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Thursday, November 19, 2009

product video with style

This video from for Google's Chromium OS is a great pitch. I really like hand drawn style that the producers at Epipheo Studios put on it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

simple fancy UIs

It's an oxymoron, but the QT engineer who described the Kinetic Declarative UI as "simple fancy UIs" is quite right, though perhaps expanding that to "A simple way to create fancy UIs" might be more clear.

QT Kinetic's Decarative UI is really a big deal. It allows you to create fun to use animated UIs with minimal lines of code. See the video and be amazed.

For fooling with Declarative UI QML directly you can just get by with the binary of the Kinetic QT Creator and the QML Previewer.

To really use QML in your apps you need the full source. I found navigating git painful, but the correct recipe to get the source tree is:

git clone “git://”
git branch -a
git checkout -b kinetic-declarativeui origin/kinetic-declarativeui


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

a good slide

Same information, but one slide is unarguably more powerful.

The blog posting Why do people make bad slides? (related to the very interesting book Confessions of a Public Speaker) has a treasure trove of useful information linked off of it:
* two free chapters from the book
* the presentiation zen website which has great design info
* TED talk on the art of controlling without doing
* Kuler, an online tool for making your own pallete
* a talk regarding the Cognitive Psychology of good slides