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  1. Walkthroughs are an essential part of software delivery. While most designers will argue that good design doesn’t need a walkthrough, chances are, if you’re in the software tech space, you’ll encounter one sooner or later.

    At Wave, we try to limit the number of walkthroughs we present to our users and if we somehow *have* to hold their hand through a process, we try to keep it short and sweet. Last month, I worked on a walkthrough for one of our core products that is set to be released soon - keep an eye out for it!

    While I was designing mine, I really wished more people had documented walkthroughs. So here’s me doing my part!

    Nike Fuel is a universal currency of energy. The Nike Fuel band is a sleek sports-accelerometer-equipped band that tracks your everyday movement to give you a pulse on how much movement you’re getting in a day. You set your goal for the day and you strive to meet it. Up your goal to increase your motivation, connect with Facebook (of course) to compete against friends, and get trophies for completing goals! I’ve had the Nike Fuel band for a little over a year and I love it! It’s been great at keeping me motivated and has me going on midnight runs if I haven’t reached my goal for the day.

    The walkthrough itself starts at a great point in the process - I’m excited about this cool new gadget and I’m ready to go, but my fuel band is charging. So OK, I’ll click through your slides to see what I can do with this thing. Each slide starts with a question and proceeds to succinctly answer it, nice! And it all wraps up nicely with a call to action to download the free mobile app to sync on the go.

    If you’re on the market for a health band, go with this one. The FitBit sucks and is honestly a little ugly.

    Disclaimer: Nike has not paid me to write this. Promise.

     

  2. Tumblr’s new user onboarding workflow immerses users in its current interface and holds their hands through the first few steps of following blogs in order to craft the ideal user experience.

     

  3. The words “currently based in Toronto” when in reference to artists who create such beautiful stuff is like music to my ears.

    neil-gaiman:

    odditiesoflife:

    Clever Graphic Art Travel Posters

    These simplistic and fun graphic art travel posters, both real and imagined, are the work of a talented artist who goes by the moniker of Jazzberry Blue. He states “I am a self taught, travelling artist currently based in Toronto.” These are just a few of his collection titled “travel.” Other collections of his work include: originals, abstract, surreal, yoga, animals, stairways and landscapes. Even the gif that greats you on his homepage is awesome, complete with sound effects!

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    Beautiful, clever stuff.

     


  4. I’ve often thought about this concept, but never quite put it into words. Big props to Chris Dixon for doing it for me.

    cdixon:

    Let’s say you are planning to be in California on Monday and New York on Tuesday. You have a meeting in California on Monday at 1pm local time (Pacific) and a meeting in New York on Tuesday at 2pm local time (Eastern time). Do you think of the first meeting as happening at 1pm Pacific time and…

     

  5. When you hover over sample mobile screens on pttrns, a magnifying glass shows up to help you analyze each sample in detail.

     

  6. The audio player interface on the Tumblr dashboard is very well done. It’s sleek and compact without being too cluttered, *and* it features a minimalistic sound bar animation thing.

     

  7. Imagine playing Fruit Ninja by waving your finger in the air or playing a first person shooter game without the use of a controller. Leap Motion can give you all that for $79.99. You can manipulate images, zoom into maps, and play games with a flick of your wrist. It may seem like a little bit of a first-world-problem-targeting invention, but think of the possibilities! 

    This is going on my things-to-buy list.

     

  8. Better Touch Tool transforms your Mac’s trackpad into a magical wonderland that knows no limits. Maximize screen to right? No problem. Tile windows horizontally? BTT can make it happen. I powered up my Macbook today to find an update from the BTT creator, Andreas Hegenberg.

    It’s so great to see developers dedicated to their audience and their craft. Not only did Hegenberg (does his name remind anyone of Heisenberg from Breaking Bad? No? Just me then) introduce a new feedback system, he made sure to include a link to existing feedback to avoid duplicate issues and complaints.

    Win win win win winning.

     

  9. Adobe gave Kuler a makeover! And the results are rather pretty. For those of you not aware of Kuler, it’s a site that helps you create brand color swatches, pick colors for your site, or any other design project you might be up to. 

    The giant color wheel gives the site a playful look and puts the main objective front and center. The old site featured themes more prominently, and while helpful, didn’t accomplish the main point of the site.

    Oh, and the new site is also responsive-ish, which is a huge plus.

     

  10. Tumblr has its miscellaneous, usually-placed-in-the-footer menu items sticky on the side as you scroll down your dashboard so you don’t have to chase them due to the endless scrolling design. Kind of ingenius and something I wish more websites would make use of.