Wednesday, October 12, 2016

JSa lines Hotel Carlota courtyard with black concrete blocks

Hotel Carlota by JSa

Lattices of dark blockwork wrap around a verdant courtyard and narrow swimming pool at this hotel in Mexico City, overhauled by local firm JSa. Read more

Albuquerque Police Shooting Trial Ends In A Hung Jury

Two former officers were on trial for murder in the 2014 shooting of a homeless man. The DOJ cited the shooting in its finding of a pattern of excessive force within Albuquerque's police department.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Designing Card-Based User Interfaces



Web and mobile apps are moving away from pages towards completely personalized experiences. These new experiences are built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. The way this content is now being presented is in the form of cards. The card-based interaction model is spreading pretty widely, and you can see digital cards almost everywhere - from news sites to food delivery apps.

Designing Card-Based User Interfaces

In this article, I'll explain what cards mean to UI designers, and I'll review three popular card-based services. If you're interested in prototyping your own card-based user interface, you can download and test Adobe's Experience Design CC for free and get started right away.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 are out

It's worth remembering that web designers are hardly the only people making pretty things for the web. We're certainly not the only people creating content for the sites that we ourselves build. The corollary here is that a lot of these people will be consumers, and will be using consumer-grade tools. It's a good idea, then, to keep an eye on the tools that non-professionals will be using, and keep them in mind when we work.

In this case, those tools are Photoshop Elements 15, and Premiere Elements 15, both of which were just released by Adobe. They've both been updated with a number of features to make photo and video editing easier for beginners, and anyone who just wants to put something that looks good on their Facebook feed.

In fact, creating media for social networks is one of the major focuses for Adobe's Elements series these days. It makes sense. People largely don't print out family photos anymore. They put them in albums on their social media site of choice, and make comments designed to embarrass their teenagers.

You know, the usual family stuff, only now the whole world can see it! Progress!

And now, Adobe's making it easier. In fact, on top of the social media focus, the Elements series has introduced a batch editing feature or two, so you can embarrass those teenagers more, and faster.

Photoshop Elements

The big focus lately has been on designing the app (actually both of them) to do the heavy lifting for the user. Gone are the days when beginners had to spend an hour outlining the subject of their photo with the pen tool to select it properly. The app does that sort of thing for you.

They've also added a number of new guided edits. Basically, these are just wizards that take users through a number of steps and program features to help them get a pre-defined result. The news ones include:

  • Turning a photo into text

  • Effects collages

  • Speed pan effects

  • Creating your own digital frames

  • Painting effects onto photos

Lastly, there's a feature to help users adjust the facial features of people in their photos. That teenager of yours in a foul mood? You can change that, at least in the photo. Now only their favorite band-related t-shirt can tell the world how they really feel.

Premiere Elements

Premiere Elements is also bringing more automation and automatic detection into the mix. First up is the fact that they added face detection to their pan, zoom, and trim effects, to make sure the faces stay in the picture.

For music, there's a new feature they're calling Remix, which will automatically remix a song down (or up) to the length of your video. I haven't had a chance to personally test this feature, but it is very interesting to me. I mean, an algorithm mixing instrumental music is one thing, but how would it handle vocals?

Okay, I'm actually really curious about that one.

Next, we have Haze Removal. It first introduced as its own effect in Photoshop Elements, and now you can do it with video. That's… all there is to it.

Lastly, there's now a feature to make it easier for people to make video collages. As it's something that would usually require a bunch of manual positioning, I kind of wish they'd put this into the regular version of Premiere.


These apps come with the usual hefty price tag, so they're best suited to someone who is doing this stuff a lot, like a hobbyist, or a particularly dedicated relative. That said, if that's you or your client, then this feels like a generally solid update to decent consumer software.

You should get lots of likes.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Teehee designs adjustable furniture that grows up as children do

The trend for designer children's furniture continues with this collection of customisable units by Dutch brand Teehee (+ slideshow). (more…)

Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten converts former potato barns into loft-style homes

Houben & Van Mierlo Architecten has transformed a pair of former barns in Amsterdam into residences that combine original features with nods to their industrial past (+ slideshow). (more…)