Tag: ui

Inside BlackBerry Demonstrates Flow and 1-handed BlackBerry 10 Navigation

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People who follow BlackBerry 10 closely are anticipating how Flow will revolutionize the BlackBerry user interface. I think it’s the next state of evolution for BlackBerry navigation and it’ll have to top some very successful variations on the scroll wheel, trackball and trackpad.
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Cascades for BB10: Beta 3 released

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Good news from the twittersphere: Cascades Beta 3 is out!

Cascades is the beautiful UI framework that’s being developed over at RIM based off of the highly celebrated acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe from Sweden. This will enable developers to make highly responsive and polished applications that are sure to make BB10 a hit.

Developers will be treated in this beta to the BB10 Social Platform that we all know and love. We can also expect to see developers take full advantage of the new UI additions or even start integrating calendar, contact, and email support. These additions are just the tip of the iceberg and a promising first few steps in the right direction. Keep your eyes peeled for the Beta 4 and 5 releases in November as well as the beta 6 in December of this year.

Got an App Idea? Try Prototyping Your App With Keynotopia

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One of the great things about the mobile industry is that people are constantly coming up with new app ideas. How often have you encountered an everyday life problem and thought: “I should make an app that solves this problem.”? Keynotopia is a new startup that lets you create prototypes with simple drag and drop tools, and even lets you test your app. More info after the break.
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Another Ottawa Firm Working with RIM on Future User Interface Designs

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It’s surprising how the City of Ottawa is making headway with RIM’s UX for the PlayBook and upcoming devices. When we first wrote about Teknision, the company responsible for much of the UX work, it seemed people were pretty stunned that it wasn’t TAT, the design firm that RIM is constantly touting in its press releases. It seems another Ottawa company, YOU i Labs, a company that helped work on the HTC Sense UI, has entered in a “significant partnership” with RIM. YOU i Labs works closely with Teknision, as seen in the above video.

Perhaps Ottawa is on the right path to reclaiming the Silicon Valley North title.

Interview with Teknision and the Story of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook UX

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Watch an interview with Teknision’s Presidet, Gabor Vida.

When we first wrote about Teknision, and their involvement in the PlayBook UX, the article got a ton of exposure because it was thought that RIM’s acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) meant that they were solely responsible for the UX. Since then, I have sat down with Teknision’s President Gabor Vida, to talk about Teknision as a company, its involvement in the PlayBook, and a little about their thoughts on design. We also discuss why we haven’t heard more about this company.

One thing that became really obvious to me about UX design for a product like the PlayBook, is that the average consumer has very little idea how many companies, people and design iterations it will come across before it gets to market. Before Teknision or TAT got a hold of the PlayBook, there was another company called Artefact that briefly touched the tablet as well.
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RIM’s Acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) Means Awesome UI Design

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According to the CTO at RIM, David Yach, RIM has acquired the Swedish UI and design firm The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). The acquisition has means that the TAT team will be joining RIM and bringing their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and smartphone platforms. TAT obviously has some pretty far out ideas about what a mobile UI should look like considering their concept video shown above. Hit the jump to see some of their videos and a glimpse of what we can expect from upcoming devices. Perhaps this company will be the ones to design the UI for the upcoming QNX enabled BlackBerry smartphone. Crazy stuff!
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