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UX Meets MBA: What Happens When A Designer Goes To Business School

   If great design can imbue customers with trust, why are designers so removed from product management and the larger business strategy? As a VP of UX with an MBA, I strive to bring both worlds together to create a new model in which user experience and design align with overall business strategy and company vision to drive increased revenue and customer engagement.As the Internet became [...]

Web Design Weekly #287

Headlines CSS Utility Classes and “Separation of Concerns” Adam Wathan shares his experience about his CSS development journey. A great insight into someone that continually wanted to improve and seek out the best way for them to work. Oh and if you are into CSS this is a must read. (adamwathan.me) Bootstrap 4 Beta (blog.getbootstrap.com) Sponsor Web Design Weekly and reach over 25,486 passionate designers and developers Articles Web fonts: when you need them, when you don’t Over the last year David Gilbertson has produced some [...]

Removing Friction In UX: Last-Minute Travel Planning And Activity Booking (A Case Study)

   Most travellers make last-minute decisions, even though they spend significant time researching things to do before embarking on their trip. Finding a hotel and flight is relatively easy, but when it comes to tours and activities, the problem is that late or last-minute bookings are not always available.And if they are available, the process of making a purchase online is often hard. The mobile experience [...]

An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 1)

   Being a designer at the moment is great because a wealth of modern design applications are available that let you easily bring your ideas to the screen: Sketch, Affinity Designer, Adobe XD (beta) and Figma, to name just a few (not to mention the classics, Photoshop and Illustrator).One app that is quite new, though — and perhaps a bit overlooked — is the free Gravit [...]

How To Create A Sketch Plugin With Front-End Technologies

   UX design hasn’t been the same since Sketch arrived on the scene. The app has delivered a robust design platform with a refreshing, simple user interface. A good product on its own, it achieved critical success by being extended with community plugins.The open nature of the Sketch plugin system means that anyone can identify a need, write a plugin and share it with the community. [...]

Pattern Library Workflow

Jon Gunnison documents some things that have made pattern libraries successful at Allstate. Tidbits I found interesting:There are specific jobs (part of what he calls “governance”) for maintaining the library. I love that they are called librarians. A “designer librarian” and a “UI dev librarian”. Acknowledgment that there are “snowflakes”, or single instances that don’t fit into a pattern (at least right now). The pattern library is fed by information that comes in from lots of different places. Hence, requiring librarians [...]

Web Development Reading List: Announcing Changes, A Design Kit, DNA Malware, And Why Meaning Is An Advantage

   You might have noticed it already: in the past few weeks you might have missed Anselm’s Web Development Reading List issues here on SmashingMag. No worries, from now on, we’ll switch to collecting the most important news of each month in one handy, monthly summary for you. If you’d like to continue reading Anselm’s weekly reading list (and we encourage you to!), you can still [...]

User Authentication For Web And iOS Apps With AWS Cognito (Part 1)

   Developers and organizations alike are looking for a way to have more agility with mobile solutions. There is a desire to decrease the time from idea to test. As a developer, I often run up against one hurdle that can slow down the initial build of a mobile hypothesis: user management.Over the years, I have built at least three user management systems from scratch. Much [...]

Web Design Weekly #286

Headlines Discover the world’s best design practices A new resource from the talented Invision team. It focuses on best practices, stories and insights from the world’s top design leaders. It’s hot! (designbetter.co) JavaScript for People Who Hate JavaScript (zachholman.com) Sponsor Web Design Weekly and reach over 25,400 passionate designers and developers Articles Performance and Resilience: Stress-Testing Third Parties A great post by Harry Roberts that advises on ways to pick and test third party resources that you are considering to use within your project. (csswizardry.com) Engineering [...]

Designing The Perfect Feature Comparison Table

   Not all products are created equal. While we repeatedly buy some products almost mindlessly, for others, we take a lot of time to make a purchasing decision. For a price tag that meets a certain threshold or if we are particularly invested in the quality of a product, we want to be absolutely certain that we are making the right choice and are getting a [...]