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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 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 :)


February 18, 2009

Mer UI: Scalability

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 18:37

Hello everyone.

Today I’m not gonna show you new calculator faceplates (surprise!). Today I’ll show you the evolution of Mer UI design, that was inspired by Mer’s scalability.



January 18, 2009

Mer UI: the Beginning

Filed under: Mer — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 03:00

titleHello there.

Today I’m starting new series of posts, dedicated to my work in Mer project. It became more complex and interesting so I think you’d like to see the UI developing process in details. In past few days I’ve done some nice stuff so let’s begin.


January 14, 2009

The Funny Thing

Filed under: Slight off-topic — Tags: , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 04:10

Hello everybody.

Very funny and confusing thing happened yesterday. Thanks to Flatfeet comment in my previous post bout my Mer contribution (which got unprecedented attention from the Community, I really can see that I’ve made right decision to work with Mer guys) it appeared that my wallpaper looks similar to upcoming Windows 7 wallpaper, which I haven’t actually seen until today :) At first I felt very confused and sad cause I’ve started to look like cheap copycat to some Windows stuff. But then I’ve finally googled that wallpaper and the result you can see below:


Somehow it reminds me some ad about modern HD TV, like “before/after”.

And if there are people, I think there aren’t but still, that think that I’m such a dumbass to copycat windows wallpaper and then claim that it was made by myself – I can’t help you :)

P.S.: I’m still contributing to Mer cause it’s awesome to work with such great guys :)

January 12, 2009

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