I read an awesome post today from honest people who really get it, and the following quote from it sums up the difference between UI and UX that many people still do not get:
great design is more than pretty pixels. Great design is more than the neat gradients of your header or even the fancy animations of your hamburger menu. Great design is about the experience. It’s about how people interact with the stuff you’ve built and whether it actually helps people achieve their goals or not. As a community we are shifting toward this paradigm and as we explored this we realized that there will be lots of important roles to play as this shift occurs.
As Steve Jobs famously said:
Design is how it works
I still talk with founders and consultants who think I'd be a great UX hire because they like my "style". My "style" (graphic style, I infer) has nothing to do with UX. This is when I worry about taking the job. Read more
Quick heads up for anyone who might have missed these awesome UI resources: Invision offers a free UI kit and a quick tutorial on mocking up your dream app with Invision and Photoshop/Sketch: painless prototyping - now there are no excuses for delaying that idea you have in your mind.
I opened my Prismatic feed today to find it closed, and replaced with investor bumpf. Not the best start of the day - but I went on to uncover their blog and I liked how open they are about their API development - so I'm adding them to my favourite engineering blog projects: I like intelligent projects where engineering and design go hand-in-hand. My other favourite design/engineering project is Artsy.net. I paste the links to their interesting stuff inside this post.
In the spirit of Lean Startupness I'm pushing out images of a new app idea I'm working on. I'm just building the prototype now. It's so so new who knows what will become of it. But, I put it out there, because that's what Lean is all about.
A new Lean WordPress Blogging theme is on the way: The design has been pressed, and the hot coding potato has been passed to the awe inspiring Nick Davis for, well, coding. More updates to come. In the meantime this screenshot will just have to do. (By the way, if you're the owner of the face in the design avatar - please don't sue me, I just couldn't help using such an awesome image - I'll take it down if you ask...)
Just a quick sneak peek of a new WordPress theme I'm designing - to be released on the Lean Themes label I'm working on with the awesome Nick Davis (the idea being, they're lean WordPress themes - see what we did there?). If you want to monitor our not-so-fast progress sign for email updates via http:/www.leanthemes.co
Monday is a WordPress blogging theme, but simpler - more like a Journal: The main blog layout is single stream to avoid confusion and support better storytelling. Monday works sweet on mobile with a handy left-hand navigation panel slide-out. For the purists among you there is also a classical blog layout available.
Monday is very simple to setup and to start posting stories and photos. Simply setup your favourite colour and start posting. I was never a fan of complicated themes that were tricky to setup - I like themes simple, fewer setup options means it's easy to get started.
It's my second mini-web app of the week. I'm beginning to get to grips with APIs and things finally. This is in beta, I didn't check the domain name and it was taken - so I need a new name anyway. Take a look and please Report bugs
I'm releasing v1.0 of WeNeedPixels.com - my first mini-web app based on jQuery and JSON: It's a job board for (mainly) digital designers and developers. I'm pretty happy so far with how it's come out. My node.js lessons are coming soon, and I hope to push out an API too amongst other updates.
This website is based on my new theme - Ipsum - which is a responsive WordPress blog theme designed for, well, blogging - with prominent social buttons. Check out a simpler demo and buy it if you like it: Demo and Download
Bikesoup 2.0 is in the pipeline. Bikesoup is the UK's premier online marketplace for new and used bikes - and they're looking for a responsive, redesigned, relaunch. We're currently looking at the wireframing and some inital art direction. I'll post more updates here as they happen (or watch my Behance page).
A possible UI for a desktop instagram widget. It's part of a Dribbble rebound, my idea was to keep it as simple as possible. A little window which shows one photo at a time (with a quick button to show some love).
I designed this little logo for myself a few years ago, and I still haven't found the time to develop it into something bigger... I really want to start designing stuff like gaming graphics and illustrations and put it under this brand.
One day... maybe...
I like the logo still, so I thought I might as well at least share it with the Dribbble community. At least it's not gathering dust in a folder somewhere unloved.
CIRIS is a new service launching Europe-wide and revolutionising health insurance. I was commissioned to redesign their website to modern standards. Clear, clinical colours - clean lines and small touches bring this website design together nicely.
I designed the Website and the promotional material for Active-8 - a Personal Training setup based in Barcelona. The site has achieved great results for Sascha and we are still very pleased with the general design of the website.
In 2011 Nico James approached me to redesign his eCommerce Wine Shop. Based on a Prestashop (e-commerce platform) standard layout, I cleaned up his design to clearly place the focus on the products, while keeping the redesign budget low.
Website home page re-design and campaign creative artwork for banners, newsletters and landing pages for this Barcelona based apartment rental company. Unfortunately some programmers have since been at the design, so please don't blame me!
I redesigned the skin for this videogames eCommerce portal based in Spain. The previous version was full of clutter, and we couldn't change the template too much, so with the redesign I cleaned up the clutter and gave it a cleaner feel. I also added some modern touches with the rounded corners, CSS sprite gleaming buttons and gradients - which add to the Gaming style graphics of this website.
I work often with Chris from OnClouds, a Cloud Software Development Company based in London. I have been responsible for a large part of the backend interface design for their Cloud Software, as well as providing plenty of creative advertising design work for their clients.