Chris Hendrixson is a respected designer from dribbble. Dribbble is a community for designers to showcase their works. Chris Hendrixson has started a small project of his, where he is trying to create a new wallpaper almost every day. The coolest part of the concept, is that once a wallpaper has been put on the site, the wallpaper will never be featured again. That way, you always get an exclusive one-day-only wallpaper. He offers a desktop and mobile-sized version, so you can have the same wallpaper on all devices. When you first come across his site, you may want to scroll down to find the buttons for download.
Over time, as I’ve gotten more interested in Graphic Design, I’ve discovered that there’s a massive difference between UI Designers, UX Designers, and Application Developers.
UX Designers: UX Developers are the people that ask the general public what they want and why it should be so, but they will not be able to create a finished product. The UX Designers will most likely major in fields such as Psychology to give the user the best experience possible. UX Designers work closely with UI Developers because the UX Designers will typically tell UI Developers what to do. For companies like Apple, UX Developers will see what issues people are having and try to think of a workaround.
UI Developers: UI Developers are people that want to fill the gap between having something that looks good and having something that looks functional, so the end product is something that looks good and is functional at the same time. These guys will take information taken from the general public and anonymous polls and turn the ideas into a reality. UI Developers have to be able to make original artwork in programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, then turn them into CSS/HTML code so they work as websites. Extremely talented UI Developers were the ones that provided all the images and backgrounds on the iPhone, Mac, PCs, and phones everywhere.
Application Developers: Application Developers are the guys who can write in HTML/CSS/other programming languages, but will focus heavily on the functionality of the finished product rather than the aesthetic appeal. The old saying “I’ll make it work, but it won’t look pretty” is what they do in a nutshell. These guys typed the code so you would be able to have auto-prediction and mobile browsers and gaming.
I just wanted to clear this up for some people because many don’t know about UX Designers despite their importance in how we interact with technology.
CES 2013 is finally here guys! This is one of the few tech expos where OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) can show off their latest and greatest creations. Last year, at CES 2012, Sony showcased the Xperia S and Xperia Ion, Lenovo touted a windows phone they were working on, the Samsung Galaxy Note was unveiled, Corning showed off the strength of Gorilla Glass 2, Qualcomm showcased their lightning fast S4 chip (which is now in the HTC Droid DNA), Nvidia touted the processing power of their Tegra 3 processor, a number of manufacturers showed off Ultrabooks, and Samsung released Super OLED televisions. Almost all of those devices had revolutionary technological advancements that are now features we take for granted. No doubt the devices this year will be bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before.
EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music. When a song doesn’t fit into a certain category, it’s called EDM. Varien is has mainly focused on dub step, but he’s made morphine, which was also in Monstercat 011, and it is one of the most interesting songs I’ve heard in a while. Varien loves “layering” his tracks, so there are very subtle additions to the song that make it sound fuller and richer. In the beginning, he uses sound loops of aggressive strings and orchestras to make the song sound more intense. I usually don’t like Varien’s works because he focuses more on heavy metal and dub step, but this one really caught my ear because he slowed it down to 100 bpm but kept the dubstep and metal influences intact; not an easy thing to do. If you like it, you can get it on iTunes or Monstercat’s own site. If you want to see how he made the song, he’s given a full rundown.
The Kollection was nice enough to put together an awesome list of songs for students studying for finals. Each song was picked to make sure it would provide a calming and non-distracting atmosphere. Most of the songs are electro, which is taking the world by storm. The Kollectino pride themselves on having almost every song as a free download. Head on over!
If you’re open to all genres of music, then you should definitely check out the Kollection. They update their growing list of amazing songs almost every day and actively support up and coming artists. I discovered Madeon’s hit single ‘Finale’ through the Kollection and it’s become so popular it is now in the Fifa 13 Soundtrack. Click the picture to check them out.
Edit: I forgot to mention that almost every song they post is given away as a free download – courtesy of the music artists.