emojify
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emojify

Our company knows icons—we make thousands of them for our clients every year. So, when we saw Emojify, an app by a Singaporean-based company called VoidWorks, we got a little excited. (Check out our Emoji icon work for Windows.) Use your smartphone to take some cool photos, then Emojify it with the app. (Only 99 … Continue reading

the accessibility icon project
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the accessibility icon project

That old static accessibility icon just got a new makeover, thanks to the Accessibility Icon Project. According to Fast Company, two collaborators, Sara Hendren, a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and Brian Glenney, a philosophy professor at Gordon College in Massachusetts, were looking to change the public’s awareness of people with disabilities. (See Fast … Continue reading

a humorous take on the origins of UX
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a humorous take on the origins of UX

© STEVE GODFREY, UX Designer, Allovus Design First, a bit of simplified visual history. In the beginning, there was Graphic Design. Graphic Designers could make logos and designs that appeared on things. Cave dwellers did great wildlife symbols that told stories. Aztecs had terrific graphic symbols that look good on T-shirts to this day. Monks with specialized … Continue reading

in the fast lane
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in the fast lane

You can often find David Hose in front of his computer, managing a multitude of icon projects. Sometimes project management gets stressful, and the long hours spent sitting in an office chair can be hard on his body. But David has a secret weapon against stress and fatigue—he gets on his bike, and rides. Allovus:  … Continue reading

take the A train
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take the A train

Leave it to New York to just tell it to you straight. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a recent story, a prickly situation, or a standards manual. Check out the site The Standards Manual brought to you by designers Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smyth as an homage and archival record of the first … Continue reading

design with heart
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design with heart

Symbols are the most direct way to communicate without words. Where did the heart shape come from? Most people would agree that it does not really resemble the shape of the actual human heart. There are varying theories about the origins of the heart image. Some theorize that the shape comes from seed of the silphium … Continue reading

emoji icons: a pixel story
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emoji icons: a pixel story

Allovus sweats the small stuff, especially pixels. Our Icon Team recently created an unique set of 750+ icons for Windows Phone, OS, Window Live, and Mobile called “Emoji,” named for the Japanese term for the picture characters of emoticons used in Japanese electronic messages. We collaborated with the Windows product group to deliver the complexity … Continue reading