Google’s material design has become a language unto itself. Both mobile and web designers are swooning over the simplicity of Google’s systematic foundation for textures, animations, and icon styles. Material design is here to stay and only seems to be growing in popularity.
If you want to design apps for Android then material design is a great place to start. But what’s the best way to learn? Well most designers learn by copying, and these examples of Android app designs are perfect for beginners. Check out this gallery and try to replicate the best ideas that to further your understanding of material design.
Parallax scrolling, arguably the hottest trend in modern web design, is changing the way we interact with our favorite sites. In fact, there’s a good chance your competitors are using it too! So why all the hype surrounding a seemingly superficial element of web design? If you’ve ever wondered the same thing, read on to discover what your competitors may already know.
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It’s Fun and Efficient
You’ve heard the saying before: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Though you may never have given it much thought, a simple picture really can convey more than the same space filled with text. Thanks to this important quality, web elements that make graphics the focal point can actually feed more basic information to the user.
A great example of this concept in action is the venerable infographic. These relative newcomers to the web marry text heavy data with fun, visually appealing graphics. The result is an element brimming with useful information under the guise of creative imagery. The graphics take the place of boring walls of text with only the most important text remaining. The audience is treated to a visually engaging experience while still being presented with critical information. A win-win for both the designer and the user.
Parallax scrolling embraces the same concept and even pushes it one step further. Using vibrant images to express the same information as a wall of text does wonders for keeping your audience awake. With parallax scrolling, you can entertain and engage at the same time. By letting the user control the action (by scrolling), you create an instant bond that will likely keep the user engaged as they move through your content.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
With the power to quickly present abundant information while simultaneously engaging the interest of the audience, there must be a catch, right? Most people assume the catch is difficulty, that however couldn’t be farther from the truth! Modern web design platforms take the rocket science out of parallax animation and make it a simple drag and drop exercise.
Much like the infographics we talked about earlier, parallax scrolling animations can actually make it easier to convey the same massage. As a designer, that should get you pretty excited. Rather than labor over the tension between design and content, with parallax scrolling you can bring them seamlessly together.
It’s in this unique ability that parallax scrolling’s true usefulness becomes apparent. You’ve no doubt seen it in action already. Entire pages composed solely of parallax scrolling animation. Light on wordy content, these sites typically hold just as much information as traditional designs, but accomplish the feat in a much more engaging manner.
When you step back and take in the whole picture of what parallax scrolling has to offer, it becomes clear why your competitors have jumped on the bandwagon. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of modern web platforms and dive into the interactive power of parallax scrolling!
User interfaces are littered with buttons and features just waiting for user interaction. While the standard elements are rather simple to design, complex items like date pickers require more attention to detail.
This gallery focuses on date picker design for website layouts and mobile applications. Date pickers are commonly associated with calendars and input fields meant to specify dates or date ranges. These interfaces are difficult to design without some sort of direction. If you’re looking for date picker style ideas follow along with these examples and try to mimic the best features in your own work.
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The process of designing a mobile application has become more streamlined over time. Apple’s iOS guidelines are much more straightforward and easier for first-time designers. Similarly Android and Windows Mobile are just as user-friendly offering beautiful interface examples and resources.
The following UI shots are from Dribbble designers who’ve created unique instant messaging chat applications. These are some of the highest quality interfaces which should provide inspiration to mobile app designers. Whether new or experienced, every designer can glean something magnificent from these mobile interface mockups.
Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program made for digital and print designers. Vector shapes are made to scale without any quality loss, which makes them quite different from pixel graphics. This means vector graphics can be manipulated differently and under different contexts which may be confusing for new designers.
In this post I’d like to cover a brief how-to process of vector manipulation in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll explain the absolute basics of shape tools and how to manipulate them. Photoshop users who are familiar with vectors will recognize some of these terms. Others who are brand new to Illustrator will just need time to practice the fundamentals of this powerful design suite.
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Most people who are familiar with photo editing should know about image adjustments. These are used to affect a photo’s levels in light & color. The only problem with using typical adjustments is that they can damage an image’s pixels permanently.
This brief how-to will explain the benefits of using an adjustment layer instead of a typical adjustment. Non-destructive workflow is crucial to becoming a master of Photoshop. We’ll be using many of the same tools and interfaces but they’ll be applied onto a separate layer rather than directly onto the image itself.
Free online tools have reshaped the way designers work on digital projects. The Internet is full of amazing resources for free photos, code libraries, icon sets, and loads of other splendiferous goodies. It can be difficult keeping up with new websites so I’ve organized this collection of the best modern resources and online tools for designers.
Everything in this gallery is 100% free to use in any type of project work. Many sites are resource-driven which share free graphics or code snippets. Other sites behave more like web applications where you can build wireframes or test a demo website live in the cloud. Be sure to check out these resources and see if anything in particular captures your attention.