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Monthly Web Development Update 11/2017: Browser News, KRACK and Calligraphy With AR

   Editor’s Note: Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann summarizes what happened in the web community in the past few weeks in one handy list, so that you can catch up on everything new and important. Enjoy!Welcome back to our monthly reading list. Before we dive right into all the amazing content I stumbled upon — admittedly, this one is going to be quite a long update [...]

Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Make November Even More Colorful (2017 Edition)

   November is a rather gray month in many parts of the world, so what could be better as some colorful inspiration to start it off with the right foot? To tickle your creativity, artists and designers from across the globe once again challenged their artistic abilities and designed desktop wallpapers for you to indulge in. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual [...]

Mobile Interface Myths You Should Throw Out The Window

   If anything’s clear in 2017, it’s that lying is back in fashion (if it ever left us at all). From the heated fake news debate to the false data provided by Facebook, lying is all the rage these days. A white lie here and there is no big deal. We’re all guilty of it. The problem arises when lies turn into full-grown myths, then become [...]

10 Simple Tips To Improve User Testing

   (This is a sponsored post). Testing is a fundamental part of the UX designer’s job and a core part of the overall UX design process. Testing provides the inspiration, guidance and validation that product teams need in order to design great products. That’s why the most effective teams make testing a habit.Usability testing involves observing users as they use a product. It helps you find [...]

Creating Secure Password Resets With JSON Web Tokens

   When a user of your application has forgotten their password, it can and should be reset securely. To accomplish a secure password reset, I will demonstrate how to use JSON Web Tokens (JWT) to generate a URL-safe token. The JWT contains encoded information about the user and a signature that, when decoded, is validated to ensure that the token has not been tampered with.Once the [...]

Maximizing The Design Sprint

   Following a summer of Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and other superhero blockbusters, it’s natural to fantasize about having a superpower of your own. Luckily for designers, innovators, and customer-centric thinkers, the design sprint process allows you to see into the future to learn in just five days what customers think about your finished product.As a UX consultant and in-house design strategist, I have facilitated dozens upon [...]

Right-To-Left Development In Mobile Design

   The Middle Eastern market is growing at a rapid pace, and, as a result, demand for IT products is also booming in the region. What is peculiar, though, is that Middle Eastern countries require design that is not only compatible with their needs and comfortable for their users, but that is also suitable to their language standards, making a serious adaptation process very important. Given [...]

Level-Up Email Campaigns With Customer Journey Mapping

   I became a huge fan of customer journey mapping the first time I was introduced to it. And after a few years of mapping, tweaking and presenting maps, my team and I started looking for other more exotic uses of this technique. Well, seek and ye shall find.Customer journey mapping is a visualization technique that helps marketing specialists, user experience designers, and product and business [...]

Understanding The Vary Header

   The Vary HTTP header is sent in billions of HTTP responses every day. But its use has never fulfilled its original vision, and many developers misunderstand what it does or don’t even realize that their web server is sending it. With the coming of the Client Hints, Variants and Key specifications, varied responses are getting a fresh start.In principle, a URL represents not a web [...]

SmashingConf 2018: Fetch Those Early-Bird Tickets! 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 🇨🇦

   Great conferences are all about learning new skills and making new connections. That’s why we’ve set up a couple of new adventures for SmashingConf 2018 — just practical sessions, new formats, new lightning talks, evening sessions and genuine, interesting conversations — with a dash of friendly networking! Taking place in London, San Francisco, Toronto. Tickets? Glad you asked! SmashingConf London: everything web performance. Feb 7–8. Performance matters. Next year, we’re [...]