Design.

Ben Logan
17 January 2014

Following the recent news about Apple’s February 1st deadline, when all new apps or app updates submitted to the iTunes Store must be iOS7 compatible, developers are hard at work building optimised applications with XCode 5. Compatibility with iOS 7 includes remodelling the UI according to the current iOS Human Interface Guidelines and the iOS 7 UI Transition Guide, as well as adopting the new version of the iOS API. The reason for all this is that the radically revamped iOS 7 focuses on clear presentation of content rather than graphical elements being dominant. This means that developers will need…

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Ben Logan
18 December 2013

Music platform Spotify has begun rolling out a new desktop client update which features a refreshingly clean user interface. Although the update is currently being released for the Mac version of the app, a Windows version is expected to follow shortly. The first UI change that people will notice is a darker colour theme which is almost black in places, while deep greys accompany larger text, rounded graphics and filtered artwork. The overall effect is a cleaner appearance, however less information is immediately apparent compared to the previous UI. Theverge.com tested the new Spotify app, and have said that the…

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Ben Logan
29 November 2013

A new social media platform might just be the answer for disgruntled users of Facebook and WhatsApp who are worried about increasing media reports about how Governments and other bodies are accessing their personal data. Built and self-funded by three students in Montreal, the service is called Syme and has now made available to all after an invite-only beta trial. Co-founder Jonathan Hershon commented on its primary appeal: “The overarching goal of Syme is to make encryption accessible and easy to use for people who aren’t geeks or aren’t hackers or who aren’t cryptography experts.” Syme was designed to be…

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Ben Logan
28 October 2013

The 6 inch G Flex smartphone has just been released by South Korean manufacturer LG, and whilst there are currently no plans to release the device in the West, it’s still interesting to have a look at its design and user interface as an indication of what we might expect in the near future. The phone’s release comes just weeks after the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Round smartphone, the difference being that the Round is curved from left to right, whereas the G Flex’s curve is from top to bottom – something the company claims will make it more comfortable…

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Ben Logan
22 October 2013

Smart watches and other wearable technologies certainly seem to have caught the imagination of the industry of late – the XOWi Personal Voice Companion is another entry that could be worth keeping an eye on. The device is a small accessory that can be worn as a necklace or a badge. It pairs with the wearer’s smartphone and interacts via its companion app. As well as voice controls, a large tactile button on the device will allow for easy access to associated apps. Hints have also been dropped that the system will be able to interact with other virtual voice…

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Ben Logan
15 October 2013

Yahoo Mail’s major design update seems to have gone horribly wrong – there has been a huge backlash from the email service’s 275 million users, with some claiming that the UI now looks like “a knock off of competitor Gmail”. Tens of thousands of people have complained about the glitches and reduced functionality of the new Yahoo Mail interface, while many simply don’t like the new look and feel. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (previously a top Google executive) has been personally blamed by many for the redesign failure, with the general consensus being bafflement by what seems to be a…

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