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I haven't been very interested in the current offerings of smart appliances, particularly networked refrigerators and stoves, but the value of design in this concept is communicated so well that it is compelling. The future of networked appliances is also getting interesting with Google's acquisition of Nest, for example. The greatest concern I might have for core appliances is trust in the security and reliability of these products. Maybe I just watch too much sci-fi.
Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, talks about the importance of fast thumbnail sketching and storyboards in helping him make movies. Scott discusses how storyboards help him capture the imagery of scenes, and how talking through storyboards prepare the creative team by establishing a direction for what they intend to create.
Need a card for your significant other or kid who loves 8 bit games? Here you go. I made a heart for you to cut out.
First Time User Experiences is a showcase of new user experiences and onboarding flows, created by Krystal Higgins. See also Higgins' article on First time user experiences in mobile apps.
Use Your Interface (UYI) is a showcase of interface and interaction transition design curated by Josh Davey.
Aureus Wade's Precomposed Touch Gestures are a set of touch-device gestures available as QuickTime animations for use in product demos or presentations. They'll work in your video editor, and Photoshop.
Origami is a free toolkit created by the Facebook Design team for Quartz Composer, the visual programming tool that's available with the Apple XCode development environment. Origami provides patches that can be added to your Quartz Composer library, to create interactive prototypes without programming. Quartz composer's UI allows you connect patches with wires (or tubes, if you're familiar with that metaphor) to perform tasks or set behaviors and properties.
This is a cute interaction for the focus state on the inputs of Basecamp's registration form. The illustrations on the Basecamp site do a good job of making you feel like this isn't "business as usual," which is the reason for wanting to jump to Basecamp in the first place. Simple things that make the customer smile probably go a long way in this case.
Geeklist's sign up form tells you how secure your password is by indicating how long it would take to crack. Sounds much more understandable and convincing than the typical weak/strong message.
This is a collection of videos of UI animations (mostly Apple) curated by @gardaud.
I like the simple idea behind GluePrint. Drop your mockup or visual design comp onto the app and it provides a semi-opaque window of the design. I can see it being useful for overlaying on top of your browser, like an onionskin, while you're working on front end implementation. And even in other reverse scenarios, like for creating new designs based on an existing version of your product.
Idan Kamara's explainshell displays Ubuntu's manpage repository visually like a schematic, allowing you to highlight parts of a commands parts (command, arguments, options) and view a callout that describes what the part does.
Ghostlab is a tool for synchronized browser testing. It synchronizes scrolls, clicks, reloads and form input across all connected clients so that you can test a full user experience.
Shim is a node.js-based browser-compatibility tool that lets you synchronize several devices/browsers and surf the same pages simultaneously on all of them.
The 99u points to a number of questions to ask before starting a project, and how choice of language matters, referring to Warren Berger's article in the Harvard Business Review about one of the questions top innovators ask when confronted with a challenge. It starts with the phrase "How Might We?" (HMW). It really boils down to the selectivity and power of words, and in this case particularly with the choice of the word MIGHT rather than can or should.