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Fancy Icons Via Web Fonts in Axure 7

We are continually on the hunt for quick and easy ways to improve our workflows when it comes to developing wireframes. One of the things we spend a lot of time doing is digging through reams and reams of icons for use on buttons, nav items, etc. It can be tedious when your PNG based icons don’t scale properly or heaven forbid you need a white version when all you have is a black one and there is no time to crack open photoshop to adjust it.

Helllllooooo web font support in Axure 7. Thanks to the new-ish feature of supporting external fonts (like Google Fonts) you can now leverage the amazing Font Awesome collection directly inside Axure 7. Since Font Awesome makes a slew of icons available as proper fonts you can scale, colour, and manipulate them as you see fit. You will need to make a few adjustments to your HTML generation configuration but it’s super simple and easy to do.

I found this helpful tip over in the Axure forums so check them out for full details. As the Font Awesome library gets updated the thread members have been posting new RPLIB files with the updated icons.

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the thread for the latest version of the files and instructions:
http://www.axure.com/forum/tips-tricks-examples/8732-font-awesome-widget-library-v7-icon-fonts.html

Viewport Magic on Axure 7 Adaptive Prototypes

Like almost everyone else out there, we have been doing a massive amount of work on responsive and adaptive sites lately. We’re also doing this work using Axure. Up until version 7, this meant building out a desktop page, then a tablet page, then a phone page. Cumbersome and hard to test your assumptions about layout changes across devices. Thanks to the latest release of Axure things just got a ton easier.
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UX is a Forrester Top Tech Trend for 2014

As they do every year, Forrester recently released their list of top technology trends for 2014. We took a look and were happy to see them hammer home the importance of delivering on digital experiences. Software and how users engage with that software experience is becoming paramount for brands.

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Download Our Bootstrap 3.0 Axure Stencil

We are big fans of Axure RP around here. It really helps us be as efficient as possible to produce some amazing work. Part of that efficiency is the fact that it has a pretty powerful and robust stencil feature. We use those a lot!

We’re also big fans of the Bootstrap framework. Not only is it a go-to for many of our development partners, it’s also pretty powerful during the UX phase of a project. Maybe you need to move fast due to deadlines or you just need to knock out some quick, but great looking, interfaces… Bootstrap is where it’s at.

Now, take those two loves and jam them all together and you low and behold you get the MitreBox Axure BootStrap Stencil. Continue Reading…

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Microinteractions and the Importance of Details

We’re always on the lookout for new concepts and ideas. When we came across Dan Saffer’s new book “Microinteractions” we were pretty excited. We’ve always had a great amount of respect for the importance of the fine details throughout our design practice and Saffer’s new book really hits home. Continue Reading…

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Side by Side Comparison of iOS6 and 7

The gang over at iJailbreak have posted a great one-to-one comparison of the current iOS6 UI elements to those found in iOS7 beta. Without a doubt there is a striking difference between the two approaches and the new work being done on iOS7 really feels like a modern upgrade. It’ll be interesting to see how the layering and parallax interactions add to the UI element overhaul and how they stabilize over time. Continue Reading…

A Great iOS Design Pattern Library

Let’s all be honest. From time to time we need inspiration. Other times we just don’t want to re-invent the wheel. In both cases it becomes very handy to have the option to see what others have done before you. This is where Pttrns comes in.

Pttrns is a great resource made up of almost every iOS based design pattern you can thing of. Want to see login screens, maps, checkins, or notification patterns? Go right ahead… they have tons to review. Obviously, to directly rip off any of these is lame, but to get some creative juices flowing it’s a super resource.