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The Smashing Mystery Riddle Is Resolved: When Purple Rain Meets Felix The Cat

These riddles can be quite addictive and annoying, can’t they? With seven mischievous riddles published over the last few years, we’ve learned a few lessons along the way. At this point, you might be used to endless, mischievous, tricky, mean, time-consuming and intricate Mystery Riddles, and the latest one wasn’t any different. It had to be playful and challenging, and take at least 45 mins to resolve. In the end, the first answer to the new riddle came in [...]

An Introduction To Automated Testing Of WordPress Plugins With PHPUnit

WordPress is a popular content management system for building websites because it is easy to get started with and a ton of themes and plugins are available to extend its feature set. The main reason WordPress has a lot of plugins and themes is because it’s easy for developers of any level to start building one. Most of its developers are not experienced, and they do not write tests for their work, perhaps because of the following reasons: Articles on [...]

Web Design Weekly #302

Headlines React Performance Fixes on Airbnb Listing Pages Joe Lencioni explains the techniques he used to profile Airbnb’s listing pages, the tools he used to optimize it and see the scale of the impact it had. (medium.com) How Stripe Designs Beautiful Websites (leejamesrobinson.com) Claim Your .design Domain Name…Before Someone Else Does ​Grab a free .design domain name for your website or portfolio! Unlike .com or .net, .design is a domain that reflects what you do and makes your branding look better. Your .design domain [...]

The New Smashing Mystery Riddle, An Emoji Edition

Oh yes, the infamous mystery riddles are back! To celebrate the relaunch of this little website, we’ve prepared something special yet again — a Smashing Emoji Mystery Riddle. And this time, instead of scouting an answer in a physical place or on Twitter, it’s well hidden somewhere on this website. So, What Can You Win? Among the first readers who tweet @smashingmag all the hidden emoji, we’ll raffle a quite extraordinary, smashing prize (and a couple of other Smashing extras): Articles [...]

Using Design Workouts To Build World-Class Design Teams

What do the makers of the most successful products in the world, whether digital or physical, have in common? I bet they put design and user experience at the center of everything they do. These companies recognize that the smallest detail can make or break a product. The best design ideas, though, are made not in isolation, but by strong, well-rounded teams. So, how do you cultivate a strong design team? Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And [...]

Evolution of img: Gif without the GIF

Colin Bendell writes about a new and particularly weird addition to Safari Technology Preview in this excellent post about the evolution of animated images on the web. He explains how we can now add an MP4 file directly to the source of an img tag. That would look something like this: <img src="video.mp4"/> The idea is that that code would render an image with a looping video inside. As Colin describes, this provides a host of performance benefits:Animated GIFs are [...]

How To Iterate Your Way To A Winning Content-Driven Website

If, like me, you spend most of your days working on content-driven websites, you can feel left out of the cool kid’s party. Best practice like Agile, continual iteration, and user feedback don’t sit quite as well when serving up lots of information, rather than a killer web app. When I talk about a content-driven site, I am referring to any website whose primary aim is to convey information, rather than complete tasks. Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web [...]

The Evolution Of User Experience Design

(This series of articles is kindly supported by Adobe.) We’re fortunate enough to be working at an incredibly exciting time in our industry. Yes, the challenges are considerable, but the opportunities are – equally – transformational. It’s never been a more exciting time to work as a User Experience (UX) designer. Great designers deliver wonderful, considered and memorable experiences. Doing that isn’t easy and – through this series of articles – I’ll provide a wealth of pointers to ensure [...]

Web Design Weekly #302

Headlines Debugging React performance with React 16 What happens when your components suddenly don’t feel fast anymore? Where do you look? How do you fix it? Ben Schwarz, the founder of Calibre points you in the right direction. A must read if you work with React. (calibreapp.com) What makes a good design principle? (matthewstrom.com) Sponsor Web Design Weekly and reach over 26,707 passionate designers and developers Articles Media Queries Based on Element Width with MutationObserver In this article Ali Alaa explores a JavaScript approach to add [...]

Welcome To The Next Level Of Mobile App Development

(This is a sponsored article.) As users spend 89% of their mobile time inside apps — and 56% of all traffic is now mobile — creating a mobile app has become a top priority for many businesses. Statistics show that the average American spends more than two hours a day on their mobile device. Having a mobile app can be beneficial for your company for a number of reasons. But we all know that building an app from scratch [...]