Ikea print ad uses pee-responsive paper

We’ve seen some weird and wonderful print ads on Creative Bloq over the years, but none of them are quite like this latest offering from Ikea. In an innovative move, the retailer has published a print advert for a crib that doubles up as a pregnancy test thanks to its pee-responsive paper. Seriously. Mum’s-to-be are rewarded for their troubles with a half-price saving on the crib. Appearing in Swedish women’s magazine Amelia, the print ad is the creation of agency Åkestam Holst in partnership with material technology company Mercene Labs. On the surface it looks like any ordinary ad. There’s an image of the crib in question front and centre, with the price listed alongside. It’s the tagline that draws you in though, which reads: “Peeing on this ad may change your life.” That’s because when the pregnancy test strip at the bottom of the page is splashed with… you Read the full article…

Design Trends You Have To Use In 2018

Around this time each year, we like to look back at marketing and design trends that shaped the previous year, as well as what changes we can expect in the future. The year 2017 brought us millennial pink, virtual reality, GIFs, and a step closer towards the possible end of the stock photo. What can […] The post Design Trends You Have To Use In 2018 appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Bright Colors Make an Elegant Return to Web Design

You’re reading Bright Colors Make an Elegant Return to Web Design, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Color is a traditional design tool. Can you imagine a website without color? Despite its significance and importance in an era of animation, WebGL experiments and VR, it obediently stays in the shadow most of the time. Pantone picks a color of the year and it is often a popular design choice. Undoubtedly, it is […] Read the full article…

Yume Nikki Mysteriously Arrives on Steam

Cult classic horror game Yume Nikki unexpectedly appeared as a free download on Steam today, alongside a two-week countdown timer teasing “the next Yume Nikki project.” For years, the unofficial English translation had mostly been available as a downloadable .exe on various fansites, with a browser version launching in July 2016, making its sudden arrival on Steam quite an exciting moment for fans of the homebrew Japanese horror game. The new Steam version lists its publisher as AGM Playism, a Japan-based distributor focused on localizing and publishing indie games from around the world. IGN has reached out to Playism for comment regarding Yume Nikki’s arrival on Steam. Read the full article…

How to Determine if Your Website’s UX Actually Has the User in Mind

Image credit: speckyboy There are many different ways to focus on the user experience for your website. However, sometimes those ideas are so overused and generic that they may not actually have you typical user in mind. When determining if your website’s UX actually has the user in mind, you should look at what process your target audience will likely to go through when landing on your page. Usability truly matters. Consider that 79% of consumers who are dissatisfied are less likely to return or buy from the site again. You need to really focus on the user experience from the moment they land on your page until they leave your site. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if your site truly is UX friendly: 1. Is the Landing Page Aimed at the Target User? There are any number of factors that can impact your bounce rate ­– Read the full article…

30+ Best Line Patterns & Textures

Whether you’re working on a product packaging design, a greeting card, or even a website background, incorporating one of these line patterns and textures can help you achieve a pro result. No need to spend hours of your valuable time searching for beautiful line patterns. We scoured the web to find the best line patterns and textures to help you get a headstart with your design process. This collection includes both free patterns and premium items from Envato Elements (where you get unlimited downloads for a single price). Have a look and see if you can find a pattern suitable for your project. Hand Illustrated Line Patterns This is a pack of unique hand-drawn patterns that are suitable for many types of design work from creating book covers to product packaging designs and more. They will go along great with kids related products as well. The pack includes 3 different Read the full article…

Visual Studio Code Can Do That?

About two years ago, I begrudgingly opened Visual Studio Code (VS Code) for the first time. The only reason I even did so is that I was working on a TypeScript project (also quite begrudgingly) and I was tired of fighting with the editor and the compiler and all of the settings that I needed to make a TypeScript project work. Someone mentioned to me that TypeScript “just works” in VS Code and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were right. Read the full article…

Nvidia’s giant 4K gaming displays are a G-Sync dream come true

I bought an LG OLED TV last year, thinking it was the best option for a living room TV at the time. When Nvidia unveiled what it calls Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGDs) at CES earlier this week, my heart sank. These 65-inch displays are essentially giant gaming monitors, complete with support for 4K, HDR, and even 120Hz refresh rates. Nvidia is working with Acer, Asus, and HP to create these displays, and they’re all using the same AU optronics panel. I got a chance to take an early look at Nvidia’s BFGDs at CES this week, and it’s clear the key addition is Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. Nvidia spent some time demonstrating the aspects of the HDR support in the displays, but it was particularly evident when the company booted up Destiny 2… Read the full article…

6 ways to turn free work into paid work

There’s an old Yorkshire saying: ‘If tha ever does owt for nowt, do it for thi sen.’ For those who don’t speak fluent Tyke, it translates like this: ‘If you ever do something for nothing, do it for yourself.’ These are words that all creatives should have tattooed on their drawing arm. Nothing you do as a designer is free. When you do free work, the person who pays for the work is you. You pay with your time, your experience, the money you spent on training, the bills you pay to keep your office running, your software subscriptions, your hardware… It goes on and on. But, still, no matter how strong your design portfolio, there are clients out there who will try to get you to work for free. What they don’t know is how easy they are to predict. They follow patterns, these cheapskate clients. Because of that, Read the full article…

Craft the perfect portfolio in a day

Put your hand up if you haven’t updated your design portfolio website for months. Maybe years? When you’re working flat-out on final-year projects, freelance commissions or a consuming day job, sprucing up your portfolio can quickly drop down the to-do list. But it doesn’t have to. The best way to approach your portfolio is to treat it like a client commission If you’re a student, you can’t afford to put your portfolio off; you need to be ready to leverage crucial opportunities. And if you’re an established designer, it’s just as important to maintain a fresh online presence. We know you’re busy, so we’ve put together a handy step-by-step guide for creating – or revamping – your portfolio site in 12 hours. Follow it over a day, a weekend or a series of evenings and turn a lacklustre digital portfolio into something with real wow factor. Hour 1: Write a Read the full article…

Cascading UX Specifications

By Steven Hoober A common complaint about bringing UX designers onto a project team is that they waste time creating design artifacts. This is purportedly antithetical to modern development methodologies that value code over process. However, this is not my experience at all. I’m not arguing that creating design artifacts is all that design is about. I default to fairly light documentation myself—and not one in 100 project teams or clients wants as little design documentation as I would typically provide by default. One of my more common jobs is to improve or replace the design for an existing product for a client. All too often, these projects have no historical documentation of any value, which frequently causes projects to take months or even years longer to build. Good documentation allows consistency in design and execution and serves as institutional knowledge for organizations. It enables us to remember what we’ve Read the full article…

Satisfying Fundamental Human Needs

By Jon Walter Many modern experiences that are supposed to satisfy our intrinsic needs often have the opposite effect. As the Time article “You Asked: Is Social Media Making Me Miserable?” described, users of the social-media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram experience depression and anxiety after perusing their feeds. And why not? Their feeds deliver a glut of images and videos that depict friends taking lavish vacations or doing other enviable things. The flashy highlight reels that bombard users provoke unfair comparisons—and, as human beings, we often internalize our shortcomings more readily than our blessings. This dulls our focus on things that should make us feel grateful. But social-media platforms attempt to bolster the well-documented human need for acceptance often has the opposite effect. And this is just one of the needs that define what it means to be human. Our hyper-paced modern culture blunts and distorts other important human Read the full article…

Your Baby is Ugly

By Jim Ross UX researchers must frequently deliver bad news to the creators of products and user interfaces. After we’ve conducted expert reviews, competitive analyses, usability testing, or user research, the end result is often telling our clients, stakeholders, designers, and other project team members about all the problems we’ve found in their product. Even though this is what they asked us to do—and what they expect—listening to a long list of their baby’s faults can be demoralizing. Yes, we do try to balance our negative criticism by also highlighting some positive aspects, but most research findings tend to be negative. After all, the goal of research activities is not to confirm how great the user experience already is. The goal is to find problems and areas for improvement. Yet, despite the fact that we deliver bad news all the time, it often feels awkward and uncomfortable. Usually, the people Read the full article…

PS4, PS Vita Releases This Week

Seven games are hitting the PS4 and PlayStation Vita this week, including The Count Lucanor, Planetbase, and more. As listed by PS Blog, check out the gallery below for the seven PlayStation releases of the week, along with release dates and official descriptions: The Count Lucanor (Vita) Energy Invasion (PS4, Vita) Happy Drummer (PS4) Little Red Lie (PS4, Vita) Planetbase (PS4) Plox Neon (PS4) Sword of Fortress the Onomuzim (PS4) Read the full article…