How To Start Using Sketch And Framer X

How To Start Using Sketch And Framer X How To Start Using Sketch And Framer X Martina Pérez 2019-06-05T12:30:59+02:002019-06-05T11:06:39+00:00 When it comes to showing the transition, interaction and animation of elements in the user interface, a prototyping tool like Framer X can make a difference in the way you communicate your vision to the team and stakeholders and as a result, boost your efficiency as a designer. With the following example, I will illustrate how you can add interaction to static designs. To profit the most from this tutorial, some basic experience with Framer X are welcome. To get started, you will need the following tools and assets: Framer X Sketch A sample Sketch file: This Sketch file contains the design screens that we will use in the tutorial. The designs are part of the Velocity UI Kit created by InVision. Note: This tutorial is for designers using MacOS, as Read the full article…

Increase Customer Centricity With Workshops

Increase Customer Centricity With Workshops Increase Customer Centricity With Workshops Claire Mason 2019-06-04T14:00:34+02:002019-06-05T11:06:39+00:00 Workshops are interactive group activities and exercises cohesively designed to meet a goal. Generally, workshops are in-person with a facilitator guiding participants. They take people out of their normal day-to-day environment and laser focus them on the task at hand. In this distraction-free zone, what normally takes weeks or months to accomplish takes just a few days. You can harness this efficiency to build and nurture a customer-centric culture by introducing participants to thinking tools that they can apply to everyday decision-making and that can be shared with their teams. During my time as a customer experience manager, I have designed, facilitated, and made speeches about workshops that do just that. In this article, I have distilled key components from these workshops and documented the process around four types of workshops that you (“you” as the facilitator Read the full article…

Review: Myst creator Cyan Worlds breaks into indie publishing with ‘Zed,’ an interactive memoir in VR

(GeekWire Screenshot) Cyan Worlds, the Spokane, Wash.-based studio that produced the best-selling Myst franchise, today debuted the first game out of its new Cyan Ventures division. Last year, as its prolific PC adventure game celebrated its 25th anniversary, Cyan revealed the Ventures division as a way to publish independently-produced virtual reality games and experiences. The first title is Eagre Games’s Zed, a short, fast-moving VR title that might be best described as an interactive memoir. It’s an odd choice for an initial offering, though it’s really on-brand for Cyan: you spend much of Zed exploring bizarre architecture and surreal environments, as part of taking a dreamlike trip back through the defining moments of an old artist’s life. Rand Miller (left), CEO of Cyan Worlds, with Chuck Carter (right), CEO of Eagre Games, in 2019 at PAX East. (Cyan Worlds Photo) Zed has been in development for the last four years, Read the full article…

Microsoft is making Xbox body wash

Gaming lifestyle products have slowly but surely crept from the realm of clothing and specially designed furniture to food and drink. Perhaps you’ve seen Gamma Labs’ G Fuel or, god forbid, have actually tried it. Maybe you even own a coveted gaming chair. Well, Microsoft is getting in front of an all-new trend — gaming-oriented personal care products — by partnering with the brand behind Axe body spray to produce new Xbox-branded body wash, shower gel, and deodorant. Who among us wouldn’t cleanse themselves with Xbox shower gel? The product line, because it will be exclusive to Australia when it launches in July, is branded under Axe parent company Unilever’s Lynx line, which is just the name for Axe in markets outside the US. A… Read the full article…

Ikea is making custom accessories for gamers

Ikea is partnering with prosthetics company Unyq and e-sports company Area Academy to create a line of accessories for gamers. Called Uppkoppla, which means “online,” the 3D-printed line is meant to provide custom-made fits for gamers, including those with mobility issues. The first products include a wrist brace, textured key caps for better grip, and a mouse bungee, which keeps cords out of the way while you play. The Uppkoppla line is created from a technique developed by Unyq, which uses body scans to create 3D-printed products with personal fits. The first prototypes and an app to measure biometrics were revealed at Democratic Design Days, Ikea’s annual product conference. “Gamers spend a large… Read the full article…

Microsoft promises new Xbox ‘desktop experience’ for Windows 10

Microsoft is changing the way its Xbox app works on Windows 10. Previously, it was the main way to access Xbox friends lists, messages, and party features on a PC, but Microsoft has now updated the Xbox app on Windows 10 to rename it to “Xbox Console Companion.” In the update message, Microsoft says “This app is being renamed to Xbox Console Companion to be a dedicated app for your Xbox console’s features and settings.” At the same time, Microsoft is also teasing its plans for the future of the Xbox app on Windows 10. “A new desktop experience is coming soon!” says the message. It’s not clear exactly what this desktop experience will be. Microsoft recently released an updated Game Bar on Windows 10, which is now a full overlay that’s… Read the full article…

First Look: Apple Pro Display XDR monitor

This is a first look at the Apple Pro Display XDR to give you the chance to see what the new monitor is all about as soon as possible. We’ll be expanding and upgrading this review shortly with more information and a score. Apple’s just made a monitor that costs $4,999 – and you can spend a further $999 to attach a fancy stand to it. However, the brand is claiming that its Pro Display XDR monitor is going to save the creative industry reams of time and money, offering some key features that are only available on reference monitors many times its price. So how good is the Apple Pro Display XDR in real life?  Pro Display XDR: key features Let’s explain something off the bat: XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range, as it ‘goes beyond’ the traditional world of HDR. That’s made possible by two key elements: a backlight array Read the full article…

$999 Mac Pro stand: Has Apple lost the plot?

Good design is priceless, right? That’s certainly the angle Apple appears to be spinning with its latest product release. The new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR was unveiled at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. And we weren’t disappointed. The new machine is, in our humble opinion, a thing of beauty, a total powerhouse and the price, while eye-watering, wasn’t a complete surprise (although we weren’t expecting it to be quite that much). The best Amazon Prime Day deals for artists and designers However, what we’re sure Apple wasn’t expecting is news of the new Mac Pro stand completely overshadowing its release. Yes, you read that right – the stand. The new Mac Pro Display XDR, which let’s just remind ourselves starts at a whopping $4,999, doesn’t come with an actual stand to hold it up. The Pro Stand, sold separately, will set you back a further $999.  Read the full article…

June’s Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Announced

Nintendo has announced that Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Volleyball, and City Connection will be added to the Nintendo Switch Online NES game library this month. On Wednesday, June 12, these three titles will join the ever-growing list of NES Classics that saw Donkey Kong Jr., Clu Clu Land, and Excitebike added last month. Double Dragon II: The Revenge originally released in arcades in 1988 and was ported to the NES in 1990. Nintendo’s official description is as follows; Billy and Jimmy Lee, the Double Dragons, are back to avenge the loss of Marian. In their quest to defeat the evil Shadow Warriors, Billy and Jimmy must complete nine missions, facing deadly street gangs, ninjas and huge mutant fighters. Can Billy and Jimmy contend with the enemies placed before them and ultimately save the world? Read the full article…

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Review

Wander around Elsweyr—the ancient homeland of the cat-like Khajiit people—and you’ll find fascinating vistas around every corner. Windswept deserts lie on either side of the bridge-crossed canyons known as the Stitches while untamed jungles flourish to the south. In every region, Khmer-inspired ruins litter the landscape and hint at ages past when the Khajiit weren’t as disliked as they are now. You’ll also find exceptional sidequests and play as the outstanding new Necromancer class, and all of that makes up for the fact that the dragon-centric main storyline is a big letdown. Something as inherently awesome as invading dragons should make for a strong questline, especially when there are also Necromancers and their undead minions running around, to say nothing of an Imperial takeover of a key city that has left the poor Khajiit second-class citizens in their own land. But the way Elsweyr crams all of this in is Read the full article…

7 Important New Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Trailer Details

There is a ridiculous number of cool details to break down from the newest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne story trailer, but there were a few moments that especially stood out. Here are seven of the most important new details we noticed from the newest Monster Hunter World: Iceborne story trailer, including Tigrex gameplay, a Glavenus tease, and much more. Watch the full trailer below! 1. Monster Hunter Generations’ Glavenus is Teased At the end of the story trailer, a hunter confronts a Rathian. Behind the hunter, you can just make out the feet of another monster in the back right corner. The screen cuts to black before we can get a clear shot, but the subsequent roar and fiery sword slice can only belong to Glavenus. Read the full article…