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How to Add 3 Elements in a LinearLayout and Let the Central One Occupy Max Width (Android app)

Posted: May 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Mobile Design and Development, Tips and Tricks | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Once working on the implementation of Calendar app design for Android I got a problem: I need to put 3 elements (right button, month title, left button) in an android layout.

The requirements were:

1. They should all be in one row.
2. The central part (month) should fill all space of the display width (except part where buttons are located).

Mobile navigation for calendar: how to align 3 elements

It seems to be easy at the very first sight.. in fact all my elements were stuck to the left or buttons wouldn’t move to the right and left side..

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Effective Time Management: Meetings

Posted: April 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Effective Management | Tags: , , | No Comments »

There is an important shift for the right time management in focus from activities to results: being busy is not the same as being effective.

Everybody knows this stressful feeling when a day completely filled with meetings and you ask yourself: ‘When do I get to do my real job?’. The only correct question here is ‘Was that worth the time I just spent?’. If you left meetings saying ‘That was good conversation, but what do they expect me to do? Does this make me more effective?’, then it is not worth your time.

Meetings can help facilitate communication. Disappointment is derived from unmet expectations. Communicating ever changing status helps set or reset expectations and dispel disappointment.

Effective time management
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4 Keys to Better Communication with Clients

Posted: April 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Design and Decorations, Effective Management | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Effective communication is key to the success of your projects. Poor communication is a surefire way to damage any business.

Communication with ClientsFor me as for a designer the process of communication begins before clients even agree to hire me to work on their project. Time is money, I know how to minimize conversation throughout the entire design process and at the same way keep it effective and results-driven.

There are a few my tips for better communication:

1. Ask the right questions.
Good designer understands that she/ he has a set of tools and experiences on hand to fulfil the client’s specific needs.
Tell your client that in order to understand what is needed to get the project done, you are going to ask some questions. Typically they are:
– Final vision, or what would be the result of the project?
– Strong and weak sides of past client’s projects and campaigns.
– Goals of the current project.
– Working process itself, or how it normally runs through the department.
– Company branding and style guides.
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Responsive Tables

Posted: April 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Tips and Tricks | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

As for my mind, tables are not to be used for layout. I do use tables are for lists of data. And at the age of responsive design they have to support responsibility.

Solution #1:
For the last time I work a lot with Bootstrap. There are a lot of pre-ready solutions, which help to save my time. Bootstrap framework proposes it’s own variant of responsive tables – you should wrap ‘table’ into ‘div’ element with .table-responsive class:

  1. <div class='table-responsive'>
  2.   <table class='table'>
  3.     …
  4.   </table>
  5. </div>

Horizontal scroll appears at the bottom of the table on small devices.
You can find an alive example as Variant 1.
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How to Build Your Android App (.apk) for Testing in Visual Studio

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Mobile Design and Development, Tips and Tricks | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

After an application has been coded, you have to test it. And to test the app you should create APK (.apk) file firstly.

Below is how I do that (for Android application powered by Xamarin):

1. Right-click at your Android project: open ‘Properties’ tab. Be sure that selected drop down is ‘Release’, not ‘Debug’.

Android .apk -1


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