Amazon Redesigns Its Login Page For the First Time In Decades

Amazon has built its brand around consistency—it rarely follows popular user interface trends, and its design mission has always been ruthless pragmatism. But now, for the first time in many, many years, it's given its login page an overhaul. It's the end of an era, and it could signal broader, site-wide changes. » 8/29/14 11:50am Friday 11:50am

Mac OS X Yosemite Under the Magnifying Glass

Apple revealed a sneak peek into Mac OS X Yosemite earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Apple updated its desktop OS to match iOS 7's design language. The new OS X now embodies a brighter and flatter styling, coupled with icon updates, font changes, and translucent materials. Here's a quick look at the visual design… » 6/10/14 10:00am 6/10/14 10:00am

Could an Ignition-Activated “Car Mode” Keep Drivers From Texting?

Texting while driving accounts for more and more accidents every year, but there’s no clear solution in sight (unless you think these new SMS rest stops will work). New York designer Joey Cofone is proposing another idea: An iOS “Car Mode,” akin to airplane mode, that would prevent you from texting while your car is… » 10/17/13 5:40pm 10/17/13 5:40pm

8 iOS 7 Mockups: Is This What Your Next iPhone Will Look Like?

With Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference just a month a way, rumors continue to surface that iOS 7 could see a major UI overhaul. Word on the street is that Jony Ive and his team at Apple are going for a very “flat” look. Since then, many designers have put together some interesting mock-ups and concepts… » 5/10/13 12:00pm 5/10/13 12:00pm

How Typing on a Smart Watch Might Actually Make Sense

While the prospect of new smart watches from every corner is terribly exciting, few people seem to spent much time working out how to make them, you know, useful. But a researcher from Carnegie Mellon University has, fortunately, been trying to work out if an on-screen keyboard could work on a smart watch—and the… » 4/29/13 7:19am 4/29/13 7:19am

Why Do We Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books?

Comparing books to ebooks is like comparing mechanical watches to digital watches, or manual cars to automatic cars. No one doubts the convenience, reach, and flexibility of the ebook format, but it will never convincingly replicate the experience of a paper book—nor does it need to. Ebooks are a fundamentally new… » 4/05/13 2:00pm 4/05/13 2:00pm

How Android's Multitasking Experience Could Be Even Better

Lately I've been thinking about the multitasking experience on Android and I feel like there's still a lot to improve. I love how the thumbnails come up, but in 4.2.2 they made it so that the current app joined the list of "Recent Apps". This looks great on phones and small-sized tablets, but it looks really bad on… » 3/25/13 1:19pm 3/25/13 1:19pm

What Turn-by-Turn Navigation Should Look Like

The new Google Maps app was finally released, and I'm loving it so far, but it's missing a feature I've been hoping to see map apps implement for some time. I have this problem where as soon as I pull up directions on my phone, whether right after entering my destination or getting out of the subway station, I get… » 12/14/12 8:54am 12/14/12 8:54am