An Unhealthy Lust for Design

Celebrating 2000 subscribers!

How delighted I was to launch Ego app and find that Beautiful Pixels has crossed 2000 feed readers. We know it’s not the ultimate way to gauge readership, but we’re thrilled anyway. Thanks a bunch for subscribing to our feed; we’ve got some great stuff planned. Don’t forget to follow @beautifulpixels on twitter as well, we post a lot of links there that don’t make it to the blog. But a small contest in celebration. A $20 iTunes gift code....

Today Todo: Cute graphics can make a good UI too

When I first saw the screenshots of Today Todo, I wasn’t the least bit interested. I thought it was another wannabe app, trying to cash in by offering changeable backgrounds and colour labels. But I should thank Stephan for insisting I try it out. Today doesn’t have the most intuitive of user interfaces. But it comes preloaded with a tutorial in the form of a task list, so getting to know the app is just a matter of minutes. Once...

Img.ly: The Twitter Image Host for Aesthetic Beings

Twitter image hosting is an essential workflow in today’s twitter-y age. An easy to use image host, that not only uploaded an image, but also allowed you to directly send out the short link as a tweet is compelling for any user. Of course, clients integrated APIs allowing users to drag and drop images right from the desktop. Twitpic probably started it all. Yfrog joined in. Posterous. There’s dozens of them. But only one among them is truly made for us...

Some of the Icons by Na Wong

Artist Profile: Na Wong

A few days ago, we took you on a tour through the secret designer community of idzr and even though the site remains out of bounds for many of you, the screenshots managed to colour you impressed. Not wanting to stop at that, we bring you the Artist Profile of Na Wong, the brilliance behind idzr. Na is a 28-year-old from Hong Kong, who, surprisingly enough, hasn’t had any formal training in design. His journey begins back in 2000, when...

Divvyshot — something fresh for your pictures

The only reason I heard about Divvyshot was because of the MacBook Air bribe controversy over at TechCrunch. Turns out, at least one good thing came out of that story. Divvyshot is a social photo client, that tries to capture what people want to do with photographs. With everyone owning digital cameras nowadays, be it a dSLR, point-and-shoot, or even a high resolution cam on a cellphone, pictures of a single event get scattered across many individuals’ albums and libraries....

Ambilight for video tag—prepare to cry.

[tweetmeme]If Sublime Video resulted in a mess in your pants, make sure you take em off before you see for this one. Ambilight for video tag. At first it looks like an average video player, the kind that loads standard HTML5 video. As the video plays, you very quickly notice what’s happening at the edges. The plugin automatically grabs the average colour in each area, and spreads it across the bounds of the video. This is not a new concept,...