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iOS 8: Integrating Touch ID

In September 2013, Apple unveiled the latest iPhone with a range of hardware improvements. The most innovative feature of iPhone 5s was a thin metal band surrounding the home button, a fingerprint sensor called Touch ID. Developers clambered to know about the API. A year on and iOS 8 introduces a new framework giving developers the ability to use the fingerprint sensor.

September 18, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

An Introduction to Android Transitions

The Android transitions framework allows you to configure the appearance of changes in your app's user interface. You can animate changes in an app screen, defining each phase as a scene and controlling the way in which the transition changes the app appearance from one scene to another.

August 25, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Setting Up Push Notifications on iOS

Apple originally introduced push notifications to enable applications to respond to events if the application isn't running in the foreground. However, the operating system and iOS devices have changed significantly during the past few years and applications don't need to rely solely on push notifications to perform tasks in the background. This doesn't mean that push notifications are no longer useful though.

August 18, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Six Common Problems With The UX Process

How robust is your user experience design process? We all have our favored methods and techniques, but the general process is similar: Conduct research, prototype, then present to stakeholders and users. We’ve delivered projects successfully, rectified problems and honed our ability to deliver in different scenarios. However, we all know that every project is unique, and every once in a while something will take you by surprise.

May 8, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Responsive Design Begins With The URL

The BBC’s Programmes website is huge, and is intended to be a rolling archive of everything that the BBC broadcasts on television and radio. Originally released in 2007, it now has pages for over 1.6 million episodes, but that’s barely half of the story. Surrounding those episodes is a wealth of content, including clips, galleries, episode guides, character profiles and much more, plus Programme’s newly responsive home pages.

May 7, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

An Effective Style Guide With Adobe Fireworks

Joshua Mauldin started with style guides like any other obsessive-compulsive designer: with the desire to make it simple to maintain and grow a design. Plus, knowing which component to use in a given situation is nice, too, right? Since making this a regular practice, he has found it’s been like having a nice combination of a CSS class and a pattern library all in one.

February 17, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Pragmatic UX Techniques For Smarter Websites

What is “User Experience Design” exactly? Should you not start it unless you are fully dedicated, or should you embrace it in the process as soon as possible? Are all designers also user experience designers, or is it a separate expertise? The debate is as old as the discipline itself, and while picking up a bucket of popcorn, sitting back and watching the drama is sometimes fun, let’s try to figure out which user experience techniques are useful for startups, in-house teams, big corporations and anyone who wants to improve their website, product or service.

February 5, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Four Ways To Build A Mobile Application, Part 1: Native iOS

The mobile application development landscape is filled with many ways to build a mobile app. Among the most popular are: native iOS, native Android, PhoneGap and Appcelerator Titanium. This article marks the start of a series of four articles covering the technologies above. The series will provide an overview of how to build a simple mobile application using each of these four approaches. Because few developers have had the opportunity to develop for mobile using a variety of tools, this series is intended to broaden your scope.

November 25, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Blueprints For Web And Print

Have you ever submitted design files to a development team for production and a few weeks later gotten something back that looks nothing like your original work? Many designers and design teams make the mistake of thinking that their work is done once they’ve completed the visual design stage. A design is more than a simple drawing on a canvas in Illustrator, Fireworks or Photoshop; it is a representation of function. “Form follows function” is a well-known principle, first coined in 1896 by the architect Louis Sullivan. How will the website work? How will that section fold? What happens when you hover over this button? How does that menu function?

November 19, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Killer Responsive Layouts With CSS Regions

As Web designers, we are largely constrained by the layout features available to us. Content placed inside a container will often naturally extend the container vertically, wrapping the content. If a design requires elements to remain a certain height, then our options are limited. In these cases, we can only add a scroll bar or hide the overflow. The CSS Regions specification provides a new option.

November 11, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes