Having risen in popularity in recent years, with a variety of businesses seeing something magical in them – the kinetic video is definitely worthwhile to look into. It’s eye catching in its simplicity, as fonts and shapes come to life in a quickfire parade of often colourful hues. In the past we have discussed how… Read more »
When it comes to creating films, there are a variety of unique elements that the everyday viewer won’t know about but they add to the depth of the film. Mise-en-scene is one of the many creative flairs that helps to make a movie visually stunning for audiences of all ages. Many new filmmakers find themselves wondering what… Read more »
We’ve talked a fair amount in the past about two of my favourite things: custom web art and motion graphics. We’ve even discussed hybrid motion graphics that combine 2D and 3D visual elements. There’s no need to go over old ground here — excellent visual content is vital to both the look and success of… Read more »
In the first part of this series, we introduced the concept of hybrid 2D and 3D animation. This involves either animating a sequence in two dimensions and superimposing 3D elements, or by creating 2D assets in a three-dimensional animated environment. Because 3D animation takes place in a 3D visual environment, it allows for much greater… Read more »
Digital animation has come a very long way in the last two decades. Consequently, we’ve now reached the stage where 3D rendering suites and animation are so ubiquitous that some might even say traditional ‘flat’ animation is obsolete. While fully hand-drawn animation is more or less obsolete (with the exception of some independent animators like… Read more »
Infographics (or ‘information graphics’) are nothing new, dating back as far as the early 17th century. However, with the development of photoshop and an online culture of ‘sharing’, infographics have taken on a renewed importance. Their applications are endless, and are produced by anyone from marketing firms to educational or political groups. An infographic breaks… Read more »
(This is the second post in a two-part series on soundscapes in animated promo and product videos. Read the first here.) We’ve discussed how two elements of soundscaping, music and SFX, can be used effectively alongside animation to produce excellent app promos. We deliberately excluded voice from that discussion, as we think it is a… Read more »
In our last two blog posts we discussed how traditional filmmaking concepts could be used and updated for the modern app product video. We have explored the concept of mise-en-scène as the visual events staged for the camera, such as setting, lighting, and staging. We now want to turn to how these concepts play into… Read more »
In our previous post we explored the very basic idea that we can learn a lot from traditional filmmaking in order to market products digitally through viral videos. We now turn to the issue of how we transform these concepts into concrete actions: how we can not only use traditional film techniques to create viral… Read more »
Whilst the app market has developed rapidly, ‘new’ forms of marketing have, too, exponentially grown. Many app companies now try to market their apps by using promotional media – particularly in the form of videos – with the ultimate hope being that their promotional video will be unique and creative enough to go ‘viral’, thus… Read more »
For the news hungry, there’s been a major transformation in the quality of magazine apps in recent years, with brands tapping into the user need for apps that not only impart the same information they would in a physical magazine, but also in regards to the aesthetics too. In this post we give the rundown on the best magazine apps, covering both Android and iOS.
About this List
In our rundown, we’ve chosen some of the most pleasing to the eye, those magazine apps that just hit the right spot – in terms of design and ease of use. There are plenty of apps out there, some from major brands (who we’re too nice to mention) that get one thing right, but the other disastrously wrong!
The first to be featured on our list is Feedly, the major news app that took up the baton after Google News faded into non-existence, this app is a beauty, the layout is relaxed, featuring a wealth of content from a variety of sources. It’s recent material redesign has given a more sophisticated and stylish layout, looking every inch the best source of news Android has to offer.
2. News Republic
All hail the comrades at News Republic! The app that gives you breaking news as it’s happening, and unlike many of those apps that try and fail to look smart about it, News Republic actually achieves this, with a layout designed in an easy to follow way, coupled with an eye catching format.
If you like your apps a little more variety than just text and video, then Flipboard is for you, featuring a wealth of content from breaking news to podcasts, all laid out in a sophisticated manner where solid design takes the lead.
As PC Magazine describes: “The app’s signature magazine-style interface lets you explore the day’s headlines in a gorgeous environment.”
Pocket is like a digital rucksack, where you store all the tidbits of interesting content you find during the day to read at a later date. The beauty of Pocket is that it reshapes the content to easily read when you’re on a mobile, all syncing to your tablet and other devices.
5. Interesting for iPhone
There’s a lot more than is on the surface of this news aggregation app, aside from procuring articles of specific interest from other sources and re-formatting them to suit you, it’s very handy for designers, who are given the privilege of their own news category, as well as integration of Dribbble.
As an app, it’s designed in a way to have magazines looking like proper magazines, rarely slowing down and crashing, this app gives you awesome fresh content wrapped in digital splendour.
7. Yahoo News Digest
The product of a $30,000,000 takeover by Yahoo, News Digest offers you a 10 of the top stories in your region, making great use of Summly’s artificial intelligence technology, it presents the info in a neat little package. Changing every few hours, the app gives you important updates throughout the day.
One of the very best “power to the people” sites on the web, Reddit’s recent foray into creating an app for Android and iOS hasn’t diminished this crucial selling point, what’s great about this specific app is the control it gives the user to comment and upvote, the interface is clean and doesn’t mess around.
9. LinkedIn Pulse
With users able to select articles from publishers or people, and use their LinkedIn account to sign in, LinkedIn Pulse is quite a versatile app. Pulse is also the purveyor of its very own video player and staff, allowing its team to curate the most important stories in the world of business.
10. BBC News
Featuring in-depth analyses as well as breaking news, the BBC News app’s standout feature is its live-streaming news channel that’s baked directly into it. As you’d expect of the BBC, this is sophisticated, well thought out app, that makes getting news and videos easily for the user.
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