thrifttrac.com #recentwork

Later this week I hope to do a proper write-up on this project, but while it’s still “hot off the press”, here’s a link to my latest work: thrifttrac.com. I designed and built the site in less than one week, just in time for my client’s appearance at a tradeshow this evening. In addition, I also designed the ThriftTrac logo.

Key tools I used in building this site were:

Atomic: Interface design software for professionals

Atomic is a beautiful looking prototype software. I especially love how it allows for collaboration and features a “visual version history”.

atomic-video-preview

Design – Work your way up from a blank canvas, or pull in designs from Photoshop or Sketch.
Prototype – Lay out your states and instantly animate between them, without coding a thing.
Share – Share your prototypes with anyone or view on any device via a humble URL.

Source: Atomic: Interface design software for professionals

Carbo — Handwriting for the digital age

Carbo is an iPad app for capturing your writings and drawings. Once you’ve brought them into your device, it gives you options for making edits, organizing, and more. It seems similar to Adobe Shape CC, but has more features.

Carbo is an application for people who love handwriting. Just use your favorite pen and paper as you usually do, without any constraint. Carbo will let you capture, edit, and organize your notes, design sketches, and whiteboard drawings, bringing handwriting into the digital age.

Source: Carbo

Roman Mars: Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed – TED.com

Watch Roman Mars’s TEDTalk on city flags. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s the host of one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible.

Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything. ~ TED.com

Think with Paper by FiftyThree

I’ve long been a fan of Paper by FiftyThree, grabbing the app when it was first released. Then I also bought their stylus, Pencil. Combine the app and the hardware, and you’ve got a really natural drawing interface on your iPad.

Now, FiftyThree has updated Paper with a new set of tools: Think. Given my inclination for precision, these are my favorite kind of drawing tools. Via its “intention engine”, the Think toolset lets you quickly draw all manner of shapes, fill them with color, and cut, copy, and move them around. That means I can create diagrams, charts, and mockups with just the right combination of polish and “hard-drawn” feel.

Think Kit’s Diagram, Fill, and Cut tools make it fast and easy to draw charts, diagrams, graphs, flows, wireframes, and models. Use them to sketch perfect shapes and connectors, and create presentation­-ready visual model. Anything you create can then be exported directly to PowerPoint, Keynote, or your favorite iPad apps, and shared with colleagues everywhere.

Source: Think with Paper by FiftyThree