Weekly inspirations: April 24th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Adobe unleashes 3 new apps to make the Apple Watch relevant to designers Wondering why anyone would bother buying an Apple Watch? Well today Adobe has updated three of its Creative Cloud apps in an attempt to answer that question for creatives and designers. The Behance, Adobe Color CC, and Creative Cloud apps have been gifted new functionality to “stretch the mobile canvas and inspire creatives” with Apple Watches, as Adobe puts it. See everything the new apps can do in this article. Read the article here.   How To Become A UX Leader Let’s say you run a UX team. Better yet, let’s say you don’t. Let’s say you just want to do great work. You’re a consultant. You’re a newbie. You’re an intern. Your position is irrelevant. So is your title. What’s important here is that you want great UX...

A Creative Director’s 5 biggest portfolio warning signs

Every year I look at hundreds of portfolios for designers, writers and creatives of all level of experience across a wide variety of disciplines. After seeing the work of that many people you start to see patterns emerge as resumes and portfolios become a crystal ball to tell a lot about someones creativity, confidence and leadership style before I have ever met them. I decided to compile a list of the 5 biggest mistakes I see happen all the time in creative portfolios and explain a creative directors point of view how we view them in the hopes that people will understand them and stop making them.   1.) Quoting someone else I see portfolios all the time with a quote from a famous person as the first thing you see on a resume or portfolio. It sounds innocent enough but the entire purpose of portfolio process is to show someone your creativity, your body of work and your thought...

Weekly inspirations: April 17th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   MINI’s Google Glass-style Eyewear Meets Driver Needs Think of MINI’s Augmented Vision eyewear as the twenty-first century version of classic driving goggles. The automaker will unveil the one off eyewear at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The project is a collaboration with several Qualcomm companies to create an augmented reality experience specific to the needs of a driver. I have no idea why anyone would want it and doubt anyone will buy it but it is an interesting partnership. Read the article here.   NIXON E-commerce case study I’ve worn NIXON watches for a really long time and this is an interesting look behind the scenes of their recent site re-design by the agency BASIC. Read the article here.   Apple Watch GUI for Sketch One of the best things about designing in Sketch is the...

Why I’ve change my UI / UX design process to Sketch 3

A whole new world I’m as old school as it gets when it comes to Adobe Photoshop since I’ve been using it constantly since version 1.0 was released. If I think back there hasn’t been a project or even a day a day in my career when I didn’t have it open and when it wasn’t the center of my design process. Then a funny thing happened a few months ago and everything changed – I was convinced to try Sketch from Bohemian Coding. I had been aware of the app for a while, had downloaded the demo, tinkered around with it and never really gave it much thought again. But I started to hear more and more designer talking about Sketch. I saw Apple start to release design templates in Photoshop and Sketch formats. And finally a friend sat me down and showed me how the application worked and from then on I was hooked because Sketch does an amazing job of solving a lot...

Weekly inspirations: April 10th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks Speakers You’d never know it, but Simon Sinek is naturally shy and doesn’t like speaking to crowds. At parties, he says he hides alone in the corner or doesn’t even show up in the first place. He prefers the latter. Yet, with some 22 million video views under his belt, the optimistic ethnographer also happens to be the third most-watched TED Talks presenter of all time. Ironic for an introvert, isn’t it? Sinek’s unlikely success as both an inspirational speaker and a bestselling author isn’t just dumb luck. This article looks at the 7 really good tips to become a great public speaker. Read the article here.   12 Things You Should Expect From a Creative Director This article is short and sweet but does a nice job out lining...

Weekly inspirations: April 4th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch This is the latest in the series of article coming out of Apple recently that gives a rare and surprisingly in-depth look at the creation of the Apple watch with Kevin Lynch and Alan Dye. There are a lot of interesting insights into their process of how the watch was created, some of the early prototypes and why the watch was created in the first place. Read the article here.   Adobe Wants To Kill Your Desktop If you use Photoshop or Illustrator for a living, you probably live at your desk, tethered to your standard-issue computer. But Scott Belsky, known best for founding the creative site Behance, wants to change that in his new role leading mobile products at Adobe. Over the next year, he has big plans to turn Adobe’s apps for your...

Is Fyuse the next Instagram?

There is a constant arms race these days to figure out how to become the next Instagram, Facebook Twitter or Pinterest for obvious reasons. These companies dominate the modern digital landscape and are bought of hundred of millions if not billions of dollars. As a result the app stores are filed with companies looking to become the next big thing and I pretty much never see any that I think are very interesting. Last week however a friend turned me on to a new app called Fyuse that is a ‘spatial photography’ app which lets users capture and share interactive representations of the world they call Spatial Photos. The easiest way to think about it is if you could pan around an Instagram photo in three-dimensional space or scrub through a video by tilting your phone. You can watch the video above to get a better sense of how it works. You create a Spatial Photo by in a similar...

Weekly inspirations: March 27th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   This Audi Emits Nothing but Water Vapor, So Its Billboards Are Made of That Too Innovative products deserve advertising that itself is innovative—embodying the promise of what’s for sale in the way it’s being sold. This Audi campaign from German agency thjnk does a nice job of that. The Audi A7 Sportback h-tron uses a fuel cell coupled with a hybrid battery and additional electric motor in the rear. Notably, nothing but water vapor comes out of the exhaust. And so, Audi created billboards that similarly leave nothing behind. Read the article here.   Instagram’s new Layout app automatically generates photo collages Instagram released a new app this week called Layout that lets users easily stitch together multiple photos by automatically generating layouts to make a collage. The...

Simple new way to record your iOS screen on a Mac

If you are like me you have always wished there was an easy way to get a real-time record of your iOS screen without any special equipment. Those videos come in handy for having a video with your app in the iTunes store, sharing prototype designs and builds with clients or for making tutorials for friends and family. The good news is that its now easy to do if you have a Mac running OS X 10.10 Yosemite and  iOS 8 on an iPhone 5 or newer, iPad 3 or newer, iPad mini or newer, and iPod touch (5th gen). Here are the 5 easy steps that will have you recording your iOS device in no time.   1.) Connect your iOS device to your Mac   2.) Launch Quicktime Player   3.) Go to File > New Movie Recording   4.) Click the arrow next to the record button and select your iOS device under ‘camera’   5.) Unlock your iOS device and you will see it appear on your...

Weekly inspirations: March 20th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:   Why iPod and Nest Creator Tony Fadell Thinks Like a Child As a product designer, Fadell’s constantly fighting the inclination to habituate, and he’s come up with three basic ways to avoid its trappings and manage to find and solve invisible problems. Habituation is the idea that the more we experience something, the more we get used to its quirks and inconveniences, and the less we question it. In many ways habituation is the opposite of disruption and a barricade to brainstorming new, innovative ideas. This article looks at how Google design chief Tony Fadell is constantly fighting the inclination to habituate, and he’s come up with three basic ways to avoid its trappings and manage to find and solve invisible problems. Read the article here.   Why We Need A Haptic Design Language For Wearables...