Designing For Android: Tips And Techniques


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Android is an attractive platform for developers, but not all designers share our enthusiasm. Making an app look and feel great across hundreds of devices with different combinations of screen size, pixel density and aspect ratio is no mean feat. Android’s diversity provides plenty of challenges, but creating apps that run on an entire ecosystem of devices is rewarding too.

Android devices in various sizes.
There are hundreds of Android devices with different screen sizes and resolutions. (Image credit: Android Design. Used under Creative Commons license.)

At Novoda, we build Android software for brands, start-ups and device manufacturers. We often work with visual designers who are new to Android. The new Android Design site is the first resource we recommend. You should definitely check it out. However, there is plenty more to pick up! The goal is to create apps that people love to use. Thoughtful UX and aesthetically pleasing visual designs help us get there.

This article provides a set of practical tips and design considerations for creating Android apps. I’ve tried to include something useful whether you’re crafting pixel-perfect graphic assets, finding an optimal user flow or getting your hands dirty developing XML layouts.

Pixels

Visual design is hugely important in the perceived quality of an app. It might even improve usability. Most developers have some exposure to UI patterns, but developers with visual design skills are rare. They really need you. Delivering high-fidelity mock-ups, drawable resources (i.e. graphic assets) and guidance to developers is the best way to deliver an aesthetically pleasing experience to the end user.

SCALE NICELY

Android is a platform of many screen densities. There is no set of resolutions to target, rather a density independent measurement scheme for graphics, widgets and layouts. This is covered in depth in a previous Smashing article and the official documentation, so I’ll just add a mention of this neat web tool for calculating density pixels.

Screen densities.
Optimize graphics for different screen densities. (Image credit: Android Design. Used under Creative Commons license.)

It’s not always practical to hand optimize graphic assets for each density. The platform can scale resources down reasonably well. However, it’s always worth testing designs on low-end devicesand optimizing resources that scale badly.

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Introducing a Simpler Homepage


Millions of you are coming to LinkedIn everyday to discover and discuss what matters most to your professional life. And today, we’ve started to roll out a simpler and easier way to navigate Homepage experience that offers quick access to the relevant information and updates that help you be great at your job.

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So what’s new?

A newer, simpler, and more modern design
We’ve revamped the entire Homepage experience with a new look and feel to make it easier to scan and find the information that matters most to you. This simpler and cleaner design makes it easier to navigate the page and quickly find the updates you’re looking for – whether that’s a news article your boss has recently shared or it’s to see who has just started a new job.

More relevant updates up top

Now you can see the most important network updates and articles at the top of the feed. This makes it quick and easy to stay on top of what matters most, such as trending topics, news, and professional updates based on what your connections and industry are reading, sharing, and discussing. This means, you’ll be spending less time hunting for information you need to be prepared for your workday and spending more time being great at the job you’re in.

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Arranca campaña Marzo Negro de Anonymous contra empresas

Mientras que muchos ya han dicho que si apoyarán la propuesta de Anonymous y no adquirirán productos de las múltiples empresas que se han pronunciado en contra de la piratería (anteriormente mencionamos un listado de empresas que apoyan la Ley SOPA, así como otras leyes similares).

En el diario “El Periodiquito” se quejan de que esta presunta manifestación probablemente no ayude a detener las varias leyes que se están empezando a promulgar con el fin de proteger los intereses de las empresas y privar de libertad a los usuarios de Internet; pero considerando los ataques que Anonymous ha hecho y de que ya son considerados una organización de privado, me gustaría creer que al ver sus ingresos disminuidos por el poder del consumidor, se deje de apoyar estas leyes.


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Desde finales de enero, comentábamos que Anonymous buscaba promover el Marzo Negro como protesta ante las leyes anti-piratería que amenazan con afectar la libertad de Internet.

Comienza la campaña Black March de Anonymous

La organización Anonymous promueve que no se compren productos ni servicios que apoyen a laley SOPAley PIPAley Sinde y ACTA durante todo el mes de marzo.

Anonymous, el grupo de hackers famosos que han hecho considerables ataques a las autoridades y empresas de talla mundial en nombre de la libertad para los usuarios de Internet, lanzó un comunicado oficial, en donde explica a mayor detalle en que consiste Marzo Negro (Black March).

MARZO NEGRO
DEL JUEVES, 1 DE MARZO DE 2012 HASTA EL SABADO, 31 DE MARZO DE 2012

Con las continuas campañas censurando Internet como SOPA, PIPA y Ley Sinde, y el cierre de sitios como Megaupload bajo acusaciones de “piratería” y “conspiración”, ha llegado el momento de ponerse en pie contra los lobbies musicales, del cine e industrias audiovisuales.

El único modo es golpearles donde de verdad les duele, en su margen de beneficios.

En marzo de 2012 se realiza el primer informe económico mundial del año.

No compres ni un disco. no descargues ni una canción. No veas ni una película en el cine, o descargues una copia, no compres ni un DVD. No compres ni un juego de vídeo. No compres ni un libro o revista.

Espera 4 semanas para hacerlo en abril. Aguanta sólo 4 semanas como máximo, y dejaremos un buen agujero en los beneficios de esas compañías en el primer informe del año, un golpe económico que será visto por los gobiernos del mundo como una señal de importantes pérdidas de ingresos.

No toleraremos la presión de ninguna industria a favor de una ley que censura Internet. Continuar leyendo «Arranca campaña Marzo Negro de Anonymous contra empresas»

36 Creative & Beautiful Coffee Logo Designs


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36 Creative & Beautiful Coffee Logo Designs

Lets look at these beautiful and professional logo designs based on coffee. The Coffee itself a very rich source to be active and make your mind healthy to be more creative and innovative. These logos are professionally designed and give you a brilliant look and feel like you are taking a good cup of coffee. Lets have a look.

 

36 Creative & Beautiful Coffee Logo Designs

36 Creative & Beautiful Coffee Logo Designs

36 Creative & Beautiful Coffee Logo Designs

36 Creative & Beautiful Coffee Logo Designs

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Getting Your Startup Website Ready, Pre-Launch

4. Blog

Never underestimate the importance of having a blog. A blog helps you establish domain expertise and it helps you with your SEO. But as I’ve argued before, a blog can really just help you think – and write- through the entrepreneurial process.
5. Create an «About Us» page

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of the «About Us» page on your startup’s website, arguing that «For most people who interact with your website, this may be the opportunity to really humanize your company. You don’t want to waste it.»
6. Feature your product

Enough about you. Talk about your product. Even if the tool you’re building isn’t ready for launch, even if you aren’t ready to list all its features, bells, whistles, or pricing tiers, even if there aren’t screenshots or walkthroughs – yet – you can can still give people some idea of why they want to pay attention.


ComingSoon_sept10.jpgEven if you’re not quite ready to show the public your product, you can still create a good website and a solid online presence for your startup. I want to sidestep the argument about whether or not it’s good to be «stealth» or not, and work with the assumption that if you’ve purchased the domain name, you’re going to put up some sort of website.

So here are a few of the things you should consider when building your startup’s site:

1. Have a nice «look»

You don’t have to commit to the whole graphical «look and feel» of your brand on day one, but you do want to to make moves in that direction. Even if your site starts as an announcement for «more information coming soon,» you can still have a visually striking site. Continuar leyendo «Getting Your Startup Website Ready, Pre-Launch»

Thesis WordPress Theme Review

By Michael Gray

I’ll admit that when I first saw the Thesis wordpress theme I wasn’t really keen on it, in fact I really didn’t see the point. While I’m not a programmer by trade, I know enough HTML, CSS, and PHP to make things happen in the code. However after seeing some of the behind the scenes stuff on Rae’s blog I finally gave it a try, and PURCHASED MY OWN COPY. I can now say that I’m a big fan of Thesis, and am probably what you’d call a brand advocate. If you’re like me and can do your own programming, or just don’t get why Thesis is cool, then read on, and I’ll try to explain some of the benefits.

If you are a novice programmer of have no programming experience, Thesis makes it really easy to dip your toe in the water, since Rae did an excellent job covering that in her Thesis review I won’t rehash that it here. But what about those of us who can do some coding, are developers or publishers, or have more than one website whats the advantage? Chances are you’ve graduated past the free themes and you are using a premium theme like someplace like solostream or woo themes. They are nice looking themes for sure, but they have their limitations. Lets imagine you want to customize the look and feel a little, add or remove things, I can tell you from firsthand experience it’s not an easy task, sometimes it can be excruciatingly difficult, because you have to start modifying the core theme files. Every few months the theme will get an update and therein lies the problem, you’ve now got two choices, stick with your old version of the theme which has your customizations, or migrate all of your changes back into the new version of the theme. If the theme has updated because of a wordpress update, your’re pretty much screwed (I speak from first hand experience here).


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By Michael Gray

I’ll admit that when I first saw the Thesis wordpress theme I wasn’t really keen on it, in fact I really didn’t see the point. While I’m not a programmer by trade, I know enough HTML, CSS, and PHP to make things happen in the code. However after seeing some of the behind the scenes stuff on Rae’s blog I finally gave it a try, and PURCHASED MY OWN COPY. I can now say that I’m a big fan of Thesis, and am probably what you’d call a brand advocate. If you’re like me and can do your own programming, or just don’t get why Thesis is cool, then read on, and I’ll try to explain some of the benefits.

If you are a novice programmer of have no programming experience, Thesis makes it really easy to dip your toe in the water, since Rae did an excellent job covering that in her Thesis review I won’t rehash that it here. But what about those of us who can do some coding, are developers or publishers, or have more than one website whats the advantage? Chances are you’ve graduated past the free themes and you are using a premium theme like someplace like solostream or woo themes. Continuar leyendo «Thesis WordPress Theme Review»

Build a Movie WordPress Portal with MovieMaker 2


The movie business is a great niche to be a part of. It’s one of those niches that a lot of players are already involved in, but it still has room for new players to come in and add their two cents. There are many ways to differentiate yourself in this business with your content, but you are going to need a decent website to get you started. Not everyone’s going to afford a custom designed website for such a niche. That’s where MovieMaker 2 comes in. It’s a very affordable WordPress theme for movie portals that lets you get started with your own professional looking website fast.

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