Your App Store screenshots are probably the most important thing when it comes to convincing potential users to download or purchase your app. Unfortunately, many apps don’t do screenshots right. (by Felix Krause)
In his latest exposé, writer and programmer Paul Ford describes a grave injustice occurring today: Apple’s public promotion of a new form of bigotry towards Android users. On Apple’s iOS 7 and 8 operating systems as well as OS X, text messages from Android users (and other non-iPhone users) display in a hideous neon-green gradient, unlike the obviously inoffensive blue gradient that iPhone and iMessage are displayed in. (by Eli Schiff)
Apple is working on a lovely new system font for both iOS and OS X. We first saw the San Francisco font on the Apple Watch: we’ll soon be seeing it on all of Apple’s devices.
As a developer, there are often cases where we need to use the system font on web pages. Many times these pages are embedded in our apps and manage things like remote settings or documentation. In these contexts, matching the content to what the customer sees in their surrounding environment makes a big impact on the user experience. Think about how out of place an app feels when it displays Sparkle release notes in Lucida Grande while running on Yosemite. (by Craig Hockenberry)
If you look around the ’Net, you’ll see various people telling you that your (non-Retina) NSStatusItem icon should be 18px in height, because that’s what looks best (apparently). I wasn’t able to find a similar recommendation for Retina status bar icons, and indeed if you try making one you’ll find that simply doubling to 36px doesn’t quite work — the alignment is slightly off. (by Alastair Haddow)
Zeh Fernando made Perfect DOS VGA 437 back in 2003, and it is almost the best TrueType VGA font out there. To my eye it looks a bit too spaced-out horizontally; this is for a couple of reasons. I made the following alterations to his font to address them. (by Adam Moore (LÆMEUR))
The Uber brand is more than a name. It’s a set of values, attributes, and artwork that reflects the spirit of our company. Using it consistently will reinforce our passion and commitment to providing a world class experience.
DITTO ADDS something to Photoshop I’ve wanted for a long time. It allows the use of variables for things like colours, text, font sizes and perhaps most powerfully of all: visibility. (by Elliot Jackson)
If you design interfaces, you probably often work with repeating elements, like rows in a table or a grid of items. While Sketch provides some way of applying the same style to many elements via symbols, it has its shortcomings if you want to make the layout a little more adaptive and dynamic. (by Matej Hrescak)
Do you have a strong logo or a weak one? While a dancer may ask herself, “I wonder what Michael Jackson would think of my dance moves?” or a boxer may ask himself, “I wonder what Muhammad Ali would think of my right hook?”, a designer would ask, “What would Paul Rand think of my logo?” By the end of this read, you will know confidently whether Paul Rand would approve or disapprove of your logo. (by Dave Schools)