I started a museum of animated gifs in January to point to the beautiful little art works of motion designers and artists.
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A little zine has been something I’ve always wanted to make. This is a zine in the traditional, DIY photocopy sense. It’s not an art piece, as so many beautiful zines are these days. But maybe I’ll make something more refined in the future.
The idea is simple. You have a ratio like 16:9, 4:3, 9:6, etc. and want to see how to scale another object with that ratio using a fixed dimension, e.g. you know the width.
I published a free course for Balsamiq users on Skillshare. The course, Rapid Wireframing: Finding the Right Product Design, is designed for those new to Balsamiq, but also features some demonstration of new features like Quick Draw (using the mouse to block out wireframe zones) and Alternates (creating alternate versions of screens). If you’re a veteran user, you may be interested in checking that out, and updating to the latest version to take advantage of these useful new ways of workin
It’s a wirebound 5.25 inch square sketchbook with about 120-130 pages (60-65 sheets) of 70 pound white vellum paper, hand-crafted by me in my home North of the SF Bay. You can buy a book with blank sheets or one printed with 1cm grid in warm gray ink. Inside you’ll find a floppy disk pocket, and a disk label. Hope you like them! They’re a head turner. :)
As with the needed (coolio), I’ll forgive the oversight and provide one to fill the gap.
You can design with text, rectangles (which can modified with border radius to make circles), or graphics created with other tools, and then hook up animations for actions like taps, scrolling, and drag, and use the drivers UI to connect those actions to drive other properties. An animation UI gives you control over timing and easing for specific transitions, but the defaults also work well without customization. Really nice.
Roots is an open source static site compiler that can help take some of the work out of setting up your own build tasks using taskrunners like gulp or grunt. It runs in your terminal and requires minimal setup.
Relay looks like it’ll be a nice design communication tool for teams using Slack. Capture screens directly from Adobe CC, Sketch, Chrome, or anything else on your screen and it’ll be ready for critique in Slack, with comments and annotation.
For Balsamiq users or anyone that bemoans handwritten fonts and sketchy wireframes, I wrote an article to show how to create polished wireframes in Balsamiq on our UX blog. It shows how to use the wireframe skin with a few base controls, and techniques to achieve a minimalist aesthetic. It’s meant for those who need to create client-ready deliverables, or for when the sketchy-skin gets in the way of communicating your ideas. You can keep generating screens fast, but polish the details when
I like the chart that shows a snapshot of how Spotify’s organic Guild structure (PDF) has allowed their Agile teams to make do with fast growing teams. It’s a great example showing how a business organized around the work and a constantly changing organization and goals gets things done. This way of working is the antithesis of the command and control model of work from the Drucker age of business management for information work. Businesses that welcome the idea of designing flexible
To manage the pre-processing, minifying and building of JS and SASS/CSS I had to set up a task manager. I decided to learn how Gulp handles this compared to Grunt, and I like how simple and clean my Gulpfile.js is. It works about the same as Grunt, so there was little to learn there. This post on getting started with gulp is good if all you’re interested in is processing Sass. There’s plenty of StackOverflow articles on processing JS. I only run gulp whenever I make a change to JS or
These are the 2 main directories listing generators that you can use to build a static site. Each offers a sortable lists to browse by user rating or language.
I think some people find it odd that I’m starting this new pursuit this late in life. The best way I know how to deal with an itch is to scratch it. So I’m starting this music blog to share my thoughts in this new pursuit. I’m already finding a lot of spillover into other creative work as I do this, so maybe that will be interesting to others. For some, this may be a reason to stop following this blog, and I fully understand.