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Dwelling On The Past: The Importance Of Project Retrospectives (Part 1)

   We should always look for opportunities to grow and improve. Retrospectives and reflections allow you to codify what you’ve learned from experience, to document mistakes and avoid future ones, and to increase your potential to grow in the future.Agile methodologies typically include time for retrospectives throughout a project. Regardless of your methodology, all teams would benefit from having a retrospective at the conclusion of a [...]

Problem space

Speaking of utility libraries, Jeremy Keith responded to Adam Wathan’s article that we linked to not long ago. Jeremey is with him through the first four “phases”, but can’t come along for phase 5, the one about going all-in on utility libraries:At this point there is no benefit to even having an external stylesheet. You may as well use inline styles. Ah, but Adam has anticipated this and counters with this difference between inline styles and having utility [...]

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition)

   As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, and, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission nine years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your [...]

An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 2)

   Welcome back to the second part of this tutorial on Gravit Designer. In the first part we took a general look at Gravit and set everything up, created the background image in the weather app and the status bar, and then started to make the initial elements of the design’s content. Let’s continue where we left off.Having created the main text layers of the content [...]

Launching An App? Make App Store Optimization Your Foundation For Growth

   Most apps developed and released in Google’s Play store are abandoned by their developers. Over half of these apps get fewer than 5000 downloads, and most apps are considered unprofitable. This article is not going to make you the next Instagram, but it will hopefully help you get a nice base level of users that you can grow from.To give you some better understanding of [...]

Web Design Weekly #288

Headlines Integrating Animation into a Design System Integrating animation into a design systems is no easy task but hopefully this article will guide you in the right direction to bring them together in a cohesive manner. (alistapart.com) 150 animated tips on Chrome DevTools (medium.com) Sponsor Web Design Weekly and reach over 25,634 passionate designers and developers Articles Rethinking drag and drop The talented Alex Reardon from Atlassian shares some thoughts around drag and drop and introduces a handy React component which makes drag and drop for [...]

Managing CSS & JS in an HTTP/2 World

Trevor Davis on how we’ll link up CSS when we go all-in on HTTP/2:This is the opposite of what we have done as best practice for years now. But in order to take advantage of multiplexing, it’s best to break up your CSS into smaller files so that only the necessary CSS is loaded on each page. An example page markup would look something like this:<link href="stylesheets/modules/text-block/index.css" rel="stylesheet"> <div class="text-block"> ... </div> <link href="stylesheets/modules/two-column-block/index.css" rel="stylesheet"> <div [...]

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 [...]