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Web Design Weekly #304

Headlines Page speed to affect mobile search ranking Google announced this week that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches. Time to make those website even faster (googleblog.com) Software rot and the case for the PWA rewrite If you are not on the Progressive Web App train, this article might tip you over the edge. Some great words by Matt Ludwig. (dockyard.com) CSS Grid — Learn all about CSS Grid with Wes Bos (cssgrid.io) Articles What’s New [...]

Monthly Web Development Update 1/2018: Browser Diversity, Ethical Design, And CSS Alignment

I hope you had a great start into the new year. And while it’s quite an arbitrary date, many of us take the start of the year as an opportunity to try to change something in their lives. I think it’s well worth doing so, and I wish you the best of luck for accomplishing your realistic goals. I for my part want to start working on my mindfulness, on being able to focus, and on pursuing my dream [...]

Air Lookout Is The Side Project That Changed My Design Process Forever

In February of 2015, I began working on an iOS app called Air Lookout. The goal of the app was to simplify and remove any obfuscation of air quality information. After over a year of working nights and weekends, the total net income since it launched in 2016 has been less than $ 1,000. Even with those numbers, I would relive every hour of work. The one thing that I can’t place a monetary value on is how [...]

Universal Principles Of User Experience Design

(This is a sponsored article.) As designers working in an ever-changing field, it’s important that we develop an understanding of the timeless design principles that underpin everything we do. In the second article in my series for Adobe XD, I’ll explore the foundations that enable us to establish some universal principles of UX. These principles, which should sit at the heart of everything we design and build, are critical and will stand the test of time: Articles on Smashing Magazine [...]

Ghost Button Design: Is This Really Still A Thing (And Why)?

For such a small design element, buttons sure are a complicated one to tackle. It makes sense, what with call-to-action buttons serving as the next step in your visitors’ path to conversion. Mess that up and you might as well say “bye-bye” to business. Though we have a good understanding of the types of button design rules that universally work, there will be times when you’re surprised by a rogue element that performs well. Articles on Smashing Magazine — For [...]

Web Design Weekly #302

Headlines React Performance Fixes on Airbnb Listing Pages Joe Lencioni explains the techniques he used to profile Airbnb’s listing pages, the tools he used to optimize it and see the scale of the impact it had. (medium.com) How Stripe Designs Beautiful Websites (leejamesrobinson.com) Claim Your .design Domain Name…Before Someone Else Does ​Grab a free .design domain name for your website or portfolio! Unlike .com or .net, .design is a domain that reflects what you do and makes your branding look better. Your .design domain [...]

Using Design Workouts To Build World-Class Design Teams

What do the makers of the most successful products in the world, whether digital or physical, have in common? I bet they put design and user experience at the center of everything they do. These companies recognize that the smallest detail can make or break a product. The best design ideas, though, are made not in isolation, but by strong, well-rounded teams. So, how do you cultivate a strong design team? Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And [...]

The Evolution Of User Experience Design

(This series of articles is kindly supported by Adobe.) We’re fortunate enough to be working at an incredibly exciting time in our industry. Yes, the challenges are considerable, but the opportunities are – equally – transformational. It’s never been a more exciting time to work as a User Experience (UX) designer. Great designers deliver wonderful, considered and memorable experiences. Doing that isn’t easy and – through this series of articles – I’ll provide a wealth of pointers to ensure [...]

Web Design Weekly #302

Headlines Debugging React performance with React 16 What happens when your components suddenly don’t feel fast anymore? Where do you look? How do you fix it? Ben Schwarz, the founder of Calibre points you in the right direction. A must read if you work with React. (calibreapp.com) What makes a good design principle? (matthewstrom.com) Sponsor Web Design Weekly and reach over 26,707 passionate designers and developers Articles Media Queries Based on Element Width with MutationObserver In this article Ali Alaa explores a JavaScript approach to add [...]

Web Design Weekly #301

Headlines Interface Bryn Jackson puts forward a proposal for an interchangeable format between design tools and developer tools. (spectrum.chat) Welcome to the new Smashing Magazine (smashingmagazine.com) Articles WTF is a Source Map A much needed post all about source maps. Richard Schneeman begins explaining the basics like, what is a source map, how exactly do source maps work and then goes into more detail towards the end of the post. (schneems.com) Happier HTML5 Form Validation Dave Rupert shares some finding from a recent client project that I’m [...]