Laura Spillner

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A Journey Through Beautiful Typography In Web Design

Exquisite Uses Of Type<p>Matt Luckhurst This page is colorful and fun. You are greeted with lovely serif letters — and after a bit, you realize that the …

A Guide To Designing Touch Keyboards (With Cheat Sheet)

Further Reading on SmashingMag:<p>When faced with a suboptimal touch keyboard implementation, users lose confidence in the website, and some even doubt …

A Common Misconception About Designing With Data

Too often when working in information design, you’ll hear the request, “Can you make the data look cool?” “Cool” is a rather ambiguous term, and …

Mistakes I've Made (And Lessons Learned Along The Way)

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”<p>Mistake #1: Putting Process Over Projects (And People)<p>Anyone who has been designing …

Great Products Focus On A Motif

What can designers, or any team member for that matter, do to increase the overall quality and success rate of the products we craft and to elevate …

The One True Streaming TV Device

The way to success is not to eliminate 90 percent of features and cut the price by 60 percent. Why not make the One True Streaming TV Thing?<p>Google just announced their new Chromecast device, a very small stick thing that plugs into your TV and allows you to play videos or music on your TV. It costs …

Windows Mobile – the rebirth

<b>Last week's Monday Note focused on Microsoft's conversion from a divisional to a functional organisation.</b> It resulted in interesting discussions in …

Leap Motion Controller is a great toy, but not yet the future of interaction

Reach out and touch nothing<p>I got my first look at the Leap Motion Controller in an outdoor tent adjacent to the South by Southwest convention center months before it arrived on my desk. I found an empty computer and played a quick round of a Jenga-like game called <i>Block54</i>, hovering my thumb and …

The Inside of a Golf Ball Does Not Look Like What You Think It Does

Last Friday, we unfurled a brief history of golf ball design, but this post is gonna be all eye candy. Did you ever wonder what that crunchy urethane …

Interior Design

What Games Are: Apple Needs To Make An iJoypad

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>I’ve been an iPhone loyalist since the beginning. Although I never owned one of the original phones, I was always a big …

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to …

Google is about to create a multi-billion dollar market for cyborg accessories

There are fewer than 10,000 Google Glass headsets in the wild—2,000 in the hands of developers and another 8,000 trickling out to early adopters—but already, creative entrepreneurs are thinking ahead to what will be a brand new, multi-billion dollar industry: accessories for Glass and other …

Google Glass

Locket pays you pennies a day to cover your Android lock screen with ads

It turns out you <i>can</i> make money by wasting time on your smartphone. Locket is a new Android app that places advertisements on your phone's lock screen and rewards you for swiping through for more information. Once you've downloaded and installed Locket, it requests three pieces of information; your …

Authentic Design

The Birth Of Modern Design<p>In 1908, Adolf Loos, an influential Austrian architect, wrote an essay provocatively titled <i>Ornament and Crime</i>. The modern …

Google’s new virtual reality game is going to bring audiences to ads in real life

Have you ever played Ingress? Probably not, because it’s still in closed beta release and on an “invitation” policy. The game is produced by Google and goes under the label of Niantic Labs. It’s a virtual reality game that uses augmented reality to defend your city and conquer the warring faction. …

Virtual Reality

Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 2: Marketing And Launch

The cool part is that, as I found out, marketing doesn’t have to be about spam, meaningless buzzwords or sleazy Twitter follower generators, and it …

Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 1: Idea And Design

A Big Idea<p>My first app, Grades, had everything going for it. The press loved it, users loved it, and Apple loved it. There was only one problem: It …

Creative And Innovative Navigation Designs

Toybox Navigation should always be there when needed, and graciously disappear when the user wants to focus on a particular task. For example, in …

How To Launch Anything

Starting From Scratch<p>In July 2012, my blog had 100 subscribers. Two months later, I made $12,500 in sales in just one day. It turns out that you can …

Is iOS 7 Buying Time For Apple, Or Stealing Time From Android?

The new design of iOS 7 has already consumed vast virtual column inches on the internet as designers and developers weigh in and tear down the handiwork of Jony Ive and his team at Apple. Forbes.com contributor Haydn Shaughnessey asked the other day if, “Is Apple Facing A Designer And Developer …

Rolocule Wants to Turn Your Apple TV Into a Wii, and Your iPhone Into the Controller

The iPhone can already do a lot of things, but here’s a new trick: An app released today by Rolocule Games pairs with users’ Apple TVs and turns the …

Graphic Design

My (Simple) Workflow To Design And Develop A Portfolio Website

<i>A look behind the scenes of my design and development workflow</i><p>After receiving a bunch of emails asking me about the design decisions I made during …

Following Complaints From Users, Microsoft Will Make Big Changes To Windows 8 Tomorrow

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.<p>REUTERS/Rick Wilking<p>Microsoft seeks to fine-tune flagship Windows operating system blamed for PC slump<p>Microsoft will use its annual developers conference to release a preview of Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the …

Software

$99 Ouya Console Hits Retail Today -- Already Sold Out At Amazon

As the Xbox One and the PS4 battle it out for next-gen dominance, the indie darling of a less crowded gaming news cycle hits stores today. The Ouya made headlines when it raised over $8.5 million to build a $99 open-source console that promised to bring the fire and excitement of the indie gaming …

Zumbl.com Is Like Chatroulette Without The Privates

Remember Chatroulette? That was a good time. Anyway, two IIT Delhi computer science students, Abhishek Gupta and Saurabh Kumar have created a chat system that allows you to find random people based on your interests. Unlike competitors like Omegle, Zumbl.com aims to match people with rooms …

How To Sketch For Better Mobile Experiences

Mobile user experience design is maturing. One way to gauge this is to look at the tools at our disposal. Prototyping tools such as Balsamiq, Axure …

5 Ways To Prevent Bad Microcopy

With the adoption of agile development and lean UX, we’re often concerned about racing through iterations and getting our products in front of …

Adapting To A Responsive Design (Case Study)

<i>We used jQuery Mobile to create our previous mobile-optimized website as a quick fix for the increasing number of mobile users on our ageing desktop</i> …