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August’s reading list

By Inayaili de León Persson on 1 September 2016

August has been a quiet month, as many of team have taken some time off to enjoy the unusually lovely London summer weather, but we have a few great links to share with you that were shared by the design team this month: Developing a…

What is the best way to display online status? We tested it

By Rae Shambrook on 17 August 2016

Recently I have been working on the visual design for RCS (which stands for rich communications service) group chat. While working on the “Group Info” screen, we found ourselves wondering what the best way to display an online/offline…

Convergent terminal

By Canonical on 15 August 2016

We have been looking at ways of making the Terminal app more pleasing, in terms of the user experience, as well as the visuals. I would like to share the work so far, invite users of the app to comment on the new designs, and share ideas…

Competition winner – Timer App

By Canonical on 9 August 2016

Back in June we hosted a competition that asked developers to use the AdaptivePageLayout component from the UI toolkit to create an app that converges across devices. We had some very impressive entires that used the component in different…

Web team hack day

By Anthony Dillon on 8 August 2016

Last week the developers in the web team swapped the office for the lobby of the hotel across the street. The day was geared up to allow us to leave our daily tasks in the office and think of ideas that we would like to work on. The…

Refreshed scrollbars!

By Andrea Bernabei on 8 August 2016

You may have noticed that the scrollbars available on Ubuntu Touch and the Unity8 environment have recently received a huge overhaul in both visual appearance and user experience. More specifically, we redesigned the Scrollbar component…

App Design Guides phase 2 release: Patterns

By Canonical on 4 August 2016

Last week we released phase 1 of the new App Design Guides, which included Get started and Building blocks. Now we have just released phase 2: Patterns. This includes handy guidance on gestures, navigation and layout possibilities to…

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The App Design Guides go live (bit by bit)

By Stephanie on 2 August 2016

The App Design Guides have a new design and content refresh to better communicate the new convergent UI toolkit, and visualise best practice for designers and developer wishing to build an app or scope on Ubuntu. We will be posting these…

July’s reading list

By Inayaili de León Persson on 1 August 2016

Here are the best links shared by the design team during the month of July: 9 tips to help you rock your first (or next) conference presentation Notes from the road The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99 Sega vs Nintendo…

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Developing for Vanilla v1

By Barry McGee on 29 July 2016

As Inayaili recently blogged, we are now working towards a goal of releasing Version one (v1) of Vanilla for early September. Maturity Vanilla was created just over a year ago and in that time has been used to build a wide range of sites…

New starter Raul (UX designer) – “I want to challenge myself to do the most difficult things”

By Canonical on 26 July 2016

Meet the newest member of the design team, UX designer Raul Alvarez, who will be working on the Ubuntu convergence story. Raul will be bringing new ideas to improve our apps to allow for a seamless experience across all devices. We caught…

See what our interns got up to and what they thought of our apps

By Femma on 22 July 2016

Last week the design team had two interns undertaking their work experience at the London office. Our first student is studying computer science for her GCSEs and has an interest in Python programming and software engineering. The second…