An Unhealthy Lust for Design

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

I’ve always found creating CSS gradients difficult. I’d back and forth between Photoshop and Espresso, entering RGB numbers and approximating where I need to drop colour stops. Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator by Alex Sirota is the first CSS3 gradient generator that actually brings Photoshop’s gradient creating user interface to the web. My two concerns is that it doesn’t support colour opacity and by itself it’s no great pixels (which is why it didn’t get a leading image). A recommended bookmark...

Instagram: Fast, beautiful, photo sharing on your iPhone

The internet has so many image sharing platforms, but none of them so far have consolidated their activities into one workflow. I reviewed Meedeor a while ago, and continue to use it, but it doesn’t cover all its bases. Instagram is a brand new image sharing service and app, that aims to consolidate the shooting, processing, and sharing of images across services. Not just that, it aims to build a social network for all your shares, including a section for...

PolarClock:screensaver

I was just going through my installed screensavers — remember screensavers?! — after getting tired of the iTunes album art screeny, when I noticed PolarClock. I vaguely remember this one, which is surprising, considering how awesome it is. It’s a little old, and crashy, but works. I don’t suppose it’s the best way to tell time, but it’s intriguing every time you look at it. Get it.

PicsEngine 4: Create and Share Beautiful Image Galleries

I wasn’t very familiar with the earlier versions of PicsEngine. It was a Flash based self-hosted web application that allowed you to create and share image galleries on the web, but I could be wrong. PicsEngine 4 is almost like an independent version of MobileMe’s Gallery feature. Built outside of the famous crashy plugin that version 3 was based on, PicsEngine is beautiful in code as much as it is in pixels. The gallery management user interface is so polished...

2Do, now pretty on the iPad

For lovers of heavily designed skeumorphic user interfaces, Guided Ways’ 2Do has just been turned into a universal application with a slick iPad user interface. 2Do is a very feature rich task management system, which ties into Toodledoo for cloud syncing between your iOS devices and the web. Realistic leathery textures, coupled with drag and drop interaction with tasks, and sliding panels which look like tanned paper. An interesting UI choice is they’ve raised the ‘book’, and instead of a...

iChat One: A single-windowed user interface mockup by Bjango

Marc Edwards at Bjango takes a look at the current state of iChat, and redesigns the user interface around a single windowed concept. It’s all laid out in a thoughtful post, that’s best read on Bjango’s beautiful site. Go ahead and read it, you can leave this window open in a tab. Come back when you’re done though. Welcome back. Brilliant, isn’t it? I do have some issues with the concept, though. IM for me, and probably everyone else, is...