It’s February and what better way to kick start the month than with a web news round-up? The best thing about working in the web design and web development industry is that ideas are always changing, software is always updating and things, in general, are just getting better and better. But what has happened so far this month? Well, some Photoshop secrets were leaked, Uber went through a re-brand and some web awards were given out. That’s a whole lot of stuff to happen in one week, right? But don’t panic we’ve condensed these stories down into friendly byte-sized pieces.
1. Inside Photoshop.
Ever wanted to know what goes into the web designer’s favourite tool, Photoshop? Well now you can because the web designer depot interviewed Adobe’s Stephen Neilson, senior product manager for Photoshop. The interviewer does a good job of trying to get Stephen to spill the beans on the latest updates, planned upgrades and the general overall future of Photoshop. Although reluctant to let any information about the juicy stuff be spilt, Stephen does tease us with hints at new personal user interfaces. What are your hopes for the future of Photoshop? And what updates would you like to see in the near future? Tweet us and let us know!
2. Uber’s Rebrand.
We all know about the start-up that came out of nowhere and shot up the app charts; Uber. But now the app giant is changing up their much-loved brand to something a bit more colourful, modern and illustrative. First of all the new app icon is completely different; instead of the black and white Uber icon, users will now see a colourful geometric shape. Additionally, colours and patterns will differ from country to country. As designers and developers, it is interesting to see how a global brand like Uber changes its look to keep up with the times. If you want to explore the design changes yourself, open up your app or check out the feature on it over at Wired. As for whether the new design will work, resonate with its current users and attract new ones, only time will tell.
3. Awwwards Amsterdam Winners.
Last weekend world renowned company Awwwards hosted a conference in Amsterdam where web professionals came together to share ideas, network and be recognised for their hard work. The awards given out on the final night were for accomplishments in web from 2015. So who won? Well, site of the year went to Because Recollection designed by 84.Paris; agency of the year went to Watsondg; independent designer of the year to Benjamin Guedj; developer site of the year to Beagle Better Proposals developed by SpringSummer; eCommerce site of the year to Nixon designed by Basic; experimental design of the year to In Pieces designed by Bryan James; finally user’s choice of the year went to Weber BBQ Cultures designed by MediaMonks and UncleGrey. More shenanigans went down at the conference and you can read about all of them on the Awwwards blog.
4. Parallax Scrolling With A Twist.
We are all familiar with web design trends and parallax scrolling is a big one. But what if parallax got an upgrade? That’s right this latest trend is breathing new life into the animated scrolling has-been. It doesn’t have a name yet but Designmodo have taken to calling it parallax with a twist. The trend, like parallax, is identified by a seamless animation which is created whilst users scroll. However the main differences that set the twist apart from its predecessor are the lack of “screens” (scrolling instead creates background colours to change and objects to dip in and out), the movement is a lot more fluid and you cannot see the layers interacting with one another. Could this be the next big trend? Tweet us and let us know what you think.
5. The UX Timeline.
It may not be throwback Thursday but this next story really took us back in time. Ever reminisce about websites that once were? Well, now you can live them again thanks to the UX timeline. The UX timeline has a timeline for each of your favourite websites dating all the way back to when they first went live. Each change in the design of the homepage has been recorded with the year and a superb visual. This is a great way to see just how far web development and web design has come in the past 15 years.
And that’s all for the first week of February! We hope we kick started your month with the best web design and development stories!
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