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These Knobs And Sliders Turn An iPad Into A Custom Tactile Interface

There’s a good reason why so many of us still prefer mechanical keyboards and real control boards despite the availability of touchscreen interfaces: In many cases, they give us more control over our digital worlds. Fans of tactile interfaces will love this project by Florian Born — who created a system that meshes your iPad with arrangeable physical controls.


Why Computer Screens Aren't Green-On-Black Any More

In the early days of personal computing — think UNIX early — text was often white or green on a black screen. That didn’t last long, of course, but there’s a little-known reason that those shadowy screens weren’t ideal for users. And it has to do with your poor eyesight.


7 Experimental Interfaces That Show The Future Of UI Design

Trade shows might be sexier, but there’s no beating academic conferences for weird new tech. Today, at the 27th Software and Technology Symposium in Honolulu, dozens of researchers presented a glimpse into the future of UI design — here are six of the most interesting. Meanwhile, you can find me at “Beach Activities”.


Skeuomorphism Will Never Go Away, And That's A Good Thing

Just a year and a half ago, we noted the demise of skeuomorphism in Apple interface design. Today, Co.Design’s John Brownlee points out that “the most-hated design trend” is back with Apple Watch’s clock-like interface. But skeuomorphism never really went away. In fact, we should all hope it never does.


A Rant Against Ello's 'Simple' Design

Have you heard of Ello? It’s a new social network site that is getting a lot of buzz for its anti-Facebook Inc stance. It promises a “Simple, beautiful & ad-free” experience. While it remains ad-free for now, whether it’s simple or beautiful is highly debatable. After all, when it comes to user experience and interface design, is there something that’s unanimously beautiful?


Redesigning One Of Google's Most Useful Tools

Google Images is a great product, but there are a few areas where the user experience and design could be better. So, I spent a few days refining it. Too lazy to read? Jump to the bottom and watch the video for the tl;dr.


Inside The Wild UI Design Of Guardians Of The Galaxy

The world of Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with characters of uncertain biological origin defying the laws of Earthly physics. Which is why you’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice the incredible UI design in the film, which shows off some of the most bonkers movie graphics in recent memory.


Inspecting Mac OS X Yosemite's Icons

Last month Apple released a preview of their new operating system, OS X Yosemite. Following the visual refresh in iOS 7, Yosemite features a significant visual change. Apple has added the familiar blur and translucent materials, a cleaner looking user interface, a new system font and updated icons.


Google's Design Mastermind Explains The Future Of Android

Two years ago, as Google first showed off Android Jelly Bean, we sat down with then-Director of Android User Experience Matias Duarte to discuss where the operating system was heading. Fast forward this week’s Google I/O, where Duarte — now Google’s Vice President of Design — introduced Material Design. We had the chance, once again, to ask him about Android’s latest design gambit, and what it means for Google’s future.


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