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My weekly inspirations: December 10, 2012

Dec10Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Photoshop’s new ‘Copy CSS’ feature explained

Adobe held a big event this week to announce new changes to Photoshop which are now available to online subscribers of their Adobe’s Creative Cloud service. Web designers have been particularly intrigued by the new “export to CSS” function, and Adobe has since released this video showing how it works in practice. Watch the video here or watch the entire Adobe Create Now Keynote here.

Is Windows 8 dysfunctional?

In a recently published article Jakob Nielsen thoroughly trashes Windows 8. This is not your typical Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux argument. This assault is directed at the area for which Nielsen is famous: usability. This article looks at the difference between cool vs. usable and where Microsoft went wrong. Read the article here. 

Star Wars Sports Teams Logos

Over the years I have seen a lot of things done with the characters from Star Wars but one of the best ones I have seen in a long time was recently created by David Creighton-Pester who took iconic Star Wars characters and turned them into professional sports team logos. See all the logos here.

Design Details of Google Maps for iOS

This article is thoughtful consideration of the design and UI choices made in the new Google Maps app for iOS and how it might be better on iOS than on desktop. Read the article here.

Sitegeist: mobile app mines public data to tell you about the spot you’re standing in

Sitegeist is a free Android and iPhone app from the Sunlight Foundation that helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds. Sitegeist takes public data about the people, housing, history, environment and things to do for any U.S. location and presents it in easy-to-view infographics. Learn more about the app and download it here.

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