✎ Nostromo Wallpapers
After me and my girlfriend saw Prometheus, I had to watch the original Alien movie again. The walls of the cryochamber jumped out at me, as I used to draw similar patterns in my sketchbook. I decided to recreated the room for a wallpaper. It was made in Cinema 4D, with touchups made in Photoshop afterwards.
Head over to Max Themes to download!
✎ Similarities in the score to Alien, 1984 Macintosh commercial and Prometheus
Ridley Scott directed all of the films/commercial mentioned in the title, and all three of them use the same kind of sonar-like score. I think it’s pretty great. (I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed this, but only now did I think to mentioning it)
Have a look & listen:
✎ Facebook tweaks the Messenger icon, introduces Pages app
Facebook Messenger got updated with a revised icon, with some subtle gradients inline with the Camera app. And they are now also offering Facebook Pages on iOS for managing your Facebook page.
I hope to see the Facebook app icon updated in the same manner. It sticks out like a sore thumb.
✎ Windows Phone 8’s (sorta) new start screen, with a mockup of how it could incorporate a wallpaper
My conclusion from this change is that there is an optimal information density, where you get an overview and don’t have to do excessive scrolling, and Microsoft was a bit off with their previous large, two column tiles. They’re correcting it with the addition of small tiles and up to four columns.
While I appreciate Microsoft’s determination to keep everything flat and “truly digital”, would it kill them to add a slight radius to the tiles? It’s a fine balance between having a simple, clean style and something that just looks unfinished.
I also agree with alex_dlc that it would be nice to be able to set a wallpaper. But I would suggest an unsual way of doing it; by making default tiles to act like peek-holes. This would allow the surrounding black to still blend with the hardware and avoid any garish color combinations in the process.
I made a mockup of how it could look (based on a low res image, so forgive the fuzziness), using my orange Candybars wallpaper. Maybe something they’ll be able to squeeze in before release?