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Today's Ranger Snapshot comes from Prague-based designer Jakub Antalík . We've been following his work at Scrapeapps, particularly the upcoming task-manger app, Taasky. We reached out to him recently and chatted more about his process.
1. We were really impressed by the animation for the sidebar for Taasky. How did you come up with that idea and what were some of the challenges faced in getting that to work?
It was simply inspired by the current trends of menus being in sidebars. However, I had to remake it to harmonize with the Taasky style. The greatest challenge was to keep it simple to use and give users the ability to personalize it. Users should be able to choose icon, re-order and add new items. I used a simple 3D transition, which I believe is also effective and attractive. The animation was created in After Effects and exported with Photoshop.
2. There's also a lot of wonderful detail, such as the glyphs, even though you've gone with a minimalistic design. What were some of the design decisions that you feel work best? If you had more time, what would you change about the design?
I believe what's very important in every user interface are colors, because they have a serious impact on whole application. This is actually most important in a minimalistic design. That's why I hadn't underestimated the colors, and, before any actual designing I chose color palette, there were several variations during the design process until I was satisfied with the final palette. Besides color scheme, I was also paying great attention to typography, cleanness and airiness. I definitely would like to improve logo, it should be more sophisticated.
3. Your work on the app was featured recently in an article on design trends. How excited were you about that? Also, what are your thoughts on some of the current design trends like flat design and skeuminimalism?
I like the current trend of flat design and I support it, because I think that in most cases it pushes application functionality forward and puts content to the foreground. Emphasis is also increased on colors and typography, that is a move in right direction. Whatever style a designer chooses, the most important thing is always functionality so I am always trying to look at it as a whole.
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