It's time (or perhaps a bit past time) for a new palette! This month I present Cosmic, an abbreviated palette of vivid, neon colors suitable for inclusion in your summertime illustrations and projects.Read More
Over the past few weeks, I've been sharing some "material" experiments - illustrations using real paper textures, inspired by the work Carl Kleiner did for Google.
I've had lots of requests for downloadable versions of the illustrations I've shared, so I thought I'd provide that here on Dada, but add a bonus: a tutorial explaining how I actually made them.Read More
It's May, and - though I haven't caught a break to do much writing - that means it's time for a new palette. This month's palette is called Punch, and its goal is to capture the vibrant, bold simplicity of a day in the sun.Read More
The monthly palette is back with a somewhat belated palette to celebrate Spring and the vibrant but modest hues of revived grass, flowers, and wildlife. This month's palette is called Macaron.Read More
Recently, Today Calendar gained a new batch of event illustrations and dropped 4MB from its APK size.
For those not familiar, Today Calendar has "daily decor," a growing set of custom illustrations that are triggered based on what kind of events a user has scheduled. If, for example, you schedule a "team meeting," Today will bring up an image relevant to meetings or business. This is a feature the redesign launched with in September 2014, with a collection of around 200 keywords so far.
To achieve the drastic size drop, Jack and I transitioned all existing illustrations to vector assets, which are now supported in Android. Thankfully, this isn't a Lollipop-only feature. It's possible to back-port support for vector assets (SVG files converted to XML).
The effect was great, but the process came with its own challenges. Specifically, working with SVG files in mind (and file size as a primary goal as we continue to add images) required a different design approach.Read More