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My weekly inspirations: September 17, 2012

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Android niceties

A collection of screenshots of some of the best, most beautiful Android apps to give you inspiration and insight into Android UI conventions which can be challenging to say the least. Check out the site here.

LIFX Lightbulbs

In the design of physical spaces I have aways been intrigued by LED light bulbs but always hated the cold quality of their light. So the new LIFX light bulbs look to fix that problem but then go a step further by letting you change the color of the bulbs through an iPhone app. Learn all about them here.

Layout Lab

I am constantly looking for new and interesting ways to prototype desktop web and mobile experiences and this week I came across The Layout Lab which is an interesting collection of Photoshop elements for web and mobile prototyping. While programs like OmniGraffle or Visio may be faster these tools provide a nice level of design finish to your prototypes. You can watch a video about it here, read about the mobile UI kit here, the web UI kit here and download samples of both here.

UX Sketching And Wireframing Templates For Mobile Projects

Smashing Magazine released 28 printable sketching and wireframing papers for seven mobile platforms: Android, BlackBerry, iOS (iPad and iPhone), Meego, Symbian, webOS, Windows Phone 7. Download them here.

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