learning 3d modeling in 14 weeks
From March to May 2017, I picked up 3D modeling skills. I started with zero 3D experience (couldn’t even play 3D games well), and I’m now able to create almost everything I want in the low poly style. My models also won an honorable mention and a staff pick on Sketchfab.
behind branding: is that pringles?
This weekend, I walked past the chips and snacks aisle and noticed a different branding to my favorite “Crisps” brand. Is that Pringles, I asked myself? Or a knock-off product? But after reading through the packaging, I was pleasantly surprised and came to understand it was, in fact, the real Pringles. I took a minute to line-up all the flavors available and snapped the cover picture for this article.
shit’s broken: why we need mindful notifications & how to design them
Barring those who have made a conscious and concerted effort to turn them off, push notifications disrupt our flow on a daily basis. You pick up your phone to check the time or your to-do list, and the first thing you see is that you've received 9 messages from 4 different people, who are waiting for your response. Let’s start with an assessment.
earth at a cute angle
Satellite imagery surrounds us — from Google Maps and daily weather forecasts to the graphics illustrating news stories — but almost all of it is from a map-like, top-down perspective. This view allows satellite data to be analyzed over time and compared with other sources of data.
the rise of touch screens in cars explained
TheThe ever-increasing reliance on touch screens in cars is a controversial topic. With each new product release, the comment sections of articles and youtube videos are filled with negative remarks. Yet, carmakers are totally committed to the race of creating ever-bigger screens. If public opinion is so against touch interfaces in cars, why do car companies use them? I dove into this topic and confirmed my hypothesis: touch screens are not the problem per se, but car companies' design execution is.
the tools don't matter
Anyone who’s done anything at a certain level for a reasonable amount of time will inevitably get asked about the tools they use. It’s probably in the top five questions I get over email and after conference talks: “What tools do you recommend for roadmaps?” “What tool do you use for product visions?” “What’s the best tool for tracking OKRs?” “Which do you recommend, Scrum or Kanban?”1 “Can you recommend a wireframing tool for sharing concepts?”
disney and pixar’s luca title treatment concepts
Across 2020, the Hoodzpah team worked on three movie title treatment projects for the incredible creative team at Disney and Pixar. Luca was one of those projects, a film that tells a fantastical coming-of-age story of a sea monster finding his place in an Italian seaside village. We were shown concept art from the animation department and moodboards filled with typography inspired by Gelato shops, travel brochures, and hand painted signage from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Our brief was to create custom type solutions for the movie that would embody the sun-drenched village, a somewhat undefined retro nostalgia, and Luca’s identity as a sea-monster trying to find his place between shore and sea.
say hello to css container queries
I haven’t been more excited for a CSS feature like I’m now in the past six years I spent as a front-end developer. The prototype of container queries is now available behind a flag in Chrome Canary. Thanks to efforts from smart people like Miriam Suzanne and other folks.
a complete guide to html email
In a new short series of posts, we highlight some of the useful tools and techniques for developers and designers. Recently we’ve covered CSS generators, SVG generators and accessible front-end components. This time we look into templates and tools for building and designing HTML emails. Don’t miss the next one.
inspect element as a way to increase your curiosity
One of the best gifts we have as front-end developers is the ability to see how something is implemented by simply inspecting a website and see how the CSS works behind the scenes. Say an interesting effect that you wonder how it was done? Inspect element and the answer is waiting for you. On the other hand, this is not possible for back-end developers, since the source code is gone the moment server-side rendering happens.
They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and WOWSTICK miniature pen-shaped hand drill is probably a designer’s great friend, helping them to drill and put their imagination into shining works. It is the world's first one-piece miniature electric hand drill for creative DIY, and it features super lightweight, ultra-quietness and great portability.