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Apple is synonymous with upper echelon design, but very little is known about the company's design process. Most of Apple's ownemployees aren't allowed inside Apple's fabled design studios. So we're left piecing together interviews, or outright speculating about how Apple does it and what it's really like to be a designer at the company.
For putting sustainability at the top of its design agenda. The sportswear company is aggressively pursuing new materials that can replace the EVA foam and nylon used in shoes. To do this, they're partnering with NASA, the U.S. State Department, and USAID to research the textiles of the future. Internally, Nike has synthesized and compiled nearly eight years' worth of their findings on sustainable materials into a beautiful and graphic app called Making, which enables any designer, anywhere, to create apparel that has less of a footprint.
Ember is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you - be it websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organise them into relevant collections, annotate the images you need to give feedback on, and share your images to your favourite web services.
It’s a common pattern in logos. The metaball shape is actually very easy to create in any vector software. Here’s how to do it in Illustrator using basic shapes and the Pathfinder tool.
Sennep is an interactive design studio formed in 2003. We approach every project with enthusiasm and an ambition to create something memorable, beautiful and useful.
It would have taken Dann Petty a lot to quit freelancing. And it did. When the 30-year-old designer got a direct Twitter message from Ev Williams, it was a foregone conclusion that Petty would go to work for Obvious Corporation--the company behind Medium andJelly--and set out to design one of the web's most gawked-at content sites.
Why do some designers spend their time creating unsolicited redesigns of other people's sites? We take a closer look at this online phenomenon.
With so many products out there, packaging design is as important as ever. Take a look at these examples of packaging design to witness the best work on offer.
Whether you’re just starting out in design, or you’re a seasoned pro, the web has some interesting reading for you today.
Before you start designing, there are several things you should look at first. I always find these extra initial steps help when you eventually do start diving into designing for your next project - and even though these tasks add a little time to the beginning of a project, it will be more than made up later on down the line.
I once worked for a client where I was the only Designer on the team and the only female involved in building the product. The client was obsessed with integrating ‘social.’ Despite my general dislike of arbitrary social functions, they were adamant that it had to happen so I moved ahead with creating a heart icon to represent a ‘Like’ function. It was a small piece of a much larger UI redesign so I assumed it would be glossed over and I could focus on fighting the bigger battles.
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One of my favourite things to do with new apps is to check out and screenshot the first-run experience. After navigating any initial welcome screens, I go in search of empty states; views within the app typically devoid of content or data. Essentially a blank slate, an empty state can be used to form the first impression made on a user. It’s the importance of these views that I find so interesting as they can often be a good indicator as to the level detail put in to building the app. As you’ll see, empty views can often be far from empty.
Innovative use of paper art can bring a contemporary design to life. Here are 30 brilliantly crafted examples to inspire.