Your new smartphone might be missing a headphone jack, but it’s probably got a cool new feature to make up for it: water resistance. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are the latest smartphones from the search engine giant that ditch the 3.5mm jack (boosting the effectiveness of its water resistance efforts)…
For many years, I’ve found it pretty easy to just ignore the Magic Mouse—whose sleek design is strangely missing a few parts that Apple, an ergonomically-minded company, must’ve meant to include to support a user’s palm, thumb, and pinky finger. But now that I’m working at a real desk inside a real office at a company…
ScareHouse, one of Pittsburgh’s most famous haunted house attractions, has earned national press, and praise from fantasy-horror director Guillermo del Toro. Our sister site Jezebel has written about Margee Kerr, designer of ScareHouse’s attraction “The Basement.” We talked to another leader at ScareHouse: design…
In his two and a half years at Fitbit, Jonah Becker has helped the company outrun (pun!) industry giant Apple. As VP of Design, he oversees UX and industrial design teams for Fitbit’s line of health-tracking wearables. Before that, Becker spent fifteen years running design studio One & Co., which HTC bought in 2013.…
Over at Hacker Noon, designer and iOS 11 beta tester Ryan Lau has detailed the myriad design errors he’s noticed in Apple’s latest mobile operating system.
If you’re the type of person who shies away from sketching anything more involved than googly eyeballs or a stick figure on the back of a napkin, it might be more due to a lack of confidence in your artistic ability than some fundamental lack of talent. But nailing the basics can change your outlook on the seemingly…
Over the past three weeks, the /r/ProgrammerHumor subreddit has reinvented the on-screen volume controller hundreds of times over. Starting with one user’s sideways slider, users have created funny volume controls based on laptop screen angle, fidget spinners, battery power, latitude and longitude, and the digits of pi
A while back we showed off a little trick to enable YouTube’s secret dark mode. Now, there’s an official way to opt into the new look.
Building something as complex as a car is an expansive collaborative effort calling on people with diverse backgrounds. There is, of course, the engineers designing the actual mechanics, but there are also the aesthetic and tactile elements that affect how you experience the car, each carefully chosen by designers.
Motion design is complex and requires a lot of little details to make it look right. Below, you can see many of the key concepts in animation on display that you can use to improve your work.
There are a lot of really cool things you can do in Photoshop. Just because you can, though, doesn’t mean you should. This video demonstrates ten techniques that are common, but probably shouldn’t be.
Last year, Adobe released a super simple, yet powerful photo retouching tool called Photoshop Fix for iOS. Now, Android users can use the same app to edit their photos right on their phone.
You want your bedroom to be a relaxing retreat that you return to at the end of the day that encourages deep, restful sleep, and shields you from the blinding sun. We’ve talked about how to do this before, but this graphic wraps a few of those tips into a simple, easy to follow package.
Want to convert an RGB color value to a hex code in a hurry? Don’t bother firing up Photoshop. You can do it directly from Google by simply searching “RGB to Hex.”
Photoshop is so full of powerful features that even professionals may not always be able to keep up. This video demonstrates a ton of uncommon yet powerful techniques that you might not have heard of before.
You’re a functioning adult with a reasonable intelligence. So why do you keep getting tripped up on a basic thing like opening a door? It’s not just you. Some doors are designed to confuse you.
Chrome: One of the best things you can do as a designer is get input from other sources to inspire you. Palettab helps by showing you a new color and font pairing every time you open a new tab in Chrome.
Vectr is a new, free graphics editor that you can use on your desktop or in your web browser to create simple, clean vector graphics.
If you’re a web developer, you need to consider how your designs will appear on mobile sites. Responsive web design is an excellent way to adapt to all screen sizes. These GIFs can teach you how it works.
If you’re working on an image in Photoshop that’s cut into numerous sections, sometimes you find yourself needing to carefully align the different layers just by eye. Set one layer to the “difference” blend mode, though, and it’s infinitely easier. This video from Scott Kelby shows how it’s done.