To the Point: An Interview with Sergey Kandakov

What You’ll Be Creating It takes a lot of hard work to apply technique and skill in such a way that can have mass appeal while still remaining true to an artist’s personal sensibilities. Sergey Kandakov, our interviewee, keeps his work fresh and on point, while maintaining his own voice within his designs. It’s time to take a stroll behind the scenes with one of our own authors here at Tuts+. Thanks so much for the interview. Let’s start at the beginning: What got you into illustration and design? Thank you for interviewing me. Well, it’s my natural need to create something. I need to express myself. And design is a great and open way to get good income and to have fun. That’s what I’m doing actually: I’m having fun. When I’m creating some illustrations I’m enjoying [what I’m doing]. I think it’s most important and amazing part of the life: to enjoy your job. Sergey and his wife.  Who or what are your main sources of inspiration? Well, I’m getting my inspiration from everyday life. Some ideas comes unexpectedly or from current work. You know, creating something and suddenly: “Oh, it’ll be cool to create also this and that by the way!” And drop into the notes. Or watching new movie, or reading new book and: “Wow, nice idea! Maybe I have to create something about this!” Personal example is inspiring to me too. I was very impressed by the works of my friend Dmitry Fet in the start of my work. My first artworks were very similar to his vectors. Did you study art or are...

Motion UI Design Principles

This blog is a quick look at some simple Ui motion design principles.  There isn’t too much documented about this area of mobile ui design and I thought there would be some value in expressing my views.   From what is documented already I urge anyone interested in ui motion to check out Pasquale D’Silva http://psql.me/ and Johannes Tonollo’s meaningful transitions http://www.ui-transitions.com/#home.   Also make sure you bookmark http://littlebigdetails.com and http://capptivate.co.  (A special thank you to Capptivate.co who allowed me to use their captures below). These basic principles I’ve outlined focus more on the what and why, rather than the how to of motion / animation.  With the increasing emphasis on motion (largely thanks to the more paired back design of iOS 7) its important that it is implemented with the same integrity and purpose as all the other aspects of Ui design.  With the exclusion of skeuomorphic design there is now a freedom for content to behave in an unrestricted manner.  Gone are the awkward and sometimes absurd transitions that appeared to break all laws of their pre-defined physical environment.  Now the space has opened for there to be a much richer identity and defined language or landscape to mobile Ui and motion is very much an integral part of that.   Personality. The most obvious principle is that any motion or animation should be of the highest standard possible.  Apps should look at going beyond “out of the box” motion solutions and making something bespoke and truly engaging.  Within the app the motion should convey a distinct character, whilst keeping a clear consistency throughout. Behaving in an expected manner will help maintain a stable relationship with...

Spotify Sends Out Its Biggest Update Yet For iOS, Mac And The Web

Spotify, the music-streaming giant, has announced that it’s updating its iOS, Mac, and Web apps in order to provide users with a more unified experience across all three platforms. It’s the biggest update Spotify has ever published, and it draws more than a dose of inspiration from competitors like Rdio. You can download the updated Spotify Music app now on the App Store, and to emphasize the significance of the change, the version number listed has been reset to 1.0.0. Over in a recent blog post, the folks at Spotify explain that the app has been “painted black” with “a new darker theme, refreshed typography, and rounded iconography.” Take a look: If you can’t see the above video, please click this link. More significant, though, is the app’s new Rdio-inspired “Your Music” feature, which provides users with a collection of content which is shared between iOS, OS X, and the Web: We’re not only improving our looks though. We know how much you love playlists, but that you’ve been looking for more ways of managing your music. So today we’re introducing Your Music: helping you save, organise and browse your favourite music the way you want to. All in one place, and across all platforms. Spotify’s “Browse” has also been enhanced to offer users more relevant and localized content, and the app has received a boot-boost too, meaning it should load up much faster than before. In its blog post, Spotify explains: Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a...

The 100 Greatest Free Fonts For 2014

Calendas Plus Caledas Plus has been completely revised and redrawn over its predecessor Calendas; including optical adjustments and new accents. Download Font   Bitter Ht Great Serif Typeface by huertatipografica.com. Download Font   Fritz Free for both personal and commercial use. Created byww.fontark.net Download Font   Akura Popo Akura Popo is a vintage, classic, condensed serif font with a bold, strong and tough looking style. Download Font   Cinzel Cinzel is a typeface inspired by first century Roman inscriptions, and based on classical proportions. Download Font   Hapna Mono Hapna is a contemporary monospaced serif font with geometric and rational characteristics. Download Font   Marta free font An eclectic, accidental-text font with wedge serifs. 3 inscriptions: normal, bold and italic vertical. Download Font   Modum A contemporary serif font influenced by traditional serif forms to develop a precise, highly functional text face with a low contrast. Download Font   Margot Margot is a typefamily designed and optimized for large sizes designed by Adriá Gómez. Download Font   Medio Serif typeface. Download Font   Hagin Serif Hagin is a new, free serif font from Fontfabric constructed with strong geometric forms in an “old school” style.Download Font   Ainslie Ainslie, with its mix of influences from Oz, makes its mark as the first semi-serif from insigne Design. Download Font   Korneuburg Slab A Slab Serif typeface with character and great legibility.Download Font   Aleo Free Font Aleo Free Font is a contemporary typeface designed as the slab serif companion to the Lato font by Lukasz Dziedzic.Download Font   Flagship Slab Rounded Flagship is a Slab Serif Rounded typeface. It is available in two styles, Regular and Bold. Download Font   Klinic Slab A...

The end of the GIF is nigh: Meet the GFY

 The ubiquitous GIF, a 27-year-old image format that has grown into an Internet artform, is becoming obsolete. For proof, one only has to look at the impressive new file format taking over the big pornography forums on enormously popular websites like Reddit. The new technology loads faster than GIFs and looks better. What’s not to love? Meet GFY, the “video moment” technology that bridges the gap between the old-school GIF and new-school video.  It’s pronounced “jiffy,” as in, “a jiffier GIF,” and is short for “GIF Format Yoker.” You’ll likely be seeing a lot more of it in 2014. … For the last three years, communities of millions on Reddit and Tumblr have perfected the porno highlight-reel. Subreddits like r/nsfw_gif (link NSFW) attract hundreds of thousands of subscribers, not to mention the silent majority who patronize the website without officially subscribing. The GIF makes absolute sense for porn: The best moments are on repeat forever and ever, or at least until the browser window is closed. Consumers don’t have the time nor the energy for, sigh, a five-minute porn video. A GIF is all killer, no filler, and quick enough that your pizza won’t get cold. Of course, more than just porn aficionados have loved the GIF through the years. Over the last decade, the GIF has moved beyond its humble origins of simple animations to become “an evolution of photography,” as Kevin Burg, co-creator of the Cinemagraph, once put it. Occupying a space between video and photo, the GIF has carved itself a niche that touches television, movies, art, sports, esports, memes, and more. Journalists use GIFs to cover everything from the Olympics to natural phenomena. Fashion photographers GIF to capture beautiful moments...