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Some of the most beautifully designed apps you never heard of

Call it serendipity, but in the process of preparing my class’ lecture about good design with color, I have ran into these beauties. You will like them too.

This is the weekend edition of TheMarioBlog and will be updated as needed. The next blog post is Monday, February 12.

My job was to look for good use of color on mobile apps. That’s the topic of our Multiplatform Design & Storytelling class Monday at Columbia University. I want to introduce the students to apps that are not part of their daily routine, while emphasizing how good use of color makes all the difference in the way we react and navigate through an app (or a printed page, too).

These are pleasant surprises.  Some are actually out and others are concept for a discussion of color here.

The lesson in all of them: how much a designer can accomplish with very little use of color, yet with a focus on a specific color temperature and/or palette.

Take a look.


Earth Tones


Great use of earth tones, with black as the background. Stunning combination.

From Cafe App



From Unvit



It’s all about red


From Fashion Adviser



Those hot temperatures red and yellow

From Swing, a music app





Society of News Design New York: Celebrating 40 years


The Society for News Design’s 40th Anniversary Workshop, Creative Conference and Awards Gala will be in New York City, March 22–24.
Workshop chair Tyson Evans, of The New York Times, and an army of volunteers are organizing three packed days of talks, training, networking and inspiration about the future (and past) of storytelling, visual journalism and news products across print and digital.
Speakers announced so far include Scott Stowell, proprietor of Open and winner of the National Design Award for Communication Design; Jennifer Daniel, of Google; John Maeda, of Automattic and visual journalists from The New York Times, Washington Post, Axios, Vice, ProPublica and more.
I am honored to be one of the speakers.
If you would like to attend what promises to be one of the best SND gatherings ever, please go here for more information:

Mario’s Speaking Engagements

 March 22-24, 2018-Society of News Deisgn , New York City.


April 18-19, 2018-Newscamp ,Augsburg,  Germany.





May 26, 2018Associacion Riograndense de Imprensa, Univesidad de Santa Cruz (Unisc), Brazil



June 3-6, 2018The Seminar, San Antonio, Texas.



Garcia Media: Over 25 years at your service


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