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By Charmaine Farber | Human - centered, visual and user experience design topics and delights!

Stop overthinking UX and try the coffee shop test

If you work in product development you hear a lot about user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). When people don’t really know what they are talking about, they use these terms interchangeably, along with buzz phrases like “human-centric design,” “process guided customer control groups,” and …

Design in Tech Report 2016

Last year, John Maeda published his inaugural #DesignInTech report to reveal the impact Design has made in Silicon Valley. Now, in his second annual …

Four Things Working at Facebook Has Taught Me About Design Critique

Critique is an important part of any design process, whether you work within a diverse team or independently. The feedback you get through a formal …

Influencing Web Layouts with Print Layouts

Jen Simmons has a compelling talk (video) where she calls out web design as being far too dominated by the HEADER CONTENT SIDEBAR FOOTER pattern …

Should I use a video as a background?

A reader writes in:I've seen done beautifully, but I'm having a hard time finding any articles on best practices. I try to steer clients away from …

Product Design Principles: How Does Your Product Stack Up?

18 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Web Design

Getting Started With CSS calc()

I first discovered the calc() function more than four years ago, thanks to CSS3 Click Chart, and I was absolutely delighted to see that basic …

Free Music Archive launches 2015 fundraising drive

The Free Music Archive, a long-running Creative Commons music platform, is running its first-ever fundraising drive. It will run from mid-November …

Designing Healthcare Apps With Delight

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UX Design

Using UI System Fonts In Web Design: A Quick Practical Guide

• 8 min read<br>• Typography, Fonts, CSS<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× …

Typography

The Difference Between Responsive and Adaptive Design

This is a question that comes up more regularly than you might expect. We see it pop up in the CSS-Tricks forums from time-to-time. It's also a …

Flexbox For Interfaces All The Way: Tracks Case Study

The <b>days of floats and margin trickery are finally behind us</b>, as CSS furnishes developers with new and improved properties perfect for those delicate …

Common questions often asked on UX

User Experience (UX) is the talk of the town these days. Everybody says that they want to improve their product's UX, however, only a few people …

UX Design

Elon Musk Wants To Know What You Want In The Next Tesla User Interface

Tesla's CEO took to Twitter to ask drivers their input on the new design<p>It's only been a week since Tesla Motors pushed new software out to make its cars autonomous, but CEO Elon Musk is already planning for the future.<p>Last night, Musk took to his Twitter account to ask people what they'd like to …

Nameless Paints Lets Kids See Colors in a New Way

Every shade of color seems to have a name these days, which can, in a way, limit our minds, or so believes Japanese young designer duo Ima Moteki …

Kids

Poster Cabaret

Welcome,<p>Poster Cabaret focuses on modern concert posters and art prints. The site features over 2000 gig posters and art prints by:<p>Aesthetic …

Posters

Los Angeles herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1900-1911, October 30, 1910, Page 8, Image 64

The Library of Congress > Chronicling America > Los Angeles herald. > October 30, 1910 > Page 8, Image 64<p>Search America's historic newspaper pages …

20 Gorgeous Next-Level Personal Portfolios To Inspire You

Before online portfolios were the norm, most creative professionals would store and showcase their best works in large zipped folders which were sent …

Online Life

Original Macintosh Icon Designer Susan Kare on iOS 7 Icons: ‘Generally a Good Direction’

- Jun 14, 2013<p>Since its unveiling at WWDC 2013, iOS 7 has been described as: confusing, cool, horrid, beautiful, amazing, childish… You get the idea. …

So You Want to Learn How to Code

Who knew one simple Medium post could ignite such a profound movement? #iLookLikeAnEngineer is now being spread globally in over 50 countries. It has …

Khan Academy

Evolving the Google Identity

Google is not a conventional company. Our mission—to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful—continues to …

Design Diary no. 53

<i>As editorial director at AIGA, I keep tabs on all the design news (so you don’t have to) and bring you only the best bits. Behold: my weekly hit list</i> …

Laying Out A Flexible Future For Web Design With Flexbox Best Practices

The Flexbox Mindset<p>Flexbox requires a new way of thinking. Instead of arranging items in left-to-right, top-to-bottom rows and columns, we arrange …

Burn Your Portfolio – Michael Janda – Design Book Review

Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff they don’t teach you in design school, but should, a book by Michael Janda.<p>Written with a great sense of humor and much …