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Monday, 21 October 2013

Touchsquid Announces Winners for Skin and Theme Design Contest

Touchsquid Technology, the developer of remote control apps for Android tablets and smartphones is proud to announce the winners of its 2013 skin and theme design contest.

One of the most popular features of Touchsquid remote app is its ability to skin and theme its interface. Why settle for someone else's when you can add your own graphics interface?  This is a customization not found in most other remotes or software solutions.

The first winner is Brian Rutkowski from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania USA who submitted a landscape interface called the Carbon and Contrast for use with tablets.  Brian was not trained as a graphics designer, in fact, he worked as a Health Physics Technician at a nuclear power plant.  He's a self-taught graphic designer and he brings his love of design into his technology tools.

In addition to the skin and theme graphics, Brian also contributed matching activity icons.  He added items  like specific game consoles and media players such as popcorn hour, WD TV and ROKU as they become popular.  He loves the nostalgia of playing retro 80 and 90 arcade games using today's technology and this is reflected in the resulting artwork.

The second winner is Marla Roja from Vancouver, BC.  Marla is a trained graphic designer and works at a North Vancouver signage company.  Her entry is both landscape and portrait format suitable for the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Touchsquid remote app.  She named the skin as "Touchsquid Theme by Marla".

Marla had several themes in mind, but chose to work on a conservative mainstream with a more feminine slant.  You will note that she uses shapess that have a little more curve in what she calls "sex appeal".   Her icons and arrows are sort of whimsical, to give some attractive charm.

Both of these skins and themes are now added to Touchsquid's library and users are able to install these for their own use. In help to make themes fit a particular style the Touchsquid app now allows users to choose from several fonts and set the font color for buttons.

We are very proud to announce these two winning entries and we thank all our contributors for helping make this contest a successful event.

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