For UI & UX Design, Complex Drawing is a Waste of Time

For UI & UX Design, Complex Drawing is a Waste of Time

I am taking about this shit above (and and below), and only in the context of app development.   Whatever your sentiments to the craft of drawing may be, in terms of UI development, in the here-and-now, this stuff is almost pompous. Like most all the crap seen here except for a few. Most people under the age of 35, and many over that age, who are not illustrators themselves cannot even relate to drawings or sketches. There is a distinction to be made. Very quick brainstorming notes like this example have their…Read more …
iOS App Icons Designed With The Grid

iOS App Icons Designed With The Grid

When iOS 7 (and now, iOS 8) made its debut, along with a complete UI overhaul using a flat visual design style, a new app icon grid was revealed. This framework, called by some the "Jony Ive Icon Grid," made up of both a central circular element set and parallel and diagonal straight line elements, works to provide a supportive set of, literally, guidelines for icon designers. The goal of these guidelines was to create a more harmonious appearing homescreen for iOS devices. The images in this blog show some recent icon designs…Read more …
Tough and Slim—the Pelican ProGear Protector Case for the iPhone 6.

Tough and Slim—the Pelican ProGear Protector Case for the iPhone 6.

This case is the perfect blend of protection/durability with a non-bulky, streamlined design—a simple, yet durable one-piece case. While the Pelican Voyager seems to be, currently, a more popular option, the Protector is the true hidden gem for the iPhone 6, and 6 Plus. It is less bulky than the Voyager. It is one-piece and the Voyager is many pieces that snap together. The large "lip" on the outer edge of the front-side of the case is nice and allows for ample room to place your iPhone 6 face down if you desire.…Read more …
iPhone 6 Plus Keyboard Needs to Move Up.

iPhone 6 Plus Keyboard Needs to Move Up.

With the 5.5 inch screen of the iPhone 6 Plus, typing is quite difficult with the current, and nonadjustable location of the keyboard at the bottom of the screen. Apple should add the ability to slide the keyboard up the screen just a bit to make typing much more functional, whether typing with one hand or two. Build the functionality and UI exactly like it currently exists on the iPad, when using the undock function usually utilized with the split keyboard, or, more relevant here, on its own. When in landscape, the ability…Read more …
Apple Inc. Should Relocate to the Denver-Boulder Area.

Apple Inc. Should Relocate to the Denver-Boulder Area.

Author note: Reviving this unpublished old blog in light of the events in Napa Valley that occurred on Sunday, August 24th. Apple does not need to be in Silicon Valley. Microsoft's headquarters are not in the bay-area of California, neither is IBM. Apple, build should have built the mothership in the Denver-Boulder area.Read more …
iOS 7.1 Update Moved Placement of Wallpaper, All Shelf Type Wallpapers Need to be Adjusted.

iOS 7.1 Update Moved Placement of Wallpaper, All Shelf Type Wallpapers Need to be Adjusted.

It appears that with the latest update to the OS for the iPhone, IPad and iPod Touch, Apple has made a slight adjustment to the automatic placement of an image when choosing a wallpaper. For most images this slight movement will not matter, but for background images, usually for the home screen and not the lock-screen, that rely on an exact placement to correspond to icon and app title text placement, you many need to adjust your images. The elements of your custom wallpaper that match up with iOS UI elements like app…Read more …
iPhone 6 and the Future of Mobile From Apple, in 20 Seconds.

iPhone 6 and the Future of Mobile From Apple, in 20 Seconds.

Visually, somewhat like the current 5th generation iPod Touch, but bigger (and smaller). From an industrial design point of view, it can easily be argued that the 5th gen iPod Touch is a better hardware design than both the iPhone 5s and 5c. The French blog Nowhereelse.fr and designer Martin Hajek have put this idea to pictures. The design essentially looks like an iPad mini or iPad Air scaled down to iPhone size, which happens to look almost exactly like a current generation iPod Touch. This hypothetical new design would work with multiple…Read more …

iPad Mini is my iPhone Phablet. Only $20 a month.

Simple, yet a bit too convoluted for most people. iPad Mini (Verizon LTE) + Google Voice + VOIP phoning app (Talkatone). Double bonus because I have bad eyesight and iPhone screen is too small for me. Sans all the jokes about carrying it around...I leave it in the car often. Or, Bluetooth/WiFi the free personal hotspot to my old iphone 4. Mini is wrapped in an Otterbox Defender and sometimes just carry it around like a small book. Fits in the pocket of most of my cargo shorts/pants... Not doing much conventional phoning,…Read more …