Jon Contino Skillshare Class – Jon has put together a Skillshare class about lettering layouts, hierarchy and spatial design, type systems, and integrating type with image. Only $19.
Facebook Paper – Facebook last week announced their newest app simply title Paper. It’s basically like Flipboard for your Facebook, but instead of interesting stories you get babies, cats, and stupid videos. Comes out February 3rd.
Stop Hating Selfies – xkcd nails it in regards to people taking selfies. There’s no wrong way to experience life.
How To Send Better Emails – For those of you who dabble in email marketing, Campaign Monitor has released the Top 100 Email Marketing Campaigns of 2013, giving insight into ways to improve design for better results.
There are so many calendar apps on the App Store, its no wonder people tend to just stick to the stock Calendar app. Some are swiss army knives of calendar editing with their variety of tools for management and input while some just look pretty. Finding a preference can be exhausting.
The new app Peek, from San Francisco/Tallinn-based Square Mountains, makes that process easier. It has nearly all the granularity a calendar nut asks for – while wrapped in a colorfully minimal, gesture-based design. And though it’s designed for a specifically mobile purpose, Peek might be as close as it gets to a well-rounded calendar app.
A lot people still use Svpply—and I was using it for a while. When it came out it was a one-of-a-kind, well designed way to track things that you would like to purchase and show off what you’ve already purchased: it was beloved by all. It’s a means to log what you are into at a certain time and helps in cataloguing trends that are quickly passing at the hand of the Internet. I eventually stopped using it, though. There was no reason: I just stopped. I’m not sure if it got old or I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted but I stopped using it. Perhaps the searching was too annoying? I don’t know.
I re-downloaded the app a few months ago and somehow found myself onto a new app that they made, a spinoff from the original called Want By Svpply. I ultimately deleted Svpply again since I was forgetting to use it—but I found myself on Want every day. What is Want then? It’s a daily catalogue delivered to you in a clean, interesting, very Svpply way that uses your previously Wanted items to select suggestions for you. If you are overwhelmed by the search of Svpply, Want does the work for you by offering suggestions.
It might come as a surprise, but I don’t read a lot of design blogs. In fact, the one site I visit most is Daring Fireball, a blog devoted primarily to the discussion of Apple (with a side helping of Stanley Kubrick trivia). His ability to piece together stories and articles is always enjoyable, and though he tends to keep his posts relatively short his more verbose posts are always insightful and cut through the bullshit. That all said there’s one big problem I have with Daring Fireball: it’s not responsive.
In 2014, responsive design seems like a must. Gruber himself states that 41.62% of his traffic comes from iOS yet he has no tablet or mobile optimized views for his site. For a site that talks a lot about technology and the web, doesn’t this seem obvious like an obvious move? So I decided to pull a “no one asked you to” redesign to see if I could improve the reading experience of Daring Fireball on tablets and mobile.
The team at Nearly Normal are upping the ante for the world of calendar’s with their 2014 edition. For twelve months they’ve created twelve intricately made fruits, each made from cut paper and meticulously put together. I love that each of these are so vibrantly colored and that the filling of each front has the number of the month inside. It’s also great how the days of the month are represented on the left side of each one, with the weekends clearly denoted in black.
There’s more photos of the calendar below as well as some behind-the-scenes shots.