PC. We’ve found a handful of practical PC accessories and components that will improve your setup, whether you’re primarily a laptop or desktop user. Like Amazon’s daily deals, these will last through the end of today, December 5th, though it’s possible that they could sell out before then. BenQ EL2870U 28-inch 4K HDR monitor with 1ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate is $399.99 (usually $499.99) Audio-Technica AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone is $74.25 (usually $169). Whether you need a mic for gaming, recording podcasts, or just for sounding really, really good in your meetings, this is a good price. Corsair Qi wireless charging mouse pad is $39.99… Read the full article…

Last chance to get a Kindle Paperwhite for less than £100

With Christmas fast approaching, there’s no better time to pick up a bargain. We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for discounts, and this deal on the Kindle Paperwhite is an ideal way to treat yourself or the creative in your life to some downtime. After all, who doesn’t enjoy reading a good graphic design book? For a limited time, UK shoppers can pick up a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for less than £100. With 17% slashed off its regular list price, this is the perfect time to pick up an e-reader with generous 8GB storage. With adjustable lighting and the ability to run off a single charge for weeks, this is the ideal choice for digital bookworms who like to take their reading with them wherever they go. What’s more, with Audible, you’re ready to start listening to your favourite stories when you plug in some Bluetooth headphones or speakers. If Read the full article…

Get Faber-Castell pens for almost half price!

No matter how invested you may be in your high-end digital workflow, you can’t beat some actual sketching or ink drawing with proper pens and pencils. And right now there’s a great excuse to stock up on art supplies, with Amazon dropping the price of a bunch of Faber-Castell pens, pencils and pastels as part of its last-minute Christmas deals. The best pencils: colouring, drawing and sketching So whether you want to add your own pen collection or get some cheap Christmas gifts for creative chums, there’s bound to be something for you here. We’d recommend buying these lovely pens as a gift and then deciding to keep them for yourself instead What’s particularly caught our eye is a gift box of 48 Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. Designed to give you all the advantages of India ink in a modern pen, these artist pens feature high-quality brush points that work Read the full article…

Microsoft Redesigns Office App Icons

You’re reading Microsoft Redesigns Office App Icons, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Changes in the digital world are happening rapidly and every industry is affected. That is why great companies keep up with trends, so they don’t become part of the past. Microsoft revealed new, modern Office App Icons. But did they … Read the full article…