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.
If you googled ‘animation program’, you’d probably get thousands of results. Well, a lot of those require money, and the free ones are either extremely limited in functionality or are hard to use. That’s where SFM comes in. Source Filmmaker is made by the creators of the Half-Life and Portal videogame series. SFM has tons of tutorials and a great community where you can post your finished product, or get inspiration from someone else’s. It’s really easy to learn and can help anyone make high quality videos. Check out their websites for more info. NOTE: This does require steam.
Photo Creds to Photoshop.com
Photoshop is extremely well known all over the world and for a good reason too. Photoshop CS6 added tons of new features and despite how long it’s been out, it can take a REALLY long time to figure out how to make amazing artwork that you may see on places like DeviantArt. I just found out about this awesome site called tutsplus.com that give free tutorials for almost anything you will need photoshop for. There are also ratings of difficulty (1 being easiest and 5 being hardest). Link is below.
Mimimal wallpaper for those who like a no-frills wallpaper. Click picture to download.
Metropolis is a really cool typeface created by Josip Kelava from Melbourne, Australia. Josip states that he used a two-line technique inspired by the industrial movement of the 1920’s. I highly recommend using it for a title or brand name because it can help make an impression and it just looks really good if you use it for big-sized text. Click the picture above to download.