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…

The Importance of Mobile UI Design

By Nitin Goyal, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Founder & CEO at Pulse Platform. Originally published on Quora. Ignoring the impact of user interface design is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. I’ve seen so many apps that don’t focus on UI the way they should. The designs don’t consider problems from the consumer’s point of view or reflect the purpose of the apps. They’re static. They aren’t evolving with the user or modifying as users change. At Pulse, we focus heavily on UI design. Recently, our mobile app and web dashboard won a Muse Creative Award and a Davey Award for design. We’ve also had positive user feedback, which encourages us to constantly update and improve the experience. That being said, here’s why UI is essential to the success of any digital health platform. 1. It Highlights Value The interface is your initial pitch to the user. You want to show your app holds Read the full article…

Prompting Users for App Ratings, Reviews and Responses

Prompting Users For App Ratings, Reviews, and Responses Asking users to “Rate this app!” got a whole lot better in iOS 10.3. Apple released changes which enable users to rate apps without breaking flow and bouncing out to the AppStore. Redbubble v1.1.3 prompt for review using SKStoreReviewController API How It Works You can now requestReview() from Apple, who in turn may display a generic prompt for users to rate & review in app. Apples Two Cents Ask users after they’ve found value Don’t interrupt critical flows Don’t be a pest, ask once. How We Did It First we spent 9 months building and iterating on Redbubble. ?? We ask users to review after 30 minutes. You understand the value ? We only ask in low intent experiences. Don’t interupt ? We ask you once. No pestering ? Why Ratings And Reviews Matter Ratings and reviews help our team build a better product. At Redbubble we get feedback on whats working Read the full article…

Ürün Yönetimi ?htiyaçlar Hiyerar?isi (Çeviri Makale)

Photo by Dmitri Popov on Unsplash ProductTank ?stanbul Türkçe bilgiyi artt?rmak için özgün yaz?lar kadar çevirilere de önem veriyor. Halihaz?rda üretilmi? de?erleri dilimize kazand?rmak da son derece faydal?. Bu kapsamda ?yzico’dan Melis Aras bir çeviri daha yapt? bizim için. Melis, yaz?n?n yaz?ld??? tarihte ?yzico’da Product Owner olarak çal???yor. Daha öncesinde EFT Software ve PayTrek’te ödeme sistemleri ve elektronik cüzdanlar üzerine çal??m?? bir ürün insan?. Te?ekkürler R. Melis! Ürün Yönetimi ile ilgili yay?nlanan yabanc? dildeki içerikleri Türkçe’ye kazand?r?p daha fazla Türkçe içerik yaratmak için takip etti?im bir ba?ka ürün insan? olan Joe Dempsey’in bir yaz?s?n? çevirip payla??yorum. Maslow’un ünlü ?htiyaçlar Hiyerar?i teorisi genellikle en temel ihtiyac?n en büyük bölümü olu?turarak en altta yer ald??? bir piramit olarak tasvir edilir. En yüksek seviyedeki ihtiyaçlar? kar??layabilmek için öncelikle en temel yani en alt seviye ihtiyaçlar kar??lanmal?d?r. Joe Dempsey, startup’lar kurarak fikir a??lamadan piyasaya sunulup büyüme süreçlerine kadar içinde bulunmu? bir Ürün Yöneticisi. Bir ürün insan? olarak Read the full article…

30+ Best Keynote Templates of 2018

Even though Apple’s Keynote app gives you plenty of tools and options for creating beautiful presentations, it can be tricky to find the time to build a beautiful, custom design. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with this collection of the best Keynote templates! With these templates, you don’t have to spend hours designing presentation slides. You can simply edit the slides that have already been crafted by professional designers, customize charts, change colors, and voila! You have your own beautiful, unique Keynote presentation. We picked out a few of the most professional looking Keynote templates that’ll work perfectly for your next presentation! 24,000 Keynote Templates, Fonts, Mockups + Web Templates for $29/Month Download hundreds of Keynote templates, and many other design elements, with a monthly Envato Elements membership. It costs $29 per month, and gives you unlimited access to a growing library of over 380,000 photos, graphics, templates, Read the full article…

6 SEO Habits That Will Increase Website Traffic

Everyone wants more website traffic, right? But are you doing all the little things that help boost search engine ranking with every new image upload or content update? Creating the right habits from the start will keep your website in tip-top shape and hopefully result in bonus points from the Google algorithm. The good news is that this list is packed with actionable, everyday tips. Start with a solid website framework and then employ these techniques with every update to get on the path to creating great SEO habits that won’t be tough to maintain. 1. Create Quality Content Good search rankings start with quality content. There’s a reason marketers say “content is king.” Quality content includes text, images, video and elements that users want to interact with. It can be fun or informative, a game or e-commerce, short or long-form. There’s no truly magic formula; they key is that Read the full article…

Designing Friction For A Better User Experience

In experience design, friction is anything that prevents users from accomplishing their goals or getting things done. It’s the newsletter signup overlay covering the actual content, the difficult wording on a landing page, or the needless optional questions in a checkout flow. It’s the opposite of intuitive and effortless, the opposite of “Don’t make me think.” Having said that, friction can still be a good thing sometimes. In game design, for example, friction is actually required. Read the full article…

Twitter knows Waluigi is abusive but probably won’t ban him

We all know Twitter is a platform filled with abuse, harassment, and other modern nightmares, but it seems the people at the top are finally listening to our desperate pleas for change. Behold, Twitter posted actual evidence of its commitment to change today as part of a safety rollout: known Mario antagonizer Waluigi has been Dealt With. This update is now rolled out to everyone. Here’s an example of the in-app notifications you can expect: pic.twitter.com/q6l7F5050w — Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 10, 2018 Direct your attention to the user in question: Thank god. The nightmare is over, at least until Waluigi gets his account back in a couple days and starts to threaten people just enough that it won’t piss… Read the full article…

You may need to upgrade your iPhone if you want to keep playing Pokémon Go

Niantic is ending Pokémon Go support for Apple devices incapable of upgrading to iOS 11. Older iPhone models, like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C, will be affected by the incoming update, coming February 28th. If you have a phone without iOS 11, you won’t be able to access your account, use your pokécoins, or use items in your bags. According to the developer, the reason for dropping support is simple: “This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices.” Niantic has been steadily making improvements, like additional catchable creatures and weather systems, to the game since its initial release in July 2016. Its most notable update as of late added… Read the full article…

SteelSeries’ new Rival 600 gaming mouse tracks your movements in mid-air

SteelSeries’ new mouse, the Rival 600, is designed to eliminate an obvious problem for gamers: keeping track of the cursor in mid-air. Sometimes, when a player lifts their mouse off the mat and places it back down, the cursor can jump and skitter across the screen. The Rival 600 compensates for this with a dual-sensor system and 1-to-1 tracking that keeps tabs on how high the mouse is lifted, making sure the cursor stays in the same place when it’s put back down. This isn’t a new feature for gaming mice, but it is a nice addition for the Rival range. As well as this tracking system (which SteelSeries has branded “TrueMove 3+”), the Rival 600 also has customizable interior weights, which users can add or remove to get the desired… Read the full article…

Diet Coke rebrands with slimline cans

It’s been an eventful year for Coca-Cola. Only a few days ago it celebrated its heritage with a bespoke typeface. Now its team of designers are already at it again with this new packaging design and rebrand for Diet Coke. In fact, this is the biggest product and design overhaul undertaken by Diet Coke in 36 years. As well as a redesigned logo, which tweaks some of the famous cursive font elements the brand is known for, Diet Coke has also launched four new flavours. These include: twisted mango, feisty cherry, zesty blood orange and ginger lime. The new flavours will be packaged in regular 12-ounce cans, as well as what Diet Coke refers to as “new sleek cans”. On the shelf, these new cans will appear as tall and thin variants. Leading the rebrand is the ad campaign slogan “Because I can”. It’s an assertive, bold claim that reflects Read the full article…