1. Carousel: Your entire life at your fingertips →

    So, DROPBOX (one of the more popular cloud storage services out there) have released a new app called Carousel. Designed to store & manage your photos in a more intuitive & beautiful way than, say, IOS photos or Google Drive, it sets itself up as a repository for ALL your photos as opposed to just those you currently have on your device.

    The interface is certainly pretty, I positively love the timeline scroller at the foot of the screen, and the concept of each event showing only a few photos so that I don’t have to scroll through the hundreds my wife invariably takes each time she gets her cameraphone out, is a great (if not new) one.

    There’s also a couple of interesting back-end tricks that Dropbox have employed to make this app stand out from the already very crowded crowd. Apparently the app saves multiple thumbnails for each photo at varying resolutions and uses them depending on how fast you’re scrolling through your collection. If you flick through fast, the app displays the lower res versions so the experience is smoother. That in itself is a great perceptive trick.

    There is also a quirky ‘Smile Score’ a simple feature that lifts the app from a basic photo viewer to something more meaningful. The app scans every photograph in your collection for human faces and assigns each picture a smile score. The one with the highest ranking for a given event is displayed with a double-size thumbnail, serving as a sort of hero shot for that subset of pics.

    It’s an exciting concept at least. Technology often works best when it can evoke an emotion within us. What Carousel is setting out to do is to evoke a positive response within us. Make the experience feel more… real.

    So, does it? Time will tell I guess.

  2. So, Spotify has had a (much needed) revamp. Although the mechanics are  still pretty much the same, the new dark interface is rather slick.

    Spotify has been my default music player now for a good few years. It’s pretty much replaced iTunes now and, along side Bandcamp & Soundcloud it’s one of the music apps on my phone that stays throughout my sporadic purges.

    There’s still no sign of the touted 'My Artists' feature on IOS and the web player seems to have split apart all my old folders so I now have to scroll my way through a long list of playlists & albums but hey! I’m sure that’s all being dealt with. Right?

  3. 5 Types Of Buzzwords That Are Killing Your Resume →

  4. Watch this full-screen and high-res. It’s astonishing.

  5. NEW OLD STOCK →

  6. Amazing and just a little creepy.

  7. Screensiz.es →

    This is one of the most useful design resources out there. Sizes for all major devices in tablet, smartphone & monitor flavours.

  8. Second free downloadable book by London based studio ustwo 

    Second free downloadable book by London based studio ustwo 

  9. I don’t eat a lot of fast food, in fact I’d go further and say that I almost never eat fast food, but if I did, I’d like it to be packaged like this elegant solution designed by Seulbi Kim.

    I don’t eat a lot of fast food, in fact I’d go further and say that I almost never eat fast food, but if I did, I’d like it to be packaged like this elegant solution designed by Seulbi Kim.

  10. Ever wanted to know what the colour palette for Flickr is? Ever sat up all night trying to match the HEX values of Pinterest? Ever said out loud to your colleagues "Hey, anyone know what shades of pink the Santo Pecado Sex Shop uses?" I know I have.
Well now you can find out all these answers plus what colours are used for any other site you fancy without all that bother of having to fire-up Photoshop.

    Ever wanted to know what the colour palette for Flickr is? Ever sat up all night trying to match the HEX values of Pinterest? Ever said out loud to your colleagues "Hey, anyone know what shades of pink the Santo Pecado Sex Shop uses?" I know I have.

    Well now you can find out all these answers plus what colours are used for any other site you fancy without all that bother of having to fire-up Photoshop.

  11. Just realised that I’ve passed the 100 posts mark on my TUMBLR. Yey me!

  12. It certainly is Niice (see what I did there?) to have a search engine just for beautiful things. Kind of like a Google image search powered by Behance & Dribbble and without all the awfulness of said Google image search. Get me?

    It certainly is Niice (see what I did there?) to have a search engine just for beautiful things. Kind of like a Google image search powered by Behance & Dribbble and without all the awfulness of said Google image search. Get me?

  13. If you ignore the highly irritating music, the dubious style of the video and the sometimes terrible designs touted in this video (check out the stopwatch concept), the interactions and UI used here in this IOS 7 concept video are pretty interesting and would make the iPhone all the more joyful to use.

  14. GMail cheat sheet by Visualeks. Surely a must have for the millions of us out there who use GMail. (To be honest, I didn’t even know there were such a thing as quick-keys for GMail.)

    GMail cheat sheet by Visualeks. Surely a must have for the millions of us out there who use GMail. (To be honest, I didn’t even know there were such a thing as quick-keys for GMail.)

  15. This tickles me. Mostly because… I actually rather like ‘em.