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The ingenious team over at Oak have created Symbolset. Designed for you to rid your vector and clip art symbols, Symbolset instead moulds them straight into a single and beautiful typeface. The sleek glyphs and type result in faster loading on web pages and cleaner code.
“There’s a magical moment when typing a keyword becomes an image. Finding icons in a traditional icon font is a chore. Designers eyeball the glyphs panel, a panel not included in Photoshop, and hunt. Our keywords are human-friendly.”
Yet we do see desktop UI in some of the most popular mobile apps. The biggest offender is the “junk drawer” button. Facebook uses it in their app.
That junk drawer button feels like a cop out.
The folks at Instagram invented a new native touch gesture. Liking a photo by double tapping the actual photo itself.
Previously, on the desktop web, liking a photo or some other thing, meant moving your mouse to a small (like, heart, fav) button and then clicking it.
The Instagram guys ditched the requirement for a little button click and replaced it with a big touch friendly gesture. Two taps and bam, a heart pops up and you’re done. Very satisfying.
I agree about gestures as a natural way to communicate actions on mobile — but conflating a menu/navigation item with an action (liking, republishing, etc.) seems to compare apples to oranges. For apps like Facebook and Path with full featured experiences (streams within streams, events, apps management) — I find the menu button + sideswipe gesture really works. I also appreciate that Tumblr’s text/photo post gestures are shortcuts and alternatives - Hiding important functionality behind gestures may be something that users evolve to learn, but the road there is still long (I was watching some women exclaiming how hard Instagram was to use the other day!)
Testing out some colors. It’s hard. Liking these combos but they’re really divorced from the context so liking them just for their inherent colorness and finding it hard to wring some usefulness out of them. It’s like saying: oh yeah, I love bacon ice cream.. but right after a pig roast?
Stories” are getting into the mainstream lexicon for tech companies. Facebook is certainly pushing the concept in all their communications:
Facebook is inherently telling a story, Deng said. Stories are about remembering the past, helping us understand the present and building an identity of who we are. This is why Facebook exists. It is inherently a storytelling platform.
Oh yeah. Stories.
Your photos [on Flickr] – everyday captures and extraordinary sightings, local scenes and exotic moments – are central to our DNA because they reflect your individual stories.
The idea of narrative in tech has been around for while. Notably ex-Flickr guys like George Oates and Aaron Cope were early thinkers way back in 2008/2009 and I first thought about stories in social products from them. “Stories” have now progressed from academia to current marketing campaigns, and Tumblr Storyboard, Facebook Stories and Twitter’s Stories are literal interpretations (like most marketing ideas).
Stories have basic ingredients:
1) What’s happening: everyone does this now via feeds/streams, and Path in particular is killing it with their network UI.
2) What happened: No one is doing this well. What happens to the stuff you post on Facebook, Twitter, et al? Lots of that stuff is amazing! So much is stored in your likes, your faves, your hearts and your archives. Ever go back to Friendster and read your testimonials? In fact, it’s why I use Foursquare — I like to remember where I’ve been and what I did.
Timehop (a la Photojojo’s Time Capsule) is investigating this space. So is Recollect. Facebook’s Timeline gives some lip service. And Tumblr’s archive view remains one of the most well constructed features for users to go back in time (although Tumblr’s not really set up to be personal stories as much as some other networks).
By and large, the major networks are still focused on the the tiny sliver of the present. It’s expensive and hard to process the past. But there are huge opportunities here.
I think (maybe it’s crazy) that’s there an optimal UX to re-affirm the past. The current reverse chronological feed isn’t it. And funneling it to search sidesteps the serendipity core to every story.
3) What will happen: An interesting aside. How do you capture intent & aspirations? There’s a whole category here for drafts, works in progress, queues, etc… but I have no idea if there can be an interesting product to be built around the idea of the future as a bucket for stories.
How will the “stories” concept evolve? After all, we’ve all been sitting around campfires gesturing at each other and putting dyes on cave walls in some form for thousands of years.
The potential is amazing for a Facebook or a Path with growing datasets to do something besides literal interpretations — and we’re still in the very early phases.
What if timelines can offer users thematic clusters like:
- Natural group dialogues between friends that carry meaningful themes and phrases;
- Events (and their media and their attendance and other contextual info)
- Venues that have personal significance (e.g. a cafe where you have early breakfast meetings during an important period in your life, for instance)
Can you tease patterns out and create narrative arc from the data that we put in the system? Can features be mined from slideshows or event-mapping or something else? Dialogue needs to occur not just between you and your friends, but also you and the platform; otherwise we’re just generating a bunch of data for advertisers.
/late night thoughts, rambling
It’s never a good sign when a company starts saying things like “enhanced events experience.”
Rio de Janeiro!
This is a gorgeous screen. cc @foursquare
The #allnew4sq design process has been wildly rewarding. Our designers examined everything from our typography to our iconography, seeking to maintain foursquare’s playfulness while evolving our style and our brand.
Although our designers spend most of our time in Photoshop or…
Props for the product process at 4Sq, and altho I have a few nitpicks with the new app, a good re-think to making the offline/online connection really enjoyable to play with.
(via How to use FF Chartwell)
omg i want to make lots and lots of charts now.
I’m in love with Zack’s gorgeous new project: New York Moon. It uncovers such a referenced (but very lacking in coverage) topic: I’ve always been fascinated by things that are lost as we advance and hoard knowledge (?), facts (?) and cruft. Wax and wane.
The Moon explores topics of time and space, structures trapped beneath the city, translation, neighborhoods, the desert, water and nostalgia. Foremost in all works is a fearless embrace of the changing world that is accompanied by a fascination with our rapidly aging past. For there is no way to step boldly forward without examining the minutiae of our history.
Very excited to see what the editors have in the queue.
I started other side project. It’s collection of google android UX screenshots. Site has two main purposes.
Comparison of each manufacturer UI / Comparison of application UI
Go! side projects!
I love this stuff.
Follow Friday! Shout out to my friend, Claudia, who - on a lark, on courage, on whimsy and a fuckitall joie de vivre packed, wept and left NYC for LA to shake things up and chase her muses. She is now is working out of a studio downtown LA creating some lovely things.
Tumblr De Stijl.
La identidad de una empresa especialmente de un servicio de internet, depende bastante del layout de su página web. No tenemos que ver logos o letras para identificar la empresa, sólo colores y la posición en la que se encuentran. Por eso quise combinar el layout de páginas web con el movimiento de arte De Stijl.
The identity of a particular company’s internet service, largely depends on the layout of your website. We do not have to do with logos or letters to identify the company, only colors and the position found. So I wanted to combine the layout of web pages with the art movement De Stijl.
I love this so much.
I’m a big Piet Mondrian fan and I think this is wonderful.
if peter and ben think this is cool, then i think this is cool.
I want this framed. Somebody make this happen?
Epic. (When’s that word gonna come back into our lexicon?)