The site's live: LiveTile.me
I'm excited to announce a new place to get modern UI icons.
I'll be posting new Microsoft and non-Microsoft related icons that will be flat.
3 versions: "colored," black, and white.
I NEED YOU!
Since it's hosted on Tumblr, I thought it would be fun to get some additional authors and/or contributors to the site. If you're interested in adding modern UI icons of your own, fill out this form.
It's time for a new era
Windows 10 is Microsoft's vision for an OS fully realized. It's a fully desktop-oriented OS, with the ability to ebb and flex for a variety of other form factors, like tablets and extremely large displays.
As of today at 12:10am, Windows 10 has been installed on my Surface Pro 3 and working smashingly. I'm still waiting on the prompt to upgrade my desktop machine, however. The rollout begins today, and depending on your region, your PC, whether or not you're part of the Windows Insider program, and your internet connection, your upgrade could start soon.
This is an exciting time for Microsoft fans, technology fans, and even consumers in general. People are going to love Windows 10!
Also, did I mention it's a free upgrade for those consumers? Yeah, people like free stuff.
App + Service Icons
The OneDrive link contains four folders, two called "black" and two called "white" each with its respective color of the icons. Each color has .png and .ico versions. Each icon is 256 x 256 and supports transparency. I found most of these icons by hunting in the Windows 10 system files.
To download them, click the "Download" button below!
I'm proud to announce that davidvkimball.com and the Beyond Tweeting website officially have live tile support for Windows devices and the Microsoft Band!
To add a live tile to your Windows 8.1 Start Screen or Windows 10 Start Menu, go to davidvkimball.com or beyondtweeting.com. In the modern version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1, click "Favorites" and then "Pin to Start." In Microsoft Edge in Windows 10, click "..." on the top right and select "Pin to Start."
Here's what they will look like in Windows 8.1:
I've been very busy this past month. First there's the traveling, work, and life stuff, then there's the extra stuff I've been tacking on lately.
I was inspired to write a book about Twitter, so I did.
As I was writing, I was inspired to create a podcast. So I did!
You can download the Beyond Tweeting book here:
You can listen to the Beyond Tweeting Podcast here:
I've been overwhelmed with the support of my friends and family throughout this process, and all of the new relationships I'm building as a result!
If you buy my book, leave a review on Amazon with a title and comments. You'll be entered to win in a $5 Amazon Gift card. How's that for some incentive? You could get 500% of your money back if you buy the book!
If you listen to my podcast, it's free. If you enjoy it, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes!
If you do, you'll also most likely get a shout out in the next episode.
Hope you're all having a happy 4th of July weekend!
Think of an alias like an alternative path to the same destination. It can apply to domain names, subdomains, and email addresses.
For example, Blogger and Tumblr allow for custom URLs for FREE. If you own your own domain name, you can turn your blog into [domain].com or blog.[domain].com.
Or you can get a short URL! Like dvdv.kim. If paired with the bit.ly service, you can share and track your own branded URLs and track clicks. With bit.ly you can have the root domain forward to your website or blog.
Email address aliases are cool, too.
If you use a domain name, some domain registrars permit domain address forwarding. So you can setup name@[your domain name] to forward emails to your personal inbox.
If you have an Outlook account, you can go to Settings > Add an alias. If the end of your address is @hotmail.com or @live.com, you can get an @outlook.com address that goes to the same mailbox.
After you do that, you can use inbox rules to filter messages sent to certain addresses.
For example, make an inbox rule that "when To: field = [alias address], put in [alias] folder."
This means you can virtually manage several separate inboxes in one mail account organized by folders.
An Admirer's Interpretation of the Microsoft Logo
I created a SlideShare presentation about my interpretation of the design ethos of Microsoft's logo. Check it out below!
If you're a #WinPhan, feel free to share this image with others or add your own definition!
The "new" Microsoft is growing out of its adolescent stage.
Post-Vista Microsoft has been stepping up its game in the consumer space by making authentically-digital software and even entering the world of hardware with Surface and Lumia.
Part of this re-branding was a significant aesthetic shift from glossy icons to flat, minimalist design elements.
A difficult part of this shift was convincing consumers that this change was good.
Some decried Microsoft's UI and UX change to flatness, simple icons, and minimalism, calling the look "childish" or "a regression."
However others championed Microsoft's new image and celebrated it as the modern look and feel other tech companies ended up mimicking.
Now it seems this UI change has paid off with HoloLens.
Why? Now the only way to differentiate holograms and scrolling menus and/or floating screens is their perceived depth. Flat icons and menus assist the HoloLens wearer in distinguishing between text and menus from 3D hologram objects.
For example, in this image below shows navigating a flat menu with HoloLens:
And here's an example of 3D hologram objects existing in a space.
Now flatness can be associated with touch screens and simple hologram menus while 3D UI elements can coexist with 3D holograms and the physical environment.
Tl;DR: Microsoft's flat design works well with HoloLens because it contrasts beautifully with any 3D hologram elements being projected.
I write about Microsoft, social media and branding. Opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect any of my employers' thoughts.