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From Cats With Love: Welcome The New Smashing Membership

We can’t believe it’s actually happening. After 18 months of hard work on the big bang relaunch of this little website, today is the day when everything changes. New design and new technical stack. New personality and new ambitious goals. But most importantly, a new focus on our wonderful web community, with the brand new Smashing Membership. Rewarding Great People Doing Great Work In times when we fight all the craziness and narrow-mindedness around us, we need to remind [...]

Friendly, Frictionless Work: Best Practices For Enterprise Messaging UX, From Slack

   Creating good user experiences for apps inside messaging platforms poses a relatively new design challenge. When moving from desktop web to mobile interfaces, developers have had to rethink interaction design to work around a constrained screen size, a new set of input gestures and unreliable network connections.Like our tiny touchscreens, messaging platforms also shake up the types of input that apps can accept, change designers’ [...]

Learn From What You See: It All Starts With Inspiration

   The world around us is full of little things and experiences that shape us, our way of thinking, but also how we tackle our work. Influenced by these encounters, every designer develops their unique style and workflow, and studying their artwork — the compositions, geometry of lines and shapes, light and shadows, the colors and patterns — can all inspire us to look beyond our [...]

Progressively Enhancing CSS Layout: From Floats To Flexbox To Grid

   Earlier this year, support for CSS grid layout landed in most major desktop browsers. Naturally, the specification is one of the hot topics at meet-ups and conferences. After having some conversations about grid and progressive enhancement, I believe that there’s a good amount of uncertainty about using it. I heard some quite interesting questions and statements, which I want to address in this post.“When can [...]