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5 Simple Tips for Designing Better iPhone Apps

5 Simple Tips for Designing Better iPhone Apps | Design Test | Scoop.it

As users shop the Apple App Store looking for new apps to buy, they judge their potential purchases based on design.

 

We’re told early on in life not to judge a book by its cover, but without a way to trial an app, screenshots are one of the few ways a user can judge the quality of it.

 

Since it’s not possible for someone to judge ease-of-use (usability) or code-quality just by browsing the App Store, judging entirely based on design makes sense, and so apps with better design tend to be chosen more often when compared with competing apps.

 

So how can we design better apps? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’ll discuss five simple tips that will help.

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Breaking Down Media Queries for Responsive Web Design

Breaking Down Media Queries for Responsive Web Design | Design Test | Scoop.it

What designers need to know about media queries

 

The core of any Responsive Web Design framework is the media query. Media queries are what enable your website to call different style declarations from your stylesheets based on the current window width of the viewing device. Many of those new to Responsive Web Design, RWD, don’t spend time getting familiar with them. When there are great frameworks like The Semantic Grid System, Foundation by Zurb, and Twitter Bootstrap that let everyone just pick up and go, why would they bother? Right? Wrong! Having a skill that solely relies on code created by another is a hindrance to your career, in order to be able to say something is part of your skill set you have to understand it first. That is why for all those claiming to have an in-depth knowledge of RWD, we’ll be taking an extended look at it’s backbone: media queries.

 

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23 Great Examples of White Usage in Web Design

23 Great Examples of White Usage in Web Design | Design Test | Scoop.it

Why Web designers shouldn't forget about white space

 

SUMMARY: White space can be an effective way to give your Web designs a little breathing room or to make your typography pop, writes Gisele Muller. Here, she profiles 23 websites that use white space to striking effect.

 

There has always been much debate on whether white is really a color. Someone who works with inks and pigments might argue that white is the absence of all color. While someone taking a more scientific approach would tell you that white has to be a color since it is the blending of all colors of light.

 

Whatever your stance is on white being a color, you can’t argue that it can have a big impact on a design – whether it is used to fill “white” space, or to create bold typography on a dark background.

 

So for this post, we’ve gathered some very good web designs that make good use of white.

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