12 Mobile UX Design Trends For 2018

12 Mobile UX Design Trends For 2018

Things move quickly in the mobile app universe. To succeed in the field of UX design, designers must have the foresight and prepare for new challenges around the corner.

To simplify the task, I’ve listed the biggest, impactful trends for 2018 and, most likely, beyond.

1. User Journey Simplification

When we interact with apps or websites, we have a particular goal. And usually, the less effort we spend on achieving this goal, the better experience.

Linear User Flow

A linear design experience is UX with a specific beginning, middle, and end that allows users to complete one action with each step. Linear user flow is good for users because it allows to estimate how much time it’s required to complete a task. 

Event: What is the Blockchain Economy and Distributed Consensus?

Event: What is the Blockchain Economy and Distributed Consensus?

Last week, here in Vancouver,  I had the pleasure of attending the What is the Blockchain Economy and Distributed Consensus? event hosted by Hive. Aviv Milner, the presenter, touched on the topic of smart contracts in relation to DAO (Distributed Autonomous Organizations) and the Stable coin as major force for innovation in the space. It was a stimulating event and a chance to meet many likeminded individuals in the Vancouver blockchain community.

Blade Runner Takes Home Oscar for Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner Takes Home Oscar for Best Visual Effects

The film picked up the award at a glittering ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. DNEG was the lead Visual Effects partner on ‘Blade Runner 2049’, and has already brought home a BAFTA and a Visual Effects Society Award in the last few weeks for its visual effects work on the movie.

Led by VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert, DNEG’s Blade Runner team delivered most of the Los Angeles 2049 cityscapes, the Joi hologram effects and the seawall chase at the end of the movie. Paul accepted the award last night alongside Overall VFX Supervisor John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer and Richard R. Hoover. Overall, DNEG’s VFX team completed 316 shots for the film. Get a glimpse of our behind the screen work on Blade Runner 2049 here!

Ryan Coogler is the New Steven Spielberg: ‘Black Panther’ Cements the Rise of Hollywood’s Commercial Auteur

Ryan Coogler is the New Steven Spielberg: ‘Black Panther’ Cements the Rise of Hollywood’s Commercial Auteur

From Sundance breakout to Hollywood A-lister in five years, Coogler's rapid rise speaks to a major industry shift.

Five years before he made the world’s most culturally significant blockbuster with “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler was at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab, workshopping his first feature “Fruitvale Station.” The five-day gathering overlapped with Martin Luther King Jr. Day; on that morning, lab coordinator Michelle Satter invited fellows to share thoughts about its significance over breakfast. Until that point, Coogler struck many other participants as a quiet, soft-spoken young man. Then he stood up. 

“He gave this beautiful, deeply felt, and completely extemporaneous speech about how Dr. King’s legacy inspired him as a storyteller,” recalled David Lowery, who was then developing “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” at the lab. (Like “Fruitvale,” it would premiere at Sundance a year later.) “It was an incredibly moving testament, both personal and all-encompassing in its scope, and we all heard the voice that has since been resonating so powerfully in Ryan’s work.” 

‘Mute’ First Trailer: Duncan Jones Goes Back to the Future For ‘Moon’ Spiritual Sequel

‘Mute’ First Trailer: Duncan Jones Goes Back to the Future For ‘Moon’ Spiritual Sequel

Duncan Jones is a director that I have followed since his directorial debut, Moon(2009). I have tried to take insight from Duncan's experiences to inform my path. Jones graduated from the London Film School in 2001 and then worked in advertising doing visually effects lead commercials. Duncan used these experiences to accurately project his visual effects visions, making his Moon film budgeted at around $5,000,000 look like it cost 10 times as much. He followed up with Source Code (2011) and the big budgeted, War Craft (2016). Now he is teaming up with Netflix to finally realize his story for Mute.

Enter Duncan's Jones Mute (2018):

Understanding the Visual Effects Pipeline

Understanding the Visual Effects Pipeline

The Visual Effects Pipeline is a fascinating subject for me and something that is a little difficult to wrap your head around at first. However, coming from the world of film production workflow getting up to speed is achievable quite quickly. Andrew Whitehurst does an amazing job at breaking down each part of the process and making things clear for everyone to understand.

Enter Andrew Whitehurst:

I get asked a lot of questions about how a VFX studio is structured and what each department does. This not entirely surprising as there are many departments with a great deal of interdependence and they often have names which are unhelpful to the layperson. What I'm going to try and do in this article is to go through the stages of production, what they mean and then look at each department in a facility, where they fit into the schedule, what they do and who they deal with. Let's get started:

‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan’s Visual Effects Team Pulled Off Realistic Dogfights and More Gritty Action

‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan’s Visual Effects Team Pulled Off Realistic Dogfights and More Gritty Action

From its inception, “Dunkirk” was never meant to be a VFX-intensive World War II depiction of the legendary evacuation from Northern France. Rather, Christopher Nolan’s plan was to shoot almost everything with IMAX cameras, and seamlessly combine VFX elements to deliver the immersive, doc-like action.

And with Andrew Jackson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Nolan found the right visual effects production supervisor to oversee the project with Double Negative. On Saturday, at the Academy’s annual “bake-off,” Jackson will make the case why “Dunkirk” deserves a nomination. “Chris avoids full CG shots as much as possible and uses live-action elements as much as possible,” he said. “The mandate was to combine visual and special effects and make it look gritty.”

Oscars 2018 VFX: Blade Runner 2049 on the Short List

Oscars 2018 VFX: Blade Runner 2049 on the Short List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 20 films still in the running for this year’s Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The shortlist includes Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” and Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Superhero tentpoles “Wonder Woman,” “Logan,” and “Thor: Ragnarok” also made the cut.

Netflix Series "Mindhunter" Post Production Process

Netflix Series "Mindhunter" Post Production Process

With each new project, David Fincher mesmerizes audiences with his unique storytelling and visual style. His latest project, the 10-episode Netflix series "Mindhunter", is no exception.

One of the keys to David Fincher’s success is a talented post-production team that shares his work ethic, passion for filmmaking, and willingness to push boundaries. Peter Mavromates has served as a producer and post-production supervisor on multiple Fincher projects, while Editors Kirk Baxter and Tyler Nelson, along with Assistant Editor Billy Peake and In-house VFX Compositor Christopher Doulgeris, are all veterans on the team.

Watch: 25 Creative Transitions from 'Stranger Things 2'

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"Stranger Things 2" does so much right, including its clever transitions.

Stranger Things is one of the most-watched Netflix shows in their original programming line-up, and it's not difficult to see why. The incredible acting (especially that of the young cast), dynamic storytelling, and beautifully moody visuals all contribute to creating its hugely popular 80s-themed sci-fi horror universe, but there's one facet of the show's filmmaking that some may not have noticed but totally should: its scene transitions.

In yet another excellent supercut, Zackary Ramos-Taylor shows us how creators The Duffer Brothers, as well as the show's directors, DPs, and editors, used clever scene transitions to not only tell more dynamic stories but to also add style and build tension.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!