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User Authentication For Web And iOS Apps With AWS Cognito (Part 2)

   In today’s digital landscape, developers constantly need to be adding new tools to remain competitive and at the top of their craft.If you regularly create new web or mobile applications, then Amazon Cognito is a powerful tool that can cut 90% of the time it usually takes to set up a custom user-management solution. If that is intriguing to you, then let’s continue the journey [...]

Playing With Color: Vibrant Options For Apps And Websites

   Color is one of the most powerful tools in a designer’s toolkit. Color can draw attention, set a mood, and influence the user’s emotion, perception and actions. When it comes to the web and mobile app design, this is definitely a time of vibrant colors. Designers use vibrant colors to focus people’s attention on important elements and to make their designs memorable.In this article, I’ll [...]

Building Inclusive Toggle Buttons

   Some things are either on or off and, when those things aren’t on (or off), they are invariably off (or on). The concept is so rudimentary that I’ve only complicated it by trying to explain it, yet on/off switches (or toggle buttons) are not all alike. Although their purpose is simple, their applications and forms vary greatly.In this inaugural post, I’ll be exploring what it [...]

We’re Touring Through Southeast Asia: Join The Mozilla Developer Roadshow!

   We love exploring opportunities. While many of us are quite familiar with publications and events surrounding us, we often lack the global perspective on what’s happening in the web industry across the world. For example, do you know what the state of web design in Singapore is? What about front-end events in Kuala Lumpur? What about the acceptance of UX-driven processes in Hong Kong? That’s [...]

Monthly Web Development Update 09/2017: Functional CSS, Android 8 And iOS 11

   Editor’s Note: Welcome to this month’s web development update. It’s actually the first one that we publish, and from now on, Anselm will summarize the most important things that happened over the past month in one handy list for you. So that you’re always up-to-date of what’s going on in the web community. Enjoy!Today, I’d like to begin this update with a question I’m asking [...]

Launching Your Design Career: Which Type Of Education Is Best For You?

   If you’re stuck in a job you hate and have dreams of becoming a designer and working in a creative role that fills you with excitement daily, the road to entering this completely new industry can feel daunting.Making a major career shift late in life to follow your passion is scary. Not only is it sometimes difficult to know where to start to learn about [...]

UX At Scale 2017: Free Webinars To Get Scaling Design Right

   Design doesn’t scale as cleanly as engineering. It’s not enough that each element and page is consistent with each other — the much bigger challenge lies in keeping the sum of the parts intact, too. And accomplishing that with a lot of designers involved in the same project.If you’re working in a growing startup or a large corporation, you probably know the issues that come [...]

The CSS Grid Challenge: Build A Template, Win Some Smashing Prizes!

   Layout on the web has always been tricky, but with CSS Grid being now supported in all major browsers, most of the hacks that helped to achieve complex layouts have become obsolete. Firefox even has a CSS Grid Inspector built in, so that there’s nothing to hold you back from making even the most challenging flexible layout reality.To explore the possibilities and features of CSS [...]

Meet XRespond Testing Tool: Let’s Make Building Responsive Websites Simpler

   The way people consume information is constantly evolving. As web designers and developers, we keep up with all of the different screen shapes and sizes, learning to create beautiful, flexible software. Yet most of the available tools still don’t reflect the nature and diversity of the platform we’re building for: the browser.When I was making my first responsive website in 2012, I quickly realized how [...]

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 [...]