I’ve opened a few Sketch documents lately that specify fonts I didn’t have installed. Something like the TypeKit integration in Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps could smooth the process of acquiring missing fonts.
I think it’s helpful to show the document name in the dialog because you can’t actually see the document open in Sketch yet. Maybe you opened a couple documents at once and aren’t sure which one has missing fonts.
The Search Web for Font button would only appear if the specified font cannot be found on Google Fonts. Clicking it would open a search engine query (using the default engine in the user’s default web browser) with a string along the lines of “FontName-Weight+font”.
Alternatively, a menu allowing the user to either search a generic search engine or a font site like FontSquirrel could appear.
The dialog should be wide enough to accomodate most PostScript font names. Extremely lengthy font names should be truncated in the middle so the user can see the first bit of the family name and the weight. The whole name can be displayed on hover.
Some variation of this interface should also appear in the Missing Fonts sheet.
I would really like to be able to interact with applications in a simultaneous multi-modal fashion, taking advantage of pointing device, keyboard, voice, and gestures. In some cases, I'd like to direct speech commands to a background app while pointer and keyboard focus remains in the front app. Sometimes you need information from an app, not necessarily to use it.
Say I’m chatting with a friend to schedule dinner next week, but I don’t remember my schedule. Calendar is open and visible in another region of the screen, but it’s showing the current week. Assuming the Mac is always listening for the Siri invocation command, I just say “Hey, Siri, go to next week in Calendar” rather than switching to Calendar, navigating to next week, then switching back to the chat. This scenario is depicted in the video below.
Siri Background App Control
Speedy interpretation of speech commands is crucial to these interactions feeling fluid and natural. Incorporation of a speech co-processor (as with the iMac Pro) allows Macs to always listen for the “Hey, Siri” prompt rather than having to invoke Siri through the menubar item or keyboard shortcut.
If Apple builds a display (still hoping for a 40-inch 8K) to pair with the forthcoming Mac Pro, they should include the dot field hardware that enables Face Unlock on the iPhone X. Provide that on the Mac, but go further by using it to recognize hand gestures made in the space between the user and the display. It could also potentially be useful for those with motor impairments as a way to use blink patterns to execute commands. Maybe it could even be used as a way to translate sign languages to text, without having to wear a special glove.
Hold up a thumbs up or down, or one or more fingers to star rate the playing song
Raise or lower your hand to control audio or video volume
Make a pinch in or out gesture in mid-air to zoom in mapping or graphics apps; not everyone has a trackpad
Make a “holding a camera, pressing the shutter button” gesture to take a screenshot
Once you’ve lived in New York for a while, you don’t necessarily need a specific route to get between two points. You know roughly which subway lines will you get from point A to point B. The important thing becomes knowing which trains are operating normally and which are delayed or rerouted (which seems pretty common these days). To that end, the MTA site provides a status widget providing an overview, but I’d like it to be a single click (or two-finger swipe) away in the Today view of the Notifications Center. A similar display would also be useful on phones.
Here's the UI as seen in Safari Technical Preview 41, released October 4, 2017.
Revised Responsive Design Mode
Add a bandwidth throttling menu:
Improve the contrast of the selected viewport setting in a style consistent with the Web Inspector
Show a rotate icon when hovering on a device icon
Align label baselines
Add a screen mode menu for iPads that would allow selection from:
This provides an explicit UI for using the iPad multi-tasking modes and would allow users to switch between portrait and landscape orientations of different iPad models while staying in a multi-tasking view. In STP 41, you can skip cycling through the iPad multi-tasking modes by Option-clicking the iPad icon.
When resizing objects in Sketch, I’d like to see the increment (or decrement) value along with the dimensions.
The change value is always relative to the dimensions before the drag began, so if you increased the width of the example above by 10, then decreased that by 5 without releasing the drag handle, the counter would read +5.
If they prove distracting, maybe a “Show dimension change counts” checkbox in the Layers section of Preferences.
Ideally, these would display when resizing using the keyboard as well.
Throw typography nerds a bone by using a proper multiplication symbol rather than an x for the width/height separator. I assume you can add it from the Characters palette to the appropriate place in Xcode.
I’m really happy with how the new (nestable!) symbols are shaping up in the Sketch 3.7 betas — great work by the team at Bohemian Coding.
If you want to design UI transitions and responsive layouts without writing the code yourself, Hype Pro is a great option.
To work out the details for specific UI transitions, I frequently just copy and paste design elements from my Sketch document into Hype and go from there. Keep in mind that it is generally easier to manipulate text and boxes if they are created in Hype itself.
For more involved UI simulations, the addition of symbols (particularly those that persist across scenes) makes such a thing much easier to manage than in older versions of Hype.
The Tumult team has done some great work on the upcoming Hype Pro. If you are a designer who wants to move beyond static mockups and tools that limit you to canned animations, you’ll want to check it out.