Project 17 Prompt: State Your Case

Good morning everyone! We hope you’ve enjoyed our latest submissions for the Material Design project. The next challenge will be to create an ode to the state of your choosing. That’s it. That’s the only stipulation. It can be your home state, one you’ve visited, or even one you hope to explore.

You can check out the submissions throughout the day of Sunday, October 12. Until then, stay classy and be sure to brush up on your state trivia!

Wayback

Big data is always a hot button topic for people. While it can do some great things in the right hands (see Nate Silver), the big issue that’s been happening with a lot of us is that the things that we post online usually end up in the hands of people who want to use it for something other than it’s intended purpose.

Being a millenial, this is a hard one for me. I grew up right as the internet became something socially acceptable, and as such, probably have every internet account out there. Be it a Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter, I’ve signed up for them and actively post and view them each day. 

It’s weird to think that a lot of you guys are able to publicly view all of my stuff right now. I still remember ten years ago when people were scared to use their credit card information because some hacker was going to steal it. But now a lot of my life is out there for the world to see, and a lot of us seem to be more comfortable doing this, at least for people my age.

One app which has always interested me was Timehop. It’s an amazing app which, when linked to your social media accounts, show you on that day what you posted years ago. It’s awesome to be able to relive moments and it’s a reminder that growing up in a digital age, I look more towards a computer and someone’s servers to look at old memories, instead of scrapbooks and old photographs.

That’s when I got to thinking. While it was nice to be able to have this personal experience, using technology that we have, what can we do to make this something that can go further than just a scrapbook?

For this challenge I decided to build off of this concept and decide to see how you can further this experience.

Wayback starts off the same way, you sign into whatever accounts you choose and you have a timeline of all of your events. You can see photos, places you’ve check-in, important life events.

But where Wayback goes a step further is that your friends and family members will be able to view and comment on your timeline. Doing this, I made an interface which welcomes people to come in and explore, something that I don’t believe Facebook has done well enough with it’s own Timeline feature.

From here, you can also have the option to see other people’s personal timelines (once they give you permission of course), and from there, you can actually go and combine your timelines to see what you two have in common. Pulling all of this data leads to some awesome new potential opportunities for not only friends, but acquaintances that you want to get to know better.

For example, if you connect with someone’s timeline and you found out that both of you went to go see The Black Keys at Metro three years ago. At the time both of you weren’t friends, but it’s neat to see that you guys now have more in common that you realized.

When it comes towards your memories, of course there are plenty of stuff on social media that we’d like to forget, which is why for anyone that’s listed on here you have full control over what you want seen and not seen. Feel free to delete all those freshman pictures of you getting drunk at a house party!

I’m sure that for some people, they might not see the point of this application. Some people think it might be too invasive and that they want to keep some of this stuff personal. To that, I say that I respect your wishes 100% and did not decide to make this spec app because I want some creepy ex-boyfriend to start creeping on your profile or have some advertiser comb through your data to find out all your likes and interests. As I said at the beginning, Big Data has it’s positives and it’s negatives, but for me, I see it as a wasted opportunity to not try to use this information for some good use to us internet addicted users.

~ Mark 

Project 16: Material Design - This American Life

Most people who know me also know that I have a thing for NPR, especially This American Life. It’s my love for Ira Glass that motivated me to take a stab at applying Google’s Material Design language to their content. From using the app on iOS and Android, I knew that I wanted to work on making the experience more functional. I found the Material Design mindset to be very functional and utilitarian all around but what gives it some warmth are the animations and transitions. I plan on further experimenting with this app in order to flesh out the kinks my design could produce. I am especially eager to hash out the in-app player and how it will behave.

Jake

Project 16: Material Design - Snapchat

For this project, we were prompted to redesign a favorite app or website utilizing Google’s Material Design language as the visual guide. Erik and I decided to tag-team this project and do double duty on reimagining Snapchat, more or less dividing the task between design and animation, respectively, after outlining the basic design and flow together.

Snapchat is known for a flow of very intimate user interactions - the pressing and holding of the thumb. Our reimagined and redesigned user-interface was created to accentuate and celebrate this feature. The interface navigation relies on the user to press on the screen and hold to reveal additional actions. Not only does this interaction help Snapchat to ‘own’ that functionality that much more - but it also guides the user through the process of creating and sharing content. This is all accomplished while keeping in mind that the user interaction needs to remain straightforward and intuitive. Additionally, some minor adjustments, such as adding a grouping feature on the ‘send to…’ screen, help to streamline the content creation process allowing for images and video to truly be sent and opened in a snap.

Hope you like the redesign!

- Nathan & Erik

Project 16: Material Design

For this project, I chose to redesign the RunKeeper app. I use this for the iPhone 5 when I run and while it is my favorite GPS app I have used for running, there are a few things that bother me about it so I took this opportunity to make my dream changes.

First of all, I simplified it down to less screens. In a perfect world, I would no longer have to go through three screens to finish a work out. Usually I forget to go through and I end up “running” for like…90 hours or something.

I also moved the “coaching” setting to the home and in process screens since that is something about the app that I want immediate access to during a work out.
Also front and center is the choice to link your RunKeeper with a playlist from your phone or your Spotify. There are a lot of great sites out there that create playlists to fit your work out. For instance, my favorite playlist is 4 miles in 40 minutes by Popsugar.
Lastly, I changed the pause screen so it is apparent that you are, in fact, paused. You also get all your crucial info in one stop! Ideally, this would be customizable so if you would rather see your incline gain instead of splits or your heart rate instead of time, that is up to you! Hope you like it! Happy running!

Shout out to Amy for helping me out with this one :)

-Jenn
HTC One mock-up from http://www.bestpsdfreebies.com

Project 16 Prompt: Material Design

As some of you may know, the next generation of Android apps are getting a major UI upgrade (think the iOS7 design transition). With that being on the horizon for mobile, tablet, and eventually the next generation of web design, our next challenge is to do a digital redesign. It needs to be either your favorite app or website or a unique digital creation utilizing Google’s Material Design language as the guide!

For those unfamiliar, check out the details at https://www.google.com/design/. Projects will be submitted throughout the day on Sunday, September 21st. 

Project 15: Earth

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay in my posting, I’m finalizing the move to San Francisco and am now in LA in a coffee shop making sure to post this before it’s late!

So, after spending a couple days at a friend’s wedding in Colorado I lost myself in nature and was in awe of how wonderful natural landscapes could be. Living and working in cities for most of my life made me take these things for granted, which is why my stamps are based on natural landforms. 

These amazing shots were actually taken from the International Space Station, specifically by the Crew Earth Observations. Check out their Flickr page, there’s some rad stuff there. Also, big thanks to Petr Kovar for the wood texture I used for these comps!

~Mark

Project 15: Stamps - DC Comic Homeworlds

When I think of the artwork on stamps and in stamp collections, I think of stamps full of beautiful scenery. That may be a mix up between stamps and post cards but I put stamps on postcards so any additional though was deemed irrelevant. Having recently finished binging on the Green Lantern animated series, I knew I had to take a stab at my version of Oa and by association, other DC Comic homeworlds. Let me take some time to explain each one and yes, I did a bit of research to help validate certain things.

Oa
With it being the homeworld of the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians, it is always portrayed and will continue to be as green, green and more green. I learned that in some arcs, Oa was mentioned as to be a desert like planet with the Guardian’s city rising out of it. The reason for having such a stark black contrasting the green is to nod to the Green Lantern oath…darkest night yadda yadda yadda.

Krypton
Krypton is said to have been one of the most technologically advanced worlds so I used the buildings and their adornments to appear futuristic/spacey. Pulling from the mountainous terrain seen in Man of Steel, I added a mountain range and then the piece of controversy is the green kryptonite littered throughout the landscape. Additional research touched on how kryptonite is the substance at the planet’s core so I thought it could be interesting to see it present on the surface, especially concentrated where erosion could’ve uncovered more. I took into consideration that kryptonite is harmful to Kryptonians but found out that in more recent stories, the material is not lethal to them but merely strips them of their powers.

Thanagar
I imagined the Thanagarian soldiers living in and being surrounded by rocks that are reminiscent of Avatar’s “Hallelujah Mountains” (James Cameron’s). They would have great halls and watchtowers high off the ground to give them the greatest military advantage.

Gotham
Using my knowledge of the Dark Knight trilogy and what Bruce Wayne’s dad said, I chose to showcase Wayne Tower and all of it’s grandeur dead center in the middle of the city.

I got better at illustrating as I went along so see if you can figure out the order in which these were made!

Jake

Project 15: Stamps, Lacoste, FR

I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic lately for Lacoste and France in general. It’s been 3 years since I had the best summer of my life there and although the stamps are pretty generalized, it was fun looking through old photos for inspiration and thinking of all the memories I created there. It also didn’t hurt that I was drinking rosé all the while designing. 

Hope you all have enjoyed your summer!

-Fran 

Project 15: Stamps - NES Edition

For this project, I wanted to create a set of stamps that had some personal relevance as well as create a layout that used each stamp as a puzzle piece of a larger composition. To achieve this, I chose to illustrate one of the most iconic pieces of video game hardware ever produced: the classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller.

Moving forward, I think it’d be interesting to create a set of stamps for each of the milestone console controllers, from Atari all the way through to current gen hardware. 

I hope y’all like them!

-Nathan

Project 15: Stamps
For this project, I chose to make my stamps robot themed since I like robots. I wanted them to be kind of old and vintage-y looking so I hand painted the illustrations with an ink transfer on top and gave them a older off color feel on the mock up. I think its interesting to show the robots, which are so shiny and mechanical (obviously, since they are robots) in a handmade, rough setting. I am trying to get off the computer more so I figured this was a good place to start! 
-Jenn

Project 15: Stamps

For this project, I chose to make my stamps robot themed since I like robots. I wanted them to be kind of old and vintage-y looking so I hand painted the illustrations with an ink transfer on top and gave them a older off color feel on the mock up. I think its interesting to show the robots, which are so shiny and mechanical (obviously, since they are robots) in a handmade, rough setting. I am trying to get off the computer more so I figured this was a good place to start! 

-Jenn

Project 15: Limited Edition Chicago Forever Stamps

For this project, I wanted to pay homage to the city that’s been so inspiring for me - Chicago! Each stamp refers to Chicago in some way or another. Visually, I wanted to contrast the relevant, single-weight line drawings that are popular today with the color schemes and textures that give the stamps a rich, retro personality. This was such a cool and interesting project. I hope y’all enjoy!

//Erik