• DesignMicro

    I ran Sketch for a week and a half with a broken plugin that locked up my machine every few seconds. Today, when I finally turned off the plugin, I felt like Goku stepping out of the gravity machine.

  • Design

    Feedbin’s New Logo ↦

    New Feedbin logo

    I love the refinement to the original burger logo as opposed to a completely different take and I think the updated version fits great with the established look and feel of the reader. It’s professional, but fun. Dan Cederholm is one of my favorite designers so this was — to me — a great team-up.

  • DesignMicro

    I took the time last week to import and comb through hundreds of posts from the last six years, cleaning up tags, broken links, etc, and added a page exclusively for photos to ultimately replace Instagram. Overall, I’m really happy with the results.

  • Design

    A new website for Dialog

    New Dialog website

    I’ve been under the weather for the past couple days so I took the time to redesign a few older projects and get them pushed up to Gitlab.

    Namely, I updated the Dialog landing page and moved it over to my site as a subdomain. While I was doing this, I took the time to update the app icon to the new spec Google introduced last year. I know it’s not the update many were hoping for, but it’s something. I’d love to continue work on the app if I found the right partner to join me, so anything is possible. For now, this will have to do.

  • DesignMicro

    I went on an absolute rampage over the past few days tackling a number of projects on my blog like accessibility improvements, a new footer, styling code snippets in posts, and fixing how posts without titles appear in feeds.

  • Design

    Good artists copy, great artists steal

    Raymond Wong for Input:

    There used to be a time and place for pointing fingers and bashing one company for blatantly copying another’s ideas. But now it feels juvenile. Who really cares? “Good artists copy, great artists steal” as the saying goes. Everyone borrows. Everything is inspired by something before it.

  • DesignMicro

    For whatever reason, I assumed Apple’s implementation of the cursor in iPadOS 13.4 would be half-baked, and simplistic. This is not the case. It’s delightful, considered, and feels like it should have been there years ago. It’s a game-changer.

  • DesignMicro

    The new design of Anchor’s podcast pages is really nice. It might even be enough to push me into recording new episodes of Shortbox in the new year.

  • Design

    Monsters are taking over the Steam Sale page

    Art by waneella

    Andy Chalk for PC Gamer:

    When the sale began, the store was bathed in the soothing red glow of dusk and surrounded by trees whose red leaves had not yet fallen. A small, white cat-like thing stood on the sidewalk out front, while a customer at the counter chatted idly with Newell. It was pleasant.

    Now, however, it’s nighttime at the Steam Store. The streets are bathed in shadow. More worryingly, they’re also apparently being overrun by writhing Cthulhu-esque horrors. The customer from earlier struggles in the grip of a giant black tentacle that’s burst forth from the sewers, while in the background a squid-headed monstrosity looms.

    The artist of the piece, waneella, is one of my absolute favourite pixel artists. In fact, I don’t remember when I had anything other than her art as the wallpaper on my phone. It’ll be interesting to see if the art evolves more as the sale wraps up.

  • Design

    New look for Twitch

    Twitch's old look on the left, new on the right

    The subtle adjustments to the glitch logo are nice fine and I like the updated logomark more than the original, which — as someone who really liked the old logo — I never thought I’d say. I think it’s the consistent border and distances in the open letters (W, C, T, etc) that’s really selling it for me. The larger radius on the button corners and circular pills for tags are a nice touch that I feel modernizes the look. I also like the new typeface Roobert) but I think they’ll need to make adjustments to weights (ie: the sidebar “followed channels” etc) throughout the site.

    The new purple is nice, particularly in the dark version of the website, but I’ll miss the previous one. It would be nice to see them use a combination of the two. Speaking of dark mode, while the dark palette of the site looks fine, the light version feels… off. Maybe too much white space? Weird contrast with the shading of the sidebar? I can’t quite put my finger on it but something about it doesn’t gel like the previous version did. That said, I almost exclusively use the dark version and I’d have to assume many other users are the same. Still, I’m glad it’s something they offer to those that want or need it.

    I know they’ve already said this is only the beginning of the work they’re doing but I hope they have some work planed on the overall user experience of the Twitch website. The navigation still feels cluttered, items are hidden, the dashboard is still all over the place, panels are hard to organize and display effectively, discoverability of channels still isn’t very good, etc.

    I’m into the new look. Next, I’d like to see them tackle deeper UX issues.