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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 [...]

How To Work Out What To Charge Clients: The Honest Version

   Have you ever read a post that has left you feeling wholly inadequate because you know you can’t live up to the high standards they layout? Well, that is how I feel when I read posts about how much to charge my clients.When Smashing Magazine asked me to write an article sharing my thoughts on pricing my services, I agreed without much thought. But now [...]

How do you start a sentence with “npm”?

This npm. Asking this question was a fun little journey.Right on the npm website, the very first sentence starts with “npm”, and they do not capitalize it.That’s a pretty good precedent for not capitalizing it. It certainly looks awkward though, which is why I asked the question to begin with. It doesn’t feel right to me to start a sentence that way, and I’m sure other some other people would look at it and see a mistake. Their own [...]

Tracking Internal Marketing Campaigns With Google Analytics

   Editor’s Note: This article is targeted at readers experienced in using Google Analytics. If you’re new to Analytics, the following guide might be challenging. Many websites use internal advertising in the form of banners or personalized product recommendations to bring additional products and services to the attention of visitors and to increase conversions and leads.Naturally, the performance and effectiveness of internal marketing campaigns should be assessed, [...]

Friendly, Frictionless Work: Best Practices For Enterprise Messaging UX, From Slack

   Creating good user experiences for apps inside messaging platforms poses a relatively new design challenge. When moving from desktop web to mobile interfaces, developers have had to rethink interaction design to work around a constrained screen size, a new set of input gestures and unreliable network connections.Like our tiny touchscreens, messaging platforms also shake up the types of input that apps can accept, change designers’ [...]

Building A Simple AI Chatbot With Web Speech API And Node.js

   Using voice commands has become pretty ubiquitous nowadays, as more mobile phone users use voice assistants such as Siri and Cortana, and as devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home have been invading our living rooms.These systems are built with speech recognition software that allows their users to issue voice commands. Now, our web browsers will become familiar with to Web Speech API, which [...]

How We Solve CSS Versioning Conflicts Here at New Relic

At first the title made me think of Git conflicts, but that’s not what this is about. It’s about namespacing selectors for components. Ultimately, they decided to use a Webpack loader (not open source, it doesn’t appear) to prefix every single class with a hashed string representing the version. I guess that must happen in both the HTML and CSS so they match. Lots of folks landing on style-scoping in one way or another to solve their problems. It makes [...]

The Surprising Relationship Between Gamification And Modern Persuasion

   If you’re like me, then being persuaded requires a scientific approach and concrete examples. And that’s exactly what this article does. It explains how gamification can work by showing the relationship between gamification, UX design and BJ Fogg’s modern persuasion phenomenon, “mass interpersonal persuasion.” And it has a lot of practical gamification examples that you can apply to your own products for more engaging experiences.Today, [...]

Learn From What You See: It All Starts With Inspiration

   The world around us is full of little things and experiences that shape us, our way of thinking, but also how we tackle our work. Influenced by these encounters, every designer develops their unique style and workflow, and studying their artwork — the compositions, geometry of lines and shapes, light and shadows, the colors and patterns — can all inspire us to look beyond our [...]