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The Rise Of The State Machines

It’s 2018 already, and countless front-end developers are still leading a battle against complexity and immobility. Month after month, they’ve searched for the holy grail: a bug-free application architecture that will help them deliver quickly and with high quality. I am one of those developers, and I’ve found something interesting that might help. We have taken a good step forward with tools such as React and Redux. However, they’re not enough on their own in large-scale applications. Articles on Smashing [...]

Introducing Web Payments: Easier Online Purchases With The Payment Request API

Buying things online can be a frustrating process, especially on mobile. Even if the pages are well designed, there’s a lot of information required: Our contact information, shipping and billing addresses, shipping option and card details. If you’ve ever just given up sometimes, you’re in the majority. The Baymard Institute took an average across 37 different studies and found that 69% of shopping carts are abandoned. A typical, long checkout form on mobile. Articles on Smashing Magazine — For [...]

Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Welcome 2018 (January Edition)

The new year is an opportunity to start over fresh, to overcome routines and rethink processes. And, well, despite all the New Year’s resolutions you might have made, sometimes it’s the small things that work wonders. A tidy desktop and a new, inspiring wallpaper, for example, that caters for a little inspiration shot when you need one. To kick off 2018 with wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd, artists and designers from across the [...]

What You Build

I tweeted this yesterday and it seemed to resonate with some folks:Just a little reminder that it’s about 100 times more important what you build than how you build it. — Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) December 10, 2017What I was feeling when I wrote that was a little tired of endless discussions on tech minutia and yearning for more focus on what we are building and discussion about why.If you’re a reader of this site, you and I live in the [...]

Making The Transition From After Effects To CSS Transitions And Keyframes

Websites are looking more and more like mobile apps. Users are also increasingly expecting a more app-like experience. From push notifications to offline mode, native web apps are getting there. Once web apps function like native apps, the design interactions would also change to address the use case — namely, the ubiquity of animations. Animations drive interactions in all of our favourite apps, from Uber to Lyft and Snapchat to Instagram. Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And [...]

Productivity Tips And Tricks: The Community Shares Its Piece Of Advice

Productivity tips always make for a popular topic for an article, as everyone is looking for the silver bullet, that one weird trick that turns you into a productivity machine. However, the tips that work well for one person may not work so well for another. We asked the community on Twitter and Facebook to share their best productivity tips, and in this article I’m going to round these up alongside some things I’ve learned that work well for [...]

Building Better UI Designs With Layout Grids

(This is a sponsored post.) Designers of all types constantly face issues with the structure of their designs. One of the easiest ways to control the structure of a layout and to achieve a consistent and organized design is to apply a grid system. A grid is like invisible glue that holds a design together. Even when elements are physically separated from each other, something invisible connects them together. While grids and layout systems are a part of the [...]

Invision Studio

Studio is the name of the new design tool by the team at InVision that’ll launch in January 2018 and it looks like it has a lot of great features, with shared component libraries being one of the more interesting features that I can’t wait to take a closer look at. Also I’m sure that it’ll integrate really nicely with InVision’s existing tools and apps to make prototyping a whole lot easier. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkInvision Studio is [...]

32 Free And Friendly Office Icons

The web has changed the way we work. Startups rethought what offices look like, and with a laptop in your bag, you can get work done from anywhere anyways — no matter if it’s your desk at home or the cozy coffee shop around the corner. Over are the times of dark and stuffy cubicles — in many companies, at least. To remove the dust from the term “office” and give the visuals revolving around it a fresh and [...]

Dealing With Stress As A Designer: Here’s What Research Says

The world is a stressful place. That’s probably why if you search for articles about dealing with stress you’ll find lots of great advice. But the problem is that most of it is pretty generic. Eat good food. Exercise. Get plenty of sleep. Those are all good general tips — but is there anything more specific to the profession of design? If you’re a designer who feels stressed from time to time, then this article is for you. Articles on [...]