Category Archives: Design

Creating a Flipping Tile Transition in Motion 5 for Final Cut Pro X

Post by Hiromi Matsumoto

One of our clients wanted a transition for a marketing video that mimics the tile animation in their mobile app. There are a few options to accomplish this. FCPx ships with a few similar transitions like “Mosaic”, but they don’t … Continue reading

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Hipster Backgrounds

Post by Steve Vlaminck

Refactr had another hack day this past Wednesday. This time we broke up into three teams and build three different apps. With a combined 40 hours, Kyle, Dane, and Steve were the first to finish with hipsterbackgrounds.com; an app that allows you … Continue reading

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The Vital Integration of Design and Development

Post by Matt Bjornson

We’re self-managing, multi-disciplinary teams. We’re designers and developers working together to deliver software. This isn’t the way all companies approach software development. In large companies, interface and interaction design is often in a completely separate organization, marketing – or maybe … Continue reading

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Igniting Ideas through Online Communities

Post by bill

A couple weeks ago, Sara and I were discussing our sponsorship of the latest Ignite Minneapolis event that was held in April. Many of you may recall that, along with our sponsorship, we designed and hosted an idea community called … Continue reading

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Refactr loves Thunder and Lightning

Post by Sara

Have you ever wondered how far away from you lightning strikes? Well here at Refactr, our team wanted to know the answer. Yeah, we know there is a way to calculate the distance, but who really wants to do that … Continue reading

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Use PNG files without the guilt

Post by Ben Edwards

I have been a big fan of the PNG image format for several years, or I should really say I am a fan of the alpha-transparency* you can achieve with the 24 and 32-bit versions of the format (you get … Continue reading

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Welcome Constraints in Design

Post by Ben Edwards

Often times the best designs come about when the designer is forced to deal with constraints. In this case some terrific architecture and landscape design has come out of the space constraints presented by the rooftops of urban buildings. When … Continue reading

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How do you prototype?

Post by Ben Edwards

I am interested in finding out more about how people in the industry (web/software) utilize prototyping. To that end (and to try out some new software from questionform I have set up this brief survey. Please answer these 5 questions … Continue reading

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Giving users what they need, not what they want.

Post by Ben Edwards

The Creating Passionate Users blog is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites. It is posts like this one called How much control should users have? that keep me coming back. These graphs from the post succinctly illustrate a point … Continue reading

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Design and the Agile Method

Post by Ben Edwards

In a recent post, Microsoft employee, ahem… wildchicken hurls some rather ill-founded accusations at something that is near and dear to me. In his opinion (or actually the opinion of several unnamed “respected” UX friends of his) the agile method … Continue reading

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