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    User Stories: Realizing Large-Scale ProjectsMobiledesign userstories icon2x
    User Stories are a crucial part of managing interdisciplinary teams on complex projects, and they can also be useful for solo developers who want to ensure that they are delivering a quality product. Read on and learn how user stories can enhance your project workflow!Read More…
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    Flat Design and SkeuomorphismMobile design flat flat icon 2x
    The design topics of flat design and skeuomorphism have been widely discussed as of late, particularly with the beta release of iOS 7. Despite this fact, many people are still unaware of these terms and their meanings. Today, we'll explore some of the key features of flat design and how this design trend is different from skeuomorphism.Read More…
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    Designing a Meaningful Social Layer for Mobile ApplicationsSocial layer preview@2x
    Applications with social features have become the norm, but, as a designer, it's important that you question how these social features add value for the user. In this article, we'll explore how to improve an application by designing a meaningful social layer. Read More…
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    Understanding Mobile as a Lean-back MediumMobile design leanback previewretina
    A common misunderstanding occurs when designers look at a mobile device as an extension of their laptop, or, even worse, consider a mobile device as simply a smaller version of a traditional laptop or desktop computer. There is a distinct difference between how we use a traditional computer and a mobile device. Traditional computers represent a lean-forward medium, while mobile devices are essentially a lean-back medium. In this article, I'll show you the difference!Read More…
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    Context Circles in Mobile DesignSven context circles preview retina
    The importance of user experience should never be underestimated when developing mobile applications. If an app fails to deliver during the first experience, the consequence is that you lose a customer. Context circles allow you to better understand customers and craft a more compelling design!Read More…
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    Mobile Experience Design Strategy - CASCADE SFVideo post
    In this video spotlight, Luke Wroblewski talks about user experience design. Using both statistical and real-world examples, Luke makes the case for embracing a "mobile first" design strategy and he shows how innovations in mobile design can positively impact the desktop experience as well. If you're interested in creating engaging mobile experiences, watch this video!Read More…
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    Mixing Metaphors - Swipe ConferenceVideo post
    In this featured session from Swipe Conference 2011, Cathy Shive explores the history, meaning, and use of metaphor and realism in software design.Read More…
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    8 Design Tips for Educating App UsersPreview
    Mobile design is a constant struggle for simplicity. With so little screen space, it can be very challenging to pack the necessary functionality into the design while still keeping it streamlined and intuitive. In order for your users to get the most out of the application, you sometimes have to plant subtle clues or even build a feature walkthrough to show how things work. This tutorial will show you examples of how to do just that!Read More…
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    iOS Design: Transitioning from Desktop to MobilePreview iosdesign
    The distance between desktop application design, web application design, and mobile iOS application design could not be more great. User interface design differs in areas such as screen real estate, user input, and more. In this article, we'll  cover some common and uncommon user interface pitfalls when transitioning to mobile application design.Read More…
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    Better Apps By DesignPreview
    Most mobile apps are missing that extra bit of design detail that could help them stand out from the App Store crowd. While there is no replacement for having a talented designer polish your app's pixels for hours on end, the purpose of this series is to teach those with limited Photoshop experience and a low-to-no budget how to make apps that shine!Read More…
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    Learn to Create Buttons in PhotoshopBeginning photoshop preview
    We’ve gone through a lot already in this series. I would like to think that from what we've covered so far you could start to design some pretty cool stuff! For this tutorial on buttons, I'm going to show you how to make an icon using just four circles. Yep, that’s it, just four! While four circles will get you something pretty cool, I'll give you even more bang for the buck by showing you how to enhance the graphic by adding two more circles. Let’s get drawing!Read More…
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    Drawing Custom ShapesBeginning photoshop 7
    Shapes have come a long way in Photoshop and knowing how to utilize them in your application can mean the difference between success and failure. Shapes can bring depth, balance and unity to your apps. This tutorial will introduce to you the Photoshop shape tool and teach you to draw basic custom shapes. In the process, you will be prepared for the next tutorial in this series: creating buttons.Read More…
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