Graphic Design Intern Wanted!

By: David 10. October 2012 15:51

We're looking for a Graphic Design Intern to join the team at Redwind. We're hiring through the Job Bridge Scheme, which we've had great success with us in the past. Both our previous Job Bridge Interns are now full time employees, being hired only months into their placements. Details of the placement can be found here

 

You'll be getting practical experience in the apps and games industries from day one, in a fast paced, fun environment. Can't build games without playing them too! You'll also get to work with major brands on a variety of exciting projects.


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So, if you're passionate about design, love mobile apps and games, and want an opportunity to work in a dynamic, award winning development studio, get in touch with our Creative Director at david@redwindsoftware.com

 

And if none of that whets your appetite, maybe the most recent delivery to the office might give you a better idea of the kind of workplace we operate…

 

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5 Awesome Tools for Mobile App Designers

By: David 3. August 2012 10:47

Skala View/Preview

Sick of saving your designs and emailing them to yourself to view on your iOS devices? Skala Preview (MAS €3.99) and the accompanying iOS app, Skala View (Free) allow you to view pixel perfect, colour perfect previews of your designs in real time on your iOS devices. Skala works perfectly with Photoshop etc. letting you see changes as you make them, and even works on multiple devices at once. Great app, particularly when working with designs for Retina devices, the ability to see them on the actual devices in real time is just awesome.

Also, developers bjango are fantastic and well worth checking out for their other apps and also their various articles on design.

 

Paintcode

Paintcode (MAS €79.99) allows you to design vector graphics and export as resolution independent code for use in Xcode etc. This can greatly help with filesizes, with lines of code replacing .png images in your project. The interface takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the results can be really great. Just design your buttons or interface elements, copy and paste the code (for either OSX or iOS) and throw it at your nearest programmer and let them deal with it :)

 

I found it particularly useful on a recent project where I needed to some simple on/off LED lights, but in 15 different colours. Doing them as separate images would have been 60 different .png images (on/off states at regular and Retina resolution). Paintcode allowed me to design a simple on and off state in one colour and have all the colour changes done in code. Greatly simplified the process, saved a tonne of time and file size. Screenshot of the results below.

 

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ImageAlpha & ImageOptim

Size does matter. Keeping app sizes down is a constant battle, and even with the 20mb cellular download limit finally being increased to 50mb, getting an app with full Retina graphics (particularly on the iPad) below the limit can be a pain. Applications like Photoshop can export in the lower quality PNG-8 but unfortunately never deals well with any transparency.

ImageAplha converts 24-bit PNG to paletted 8-bit with full alpha channel. This greatly reduces file size while maintaining image quality. It offers some great settings for tweaking the results to best suit your image. Then combined with ImageOptim, which optimises images to take up less space and load faster, the results can make huge differences to your overall app size. A good case study of its use in Tweetbot for iPad can be found here

 

FluidUI

FluidUI is simply the best mobile prototyping tool out there. Create iPhone, iPad and Android app mock-ups in no time. But the greatest thing about it is being able to actually touch and test the designs on phone and tablet, with actual functioning transitions and navigation. Choose from the vast library of mobile elements and create great looking prototypes in minutes. FluidUI has a tonne of other great features but instead of me listing them here, just do yourself a favour and go check it out!

 

Renamer

As a mobile designer, we often need to adhere to different naming conventions based on project and/or platform. With the same project, we may need regular and Retina versions for both iPhone and iPad and also Android versions too. All these files have various different naming conventions and even between iOS and Android there are various differences in the ways files need to be named. For projects with a lot of images this can be a real pain.

 

I've found Renamer to be indispensable in this respect. Easily batch change case, find/replace, append and prepend, add numbering (very handy for animations etc.) and just about anything else you need to do to rename files. Not only a great app for this particular purpose, I find myself using Renamer for various reasons on a daily basis.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dropbox - While I use it for a lot more than design, I can't imagine how I would work without Dropbox. They also recently doubled the amount of space for Pro Accounts. Just as I was running out of space!

 

Hype (MAS €39.99) - Quickly and easily create HTML5.

 

Cheetah3D (MAS €79.99) - Simple, affordable 3D modelling and animation application built specifically for Mac.

 

ColorSchemer Studio (MAS €15.99) - Fun, fast and easy to find colour palettes or even just browse palettes for inspiration with the COLOURlovers.com integration.

 

Snapz Pro X ($69 from Ambrosia Software) - Versatile application for taking screenshots and desktop recording. Very handy for recording app and gameplay videos while running them in the Simulator.

 

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Your office needs a camera

By: David 23. March 2012 23:03

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Oscars® Predictions Competition - Win an AppleTV!

By: David 26. February 2012 15:08

Well, it's that time of year again. In a matter of hours, the most glamourous night in Hollywood will kick off and the winners of this years Academy Awards® will be announced.

Will widely tipped silent movie The Artist dominate? Will host Billy Crystal return in triumph? Will Meryl Streep add another Best Actress Oscar® to her collection? And most importantly, will you predict the most winners and become the proud owner of a brand new AppleTV!?

If you think you have all the answers, then Redwind Software's Oscars® Competition could be just the thing for you. Making this season of glitz and glamour even more fun, we're giving away a brand new AppleTV to one lucky winner, who predicts the most correct winners at this years Awards via our app, "Awards Guide: The Oscars®".

*Note: You don't need to provide an email address or submit your predictions via email. Predictions are all done through the app and the winner will be notified via the app too. Awards Guide REV This year we've updated our Oscars® app with brand new Twitter functionality, push notifications, and up-to-the-minute content updates, continuing to make it the definitive app for all things Oscar®. And best of all, it's still FREE! So, to be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is download the app, and pick your Oscar® winners from the lists of nominees in the Predictions section. It couldn't be simpler! The person who gets the most predictions correct wins an AppleTV.

And if you fancy passing some time with some movie trivia in the run up to the awards, check out the brand new Name That Movie™, the OFFICIAL must-have movie trivia game, brought to you by the makers of "Name That Tune."

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Oscars® AppleTV Competition!

By: David 2. February 2011 15:46

It's that time of year again. The nominations for this years Academy Awards® have been announced and awards season is well under way. Will Fincher's Facebook movie dominate? Will hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco top last years duo of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin? Will Christian Bale's crazy dieting finally be recognized by the Academy? Will the years best movie, Inception, win anything!?

If you think you have all the answers, then Redwind Software's Oscars® Competition could be just the thing for you. Making this season of glitz and glamour even more fun, we're giving away a brand new AppleTV to one lucky winner, who predicts the most correct winners at this years Awards via our app, "Awards Guide: The Oscars®".

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This year we've updated our Oscars® app with brand new Retina graphics, full iPad support, and up-to-the-minute content updates, continuing to make it the definitive app for all things Oscar®. And best of all, it's still FREE! So, to be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is download the app, and pick your Oscar® winners from the lists of nominees in the Predictions section. It couldn't be simpler! The person who gets the most predictions correct wins an AppleTV.

 

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And for those of you who prefer a more 'alternative' awards season, check out, "Awards Guide: The Razzies", the definitive app for everything you need to know about Hollywood's biggest losers! The person who predicts the most Razzie 'winners' will receive a 'mystery prize'!

 

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One name-tag to rule them all...

By: David 7. January 2011 12:10

So, after giving away two iPod nanos over Christmas we decided we'd do a quick post about the wonderful iPod nano name-tags that were seen (and admired) being worn by us at the recent Appy Awards.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the name-tag in action.

 

 

So, by now you're wondering, 'how can I have a name-tag as cool as that!?'. Well, it's pretty simple, so here's a step by step how-to:


1. Get some high-res images of your company logo, name, details and whatever else you'd like to display
2. Throw them into their own Event/Album in iPhoto
3. Sync that Event/Album to your iPod nano
4. Go to Settings on the nano
5. Set your brightness good and bright for maximum visibilty
6. In Photos Settings, set Repeat to "On", Transition to "Origami", and time per slide to about 5 seconds (or whatever setting work best for you)
7. Go to "Photos" and press play to start a slideshow of the Event/Album containing the images
8. Clip to your shirt/jacket pocket
9. Be the person in the room with the coolest name-tag ever!

So it's that simple to be that cool. But be warned, battery life doesn't last for very long so make sure to use at the most opportune time for maximum impact.

 



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