Flat And Thin Are In

In the last several years, we’ve seen a rapid shift in software and app interface design, from 3-D and skeuomorphic to flat and minimal. Although this trend has become nearly ubiquitous, let’s take a moment to consider how we got here and what influence it’s having on interface design as a whole. Additionally, I’ll share some tips and considerations on designing flat interfaces.

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Are You Failing at Social Media?

You may be on social media and still see no benefits for your web design business. How could this be true, you might wonder.

To answer the question, let me share a childhood memory from my school days. Many of my teachers started each class period by taking roll, calling out the names of the students who were registered for the class. If you were there, you simply answered “present” or raised your hand when your name was called. Of course, nobody answered for the students who were absent that day.

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Amazon tests in-app purchases, enters app store battle with Google & Apple

Online retail giant Amazon is testing a new mobile app store service that lets users make purchases within the app itself, according to a report from BusinessWeek.

An Amazon-branded app store would compete directly with both Apple’s iOS App Store and the Google Play store (formerly the Android Market). Amazon’s platform appears to allow both in-app purchases/upgrades as well as subscriptions, according to co-founder of fitness company Skimble, Maria Ly, who has been a part of Amazon’s pilot program for about a month.

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5 reasons mobile fragmentation is actually good for app developers

Conventional wisdom says that massive diversification in the smartphone industry is a disaster for developers. How can even large development houses support three massively different mobile platforms: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone? With limited development budgets and even more limited marketing dollars, it seems impossible. More than that, even undesirable.

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