Posts Tagged Under: Design

How to Illustrate Like a Pro

If you’re a regular blog reader, perhaps you’ve taken notice of our periodical illustrations and wondered how your own company could benefit from the same results — after all, man shall not live on software development alone!

So for today’s article, we’re handing the mic over to our incredible graphic designers as they reveal the secrets behind our proven illustration technique.

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The Importance of Animation in UI Design

While the launch of the iPhone just over a decade ago is rightly hailed as a revolution in mobile technology, it also heralds the beginning of a much quieter — yet comparably significant — transformation. Thanks to touchscreen technology, operating our applications has evolved from merely clicking up and down static lists to pinching, tapping, dragging and swiping our way through our programs.

Paired with modern animation tools, these powerful new ways to interact with our systems pose exciting — and often unexplored — opportunities for any business hoping to better engage with their customers.

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Best Practices for Evaluating Design

For the artistically disinclined, choosing the look that will one day represent your product or company can often be a time of confusion. After all, what constitutes “good” design anyway? Isn’t all of that subjective?

To a certain extent at least, the answer may be yes, but the real goal of any design team is not simply to achieve something attractive — though that too is clearly important — but to effectively communicate through visual means.

With this in mind, we’ve assembled here some expert tips for assessing and critiquing your team’s design.

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Our Rapid Prototyping Process

“I am speed,” declared Lightning McQueen, the fearless red racer voiced by Owen Wilson in Pixar’s animated Cars. His psyching words are a gauging meter for the general mood in the 21st Century — when time is money, then agility must be the word. Anything short of full throttle will put valuable resources at risk.

Of course, the other danger is when too much speed is applied to the wrong processes. And yet every day, countless companies pour their assets away into projects that — unbeknownst to them — are going far off the mark.

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Software Planet Group: Who We Are

Finding an ideal provider of desktop and web services can be an extremely daunting task, but we think you should know why big brands such as Nokia, Xerox and a host of Silicon Valley startups have decided to make us their official suppliers. Though we may be new to the United Kingdom, having set up shop in Surrey just under two years ago, Software Planet Group (SPG) have been invested in meeting our customers’ needs in Europe and across the globe for more than 15 years. We provide web services and cross-platform desktop solutions, from consultation and conceptual analysis to design and implementation.

Ever since the beginning of SPG, we have distinguished ourselves by working in partnership with our customers and constantly updating our technical skills. We are proud to have been one of the first businesses to join the Agile development movement back in 2004, and were also one of the first 10 European software companies to fully adopt Extreme Programming. In practice, this means we employ various techniques to break down big projects into simple, bite-sized tasks that greatly accelerate product development. At the same time, throughout the process, we are committed to the highest degree of testing and quality control available today.

On a technical level, SPG specialise in business consultation and assessment, strategic planning, system architecture and design, user interface design/UX, system administration, DevOps and quality control; but above all, we specialise in keeping you informed. Should you

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