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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn! Inspiring Wallpapers To Start September Off Right (2017 Edition)

   As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, and, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on a special creativity mission nine years ago: to provide you with inspiring and unique desktop wallpapers every month. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that are bound to fuel your [...]

An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 2)

   Welcome back to the second part of this tutorial on Gravit Designer. In the first part we took a general look at Gravit and set everything up, created the background image in the weather app and the status bar, and then started to make the initial elements of the design’s content. Let’s continue where we left off.Having created the main text layers of the content [...]

Launching An App? Make App Store Optimization Your Foundation For Growth

   Most apps developed and released in Google’s Play store are abandoned by their developers. Over half of these apps get fewer than 5000 downloads, and most apps are considered unprofitable. This article is not going to make you the next Instagram, but it will hopefully help you get a nice base level of users that you can grow from.To give you some better understanding of [...]

UX Meets MBA: What Happens When A Designer Goes To Business School

   If great design can imbue customers with trust, why are designers so removed from product management and the larger business strategy? As a VP of UX with an MBA, I strive to bring both worlds together to create a new model in which user experience and design align with overall business strategy and company vision to drive increased revenue and customer engagement.As the Internet became [...]

Removing Friction In UX: Last-Minute Travel Planning And Activity Booking (A Case Study)

   Most travellers make last-minute decisions, even though they spend significant time researching things to do before embarking on their trip. Finding a hotel and flight is relatively easy, but when it comes to tours and activities, the problem is that late or last-minute bookings are not always available.And if they are available, the process of making a purchase online is often hard. The mobile experience [...]

An Introduction To Gravit Designer: Designing A Weather App (Part 1)

   Being a designer at the moment is great because a wealth of modern design applications are available that let you easily bring your ideas to the screen: Sketch, Affinity Designer, Adobe XD (beta) and Figma, to name just a few (not to mention the classics, Photoshop and Illustrator).One app that is quite new, though — and perhaps a bit overlooked — is the free Gravit [...]

How To Create A Sketch Plugin With Front-End Technologies

   UX design hasn’t been the same since Sketch arrived on the scene. The app has delivered a robust design platform with a refreshing, simple user interface. A good product on its own, it achieved critical success by being extended with community plugins.The open nature of the Sketch plugin system means that anyone can identify a need, write a plugin and share it with the community. [...]

Web Development Reading List: Announcing Changes, A Design Kit, DNA Malware, And Why Meaning Is An Advantage

   You might have noticed it already: in the past few weeks you might have missed Anselm’s Web Development Reading List issues here on SmashingMag. No worries, from now on, we’ll switch to collecting the most important news of each month in one handy, monthly summary for you. If you’d like to continue reading Anselm’s weekly reading list (and we encourage you to!), you can still [...]

User Authentication For Web And iOS Apps With AWS Cognito (Part 1)

   Developers and organizations alike are looking for a way to have more agility with mobile solutions. There is a desire to decrease the time from idea to test. As a developer, I often run up against one hurdle that can slow down the initial build of a mobile hypothesis: user management.Over the years, I have built at least three user management systems from scratch. Much [...]