January 6th, 2011

Pushing Pixels: the best of 2010

Another year is gone, and it’s time to review what has happened on this blog over the last twelve months. I’ll start the top ten most read posts, and then list my own favorites.

Let’s start with the top ten most read posts published in 2010 as measured by Google Analytics:

  1. Meet the Green Goblin, part 1 started the four-part series on the visual redesign of Android Market client. Published in December, has around 8,200 reads.
  2. JavaFX is a train wreck talked about the failure to attract visual designers to JavaFX. Published in July, has around 5,800 reads.
  3. Live wallpapers with Android SDK 2.1 provided a step-by-step tutorial to create a live wallpaper for Android. Published in February, has around 5,700 reads.
  4. Meet the Green Goblin, part 1 delved into the pixel-level details of custom canvas drawing in Android. Published in December, has around 4,100 reads.
  5. Monkey see, monkey do, monkey remember talked about question the status-quo. Published in August, has around 3,900 reads.
  6. Meet the Green Goblin, part 2 talked about designing for landscape orientation in Android. Published in December, has around 3,100 reads.
  7. Meet the Green Goblin, part 4 covered improving the UX and visual aesthetics. Published in December, has around 2,400 reads.
  8. Animations 202 – scrolling delved into the fine mechanics of realistic scrolling. Published in January, has around 1,300 reads.
  9. Animations – the big picture reasoned about why physics-based animations can make your applications more user-friendly. Published in January, has around 1,300 reads.
  10. Swing Puzzler #1 was the first and only installment on Swing code that doesn’t do what you would expect it to. Published in February, has around 1,200 reads.

While these have been the readers’ favorites, a few entries that didn’t enjoy a wider readership are worth highlighting. These are my personal favorites that were published in 2010:

  1. Shifting gears: from desktop to mobile talked about the differences between desktop and mobile UI development, and the major role of the form factor.
  2. Your application will be with you momentarily highlighted the importance of a responsive user interface.
  3. Naming colors was a small peek into the fuzzy world of color names.
  4. The colors of “Tron: Legacy” analyzed the color palette of the movie and how it supported the story.
  5. Finally, this year has seen the birth of two new series. Design, uninterrupted started in March, aiming to analyze the best examples of modern web design. Retro:Active started in October showcasing the fusion of modern and vintage in visual and industrial design, photography, typography, illustration, animation and other related areas.

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