Mapillary is a finalist in “Graphic Design and Data Visualization” category in Fast Company’s Design Awards, you can take a look at the other finalists here. For what is worth, I will be talking in Budapest a little bit of our redesign and design process at Mobilweekend this coming Thursday. See you there!
You may have seen this video already:
But what you may not have seen is the response video from Dan Golding, which is even better:
I just finished playing DOOM. Like many, I was amazed by how awesome a game it turned out to be. Penny Arcade had the perfect description for it: “Playable sugar.”
DOOM had three of the best boss fights I’ve ever seen. Punishingly tough and yet scrupulously fair. When I died, I could say, “OK. I know what I did wrong. I won’t do that again.” When I fought those bosses, I was utterly transported. The rest of the world vanished. When I won, I was sweaty, wrung out, and completely satisfied.
I love literature and theatre. I love great movies. Yet, I can’t remember any work of art, no matter how good, that consumed and drained me as much as the Cyberdemon in DOOM.
The whole piece is a must read. While I agree on many fronts, I don’t agree with the bullish, video games über alles conclusion in general. It’s a matter of personal affection, where some create video games and some create sushi, nothing beats the other.
Tristan Bassingthwaighte, the mission’s architect, A:
I would say the biggest positive is that when you remove social media, TV and commuting, and even the need to have a job – because you can’t go to a job when you’re in there – you had a lot of time to do stuff for yourself. For example, I learned how to salsa dance, trained for and ran a marathon, lost 20 pounds (9 kg) and got back in shape, learned how to cook, got 150 pages of my doctorate written, and did a lot of funky t-shirt designs.
John Gruber is shutting down his app. He wrote a long piece about it, but here is the interesting part:
We’ve been asked “Why now?” Why not just let Vesper and Vesper Sync keep going as they are? The biggest factor is that we have recurring costs: the sync server and the licensing fees for Ideal Sans, Vesper’s typeface. We’re losing money every month.
I’m a designer and I care about type, but what I care about more is if my startup can actually get off the ground. I’m not saying that not licensing Ideal Sans would’ve turned the story around, but what I’m saying is licensing type is much further down the road.
I may not have been the only one observing this, because I’m realizing the day after (since this post was sitting in the drafts), that said paragraph was rewritten after publication, so now it reads:
We’ve been asked “Why now?” Why not just let Vesper and Vesper Sync keep going as they are? The biggest factor is that we have recurring costs: primarily, the sync server. We’re losing money every month.
An interesting choice of words, because the following information could have been just added to the paragraph above:
— John Gruber (@gruber) August 24, 2016
Meg Robichaud (illustrator at Shopify) wrote a nice piece on the different types of illustrations both for product and marketing (~brand). Icons, spot, scene and editorial illustrations get introduced and looked at both from product and brand perspective. Here is the gist of it:
Icons in product: power and available features
Icons in brand: navigation, to inject some branding
Spot in product: to be read, “hey look at this thing” and just straight up show you the thing
Spot in brand: marketing illustrations say “holy butts did you know about this tho??”, feature call outs
Scene in product: explain complicated ideas, mainly in onboarding
Scene in brand: explain, but also why is it relevant, “how it works”
Editorial: complement the content, capture the mood
I also liked her checklist on icon design consistency:
– Corner radius
– Line treatment (stroke weight; cap treatment; ect)
– Overall weight (ie. if each pixel was a drop of paint, would they all make more or less the same tone when you mix them together?)
– Use of colour
– Are they all tilted (or not tilted) at the same angle?
– Do they handle connecting pieces similarly (either by leaving spaces or by finding ways to connect multiple objects)?
– Do they have either relatively similar silhouettes (eg. all contained in circles) or relatively unique silhouettes?
If you’re this far in reading, read the whole thing.
New window chrome visuals land in Google Chrome 52 by the fantastic Sebastien Gabriel. Here is Chrome 51 versus 52 animated (click to see the 1:1 version, sorry no retina):
There is a new incognito design, which is now dark, like a sith lord. I dig this, very tight and fresh. You could argue about the tab shapes (I’m expecting an outcry from users), but it doesn’t hurt to go bold at times.
You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you’re at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost. This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla. Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not.
Just imagine where this will go.
Yesterday I posted this on Twitter:
It is happening! pic.twitter.com/40G6VPmvpz
— angelday (@angelday) July 19, 2016
We’re in the last stretches to finish up the new product, so take one good look again on the current one. update: it’s out, I’m writing a detailed article on the design decisions. In the mean time you can access the old site here.
[Nintendo] announced what it’s calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad.
It’s coming in November for 60 dollars. I wish Nintendo would add some kind of achievement system into the games so I can max every single one of them. (Ironically this week my father in law found my wifes old NES and SNES in the basement with a couple of games.) I also need to get a JVC TM-H1750C. And, of course, a basement where I install everything. 🙂
Aarron Walter on growing design teams:
Designers are finding themselves embedded in cross-functional teams with engineers and product owners. It’s a great opportunity to learn from others with different perspectives, but it often leaves designers craving the feedback and camaraderie of other designers that’s needed to improve their craft.
Having worked in a larger design team this really hit home. I don’t think we were able to figure out how to work in cross-functional teams yet be together as a design unit with our own set of culture and rules. I really enjoyed being among designers, but siloing designers does not work either.
There is a new type of team emerging around design systems: Design System Ops.
I think I have my own understanding what this could be in a smaller organization. The 20% rule to help you grow is also something worth considering, but it’s not exclusive to designers. Good article.
Schaffer Vendel Henrik. 2016.06.19. 19:45 – 3550gr 52cm.
— angelday (@angelday) June 19, 2016
Fabular is going to be a fine indie space game with axes! The mechanics reminded me of Star Control, but the art is much more interesting and there are other gameplay elements to make it even better. Here is the trailer:
This game is special, because it’s being developed by one of my friends and the team is crazy small: they’re only three people. I’m in a constant awe how they were even able to pull off what they have. I remember last April, when Milan B. showed me the game at a birthday party, it was merely a concept. I wished him good luck and that was about it. Then a year passed and about month ago they launched the Kickstarter campaign. I was impressed!
There are only 3 days left to fund Fabular and they’re a mere £4359 short of their initial 25k ask. I have only once supported a project in Kickstarter but this will be my second one.
Successfully raised £26,093 with 1,102 backers
I finally updated my old badges with the new Google Play logo and color theme. If you’re a Sketch user, you may find this useful as this is a version that you can start working with. Uses the same sizes for both versions. Origin story: last year I was struggling to find a decent version for reuse. Google only offers a shitty EPS file. (Good luck getting that one into Sketch with the proper RGB color gradients.)
You can download the Sketch file from below. Enjoy!
Over the weekend I completed The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD to 100%. I acquired everything this game offers and had a terrific time playing it for two months. The last thing I had to do is complete the fishing minigame (with the 64 rollgoal levels) and the very last collectible was catching the legendary Hylian Loach. I spent the whole weekend trying to do this – I eventually succeeded.
I got so enthusiastic that I also had to make a tutorial video. While struggling with the Loach, I couldn’t find a decent one on the internet, especially not for the Wii U HD remaster. Here it is:
I really come to like this game, the HD version is amazing. It offers an entirely new dungeon experience, called the Cave of Shadows, which is not a traditional dungeon, but one where you need to fight interesting enemy combinations in wolf form. When I first heard about it, I scoffed, but in hindsight, it was perfect, challenging and rewarding.
Then it was time for the fishing minigame: you need to catch 4 fish to fill your fish journal, then lure fish the same types in the Fishing Hole. I spent 20% of my time catching everything but the Loach and 80% trying to get him. We’re talking hours. Most of the time, when I got his interest, it went away and I was like this:
Or rather like this:
Looking back, I can’t even believe I did it, but then again, this challenge made me appreciate the whole minigame and, as with many minigames in the series, you really understand the game mechanics when you catch the hardest.
This photo almost feels like real now:
FWIW, Here is a list for bobber fishing and where to find them:
Greengill, Hyrule Bass – go to the Hole, it’s easy from the banks
Hylian Pike – at Lake Hylia, just outside the spring there are a few
Hylian Loach – at Lake Hylia Howling Stone, there is a dig spot with many inside the cave
Ordon Catfish – at Ordon village, cast from the mill
Cool. I will now 100% the Wind Waker which I left to rot back in 2014.