June 12, 2013
Frank Chimero offers a fair assessment of Apple’s recently announced iOS 7 in his article, Generosity of Perspective. Below is an excerpt:
Louis CK has a joke where he lambasts anyone who complains about the speed of their mobile phone by saying, “Give it a second! It’s going to space. Could you give it a second?” Yesterday, during Apple’s keynote on the redesign of iOS 7, I kept thinking about CK’s joke while trawling through the stream of criticism and snark on Twitter. It’s a bummer to think that it’s acceptable to go from complete ignorance of a product’s existence to a staunchly held opinion on its quality in a only few minutes. And, without even using it! Could you give it a second?
Like many designers, when we first saw the new interface, we were underwhelmed. However, the overall user experience (which should matter the most) could prove us wrong. I guess we’ll all have to wait until the fall to try it out for ourselves.
June 4, 2013
With WWDC just a few days away, a lot has been speculated about a new service Apple’s been working on called iRadio. We won’t know exactly what they have up their sleeve until June 10th, but Brye Kobayashi took it upon himself to imagine what the service could look like in iOS 7. If iRadio launches and looks anything like this, we’ll be a happy bunch!
May 15, 2013
The kind folks over at ustwo™ have released the 2nd edition of their Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook. And boy is it a doozy. Whether you need advice on accessibility, project management, or are simply looking to pick up a few new Photoshop tricks and shortcuts, this update has something for everyone.
The PDF is available in several popular formats that you’ll find on their blog. You should definitely give it a look, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
April 10, 2013
Last week we introduced Ceramic, our latest premium Tumblr theme. It is, by far, our most ambitious theme to date. Ceramic includes a ton of customization options, including:
- Custom accent colors that allow you to show off your unique style
- The ability to upload your own background
- Page support so you can create and manage additional pages
- Infinite scrolling that automatically loads more posts as you scroll down the page
- Twitter integration to show your recent tweets
- Integrated Facebook comments
- Google Analytics support to track user activity
Ceramic is also completely responsive, so no matter what device you’re on, it’s going to shine. If you want a more detailed look, please check out our demo page to see all of the features Ceramic provides. And as always, all of our themes are fully supported by our support staff; so if you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact us via email at email@example.com, on Twitter at @45royale, or via our Facebook page.
March 26, 2013
Recently, the kind folks over at Forrst asked to interview us about our new site design and premium Tumblr themes. For those who aren’t familiar with their Ranger Snapshot series:
Ranger snapshots highlight the best work for the Forrst community, diving into the design and story behind the most compelling work on the Internet. Snapshots sever as examples of great design presentation for effective design learning and feedback from our community.
If you’re interested, you can check out the full interview on their site. We hope it gives you some insight in to our design process and the premium theme designs we have on the horizon.
March 20, 2013
Fancy yourself a person of good taste? Then the standard March Madness brackets must drive you nuts. Lucky for you, Brooklyn-based Hyperakt has re-imagined the NCAA tournament bracket for you—just in time for the big dance.
You can pre-order one of their brackets on their website, as well as order previous tournament brackets from years past. And we’re not biased or anything, but that Duke championship print from 2010 would look extremely handsome on one of our office walls.