An Unhealthy Lust for Design

Attic – Rediscover your albums

Ah. Something new. Something beautiful. Attic, a brilliant music player, attempts to help you rediscover those albums that are collecting dust. Launch the app, and it automatically loads up all those albums with low play-counts or haven’t been played for a long time, and gives you a shelf of 15 albums to listen to. David Ross, Tapku Software (in association with Taptivate) have done a fantastic job with the user interface. You physically drag the LP into the player, from...

8 Sans Serifs you must have in your Font Collection

I’ve done some font collecting over the years. But I’m boring when it comes to typography, mostly relying on the talents of Myriad Pro and Garamond as my base serifs and sans-serifs. But there have been a few more that have caught my eye, and this time it’s about sans-serifs. They’re great for headlines and subheads, and make posters and other artwork really pop. Here’s a look at 8 free sans serif fonts that you must have in your font...

idzr: A look inside the secret designer community

[Last Updated: 28 November, 2011] Since the early days of using Twitter, I’ve had a fascination for the insides of idzr, a closed designer community. I saw links by elite designers on twitter, but visiting the site was always faced with disappointment that I couldn’t get my own idzr account (or a dznr, or h4xr, or one of the other few such secret communities in existence). Recently, idzr got a beautiful facelift, or so said a few elite twitterers part...

Sketchpad: Gorgeous HTML5 painting app

[tweetmeme]Day by day, the need for Flash as a browser technology weakens. Enterprising developers have been creating some stunning user interfaces on the web, using just HTML5 and other open technologies as the engine. Sketchpad by Mugtug is a Pixelmator-like application that has desktop like tools, colour selection, patterns, swatches, all built using HTML5 and CSS. The performance is pretty good on my iMac, spiking to 60% while working, but idling when not. The UI doesn’t seem to have been...

Artist Profile: iKon, maker of iPhone themes

One of the prime reasons to jailbreak an iPhone is to get access to its selection of gorgeous themes. Artists from the hacker community have put in a lot of effort in designing some really masteful pieces of art. These are relatively unknown designers, creating some really remarkable user interfaces expecting nothing in return. To find out what exactly goes on behind the scenes, I asked Kon, the designer of my favourite iPhone theme “illumine”, a few questions on theme...

Rucksack: Unarchiving the pretty way

Seems like developers have tasked themselves with creating new and interesting user interfaces for boring tasks. Unarchiving zips and rars is one common task for any computer user, and the built in app can only take you so far. Rucksack is a simple and efficient unarchiver and compressor, built to replace its predecessor—iArchiver. It’s still in beta, but the user interface is definitely one something for the eye to appreciate. Right from the welcoming drop screen, to the rotating sunburst...