The infographic sampled above this sentence (and copied below) is terrible. Anyone with any knowledge of app development will find countless things wrong with it. Let me educate you.
There are two (vastly different) major design trends that I’m excited about for 2013.
For one, I’m excited to see the 2012 resurgence of artisanal and hand-made goods continue on through the new year. At its core, it’s about placing value in creative and independent individuals, both in the products they make and how they make them. It’s something that has been bubbling up in Austin for the past few years and it seems like many other cities across the United States are seeing the same kind of boom. Its effect on design means that artists are becoming more innovative and intuitive in their field as they learn how to stand out among the crowd.
And the most useful design tool for mobile app design in 2012 is… Skala Preview! We have avoided countless headaches and frustrations by using this tool and encourage every app designer to download it today! Simply put, as a Mobile App Designer and the Creative Director of Rocksauce Studios, we cannot work efficiently without it.
It’s one thing to design an app — it’s another thing altogether to take the app into the field and see if the finished product works! I recently took a road trip to New Orleans and decided to Tripini, Rocksauce Studios’ new travel app, a run for its money!
(When a new person joins the Rocksauce Studios family, we try to make them as comfortable as possible…by throwing a series of questions at them! Today, meet our newest designer: RJ Nye.)
Tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?
–I’ve always been interested in art since I was a kid. I think I even wanted to be a cartoonist at one point. But as I progressed through my teens, my passion for art faded until I was introduced to Photoshop by a friend. We were both video gamers and loved to recreate art from our favorite games. At one point, we had even created a webcomic that mimicked the popular Penny Arcade series. It was really, really awful. Fortunately it let me become more familiar with how the software worked. Around that same time I began to create designs for a band that my friends had put together. It was my first introduction into creating communicative art, or at least something more practical than fan art of Final Fantasy characters. The entire process of creating conscious, smart design clicked for me and I haven’t looked back since.
Rocksauce Studios takes part in a creative gathering that is held twice a year by the Behance Network. We just held our event last night and it was such a wonderful learning experience. Our CEO, Q Manning was our Keynote Presenter and he offered some insights into his design career and how he came to be the Creative Director and CEO of Rocksauce Studios. We also had several local artists showcase their work, all in all we had a great night! MORE
Rocksauce Studios is pleased to announce that Tripini, our latest mobile app, is live and ready for your downloads! And there’s no reason not to indulge us in this one: it’s free on both iOS and Android devices.
Think of Tripini as the ultimate tool for the sophisticated traveler. In addition to being gorgeously designed and incredibly easy to use, Tripini has the potential to transform a good trip into a great trip (or prevent a bad trip from happening altogether!). And did we mention that it’s free? Well, it’s free until November 15, so get on that as soon as possible!
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I’ve always been told that every vote of an election matters. I have heard that phrase (or some variation thereof) all the way from grade school before I was old enough to vote, up to this morning while listening to talk radio commuting to Rocksauce’s Offices in North Austin.
While it’s both a comforting and popular thought to believe that each of our votes is critical to our American political process, the truth can be…well…a bit more complex than that.
For instance, chances are you will not vote for the President or Vice President in this election – if you have ever voted for them at all.
The Designer: Chris Lindenmayer
The Life Story: Born and raised in Shreveport, LA., Chris Lindenmayer recently made the move to to Austin to join the Rocksauce Studios team as what he describes as an “app design samurai.” Prior to coming to Austin, Chris was an art director at a full service marketing firm for over eleven years. He had the opportunity to work with a broad range of clients, producing motion graphics for TV, web applications, logos and identity packages. Chris’ passion lies in creating beautiful, eye-catching graphics that define and enhance a company’s brand. He has won numerous design competitions and was recently listed among the “top 40 under 40″ business professionals in Shreveport.
As those who read my last article knows, I was born in Singapore and worked as a designer in Beijing before ending up here at Rocksauce Studios. If you read that last article, you also know that I’ve already told you what it’s like to work overseas and how to adjust to a very different workplace. Today, I’m going to discuss the mirror of that. What is it like for a foreigner to make the transition to the United States?
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