10 Ways to Use Mapping in Web or App Design

Almost everywhere you look these days, you find a map or location-based nugget of information. Almost every app asks for a location, and their presence is becoming more and more common on desktop websites as well. But if you have not branched out into the world of mapping or location data, it may seem a little intimidating. How can you effectively use mapping services for your website or app? We’ll take a look at ten ways you can integrate a map today. 1. As an Actual Map It almost goes without saying but the best use of a map could be to plot location information on… well… a map. You have a couple of options for creating a map for design projects. You can draw the map yourself or use a third-party service. With a drawn map, you really can get a level control and style that may not be Read the full article…

What Is Adobe Premiere Pro? (And What Is It Used For?)

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the go-to editing tools for video, including film, TV, and clips for the web and social media. If you are an Adobe CC subscriber and have seen this tool but haven’t given it a whirl, what are you waiting for? While Premiere Pro can look a little intimidating at first, functionality is rooted in the same principles as other Adobe products and with a little tinkering, you should figure it out pretty quick (and there’s plenty of documentation and online help available). So, what is Adobe Premiere Pro and how can you make this most of this video-editing tool? Let’s take a look. What Is Premiere Pro? Video content is a must-have element of all kinds of projects, including website design. Even if you never plan to become a professional video editor, having the ability to perform simple edits can come in handy for Read the full article…

How to Convert PowerPoint to Google Slides

It’s surprisingly easy to switch between presentation tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. Both tools have different pros and cons that mostly come down to user preference. Maybe you’ve started a presentation in PowerPoint, and you want to finish it in Google Slides? Or maybe you just want to compare the two and decide which is the best platform to deliver your presentation? We’ve got you covered — here’s a quick guide on how to convert PowerPoint to Google Slides in a few simple steps. Prepare the PowerPoint File The last saved version of your PowerPoint is the file that you’ll use to upload and save as a Google Slides file. To ensure you have the right version, open the file in PowerPoint and save. Put the file in a folder or location on your computer that is easy to find and access when you are ready to move Read the full article…

Smashing TV Interviews: The Mozilla View Source Line-Up

Smashing TV Interviews: The Mozilla View Source Line-Up Smashing TV Interviews: The Mozilla View Source Line-Up Rachel Andrew 2019-08-14T10:30:59+02:002019-08-14T10:36:24+00:00 Smashing TV has been working with our friends over at Mozilla to bring you content from their upcoming View Source conference in Amsterdam. We’re really excited about the event that they are putting together. Here on Smashing Magazine, we often feature articles that explain a little bit about how web technologies are created. I’m a CSS Working Group member, and I enjoy sharing the things that we’ve been discussing in our meetings, such as my post on “Designing An Aspect Ratio Unit For CSS”. Earlier this year, we published an article by Amy Dickens, “Web Standards: The What, The Why, And The How” in which Amy explained what we mean by web standards and how standards groups work. We’ve also shared with you how browser vendors such as Mozilla are making Read the full article…

Movie Poster Designs To Inspire Your PWA Hero Images

Movie Poster Designs To Inspire Your PWA Hero Images Movie Poster Designs To Inspire Your PWA Hero Images Suzanne Scacca 2019-08-13T15:00:59+02:002019-08-14T10:36:24+00:00 I visited the Fandango website last weekend, hoping to find something that would give me an excuse to spend a couple of hours inside an air-conditioned movie theater. This is what first caught my eye when I got there: The Fandango home page shows a slider with popular movies and their posters. (Image credit: Fandango) (Large preview) To be honest, most of these movie posters did absolutely nothing to motivate me to leave the house. Except for The Lion King, which has such a striking color palette, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which does some cool stuff with typography. Has anyone else ever experienced this before? You’re in the mood to watch a movie and either: Catch a glimpse of the movie poster you were interested in, Read the full article…

The ClockworkPi GameShell is a super fun DIY spin on portable gaming

Portable consoles are hardly new, and thanks to the Switch, they’re basically the most popular gaming devices in the world. But ClockworkPi’s GameShell is something totally unique, and entirely refreshing when it comes to gaming on the go. This clever DIY console kit provides everything you need to assemble your own pocket gaming machine at home, running Linux-based open-source software and using an open-source hardware design that welcomes future customization. The GameShell is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, which began shipping to its backers last year and is now available to buy either direct from the company or from Amazon. The $159.99 ( on sale for $139.99 as of this writing) includes everything you need to build the console, like the ClockworkPi quad-core Cortex A7 motherboard with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 1GB of DDR3 RAM — but it comes unassembled. You won’t have to get out the soldering Read the full article…

Samsung’s Note 10 game streaming arrives in early September

PlayGalaxy Link got fleetingly little stage time at last week’s Unpacked event. It’s true that Samsung had a lot of information to jam into the hour-long press conference, but the offering was glazed over during a brief segment on mobile gaming — a surprising choice given how big of an industry the category has become. We got a little more information from the company by way of a quick “hands-on” video served through Samsung’s Korean video channel, but that’s about all we’ve heard. Here’s what we know to date: GamePlay Live is a streaming service that makes it possible to stream PC games to the Note 10. We can now add that the service will be available as a downloadable app (for Android and Windows 10) at some point during the first two weeks of September. The service is free and leverages technology created by Parsec, a New York-based cloud Read the full article…

SNES controller for Switch shows up in FCC filing, hinting at SNES games for Nintendo Online

Nintendo looks set to release wireless SNES controllers for the Nintendo Switch, which likely means it’ll also be bringing classic SNES titles to its Nintendo Online virtual gaming library. The news comes via an FCC filing (hat tip to Eurogamer), which includes a diagram of what looks very clearly to be the backside of a Super Nintendo-style wireless controller. The diagram includes a model number that uses the “HAC” code that Nintendo employs to designate Switch accessories, and history suggests that the arrival of retro-inspired hardware for the Switch also means throwback games are on their way. Nintendo launched wireless NES controllers for the Nintendo Switch in September, and they arrived alongside NES games delivered via Nintendo Online as free perks for subscribers. The FCC filing is more or less concrete proof that Nintendo intends to release something, but the rest is speculation (if very likely, informed speculation) at this Read the full article…

Xbox Chief Phil Spencer denies rumors of future streaming-only console to support Project xCloud

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft, at the Xbox E3 Briefing at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Microsoft Photo) Rumors have persisted for awhile now that Microsoft is working on a low-cost console to complement its upcoming Project xCloud streaming service. However, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer took the interesting step of shutting down the speculation in an extensive interview with Gamespot. Microsoft unveiled its latest console at the big E3 gaming conference in June, Project Scarlett. In the lead up to the announcement, speculation percolated that Scarlett was the code name for an entire new family of consoles. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case, and Spencer said Microsoft is focused on smartphones, at least for now, as the primary outlet for streaming. “We are not working on a streaming-only console right now,” Spencer told Gamespot. “We are looking at the phone in your pocket as the Read the full article…

Nintendo hints at SNES games on Switch with FCC filing

Nintendo appears to be preparing to launch SNES wireless controllers for the Switch. In a FCC filing spotted by forum posters at Resetera, photos of the new SNES controller have been marked as confidential until next year. However, a label location reveals that there could be ZL and ZR buttons on the top or this section could form part of the Joy-Con docking rail to attach them to a Switch. Nintendo launched NES wireless controllers for the Switch last year, alongside access to classic NES titles via its online subscription service. The FCC filing is fueling speculation that Nintendo will likely launch a similar bundle for SNES classic games, with the controllers sliding into the Joy-Con rails just like the NES versions. The FCC filing… Read the full article…

The 13 best iPad apps for designers

The iPad apps for designers that work best enable creatives to work just as well as they would on a laptop. But knowing which apps you should add to make your life as a creative professional better is key, which is why we’ve put together this list of suggestions. Download all these apps on the iPad and you’ll have a formidable, hugely capable partner in your work. Of course, there’s a lot to be said for having the best drawing apps for iPad, but as you know, there’s plenty more to the life of a creative pro than dreaming up ideas on a sketchpad. So although we do have a small number of drawing apps on our list, these really are the best iPad apps for designers to take care of all aspects of the job. Want more model-specific software? Don’t miss our roundup of the best iPad Pro apps Read the full article…

8 of the best design ideas in the world (and 3 of the worst)

Great design is often invisible to people. And that’s not surprising. Unlike art, which aims to grab attention and provoke people’s imaginations, design is primarily about serving a function and solving problems. If you do this perfectly, then by definition, it’s likely that no one will notice. Or to quote God in Futurama: “If you do things right, people won’t know you’ve done anything at all.” In this post, we look at eight designs that we truly consider game-changers, and pay tribute to the conceptual design thinking and superior execution behind them.  And just to emphasise their genius, we’ve also included a few examples of how NOT to do the same thing… 01. Graphic design: London Tube map Best idea: The London Underground Map The London Tube Map was originally created by London Underground electrical draughtsman Harry Beck in 1931, whose revolutionary idea was to abandon geographical accuracy in favour of Read the full article…

8 Useful Interview Tips for UX Designers

An interview is a process that helps recruiters to find out a suitable person who can fulfill their requirements in a desirable way. It includes a set of questions and answers to get an understanding of the other person about his/her skills, interests and attitude. Being a professional UX designer, you must have to appear […] The post 8 Useful Interview Tips for UX Designers appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…