I remember making a blog post somewhere else a year ago about this same issue. Are all big visited websites just scared of color? I understand that blue is calming but honestly... this is getting out of hand.
Some of these are old tools, and some are new, either way I find myself coming back to these resources so maybe you will find them useful too. 1) The Noun Project - Great Icons
Under the Creative Commons License, you can use this wonderful packet of glyph like icons for your mock-ups, prototypes, digital scribbles, whatever have you.
2) http://responsive.is/yourwebsitelinkhere.com - Checking your responsive site design
The web community is beating responsive web design in every line of designer news possible, so you know it's important. This place allows you to see how your site looks on different devices.
Okay yeah, sort of obsessed with icons right now. Deal with it.
4) Typecast - Typography
Pairing fonts is not my strongest point, but this tool makes that task much easier for me.
This site allows you to test out the pattern on there site background. A simple but great UX tool.
Let me know if you have any favorite resources.
Three areas I think ipads are wonderful: 1) During face to face interaction
On the field customer interaction such as conversation, surveying, cashiering, etc. Sometimes when I walk into the apple store the front greeter has an ipad to easily access information on simple questions. When talking face to face I think a laptop is too intrusive and the physical space that a tablet demands is much more appropriate than having a "wall-like" barrier in between you and who you're talking to. Especially when you're surveying someone, the silent taps on a tablet is much more preferred over the loud keyboard strokes.
2) Teaching for children
It's not secret that children these days much more enjoy hands-on, colorful, and interactive learning. I've had many opportunities to test the learning apps for the ipad and I think it's brilliant for a young learning environment.
(No it's not an accident I picked a photo with two little asian girls)
Other than what I mentioned above, I think you must be a fool to purchase a ipad. A lot of people are switching over to e-reading, which is a revolution that I also am a part of. But I would never purchase an ipad for the sole purpose of reading.
1) The ipad is way too heavy, unless you have a stand or the arm strength of Russian solider your arm will start hating you after the first page.
Don't you ever wonder why no one in the Apple Ipad commercials are never holding up the ipad? Because it's too darn heavy! It's always seen on the table, stand or lap. I like holding my reading material like I like holding a book, so plan on changing your ergonomics of reading if you plan on getting an ipad.
2) The e-ink on the kindle is much better for reading.
I'm not joking, you can read the usability study here: iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds
3) If you want to be productive on the go, BUY AN ULTRA-THIN BOOK.
Thin laptops are all the rage. I love my MacBook Air and everyone else I know who own ones loves it! Everything from typing, processing, viewing, ANYTHING is better on a laptop. If you can't afford a mac or you're a windows fan, look I made it easy for you not to be an idiot: Ultrabooks
4) What about the ipad mini? It's smaller right?
No thanks. What's something that no one has these days? An attention span. The ipad is very distracting with all the available apps. Think you'll catch up on your emails? Not when you can play all those fun touch screen games! Touching the screen is such a different interaction than a mousepad and a keyboard. Look at how productive people are on their smartphones... facebooking, reading tweets, instagraming, and snap-chatting. And ipad is just a bigger screen for you to playful twiddle your fingers on.
Bottom line: Don't buy a ipad just to have it be a paper weight.
Apple released the latest version of its eagerly anticipated IOS update Wednesday. In the minutes immediately following the 1pm EST release, massive numbers of iDevice users clearly raced to download the update. The below graph shows normalized iTunes traffic across a random sample of several North American Internet providers over the last week. On Wednesday, iTunes backbone traffic spiked to consume an amazing average 7-12 percent of backbone traffic. This iTunes surge is roughly equivalent to abruptly switching on a new Internet service on the scale of YouTube or Netflix. The numbers are even larger if we just look at traffic consumer Internet providers.
Most of the update traffic came from edge CDN infrastructure or direct peering with CDN distribution infrastructure (mainly Akamai). iTunes traffic volumes remained elevated through late Thursday night (EST).
In many Internet backbones, the IOS6 release traffic spike handily outpaced the surges seen during previous IOS updates. Mostly, the millions of downloads appear to have gone without incident. But in a few networks, the IOS traffic flood overwhelmed backbone circuits leading to brief outages and periods of degraded Internet performance.
I didn't have enough time to add in all of the bells in whistles, but here is a full screen shot of the project.
Here is a detailed screenshot of the left hand side of the interface. I took a lot of inspiration from Apple's iOS mail desktop widget and combined it with Android's Gingerbread flat graphic theme. One thing I learned from thing project was that
Google's new san serif font Roboto is beautiful and comparative to Helvetica.
I know, I know, I surprised myself too. Honestly, if you haven't worked with it, I suggest you try it out. I put the free download link right below.
Google's Roboto Font: http://developer.android.com/design/style/typography.html
Google's Color Swatch: http://developer.android.com/design/style/color.html
Catull Font for Google Logo: http://fontzone.net/font-details/Catull+Regular/