21 Mar 2011
in apple, design mania, Interface Guidelines, Iphone, Iphone apps, Iphone3G, iPhone4, Mytax india Tags: apple, Appstore, design mania, Iphone, Iphone app, Iphone apps, iPhone4, Mytax india
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.”
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.
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.
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..
26 Aug 2010
in design mania, Iphone, web design Tags: design mania, Icons Collection, iPhone Websites, Twitter Icons
Best Customized iPhone Websites
iPhone websites are a becoming popular every day, thanks to the iPhones because of which phones ‘usage is not just limited to calling or texting. There is a remarkable increase in specialized & optimized websites for iPhone screens. Today we are presenting 40 such iPhone websites for you to check & share your experience.
How Choice Impairs Your Visitors
Many sites provide an array of methods to interact with their offerings, but excesses in decision-making pressure can render less empowered visitors into a cyclone of stress from the barrage of questions being asked. As an industry, we place a great deal of emphasis on getting visitors to make decisions, but are we turning a straightforward path into a labyrinth with our need to know?
Free Hand-Draw Sketched Website / Blog Icons Collection
You may modify the icons in shape, color, and/or file format and use the modified icons royalty-free according to the license terms for any personal or commercial product.
Freebies: Facebook, Twitter & RSS Feed Icons
Today’s release is a set of popular social media icons consisting of Facebook, Twitter and RSS designed exclusively for Onextrapixel by Helen Gizi, a talented self-taught graphic designer. The custom social media icons have been created especially to bring a new look to the normal and traditional icons.
25 Aug 2010
in creative thoughts, CSS, Design, Design blog, design mania, Iphone, Photography, Portfolio Designs, web design Tags: Consumerism, creative thoughts, CSS, design mania, Iphone, Perspective Photography, Photography, Portfolio Designs, web design
Beautiful & Creative Portfolio Designs
There are thousands of online Portfolios around and it’s really hard to select few. Still some designer’s work which however, reaches beyond the simple design work to a piece of art and the result is so wonderful then a regular web design that it made his work memorable. We are always looking for inspiration, specially when it comes to web design.
Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?
Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for a new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various cameras, watch the video demos, identify the model you want.
Brilliant Examples of Forced Perspective Photography
Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera.
Webdesign & CSS inspiration for iPhone
CSSiPhone is the first ever iPhone CSS Gallery which displays iPhone web interfaces for iPhone inspiration. you will find good collection and get inspired. Enjooy
23 Jul 2010
in Design, design mania, design resources, iOS4, Iphone, Iphone3G, video, Vintage webdesign, Web interface Tags: design mania, inspiration, iOS4, Iphone, Iphone 3gs, jQuery effects, productivity, Retro design, Vintage style, web design
Showcase of Amazing Retro-Vintage Styled Web Interfaces
Want to design a web interface with retro or vintage look and need some inspiration? Have a look at this post because we compile for you some of the best and very well designed web interfaces and website designs with an old retro styled touch. The stunning use of vintage look components, illustrations and backgrounds, these web interfaces will give you an excellent idea and inspiration if you want to design some good looking old styled sexy website.
Demos Showing Advanced jQuery Effects
Since the introduction of the iPad, with its lack of the Flash Player, there’s an acceleration in the web development world to use alternative technologies to Flash, such as jQuery, Ajax and others.Here are 21 online demos that show the power of jQuery for creating advanced effects and interactivity that can rival Flash.
How to be Insanely Productive and Still Keep Smiling
Do you want to be more productive? Maybe you do, but I’m sure you don’t want to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or unhappy – which happens to many super-productive people. But there is good news:You can be insanely productive – and still smell the freesias, savor a Pinot Noir, or enjoy a languid hug.
iOS 4 and iPhone 3G
Do you have an iPhone 3G? Have you updated it to iOS 4 yet? If the veins are popping out of your neck and your skin is turning green, you probably have. If your iPhone 3G hasn’t been updated to iOS 4 yet, then do your iPhone, yourself, and your sanity a favor: DON’T UPDATE YOUR iPHONE 3G TO iOS 4!
14 Jul 2010
in advertising, creative Ads, Design, design mania, Iphone, Iphone apps, Rusted Textures Tags: advertising, creative Ads, CSS3, design mania, Iphone, Iphone app, Rusted Textures, video
A Collection of Rusted Textures
A Collection of Rusted Textures is compiled in this next post as a cool resource for designers of all ages. Feel free to download the texture of your choice and create amazing designs with these resources.
CSS3-Enable Internet Explorer With PIE
PIE makes Internet Explorer 6-8 capable of rendering several of the most useful CSS3 decoration features.
Inspiring Creative ads
Creative ads keeping to providing you with the world’s most creative and sophisticated ads. All the collected ads follow the concept of SIMPLE (Simple, Involving, Memerable, Purchase Intention, Linkage with brand, Enjoyable), so that they will, absolutely, intoxicate rather than revolt you.
My TV Remote for iPhone
Speaking of Apple remote controls, what’s not to like about some of the ideas in this video clip for an App remote control?
13 Jul 2010
in apple, Creative Resume, Design, design mania, Iphone, photo manipulation Tags: apple, Clients, Creative Resume, creative thoughts, design mania, photo manipulation, Resources
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 Jul 2010
in Design, design mania, Icons, Iphone, logo, Logo design Tags: creative thoughts, design mania, facebook, FaceTime, Icons, Indian Rupee Symbol, iPhone4, Resources, smashing magazine, Tutorials
Designing A Facebook Fan Page: Showcases, Tutorials, Resources
Facebook provides many tools for maximizing the effect of your presence on the social network, most of all by means of business pages, also known as fan pages. Using a variety of applications and Facebook API tools, one can get creative not only with the page content, but with the design, too.
Getting some FaceTime — hints and tips about iPhone 4 video calls:
FaceTime calls over Wi-Fi work with Airplane mode enabled — this is rather interesting, since you need to have the phone number of the receiving iPhone 4 and connect at least once via voice call in order to establish that the devices on both ends are indeed iPhone 4s. After that point, you can hit Airplane mode, then turn on Wi-Fi only and still make FaceTime calls.
Indian Rupee to get new Symbol
The Indian rupee is all set to get its own unique symbol, joining the club of other international currencies, such as, dollar, pound sterling, euro and the yen as currencies with an identity that is recognisable worldwide.
Top 10 Beautiful Minimalist Icon Sets
Icons are an effective aid in helping users quickly find and gather information. They not only communicate information but help break it up and add visual interest to grab the users’ attention.
09 Jul 2010
in apple, Design, design mania, Ipad, Iphone, Minimal design, User experience, wordpress Tags: apple, design mania, inspiration, Ipad, Iphone, Minimal design, nexus One, wordpress theme
How Do You Apologize to Clients?
Flash-free Nexus One Faster than iPhone 4
The Pencil iPad Stand :
Inspiration: The beauty of electronic circuits:
Free Clean and Minimal WordPress Themes
08 Jul 2010
in creative thoughts, Design, design mania, font, Interface Guidelines, Iphone, Typography Tags: creative thoughts, design mania, free fonts, HTML5, Iphone, web design
Thoughts on Creativity and Design Process
21 Latest Free Fonts for Your Designs
Occam’s Razor: A Great Principle for Designers
Six Super Helpful Typography Cheat Sheets:
Jasonfried’s “managing conflict”:
YouTube web app gets overhauled with HTML5
02 Jul 2010
in apple, Design, design mania, fashion, Iphone, Iphone apps, User experience, video, Worldcup Tags: apple, creative thoughts, design mania, fashion, iPhone4, Retina Display, video, web design, Worldcup
Great Ads of the 2010 World Cup
iphone 4 Retina Display:
Become the fashion designer…Style Studio Iphone app:
The Key to Creating Remarkable Things