How To Design Usable Audio & Video Media Players

by Jake Rocheleau

February 27, 2015 in Designer Showcase

If you’ve been living under a rock in Bikini Bottom for the past fifteen years then allow me to explain website media. You see, the Internet used to be a place dedicated to text and conversations. Eventually text & images blurred together. But at the turn of the 21st century Internet speeds were still very slow, thus streaming media wasn’t a reliable option.

Fast-forward to modern times and you have access to streaming video services right at your fingertips. Putting aside free video hosting services you can also stream movies and television through companies like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

I want to cover the subject of media players from the user experience perspective. Back just 10 years ago YouTube would have been the largest video streaming network on the planet. Now we have dozens of options located all around the globe, each with their own custom player. In this post you’ll find some tips and suggestions for how to design your own custom media players that entice visitors and draw attention from the crowd.

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25 Sketch Freebies for Web & Graphic Designers

by Jake Rocheleau

February 23, 2015 in Freebies

Anyone who’s been keeping up with design news should know about Sketch. It’s a tightly-focused piece of software with an emphasis on UI design. The program is developed for OS X by Bohemian Coding with a palette of tools that mirror Photoshop and Illustrator. Although the program is meant for interfaces you can build anything including icons and simple graphics.

This gallery includes 25 freebies released for Sketch. Although not everyone is using Sketch, many designers are jumping onto the bandwagon because it’s cheaper and easier than Adobe products. These freebies provide a deeper look at the design process and offer some great tools for newbies just getting into the software.

AirDrop Icon

airdop icon sketch freebie

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Start Your Day with These Awesome Be Theme Website Examples

by iulian

February 17, 2015 in Sponsored

We know you’re busy. Yet, before you get on with your projects of the day, help yourself to a visual espresso for the creative minds. Take a couple of minutes to see some inspiring examples of websites made with the Be Theme. Explore a series of functioning websites and a variety of useful layouts that are easy to customize.

Keep scrolling if:

You want to hit the Refresh button on the forefront of your mind (and right now you really wish you had such a button)
You want to put a rush on your web design projects
You want to be ready for any client

It’s not a secret that starting from a layout gives you considerable head start in your projects. You just have to find the right one. Luckily, Be Theme has 80 neat-looking layouts ready for takeout.

What with the Muffin Builder, or Visual Composer integration, you have many options to customize that layout into a singular website. Options like 13 header styles, and many variants for menu and sidebar placement. It goes without saying that color schemes are not pre-established, for any element on your pages.

It’s time to let images speak for themselves.

First, a showcase of websites made with Be Theme.

Pole dance academy

1-poledancemarseille_com

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Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Digital Magazine iPhone App UI

by Jake Rocheleau

February 16, 2015 in Freebies

There’s a growing need for handy UI freebies and resources dedicated to iPhone app design. To fill this gap I’ve created DigiMag – a free iPhone app UI designed in Photoshop. The interface has been created specifically for iOS 8 using the new iPhone 6 screen dimensions.

digimag - freebie psd digital magazine iphone 6 app ui

Feel free to download a copy of this PSD and use for any design project. The whole interface is organized using guides and layer groups in Photoshop. It’s easy to work with and perfect for learning how to design your own mobile UI from scratch.

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