I made the mistake of having my partner Graeme install ios7 on my phone a few weeks ago after we got back from WWDC. I know, I know, installing alpha or beta iOS is not a good idea and yes, I experienced a lot of functionality errors but hey, it’s beta. What stuck me though was how completely unusable the new Flat Design aesthetic of the UI was. Buttons don’t look like buttons and I found myself frequently lost as to what element did what. This is a quick and dirty explanation of where Flat Design can (and will) trip up designers as everyone beats this new fad to death.
Graeme is up in San Francisco at the 2013 Game Developers Conference where I will soon join him for a few days of Übergeeking and showing off one of our new games: Rocket Patrol.
I just got this from Graeme, seems like he has the Shmooze-o-tron running at full speed:
I’ve been deep in Photoshop for the past few weeks – building UI for a cool new card game Graeme and Paul and I are working on and for a Windows8 (gasp!) application for a company in Santa Clara. I love how focused I get when in PS. It’s like meditation.
Yesterday, a news story broke about a Washington State Representative who favors adding a “transportation tax” on the sales of bicycles because “bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride”. His rationale is that because we exhale CO2, we’re polluters. Well, yes, but apparently .01% as much as a car.
Can we please elect representatives that have at least a basic understanding of science?
Also, if you read the article, I think we pay for roads with taxes, not by driving cars on them..
Is it Monday yet?
Some of you know my daughter Kaya and those of you who do probably love her. She’s a pretty special person. She leaves tonight at 5:00pm from SFO on her three day journey to Varanasi India where she will spend three months helping teach young girls english and help with the running of a small school for disadvantaged kids.
I believe in the power of thoughts and intentions. Will you join me in putting a big glowing bubble of safety and love around her on this trip? It would mean a lot to me if you just pause for a second after reading this email and think a good thought about Kaya and her journey across the planet.
Thank you guys, you are an amazing community,