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.
This is a beautiful android app created by songkick. The app scans your library (with a cool animation to go along with it). Once it’s finished, it’ll give you a list of concerts that are coming up for the music artists in your music library. The app was featured on android niceties and it is one of the few android apps that is free and has a beautiful UI. This is also available for iOS, but it doesn’t seem to work as well on the iPhone as it does on android phones. The minimum requirement is android 2.2, which makes it the best looking app on the play store that doesn’t require ICS. Well done.
This is a really nice wallpaper that BlackBearBlanc uploaded to his dropbox. BlackBearBlanc is well known over at the XDA forums for his minimal android setups and fantastic wallpapers. To download, check out the source. I highly recommend checking out his tumblr page, his XDA profile page, his dropbox, and his home screen setup with the book wallpaper for inspiration. Note: It will work as a desktop wallpaper too.
Sharp finally teamed up with frog, and they just unveiled details on the new UI for their line of phones in Japan. The homescreen setup seems a little lame to me, but the lockscreen is hands down the coolest one I’ve ever seen.
I came across this beautiful app called pattrn (there is no ‘e’ in the name). It’s a collection of patterns that get updated every once in a while. You just go into the app, find a pattern you like, and set it as your wallpaper. Just those 3 easy steps. If you want, you can go into the settings and tell it to periodically change up your background so you never get stuck with the same background for too long. If you’d like to try it out go to the play store link or scan the QR code (in the slideshow) with a barcode scanning app on your phone (QR Droid works best).