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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