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All posts tagged "Design"

  • DIY geek-fest Maker Faire comes to Cape Town this August

    If you're into robotics, DIY drones, Arduino projects, space projects and 3D printers, listen up. Cape Town's first Maker Faire is coming to town. Taking place from 20 to 23 August, the world-renowned festival will bring together a motley crew of techies, tinkerers, hobbyists and makers. The event forms part of the third annual Open Design Festival in partnership with Trimble. Described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is a celebration of the global Maker Faire Movement -- celebrating innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Omar Pierre...

  • The reason Facebook won’t roll out its swanky new News Feed? Netbooks

    Redesigns are something Facebook doesn't take lightly. With more than a billion users, there is mass revolt every time the design team moves as much as a pixel. So when it organised an event last year to announce that it would be revamping its precious News Feed, people sat up and took notice. And the redesign was, well, very pretty -- lots of focus on photos and imagery, simple uncluttered space and functionality that just 'got out of the way'. But Facebook never made it available to all its users. Instead of the 'new News Feed', Facebook has begun...

  • Starting a website? Tips on going niche, working smart and growing fast [WCCT]

    If you’re looking for examples of niche, it’s difficult to imagine a slimmer area of focus than one page websites. But it’s an interest in that specific area that has helped Cape Town-based developer and WordPress fan Rob Hope expand a side-project into a fulltime commitment, driven by the allure of the focused and inspiring. Hope is the man behind One Page Love – a design platform which highlights, reviews and showcases the stories behind single page websites. It’s a niche in modern web design, and one which is becoming a serious trend Hope has capitalised on. His site...

  • Young graduate looks to crowdfund innovative newwheel design

    We get told about crowdfunded ideas all the time here at Memeburn. Some of them are cool, some seem pretty pointless, but every now and then we see one that looks like the start of something incredible. The project, currently being funded on Indiegogo, is called Roadless and is meant to be a a wheel system that can be adapted to suit different terrain conditions. According to the Indiegogo page, the wheel system addresses the absence of transportation services found in rural farming communities caused by the lack of or inadequate transportation infrastructure. Its founder, who goes by the name...

  • 15 of the coolest creative Facebook Timeline hacks

    As the Facebook Timeline roll out continues, more and more users are being forced to decide which image is worthy of being set as their cover photo. While you may still be flicking through your albums to find a photo where you look as good as you do in your profile pic (even at a larger size), there are cool people out there who are using the space to make Facebook more awesome. Dusty Buell With some careful cropping and clever photo editing, Dusty Buell managed to become part of the game pictured in his cover image. Mike Qsys What do you get...

  • Geeks will always geek out: tech designer dresses

    There are a few geeks floating about out here on the web and a few fashionistas too. So it is with no surprised that more than a few people got excited about these illustrations. It seems some very talented DeviantArt fan decided to create one-of-a-kind design sketches based on popular sites. Yes, it's very exciting. Yahoo, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Megaupload, Google, MSN and DeviantArt are featured. They are actually quite stylish dresses...

  • Why your site should go mobile and 10 things to remember when you do

    Do you have a website? Running a determined business and want to stay ahead of the crowd? Well then, you have to go mobile as soon as you can. Desktop is just not cutting it anymore and if you do not take action now, you will hate yourself for it later, trust me. It is of fanatical importance that you get on board now, and draw up a mobilising plan for your current and future campaigns. This easy-to-follow slide should show you why mobile is relevant: 7 Reasons Why Mobile Matters View more PowerPoints from Dewaldt Huysamen After that, I'm sure I don't...

  • Flickr set for major design upgrade next week

    Photo sharing website Flickr is scheduled to receive a much-needed makeover according to senior project manager Markus Spiering. In an interview with BetaBeat, Spiering revealed the new user interface would minimize the excessive white space and information currently found on the site – gravitating towards the grid-like photo layouts found on sites like Pinterest and 500px. The update, which is scheduled for 28 February, will hopefully give Flickr the boost it needs...

  • How to make the most of your email design

    Good old Murphy’s Law dictates that no matter how much time, energy and testing you put into creating that stunning email campaign, it will inevitably end up rendering more like a Picasso Cubism painting in at least one of your subscriber’s email clients. This is of course hard to avoid, unless you are perhaps willing to die through sheer frustration and even that might not clinch it. There are, however, a few things you can do to ease the situation and help keep your email design looking great when your subscriber clicks to open it. Let’s take a look at...

  • Seven design trends for startups in 2011

    Adhering to good design principles is one of the fundamental tenets of success for any startup and the UX associated with the Beatles' initial launch on iTunes should give you a fair indication of what to look forward to in the foreseeable future. Following the current trend, while 2010 may have been the breeding ground for the idea that simpler web design is better, 2011 takes it one step forward by boldly declaring: Keep it simple, unique and creative. Long gone are the days when websites were purely consumer driven and used to drive revenue off advertising and over-emphasize on...

  • Should we be designing for legacy browsers?

    Web designers have been on the frontlines of the browser-war battlefields for some time now, dodging the shells of legacy browsers exploding all over carefully-crafted pages. Even the design of a simple page would require the designer to have an arsenal of hacks and tricks to ensure cross-browser compatibility. But is it time for the designers and developers to stop fighting the good fight and move the industry forward by refusing to design for legacy browsers? Certainly with the advent of Internet Explorer (IE) 7, some great strides were taken towards a more compatible infrastructure in terms of how designs...

  • South Africans don’t know the meaning of the word ‘design’

    What is design? Most people will answer that question by pointing to a designed object – the iPhone, for example. Now that’s good design! The Mini Cooper. London’s famous map of the Tube. Anything ever built by Norman Foster. That’s design, right? Wrong. Design is not the object, but the process that created that object. It’s a process that is part creativity, part method. A process that takes a lot of time, many failed attempts and a great deal of thinking. And thinking is something that looks a lot like Doing Nothing At All. It’s very hard to explain this to...

  • How to lose customers and alienate people

    South African websites repeatedly make basic usability mistakes. The results: frustrated customers, negative brand impact, reduced online sales, and poor return on investment for the whole web project. The best advice for making an impact online is to Zig when others Zag. Stand out. Be amazing. Give a shit. But if you work for a South African corporation, I’m sure you’ll feel much more comfortable following the herd. So here are five instructions for making sure your ecommerce site delivers industry-standard quantities of pain and frustration. 1. Let the programmers write the copy Here’s an error message Flow discovered during a usability...