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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 [...]

A Big List of Typography Books

For your holiday gift shopping needs! These my picks for some of the most popular books out there on typography, with a tilt toward web typography. Plus a couple of bonus picks by our own Robin Rendle. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkA Big List of Typography Books is a post from CSS-Tricks CSS-Tricks

Customizing Admin Columns In WordPress

(This is a sponsored article.) If you manage a WordPress website, you’ve probably faced a common problem. How do you get insight into all of your content at a glance? WordPress’ admin area does not show you much about your pages, posts, users and comments. That can make it hard to find the right page, to check if all associated fields are properly filled, or simply to get a general sense of your website’s content. Articles on Smashing Magazine — [...]

Cheerful Wallpapers To Deck Your December Desktop (2017 Edition)

To get you in the right mood for December and the upcoming holiday season, artists and designers from across the globe once again got their creative ideas bubbling and created festive and inspiring desktop wallpapers for you. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that are bound to add some holiday cheer to your screen. All wallpapers featured in this post can be downloaded for free and come in versions with and without a [...]

Web Design Weekly #301

Headlines Interface Bryn Jackson puts forward a proposal for an interchangeable format between design tools and developer tools. (spectrum.chat) Welcome to the new Smashing Magazine (smashingmagazine.com) Articles WTF is a Source Map A much needed post all about source maps. Richard Schneeman begins explaining the basics like, what is a source map, how exactly do source maps work and then goes into more detail towards the end of the post. (schneems.com) Happier HTML5 Form Validation Dave Rupert shares some finding from a recent client project that I’m [...]

Designing Ethics: Shifting Ethical Understanding In Design

The influence of design is expanding beyond the realms of typography and objects and into healthcare, public policy, education, financial services, and more. Designers working in these emerging design fields are responsible for projects that have significant and fundamental impact on the quality of people’s lives with clear ethical implications. In healthcare, for example, designers are responsible for creating everything from the industrial designer’s medical device that keeps a heart beating to the service designer’s physical layout of an [...]

From Cats With Love: Welcome The New Smashing Membership

We can’t believe it’s actually happening. After 18 months of hard work on the big bang relaunch of this little website, today is the day when everything changes. New design and new technical stack. New personality and new ambitious goals. But most importantly, a new focus on our wonderful web community, with the brand new Smashing Membership. Rewarding Great People Doing Great Work In times when we fight all the craziness and narrow-mindedness around us, we need to remind [...]

Editing the W3C HTML5 spec

Bruce Lawson has been tapped to co-edit the W3C HTML5 spec and, in his announcement post, clarified the difference between that and the WHATWG spec:The WHATWG spec is a future-facing document; lots of ideas are incubated there. The W3C spec is a snapshot of what works interoperably – authors who don’t care much about what may or may not be round the corner, but who need solid advice on what works now may find this spec easier to use.I [...]