The Games UI Database is a collection of screenshots of the user interfaces of various video games, filterable by a number of different categories. Definitely interesting to look through and possibly useful reference as well.∞
Along with Android 12, Google debuted their new design language Material You this week at their annual I/O conference. They are going extremely heavy on dynamic colors and on end user personalization of the user interface and the results are pretty striking.
It certainly is different.
While my first impression is not exactly positive, I’ll reserve final judgement until more details are out and it is actually on phones. It is good to see Google trying something interesting and new, and it’ll be interesting if they pull back from the monochrome app icons or anything else before the final release.
With some recent changes at work, I’ve taken the lead on organizing our UX-centric content for our LevelUp live webinar series. The latest session was a overview on design systems from two of our experience architects and it is definitely worth a watch if you’re a designer interesting in getting started with design systems.
I am transitioning to a new role soon and will be leading up a design system team within a gigantic organization so have been spending a lot of time getting my head around various related topics. Design system governance and contribution models have been of particular interest, and of course Nathan Curtis’ writings have been particularly valuable.∞
Dating back 50 years at this point, LEGO has designed tiny little user interfaces meant to be recognized by human-sized humans and “usable” by minifig-sized humans as well. An Austrian interaction technologist and design engineer does a fantastic deep dive into the design of LEGO interface panels as well as their real world counterparts.
Open Peeps is a collection of hand drawn vector illustrations you can mix and match and use in any project free of charge. Super flexible and inclusive. Looking forward to using in personas or storyboards in near future.
Some great thoughts and looks into the design process self-serve pizza ordering kiosk app.
Great (and long) YouTube video about the creation of Super Mario Bros. 3, the excitement around it’s release, and how it made so many of us fall in love with video games.