Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mobile Hybrid Apps and Andromeda

Okay, the limits to mobile hybrid apps has always been on the Android side and not the iOS side. What if Google merged Chrome OS and Android into a different mobile OS kernel, could they than get rid of the Moibl eHybird app limits on the OS?

It appears that is exactly what they are doing with Andromeda. Android Apps and Chrome apps on one mobile kernel.

Monday, February 13, 2017

US Weak Dollar Salvation

Fro the last 40 years both the GOP and Democrats have promised to fix Globalization problems in the form of high costs of Healthcare, Education, and Housing(they climbed 10-fold in last 40 years and that is not sustainable).  Notice that there efforts add up to zero.

We are headed for a situation in which there is low income, weak US dollar, and high GDP growth in China, India, and possibly Africa.

So do you want to know how to counter it?  No, elected officials will not help.

There are certain areas that one can invest time and some extremely low cash outlays to stable-lize and increase your financial position over several decades.

But, fair warning it's not for the coward or the lazy.

And the secret is as valuable as anything Mr Buffet has ever stated.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Revenue Planning

Every UIKit online store has somewhat a following with stats ranked high to low:


My idea is to use MaterialUP as the A/B test platform in that I test certain UIkit designs there to know which one will get the most traffic. Than because at MaterialUP UIKits can only be up a full 12 months unless they are updated take some popular UIKits and make some changes and republish them on ThemeForest and HTML5Ninja.

This way I can a re-occurring revenue base.

Monday, February 6, 2017

LESS and SASS crap

I understand that it eases building CSS frameworks.  But, really on the non-framework front end developer side it really has a flawed concept.

CSS was made to separate the style from the content and layout. And we have the effective strategy of creating unique class names per distinct and different layout in a site so that one can not only style it but also do some limited A/B testing on certain design attributes of the site.

But, the CSS frameworks css files are so massive that one would not consider combining both the site css and css framework's own css in the form of LESS or SASS files.  So we get this Hyde Jekyll thing where some vars are changed via the LESS or SASS files and having to use extra css code to get the site html  files to a state where its update-able.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

More Than One Online Store-UIKits

So I have been wondering why someone has not made the effort to push UIKits to more than one online store. Of course, each online store wants exclusivity to the UIKits but one can change enough things through automation to make that happen and yet still have unique UIKits authored for each online store.

Sure one has to adjust to the level of design competition for each online store, but once yo do it successfully with one store it should be easy for the rest of them. The real effort seems to be in the template-tooling.

BY template-tooling, I mean not just converting the UIKit design to use a template engine but integrated with that template engine so one can change design elements fast as I want the layout to be unique but than the design elements variable.

By my estimation, if i put in the extra hours to template things than I double my gross sales income. That seems somewhat worth it.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Teaser-Ad Copy

One of the challenges to putting UIKits on the challenger, MaterialUp, instead of ThemeForest first is the teaser image in the marketing assets is somewhat smaller at a size of 400 by 300 pixels.

Obviously, the right side is probably going to be taken up by a preview of the UIKit somewhat at 200 by 300 pixels. But than I have somewhat less than 200 by 300 pixels to target the audience with ad copy.   I think the key will be to use as many icons as possible to than boil it down to the essential ad copy text that I need to use.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vlogging Cameras

Okay, while my UI-kits are in the process of going up in about 7 days, let's talk vlogging cameras since in about 90 days will be vlogging.

Casey Neistat, usually recommends the Cannon 80d, he tried Sony cameras but they did not have view screens that flip to view like Cannon.

My case, the first  time out I want something a little less than the $1200 or higher sticker price of a Cannon 80D. Nikon has a nice inexpensive camera that takes video called Nikon Coolpix S7000 at about $250.

Its not a 20 mega-pixel like the other expensive cameras but in comparison low end androids are at 5 mp and high-end androids are at 10mp. Thus, 16 mp wil be fine for now as I practice youttube vlogging.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Mobile Canvas

The benefit of building some design UIKits based on html5, js, and css for desktop and mobile is that if I use the mobile device as my canvas the limitations serve to allow me to focus on the pedagogical of theory of Material Design.

In doing so,I can than understand why header images in mobile material design apps ia bad idea and why parallax image containers in material design CSS frameworks should be banned.

Monday, January 2, 2017

UI Kit Products

Obviously, the first set of UI kit products is for html/css/js and in fact Material Design based. Should be interesting to see which ones take off.

At the moment using two frameworks, Materialize and Bootstrap as I have not figured out how to incorporate or integrate 3rd party stuff with Google's successor to MaterialDesignLite.