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December 29, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #2 – Mer Keyboard

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:51

Good evening everyone.

3 days before 2010 and we’re close to the end of 2010 user interface countdown. Today I’d like to show you another concept for Mer operating system. As you probably remember, I told that the main goal for Mer interface is to be as much hardware independent as possible. That’s why it needs proper onscreen keyboard. I have some ideas how to make typing experience a bit more deep and they are after the break, as always. Take a look.



December 28, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #3 – Mer Status Area

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:30

Hello there.

First of all I’m very pleased to see active responses on my concepts, that makes me feel that this work actually worth it, thanks a lot you all. Now, as I promised I’d like to show you a quick concept for Mer status area. Details after the break.


December 27, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #4 – Mer Menu

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 21:30

Good evening.

As I promised, today I’ll show you my interface concept for Mer applications/task swithcing menu, or simply Mer Menu. Details after the break.


December 26, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #5 – Mer Statusbar

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:50

Hello everybody.

Today I’d like to continue my countdown series with a pack of posts about user interface concepts for one of the most global maemo community project ever been done — Mer. Thanks to Stskeeps and his great administrative skills, along with all great developers involved, community now has its own way to stay updated with an old hardware like n800/810. So, I’d like to show you fresh thoughts bout visual appearance of Mer in 2010. Lets start with statusbar.


December 25, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #6 – XChat

Filed under: Design guidelines — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 20:01

Good evening everyone.

Today I’d like to show you interesting user interface concept for extremely popular IRC messenger called Xchat. As you remember, it never had properly hildonized interface so I thought that it would be cool to design something for it.

Check out the concept after the break.


December 24, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #7 – Marina Theme

Filed under: Mer, Released software — Tags: , , , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:48

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas for those who celebrating it!

Today I’d like to tell you bout thing that you probably heard of – a theme for Maemo5/Mer called Marina. Thanks to Urho Konttori and his awesome updated Theme Maker – you can make pretty remarkable stuff for Maemo 5. Every widget and every background is changeable. But as for me, insane perfectionist, uber-customizability of Maemo 5 UI takes much time to draw something complex and unique, since you need to change huge ammount of data. Nevertheless, I’ve found some time to work on one theme and I called it “Marina”.

Details after the break :)


December 23, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #8 – Personal Clock.

Filed under: Design guidelines — Tags: , , , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 20:15

Hello everyone.

Another day is over and it’s time for some exciting stuff from me :)

Today I’m gonna show you a brief preview of the new homescreen widget for n900. It’s dead simple but I hope you’ll like it. It’s called Personal Clock and we’re developing it with, orly :D, Andrew Olmsted . Details, as always, after the break.


December 22, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #9 – Extras Assistant .

Filed under: Released software — Tags: , , , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 22:39

Good evening everyone!

One more day is over and we’re getting closer to the new year. I’ve prepaired some really cool stuff for you today — it’s called “Extras Assistant”. We’re developing it with great Nokian Daniel Wilms and his crew. The purpose of this app is to provide additional comfort and ease to the Extras browsing, no matter what version of Maemo you’re using. Tasty shots and bref descriptions after the break.


December 21, 2009

2010 UI countdown. #10 – Transmission.

Filed under: Design guidelines — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 23:49

Hello everyone!

So, 2009 is coming to its end. Milestone for the whole Maemo ecosystem. I clearly remember that glorious day when Urho Konttori came to #maemo channel and said “Here we go!”. It was the release of website. And the first thing I’ve said was “You know guys, I’m proud that I was here before today”. And I’m still very proud of it. For me, 2009 was a great year, I’ve, as always, helped various unique projects, such as Mnemosyne, BlueMaemo, Ati85 and even Mer. You can even see some of my UI ideas for Fremantle live now.

But life’s going on and the world is waiting for brand new 2010! I’m sure it will blow up our minds even more than 2009 and I want to tell you what you can expect in 2010 from me. So lets start our Annual Countdown with number 10 – Transmission!


October 29, 2009

Preview: FM radio for N900

Filed under: Released software — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 21:40

iconHello everybody.

N900 release was delayed a bit, but you shouldn’t be upset cause this only means that Nokia cares bout end quality of the product and don’t want to give you half-cooked buggy brick. Meanwhile community developers have more time to polish their existing software (like we’re doing with OMWeather) and even create new one.

Community member Martin Grimme, also known as PyCage is working on FM radio application for n900 and I’ve decided to help him with it and create something visually appealing and easy to use.

But first I’d like to thank everyone that have donated money to our Other Maemo Weather team. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve donated – the fact of your attention itself is very important to us that keeps us on track.

In random order:

Sven Muentel
Ralph Angenendt
Ziling Zhao
Zane Farooq (We got your request, will do our best :))
Marcello Bellini
Sami Kyöstilä
Randall Arnold
James Thompson

Thank you very much, we will do as much as possibe to continue work on OMWeather.

So, let’s check out brand new FM radio app.


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