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Designing Apple TV apps

If you’ve bought a TV in the last few years, it probably runs apps as well. Mine does. I don’t use them, because they’re terrible. But, when Apple says apps are the future of television, I believe them. The new Apple TV runs a different breed of apps — we’re likely to see apps that are on-par or exceed the best iOS has to offer.

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Apple's Jony Ive rails against today's design education landscape

Speaking at London's Design Museum last night, Apple's Jony Ive called the current design education landscape "tragic." The talk came about as Ive spoke about how Apple's efforts to hire young designers often fail because schools aren't teaching them how to make products — instead preferring to spend instructional time on studying the design of three-dimensional objects, rather than creating them.

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Former Android exec praises iPhone 6 design

At the WSJD Live conference, former Android exec Hugo Barra took to the stage to praise the design of Apple's iPhone 6, even going as far as saying that it's the most beautiful smartphone ever built. Barra, now an executive at Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi, also took the time to defend his company against criticism that Xiaomi may have copied others' designs in its own hardware.

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App design walks the line between art and fashion, not unlike pop music

One year rich, skeuomorphic textures are all the rage, the next, flat designs and naked buttons. So are apps art or are they fashion? Are the made to stand the test of time to keep time with the latest trends? Or, like pop music, could they be both? My friend and frequent collaborator, Dave Wiskus has begun a new video series examining design and what it means in our daily lives.

The first episode, Rock Stars, is above and if you like it, you can subscribe to the rest via Better Elevation and check out his Patreon options.

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Apple releases iOS Human Interface Guidelines as a free book on the iBookstore

Apple has put its iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) on the iBookstore as a free book. The book, which you can read in iBooks on an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 and iOS 4.3.3 or higher, as well as any Mac running Mavericks, contains 228 pages, and provides guidelines for everything from app layout and color to working with trademarks. Short videos and animations demonstrate different aspects of app design, such as the effects of a button press or pinch-to-zoom.

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Jony Ive to completely lead software design group as VP Greg Christie prepares to leave Apple

Word has it that Apple’s design team is getting a shake-up under Jony Ive which will result in iPhone interface creator Greg Christie leaving the company. Ive apparently has taken control of everything related to software, and will be placing employees working on them alongside his industrial designers.

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Apple posts design guides and resources to help developers make better apps

Apple has added a new Design Guides and Resources section to their developer center. It includes videos and documentation on user interface design for apps and games, overviews of what's new in iOS 7, best practices, a look at how iPhoto was designed, Apple's famed Human Interface Guidelines (HIG), design dos and don'ts, the UIKit catalog, and the iOS 7 transition guide.

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Apple 2013 Tech Talk videos, presentations now available to developers

Apple has posted their 2013 Tech Talk videos and presentations to their developer center. The talks, given by members of Apple's technology evangelist team, took place across North America, Asia, and Europe, and covered both apps and games, design and development. Here's a sampling of the description from the Interface Design talk, from Apple's Developer Portal:

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Lessons from Jony Ive: Caring, humanity, and more

I recently had drinks with a friend and the topic of Jony Ive's appearance with Marc Newson, on Charlie Rose came up. Even before he began mentioning his favorite moment, I knew instantly what it would be - care. Jony Ive, senior vice-president of design at Apple, doesn't give many interviews, yet he's the person responsible for so much of our modern technological culture. There were others who worked with him of course, no less than Steve Jobs and the Apple Industrial Design department to name but a few, but it would be almost impossible to overstate the influence Ive has had on the objects so many of us interact with every day. And he cares about those objects on a very human level.

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Reproducing the iOS 7 Home screen... using Microsoft Word

Gotta hand it to Vaclav Krejci, by sheer force of will and commitment to concept, he bent one of the most unwieldy apps in the history of computing into a pretty good static duplicate of iOS 7's Home screen.

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