Good news, publishers: People will read your long stories on their phones (for two minutes, anyway)


As publishers’ tablet dreams diminish, are smartphones picking up the slack when it comes to reading long articles online? A report out from the Pew Research Center tries to answer that question, and comes away with some reassuring findings: Yes, people are willing to engage with longer content (i.e., news stories over 1,000 words) on […]

Mobile first design


No matter how much we want to believe we’re all up to speed on mobile-first design, there are still many experiences that are lagging behind. This is something that needs to change. Especially considering over 25% of the world is not only mobile first, but is mobile only

Ditch your app; focus on mobile web


“It’s difficult to get people to use your app”

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How & why Verdens Gangs transitioned its VG+ mobile app


General challenges to consider when choosing a HTML or the hybrid app approach: Weigh the costs of tweaking the HTML for each browser. The advantages of using a cross-platform language may soon be eroded if you need to customise your code for each browser version or operating system. Page rendering of Web content is not […]

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Optimizing UI icons for faster recognition


Semiotic theory and structure of signs User interface, like any language or other communication system, is a construct, made using series of signs. Semiotics, a branch in linguistics that studies signs, defines a sign as being composed of two elements–a signifier (the form which the sign takes) and a signified (the concept it represents). A […]


Background on Katachi Magazine


It is very much a tactile experience, but not in the same way as print. It’s very hard to describe because we really don’t understand it fully yet ourselves. The best way I can describe it is as an x factor in the mathematic sense. We design something on screen and then put it on […]

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New Time Magazine Design


“The redesign, by the way, was originally supposed to happen last fall. Gibbs said the delay was less technical and more editorial — Time was working on big feature about 1 World Trade Center that would highlight both its technical and editorial capabilities. The feature is supposed to go live on the website tomorrow morning, with a panoramic, interactive image taken from the top of the building. (Time photo editor Jonathan Woods and his team had exclusive access to the spire at the top of the wire, and they worked with startup GigaPan to create a “13- foot long aluminum jib” that was used to create the image.)

The feature will also be the cover story in the print magazine, with a three-fold cover, and there are plans to release book in April, too.

With all the changes, I asked Gibbs if the editorial vision has changed as well.

“I think the editorial opportunity has expanded,” she said. “To tell great stories, help people understand what’s happening, why it matters — to the extent that that’s our editorial vision, we have the opportunity to do that for much bigger audience.””

Speed Reading 2.0

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Spritz’s mission is to change the way people read and make communication faster, easier, and more effective. Why it Works: Reading is inherently time consuming because your eyes have to move from word to word and line to line. Traditional reading also consumes huge amounts of physical space on a page or screen, which limits […]


Usability and Windows 8 – nice UI, not nice UX


Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users

Double Desktop = Cognitive Overhead and Added Memory Load

Lack of Multiple Windows = Memory Overload for Complex Tasks

Flat Style Reduces Discoverability

Low Information Density…

Why Japanese Web Design Is So… Different


“The user research and competitor analysis that we’ve carried out over the years have exposed some interesting facts regarding our markets. For example we have found that in the Russian and Middle Eastern markets, the audience predominantly expects to see hard news of a serious nature. Whilst in the Brazilian market there is a strong appetite for the softer quirkier news. “

Authentic Design


In digital design, authenticity means a few things, which can roughly be summarized as the following:

Embrace the digital look.
Do away with skeuomorphism.
Make the style content-centered.

Cards are becoming the best design pattern for mobile.


Why cards are the future of the web

We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Content being broken down into individual components and re-aggregated is the result of the rise of mobile technologies, billions of screens of all shapes and sizes, and unprecedented access to data from all kinds of sources through APIs and SDKs. This is driving the web away from many pages of content linked together, towards individual pieces of content aggregated together into one experience.

The iOS Design Cheat Sheet


Further Reading & Resources

This article will only provide some basic information to get you started with iOS 7 design. Once you dig in deeper, you might be interested in some more details. These articles and ressources should help you out:



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A roundup of news applications for the iPad

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I’ve had my iPad for a little over a month now, giving me plenty of time to pore through a number of news applications. Some are impressive examples of technology fused with design and creativity … others, not so much.

There are several different approaches for presenting news on the iPad. Some publishers have chosen to focus on the constant flow of updated information, while others have attempted to present information as more of a static package. While both have unique advantages and disadvantages, it’s clear that no one model has emerged as a standard format.

Here is a rundown of six different types of newspaper apps



Desktop Points to Consider

With the possibilities of desktop design, we can get away with, and take advantage of: Extensive grid-like layouts, which allow the user to easily scan for content they may be interested in or tying to find.

John Maeda on iOS7


John Maeda on iOS7 and the limits to revising skeumorphs “design is really about unlocking the possibilities that lie within multiple perspectives

… there’s still something missing”?

New Poynter Eyetrack research reveals how people read news on tablets


Its all about touch …. click image to read full article