A Twitter for Android beta listed as version 5.0 has renewed the old layout and design, with a sliding panel side menu using the user’s cover photo as a blurred background. There are 7 columns instead of 4 and numerous other tweaks.
A recent graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand has designed an injury-localized 3D-printed cast he calls the Cortex cast, that is lightweight, washable, ventilated and recyclable.
5 dangers of flat design include forgetting affordances, misusing color & contrast, lacking the beauty of typography, a design looking poor and unfinished rather than simple, and lost visual hierarchy. Flat design is hard.
Many assumptions have been broken: “Everyone has a mouse”, “Everyone has broadband internet”, “Everyone’s computer gets faster every year”, “All monitors are calibrated”. We should design with the most important elements first, responsively and put content first. The web is more flexible than ever.
A next-generation software dubbed “FingerSense” can recognize knuckle-taps, nails, and various kinds of gestures that can be implemented for new touch user interfaces.
Live Tiles are popular as they show content people care about, so the Windows Phone team fitted more on screen with a 4-column layout, and tile resizing with 1 tap. Colours are one of the best ways of expressing personality, so the palette was doubled to 20.
Famed Type Designer, Jason Santa Maria, leaves the popular online webfont company, Typekit. He’s been working with them from the very beginning and he calls it a fun experience.