Archive for December, 2008

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Forget about the name, Ringy Dingy really stretches the iPhone metaphor too far.

 

Got a handful to give away. If you want one, just leave a comment (be creative!). Remember to comment with the email address you want the invite sent to.

All out for now.

 

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Daring Fireball picks up some truly horrid user interfaces every now and then, though most of them are from the Windows world. I present you with an alternative for the Mac, and you really have to click for the full size image to witness all the glory.

Rainbow Painter “is an advanced image editor aimed at both professionals and amateurs who want to retouch photos, paint and draw” and was also “named as one of “Ten Tools You Shouldn’t Be Without” in the book “Internet For iMacs For Dummies”.” Imagine THAT.

Why is there no menubar? Why is every edge of the screen cluttered with palettes? Why are they all different colors, and even patterns? Why does it remind me of Win 3.1? What’s with the compass-arrow-thingie in the upper-right corner? What’s the button “mouse button color” supposed to do? Can it really change the color of my mouse button? What if I have a multi-button mouse? A trackpad? Why are there no icons? Even the tools are represented by text! What does “paper color” mean, in a digital piece of software? Why doesn’t half of the buttons and options make any sense at all?

If this app is really “aimed at both professionals and amateurs” – which of the two groupings do the developer who made this screenshot belong to?

 

Organic

15Dec08

Not sure if this is new really, but H&M now carry select garments made from organic cotton – or more specifically: 50% organic cotton. Hey, it’s a start I guess.
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Working as a designer I know a few things about getting content to use in your design work. Stock photos, fonts, vectors… Things like that used to be expensive. Nowadays though, with sites like iStockphoto, everyone can afford quality content. And still some seem too lazy or too cheap to do it…

Photoshop Disasters, one of my favorite blogs, ran a post on this very topic a couple days ago.

That same day, I got a catalog in the mail from upscale stores in the area, and on one page I am presented with some expensive dresses under the headline “modernized 80s style”. But what is this?

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Where they tried spelling out “80-talls” (80s), there is some weird character in place. Almost looks like a font where some of the characters are missing.

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The question is: do designers hope that nobody will notice, or do they indeed not even notice it themselves?

28 Days Later font available at dafont. Go crazy. Just don’t try to use any non-alphanumerical chars.

 

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