App Review: Felix for App.net

It seems doubtful that Felix, a new client for App.net developed by @billkunz, was named after the famous cartoon cat. The word felix means “happy” or “lucky” and, based on the positive response to the app evinced across App.net since its 1.0 launch yesterday, I think it’s more likely that Felix was so named because it aims to please. I’ve been testing the app like a two year old tests the resolve of her parents, all …

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iPhone Color Theory

Let me preface my statements by saying that I am not a trained scientist. I am also not a scientist. But I have developed a scientific hypothesis that promises to shatter everything you think you know about the world and humankind and maybe even the universe. My hypothesis is this: people want whatever color iPhone Apple wants people to want. Think about it. The first iPhone came in one flavor and sported an aluminum back with an unusually …

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XOXO :: The Andy’s love letter to the internet

Imagine a place where you are surrounded by the internet, but IRL. Imagine all of these people who have the best intentions, excitement and passion but without the snark. This is what XOXO Fest felt like. Andy Baio (@waxypancake) and Andy McMillan (@goodonpaper) put together something out of love of what they do and the things they enjoy. When I saw Andy Baio’s original tweet about XOXO Fest, I knew that this was going to …

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UI Bits: Android niceties

Android niceties is a tumblr with a collection of beautifully designed Android apps. *added to the UI/UX resources list (originally published on thoughtbrain)

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All My Love, XOXO

​Imagine a situation where two kind and brilliant people named Andy stop everything they’re doing in order to invite 400 friends and strangers over for a four-day party. Perhaps their goal is to celebrate and connect people working independently in arts and technology. Possibly they want to share their city of Portland with people who will probably like it very much. And maybe they decide that the party’s theme should be (and I really need …

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Testing with Plunk

Every once in a while I find myself engaged in heated (yet consummately professional) arguments over the design and functionality of app screens with interested parties. These arguments, while occasionally contentious, almost never involve the involuntary stomping of a frustrated foot, the unfettered deployment of the f-bomb, or the weaponization of a shoe. Oh, and just so we’re clear: I win ALL the arguments. Many of these “friendly discussions” stem from uncertainty about how users …

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Using Prototypes to Communicate Concepts Faster and More Awesome

Prototyping is used as a quick and dirty way to flesh out an idea or test out an issue that you don’t know the answer to. There’s lots of different ways you can prototype ranging from stop motion animations using paper to flash animations to actual prototyping software. I first started with paper prototyping on a new project with my co-worker & UX Strategist, Alli Dryer. We wanted to find a good layout for existing …

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On Logos in Title Bars

​I know how it is. You’re a big brand and you’ve simply grown accustomed to seeing your logo stamped everywhere: on TV, in the magazines, on your leather jacket, your coffee mug, your business card, jingling on your charm bracelet, tattooed across the flanks of your hypoallergenic cat. It’s reassuring. Your logo feels like … belongingness. So now you’re halfway through the surprisingly complicated process of building an app and you feel unsettled. You and …

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The Reviews are In

Imagine this scenario: you are part of a small group of focused, perhaps even talented people. Your group somehow gathers together the wherewithal to build an app for a specific purpose that is directed at a specific audience. You are constrained by time, budget, brand guidelines, client demands, the need to sleep or eat, and gravity. Despite setbacks, miscommunication, user-testing mishaps, and changes of direction, you persevere. One day, after a few months of solid …

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UI Bits: Snorelab

SnoreLab by @CreativeDash has a really nice day & night transition animation. See more designs here. (originally published on thoughtbrain)

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