Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Creative And Innovative Navigation Designs
A website has a personality — it is a reflection of the person or organization behind it. When people visit your website, you want it to stand out from the crowd, to be memorable. So, to distinguish itself from the unwashed masses, your website not only needs remarkable content, but also has to be innovative yet functional. This article lists out some of the more creative and interesting sites for navigation design. Read the article and see the work here.
I thought this was an interesting article with an interesting argument looking back through history to illustrate how in creating new opportunities, technological progress sometimes leads to areas of excess. That the recently popularized “flat” interface style is not merely a trend. It is the manifestation of a desire for greater authenticity in design, a desire to curb visual excess and eliminate the fake and the superfluous. Read the article here.
Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 1: Idea And Design
This is an article written by Jeremy Olson is founder and lead designer at Tapity, a tiny Apple Design Award winning app company. This article does a wonderful of detailing the basic principles that he needed to succeed in building a top 10 App Store app. Read the article here.[Tweet “Check out this weeks inspiration from Stephen Gates Blog.”]
Tile, the world’s largest lost and found.
Tile is a really interesting technology of small beacons that let you find objects using your smartphone. It is also really interesting because unlike other technologies like this that I have seen before they are building in a community component so your friends have help you find lost objects. Learn all about Tiles here.
Be Unapologetically Focused: Why Having a Great Strategy Matters
Thought this was a short but good article about how we will never have enough time or resources to solve the problems we want to solve. To be successful, we need to focus, and that’s why great organizations have strategies. Read the article here.