I’m always looking for more efficient way to wireframe applications. Although I’ve started to wireframe our internal products in Sketch.app, we still use Illustrator for our client work. We’re currently working with a client that has a designer on their team so we need to use the same software. Adobe software is on the laptop of almost every designer. I’m a believer in designing UI according to the iOS Human Interface Guidelines. To speed up the process of drawing wireframes, having a good wireframing kit is essential. The most recent kit I’ve downloaded and used is the iOS 7 Wireframe Kit by Blake Perdue. He’s done a great job of pooling the standard iOS 7 icons and common views found in an application. Every element in the kit is sizes according to the HIG for iOS. It’s also great because it’s not styled up like other kits that may look flashy but the visual language of the kit distracts the reader from thinking about interactions. I wireframe individual views on separate art boards and then save the Illustrator document as a PDF.
For small to mid-sized applications, there are usually 30 – 45 views that need to be considered. To bring artwork into a presentable state, I have setup an InDesign document with section headers and footers, media frames, paragraph and character styles, and gesture icons with object styles. This InDesign document contextualizes the art boards exported from Illustrator. After everything is annotated and organized, it gets exported from InDeisgn and shared out with the Steamclock crew and the client for feedback.
I was working on a Pages.app template (Don’t ask why). When trying to add an image to my layout through the “Media” dropdown in the toolbar, I noticed the iOS 7 style button group controls are in the media popover. The gap between UI design for desktop and mobile just got smaller.
There was an event management company is the space before we opened.
When we looked at the space, there were bars up on the windows, bad office furniture was kicking around, and the walls were red. We saw potential, even though it was tucked away and needed a bit of TLC.
We brought it back to blank canvas. Things already looked better.
We built some racks, painted some light fixtures, and installed some signage. We wanted to make the place feel like we owned it.
We decided we needed a fitting room so I sketched it up and built it.
We feel great about how things turned out and wish we asked for a few months free rent. The space has been transformed.
I’m not sure what to make of Snapchat’s recent rejection of Facebook’s $3 billion dollar offer. What kind of a company turns down an offer for 3 billion? This news sparked some discussion amongst the team at Steamclock Software. You have to respect a company that isn’t interested in selling and I’m assuming pride in product is what motivated Snapchat to look at all of those zeros and say, “no”. On the otherhand, I feel like if you had one good idea for an app there must be other apps you’d like to work on. It’s not like $3 billion wouldn’t give you and everyone in the company the money to get another product up and running – with the most badass design, development, and marketing campaign. Is time-limited photo sharing that important for the world? Maybe the thought of all that money made the Snapchat team feel a tinge of depression. There would be no more struggle. No more worry about success. No more tension of building and maintaining a product. We can all do the math and see the interest on that cake would print money.
A few months ago, I gave Snapchat a test ride but eventually lost interest. My first impression was that the UI was goofy and bad (in a good way). It’s refreshing to use a piece of software that doesn’t take itself seriously. Everything about the company seems bad to be good. What’s with the clown colours, the fat ghost icon, wrapping paper background patterns, the cartoon camera button, the gridless time picker? I’m not saying I don’t like it but I feel like this is definitely design for delight. Wacky, sarcastic, hipster, teen dazed delight.
In the end, I felt like it was another social network I had to invest in to get value out of. How do I invest with fleeting moments? After loosing my spark to snap and chat, I eventually stopped opening the app, it was dumped it in my collection of apps I never used, and then deleted during a purge. After Facebook’s offer, I felt like I had to go back and see what makes this product worth a $3 billion offer. I’m still wondering…
During my vacation, I built a fitting room at the Woo To See You Boutique, went for a hike up the Lynn Valley Canyon, drove a ZipCar for the first time(Mini), and made almost daily trips to JJ Bean Yaletown for cappucinos, coding, and design. I’m the type of person that likes to use holidays for personal work.
On Thursday, I sat down to work on this website and CleanMyMac popped up on my screen. I had free time to run a scan and delete the cruft from Mavericks. This was a bad idea. Application and document icons disappeared from Finder. App Store, Contacts, Calendar, and Messages ceased to open. They would bounce once or twice, the highlight would appear in the Dock, but the application frame wouldn’t open. Interestingly, the Chrome icon was the only icon to disappeared from the Dock. After digging around on Google, I learned my old version of CleanMyMac was the culprit and CleanMyMac 2 won’t criple your Mavericks.
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