Instagram New Icon

The entire world is still tearing Instagram’s horrible new look apart

By on May 12, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

The entire world is still tearing Instagram’s horrible new look apart

Nobody likes change, and the tech community in particular seems to be especially averse to any sweeping or even minor changes made to software that they love.

So when Instagram yesterday released a completely redesigned iPhone app, alongside a brand new app icon, the blogosphere revolted in immediate disgust. While most people seem to have positive things to say about the actual app update, Instagram’s new app icon has generated no shortage of negative and, at times, hilarious feedback.

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Apple's Attention To Detail

5 examples of Apple’s insane attention to detail

By on May 4, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

5 examples of Apple’s insane attention to detail

In a story that’s been told a million times over, Steve Jobs, upon his return to Apple in 1997, completely turned the company upside down. He mercifully decimated Apple’s bloated product line and reinvigorated the company with a new sense of purpose. With Jobs at the helm, innovation and design excellence became a company-wide priority. In short order, Jobs’ admittedly obsessive attention to detail began to permeate through all aspects of Apple’s operations.

From the shape of the icons on the iPhone to the type of materials used in Apple retail stores, Jobs viewed every single detail, no matter how minute, as an important piece of a larger puzzle that warranted deep thought and consideration.

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Corporate Logo Evolution

From Apple to McDonald’s: What 15 famous company logos used to look like

By on March 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM.

From Apple to McDonald’s: What 15 famous company logos used to look like

While many corporate logos often fly under the radar, there are a select few which have become recognizable across all corners of the globe. From the swirling script of Coca Cola to the famed golden arches of McDonald’s, a well-designed logo is not only readily identifiable, but can also help establish brand trust and loyalty. In a best-case scenario, a corporate logo can even become synonymous with a high-quality product or service. The impact and importance of a well-designed and carefully constructed logo is not lost on astute CEOs, which is why Steve Jobs didn’t think twice about paying legendary designer Paul Rand $100,000 to design the NeXT logo.

Because a corporate logo can convey important aspects of a company’s brand while also representing the image they’d like to project to consumers, it’s no surprise that companies will, every so often, shake things up and completely replace an old logo with something new and fresh, even if the change is on the subtle side a’la Google’s 2015 logo transformation.

That being the case, if we take a look back in time, it’s interesting to see what the logos of some of today’s more iconic and popular companies looked like when they first got up and running.

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Uber App Icon Design

The reason why Uber’s new app icon is excruciatingly mediocre

By on February 6, 2016 at 2:30 PM.

The reason why Uber’s new app icon is excruciatingly mediocre

Even though Uber is only about 6 years old at this point, the company last week rolled out a redesign for its entire brand. In doing so, Uber completely changed its highly recognizable icon into something that looks like it belongs on the front face of a credit card.

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Worst Product Designs Of All Time

The worst product designs of all time

By on January 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM.

The worst product designs of all time

We’ve seen lots of poorly designed gadgets and products over the years, but how do we pick the worst of the worst? I stumbled across this old Quora thread recently that asked for some examples of truly poor design and came across some true stinkers that I thought were worth sharing. Let’s check them out, but be warned: Once you gaze at these horrible designs, you won’t be able to un-see them. More →

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Cisco Design Fail

Design fail flashback: This Cisco product may win the award for the worst design of all-time

By on October 11, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Design fail flashback: This Cisco product may win the award for the worst design of all-time

A group of expensive Cisco Network Switches released a few years ago set a new bar for boneheaded industrial design. Sure, it’s pretty frustrating to potentially damage your Galaxy Note 5 by inserting the stylus the wrong way, but it’s monumentally worse to accidentally and completely wipe an entire server by using the wrong type of Ethernet cable.

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Apple Design

Proof that Apple’s attention to detail puts rivals to shame

By on September 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM.

Proof that Apple’s attention to detail puts rivals to shame

When it comes to sweating the small stuff, no company is more on the ball than Apple. From the materials the company uses in its retail stores to the small and barely perceptible touches it adds to both its hardware and software, Apple leaves no detail to chance.

As a quick  and illustrative example, a few months back we highlighted how the flashlight icon in the iOS control panel has a switch that toggles between the on and off position depending on if the flashlight is in use or not.

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Google New Logo Opinions

What professional designers think of Google’s new logo

By on September 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

What professional designers think of Google’s new logo

Google last week, in case you missed it, introduced a brand new logo design. While not a monumental change, the new typeface offers up a subtle variation to the logo the search giant had been using for the last five years. The most prominent change is that Google’s new typeface completely does away with the serifs that helped define its logo for the past 16 years.

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Coffee Alarm Clock

An alarm clock that can brew your coffee: Crazy or crazy awesome?

By on September 2, 2015 at 5:40 PM.

An alarm clock that can brew your coffee: Crazy or crazy awesome?

Meet the alarm clock that will not only get you up in the morning, but will keep you up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The photo above essentially says it all: hit the snooze button in the morning, catch a few extra z’s, and wake up to a tasty and hot cup of coffee without even having to leave your bed.

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Campaign Furniture Apple

Former Apple engineer creates incredible new furniture design

By on September 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Former Apple engineer creates incredible new furniture design

When former Apple engineer Brad Sewell moved from California to Boston to attend Harvard Business School, he quickly became frustrated with the state of the furniture market.

“I had this taste in quality, Sewell told Entrepreneur, “but a budget that was like ‘graduated IKEA’. There wasn’t much between your disposable furniture and the really high-end stuff.”

So like many ambitious go-getters, Sewell dropped out of Harvard and created a company to address his furniture concerns. The result? An innovative new company called Campaign.

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1990s Websites

9 ancient and abandoned websites from the 1990s that are still up and running

By on July 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

9 ancient and abandoned websites from the 1990s that are still up and running

With yesterday’s news that Space Jam 2 may actually be on the horizon, it’s as good a time as any to point out that the original Space Jam website from 1996 is, believe it or not, still up and running on Warner Bros’ website.

And it’s not alone. If you scour the corners of the web, you’ll find traces of atrocious mid-90s web design lurking in all sorts of strange places. As it turns out, there are quite a few notable domains that have simply been abandoned and serve as virtual time capsules to a time gone by. Below are a few of the more prominent examples.

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Smartphone History

An incredible visual history of smartphone designs, 2007-present

By on July 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM.

An incredible visual history of smartphone designs, 2007-present

It’s an indisputable fact that the 2007 introduction of Apple’s iPhone helped spearhead a smartphone revolution. Whereas smartphones used to be expensive gadgets primarily designed for and used by business executives and tech enthusiasts, the iPhone was the first device to deliver advanced features that mainstream users could easily take advantage of and enjoy.

With a substantial technical head start, the iPhone was for some time the best smartphone on the market. But as time passed, companies like HTC and Samsung picked up their game considerably. And in the midst of this battle for smartphone supremacy,  Microsoft threw their hat into the ring while we were simultaneously treated to a seemingly endless stream of devices intent on dethroning the iPhone, from the BlackBerry Storm to the beloved but ultimately unsuccessful Palm Pre.

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