Today’s design mania-59

Designing Mobile Apps, Where to Start?

Mobile Design is an area of design that started to develop and evolve a couple of years ago. With the launch of the iPhone and the App Store in 2008, the development of mobile applications started to become a more interesting market, since there was finally good mobile hardware and ecosystem. Read More

Microsoft brings 3D maps to Excel users

Microsoft has rolled out a new visualization feature for Excel called GeoFlow. It’s definitely pretty, and if you’re using Windows and trying to track activity over space and time, it might be useful, too. Read More

Twitter Music App is Launching Friday

Get ready to rock. Twitter is about to launch its long-rumored standalone music app Friday, according to a report.  The app’s existence was rapidly becoming one of the worst-kept secrets in social media, especially after American Idol host Ryan Seacrest randomly tweeted about its existence earlier Thursday.  Read More

App of the Day

With its gorgeous interface and game changing engine, it’s easy to see why Procreate is one of the hottest iPad apps available today.  Whether storyboarding the next Hollywood blockbuster, illustrating a children’s book, or just having fun, Procreate will put you into a league of your own.  Read More

the making of MY tax India (iPhone app)

Our iphone app, Mytax India is #1 in Indian app store in finance category. we are getting a lot of mails and reviews from users. Everybody says one thing in common, and that our app is really easy to use. As a UI designer who participated in this project i would like to share some interesting things, like how we started and designed the UI.

When Mr. Y  came up with an app idea of calculating tax, our mission was very clear,”To help individuals to calculate their tax liability and plan on their investments effectively using a simple application.”

Sketches of Mytax india

I am a  lazy goose who hates calculation and calculating Tax is herculean task for me. I am bad at remembering numbers too. So my intention was very clear from first stage of discussions. The user should be able to use without typing and should be more user-friendly than a math app.  We wanted it to be easy to use and understand each and every splits..
I believe in the UI design theory “please, DONT MAKE ME THINK” and i like story telling in whatever i do. :)
so i started scratching on paper. Actually i drew more than ten different styles of presenting this app. We needed all the data in one single screen. It was challenging in 320×480 pixel place.
Rough Sketches

we split  our  UI in three parts –  the bottom two parts are called income and investments. A user can use either keyboard or tap on add and subtract button or slide on slider to enter his figure. The second one is investments. We again split that part into six. each part indicated as an icon which can easily understand. The question mark icon will give you a complete idea on investments.
Fianl screens of Mytaxindia

There are so many apps in which you kinda  enter some numbers and it gives  back a PLAIN number answers. We wanted to do it in an animated / interesting way. we thought about a glass of water which grows, graphs and  all blah blah. at last we got an idea about coins. That was a turning point in designing. the developing geeks did an excellent effort and made it extraordinary. so in one page a user can understand all things. we knew that our users will be enjoy this and that set our app apart from others. The page TAXSPLITS page i got inspired from abacus. again our developers made it really nice.

The developer team really supported the design team to make all our crazy visuals convert in to reality. Its a free app very useful for all Indian iPhone users…

Have you seen it? please check it out. let me know what you think.. :)

http://mytaxindia.com/

Today’s design mania-41

The Art & Science of Evidence-Based Design

Art and scienceLet’s start by defining our terms (Slides 1 through 20). Here are a few conventional ways to differentiate between art and science when it comes to user experience design: In terms of focus, an artistic process is concerned with issues of look-and-feel, whereas a scientific approach focuses on deeper, more systematic issues like underlying architecture.

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Explore The Past: Inspiring Coca Cola souvenir plate posters

Coca colaThe History of Coca-Cola is a story of special moments — times with family and friends and special occasions when Coke was naturally there. Every person who drinks a Coca-Cola enjoys a moment of refreshment — and shares in an experience that millions of others have savored.

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The 30 Best iPhone Apps So Far This Year

Iphone appsHowever, the novelty land grab is definitely over. When you run a search on the App Store, most of the gimmicks have already been created—at least twice. Clones still litter the store and it’s becoming even more difficult for quality apps to get noticed. But, if you have a bit of patience and are willing to sift through less exciting apps, there are some fantastic gems just waiting to be discovered.

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Finish Your Masterpiece with Deliberate Goal Planning

Goal planningAll artists want to create massive, powerful works to be remembered by. We have visions of our own “Sistine Chapel” that we want to tackle before we die. The problem with epic projects is that they’re often started, but rarely finished. This is precisely why we celebrate massive works: they don’t come along very often.

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Today’s design mania-25

7 Personality Types of Clients Today

Designers and developers form two parts of the design trinity: the client completes it. You can have the technology to build something and the design to make it magnificent, but if someone doesn’t fund the project, it usually falls flat.

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30+ Creative Resume Ideas to Present Yourself

Your CV or Resume is still in the old format? Well its very bad because we are going to show you some of the most brilliantly design CV & Resumes for your inspiration. Stunning and the most creativeways to represent yourself in front of the employers and  to get the job with smart and creative move.

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65 Mind Blowing Photo Manipulations Art

Photo manipulation is an art in itself, that requires a skill and precision as we know, it is one of the most creative artforms to come out of the digital age.

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The Consumer Reports/iPhone 4 antenna non-issue goes mainstream

Here’s the thing: If Apple came out and said three weeks ago that there was an antenna problem and it could be fixed with a free bumper or a piece of uber-cool Apple tape, we wouldn’t be talking about it right now.

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Today’s design mania-23

How Do You Apologize to Clients?

http://bit.ly/da6PoX

Flash-free Nexus One Faster than iPhone 4

http://bit.ly/9utjVj

The Pencil iPad Stand :

http://bit.ly/dyDnlt

Inspiration: The beauty of electronic circuits:

http://bit.ly/b30hO2

Free Clean and Minimal WordPress Themes

http://bit.ly/91sq8W

Today’s design mania-21

Great Ads of the 2010 World Cup

http://bit.ly/arQ8rQ

iphone 4 Retina Display:

http://bit.ly/9W9u27

Become the fashion designer…Style Studio Iphone app:

http://bit.ly/bYzDs

The Key to Creating Remarkable Things

http://bit.ly/b1oic7

Today’s design mania-20

Ducati Commercial, Filmed with an iPhone4:

http://bit.ly/buxADj

Really awesome. check this out

http://www.gresso.com/e_store_iphone/?44&n=a1&ib=44

Fashion Meets Street Art

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/fashion-meets-street-art-15

Creative Ways to Avoid Becoming a Workaholic:

http://zenhabits.net/workaholic/

Today’s design mania-19

15 Must-Have Minimalist Icon Sets

http://webdesignledger.com/freebies/15-must-have-minimalist-icon-sets

Why Design-By-Commitee Should Die

http://bit.ly/9RrmyO

An update on China :

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/update-on-china.html

The Apple Museum – 30 years in 2 minutes :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwJsS_FIt0E&feature=player_embedded

The Process (a.k.a. Designing The Stop Sign Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wac3aGn5twc

Today’s design mania-17

Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues:

http://bit.ly/cSDj9Q

iPhone 4 and Gyroscope, Meant for Gaming:

http://bit.ly/9fryLm

What is Fast App Switching in iphone4?

http://bit.ly/acqrvC

Today’s design mania-16

iPhone 4 Craziness: Standers Collapse, Conan Drops in the Line, iSpazio Flies to Paris

http://bit.ly/dCEvhB

Greg Packer-man on the street and No. 1 iPhone line sitter-has a sponsor

http://bit.ly/bbsmG2

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