Designing a Dark Theme for OLED iPhones. Why using black backgrounds for your true-dark theme is a bad idea∞
Adapting the Booking.com mobile site for the iPhone X notch. Good details about the thought process and the CSS about dealing with the iPhone X notch particularly in landscape orientation.∞
Hamburger menu alternatives for mobile navigation. My personal favorite has always been “Priority+” which this article calls a “progressively collapsing” menu. Really makes you focus on the top 3-4 most important items.
Some great details and examples from Luke W. of optimizing web forms for mobile entry. Main focus of this article is that standard dropdowns should be the UI of last resort. Going with a mobile-optimized option like a toggle, steppers, or custom solution can simplify mobile forms and improve conversation rates.
Looks interesting but I think I’ll be more comfortable with using Xamarin for my next app development. I’ll take a closer look at React Native though before making that decision.
App.io (which used to be Kickfolio) allows users to create interactive previews of your iPhone and iPad apps. Not sure exactly how its working but pretty darn cool. Check out Airbnb example below:
I think this will be overkill for a lot of apps where simple screenshots will work, but it’s amazing tech and would be useful for certain types of apps that might need a little more in-depth explanation/preview before a person is willing to plunk down 2 bucks.
I would not recommend using App.io if you’ve got a free app. Get those potential customers to the App Store as quickly as possible to download your app and that can be the “demo”. I will be trying App.io out soon, as much to see how it works as anything and will post my thoughts about it afterwards.
Since iBeacon was (or reannounced) at the iPhone 5s reveal, I’ve been super intrigued by the opportunities it could create for cool app ideas. Major League Baseball is now using iBeacons in their MLB.com At the Ballpark app to provide some cool hyperlocal location stuff for fans when their at the stadium.∞
RIM has finally shown off the long awaited (and delayed) Blackberry 10 and the interface looks like a mix of a little Windows Metro, a little WebOS, and even a little Facebook thrown in for good measure. Overall it looks like there are some solid ideas and a heavy reliance on gestures, but based on the limited reveal it’s hard to tell how well it’s all coming together.
Check out a video overview of Blackberry 10 from The Verge below:
It’s still a ways from launch but right now the home screen tiles, messaging, and phone calls all have different feeling UIs and seem like they could each be from a different operating system. The camera app certainly has a lot of “wow factor.” The reliance on gestures is also interesting, as a tech geek it appeals to me but studies show the average user has an incredibly difficult time with gesture based interfaces and gesture discoverability is low.
Blackberry 10 is awfully late to the party. With WebOS already dead and Windows Phone struggling to make a sales dent, will BB10 be able to be keep up at all with iPhone and Android? It’s going to take great software, hardware, app and media ecosystem, and a whole lot of marketing to spur renewed interest from either consumers or app developers. They’ve got a long way to go and good interface ideas won’t be enough.