Content is king, especially when it comes to designing or building a website for someone else. Designing page layouts without content is like designing a car with no clue of how many people it should be able to seat. Is it going to be a bus or a coupe?
If you’re hiring someone else to build your website, help them do an amazing job by making a decision on the type of content on each page before they get started. You’d be surprised at how many revision rounds can be saved by using a content-first approach. Fewer revisions means less money and a faster launch.
The shape of app icons is not going to change from round-cornered squares to sharp-cornered ones (or any other shape for that matter). Apple owns this shape; this shape says “iOS app” in everyone’s mind. It’s even printed right on the hardware home button of every iOS device. In fact it’s the only thing printed on the front face of every iOS device.
It’s not clear why so many people seem to think “flat” equates to “square”. Because Windows Phone tiles are square? If that’s the case, chalk something up to Windows Phone — while they may not be doing well in market share, they seem to have a pretty good presence in mind share, at least from a “flat” design perspective.
This is terrible. Full departure from the iOS brand and just plain bad usability. Hard to tell what’s a button and what’s visual cruft. Looks like a Samsung Blur ripoff. What’s worse, it looks like Android on an iPhone. No thanks. Only good thing about this concept is the animation and easing.
Dave Pell sends a daily email with an entertaining summary of the day’s news that he thinks is worth your time to know. It’s a very human take on news aggregation and it’s wildly popular.
So my idea is to build an iPhone app that reads you the day’s top news so you can listen to it while you drive to work (or whatever else you do in the mornings). You’d have the ability to save any summary to read more about it later.
It’d be similar to having your incredibly well-informed friend recounting today’s big news to you.