design

Skysphere is a DIY Android-controlled dream space

We’ve seen man caves, bachelor pads, and now, even “she sheds”. But for introverts who love a small but highly functional and comfortable place, this new “invention” by Kiwi plastic engineer and graphic designer Jono Williams may just be a dream come true. Called the Skysphere, the floating room is not just pretty and innovative, but it is also very eco-friendly and digital, as it is solar-powered and can be controlled through an Android smartphone or tablet.

Pixate joins Google’s design team, more app ideas to come to life

Three-year old startup Pixate has recently joined the design team of Google. This means designing prototypes and tools not only for Android but also iOS is now easier. This includes Form 1.3 so any designer can make more fluid and sophisticated mobile prototypes for most mobile platforms. Pixate's joining Google will benefit most designers and developers who rely on this visual platform to make prototypes of apps.

New Android Wear watch faces now available on Google Play

Google's Android Wear team has just announced a bunch of new Android Wear watchfaces. It took some time for the Android Wear developers to announce this new series since the last batch was released last December. Sure, there may be other watch faces available but these new ones are from the Android team, designed exclusively by 17 popular brands in retail and fashion today.

HTC One M9 Ink limited edition handset now available for pre-order

At the end of April, we told you about this new limited edition smartphone that HTC is coming up for their new flagship, the One M9, which is part of their bespoke collection. This time it was a collaboration between British artist tattooist Cally Jo Pothecary and supermodel Jourdan Dunn for an etching into the back of their brand new smartphone. Now, HTC has announced they are officially opening pre-orders, or rather, pre pre-orders for the special device.

Google signature font Roboto now an open source

Last week, Google introduced the new Literata typeface for Play Books. Companies like Google make sure that even the fonts used in their products and services are consistent as part of branding and marketing. The tech giant has been using Roboto family of fonts for many years but it's only now that Google is making it open source. The signature font was created by designer Christian Robertson and looks like it will soon have more versions now that it's an open source project.

Google intros new Literata typeface for Play Books

If you're a regular reader on Google Play Books, you'd be happy to know that there is a new font you could use. The new font called Literata is said to be ideal for longer reads on all devices so whether you're reading on your smartphone or tablet, your eyes won't get tired because the new book typeface was custom-made just for Google.

HTC to Ink up its One M9 in bespoke special edition

The HTC One M9 may already be getting good reviews and if you like a little art in your devices, you might give this one a go as well. The OEM is teaming up with a supermodel and a tattoo artist to be part of the bespoke collection. Calling it HTC Ink, they will be etching onto the back of their new flagship the design that their collaborators have come up with. This is just the first in a series of limited edition smartphones that they will be releasing as part of the collection.

Design your own games with this “pay what you want” course set [DEALS]

You may have gotten some programming chops from our previous Android app development courses, but that's only half the tools you'll need when making a game. The other half, game design, requires a different kind of mindset, a different set of tools. Luckily, we now also have a few courses just for that very purpose, and you get to pay what you want for these four courses from our Game Design Bundle.

Android Wear faces gets official API and Play Store corner

This is probably that day that many smartwatch users and designers have been waiting for. After asking developers and designers to hold off from flooding the market with watch faces, Google has finally opened the floodgates for Android Wear watch faces. Today's update not only brings official support to your smartwatch, it provides watch face makers the proper API to use to create their masterpiece. Watch faces even get their own corner in Google Play Store!

Material Design checklist helps developers get ready

Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming and developers better be ready. Actually, many have already updated their apps, even in their current pre-Lollipop incarnations, to that new Material Design look. But to make sure that developers have dotted their i's and crossed their t's, Google has given out a checklist for developers and designers to skim over, in case they don't have the time to pour through the actual design guidelines and previously released documents.
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