Tag Archives: UI

Dear Design Student, we’re here to help.

Design can be a difficult job to get a hang of. There are no apprenticeships, hardly any mentors, and people guard their experience jealously because it’s a competitive advantage.

Now there’s Dear Design Student, a new publication featuring working designers (including yours truly) who take the time to answer the questions that have been on your mind. The writing team includes Erika Hall, Jennifer Daniel, Dan Mall, Mike Monteiro, and Liam Campbell — all very talented people with a wealth of experience to share.

If you’ve got questions about the business and practice of design, head on over and ask a question.

 

Let’s move away from Photoshop

Static visuals fail by definition.

Andrew Clarke

Designing static Photoshop comps, or even wireframes may not be the most efficient way of producing a website. This top-down, waterfall process fails to accurately investigate the needs for a website design.

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Next steps for using information from Victoria’s Smart Meters. Insight and actions beat data dumps every time.

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The Smart Electricity Meter (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) rollout is starting to pay data dividends for Victorian electricity users.

Beginning with the Jemena Electricity Outlook Portal (on which we worked with DiUS) and most recently with Origin Energy’s revamped Origin Smart, Victorian energy distributors and retailers have worked hard to deliver energy-use data so their customers can make better-informed decisions about their energy use.

Instead of data, they need to deliver value.

The portals tend toward the same type of information display — a dashboard of bar and pie charts that show energy use over hours, days and weeks. It’s data, sure, but is it enough?

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The New Floate: branding, responsive design and progressive enhancement.

Floate Rebrand: Our New Website

Floate Rebrand: Our New Website

I’m very proud to announce our launch of the new floate.com.au. We have redeveloped our brand and identity, and created an entirely new website.

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Bivouac: Bringing Identity to Simplicity

Edited: December 17th, 2013. Bivouac is no longer available, please visit basecamp.com/mobile to download a full-featured mobile app.

We’ve just released Bivouac, a small iOS tool we’ve been using internally for the past few months. It’s a simple todo browser and checker for your Basecamp account. It’s not a very complicated app, but we’ve found its count-on-one-hand feature set makes it ideal keeping up to date with our task lists with ease. You can find out more about it at our dedicated mini site or download it for free on the App Store.

Bivouac’s design was always meant to be as clean as possible, consisting of a very simple gesture system and two logical methods of displaying your to-dos. The app’s visual design mirrors this approach as much as possible, favouring simplicity over skeuomorphism or visual over-design. But as we developed the app and started to test it on a daily basis, we realised that the stark minimalistic nature of the product had a certain unfinished or empty feel to it. We found that although it was useful, the experience was mundane. We realised that  we needed to give it personality, something to differentiate it from other productivity apps.

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