Jack Maxwell Smith

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Mulholland Drive leads the pack in list of 21st century's top films

David Lynch’s surrealist masterpiece Mulholland Drive, which even its most ardent fans admit is as maddeningly baffling as it is mesmerising, has been named the greatest film of the 21st century.<p>A poll by BBC Culture of 177 film critics from 36 countries aimed to find the best films of recent …

List-Worthy

Dark Side of UI. Benefits of Dark Background

The aspect of using dark colors and shades in backgrounds of user interfaces still belongs to highly debatable issues. No wonder it’s so actual: …

The essential usability checklist for web apps

5 things you should get right in any screen.The post The essential usability checklist for web apps appeared first on InVision Blog.

Web Applications

Graphic design inspiration | #1344

A while back we did a roundup of 50 nice badge designs. Since we got a pretty good response to that post we wanted to do a follow up with a new …

Graphic Design

FAQ Design Platform. Role of Branding in UI

Today’s issue of our FAQ Design Platform in Tubik Blog will concentrate on issues of the role of some visual elements of branding for creating …

Free iOS 9 UI Kit, Illustrator & Sketch

You’re probably thinking, “I already use Facebook’s and/or Design+Code’s iOS 9 GUI document for Sketch. Why download another one?”<p>Put simply, ours is …

San Francisco

Why one designer is breaking all the logo design rules

If you've read our pro guide to logo design, you'll know the most effective logos are those that are simple, memorable, timeless, versatile and …

Start.me Offers Customizable Start Pages You Can Use In Any Browser, on Any Computer

Start.me isn’t exactly new—they’ve been around for a long time, but they’ve made a lot of quiet, behind the scenes changes that are great if you want …

Software

The Myths of UX Design/ Product Design/Whatever They Call It This Week

As with my other “myth” article, it starts with me reading an essay, frothing at the mouth a bit, running out of characters on Twitter and ending up …

18 Tips To Improve Your Logo Design Skills | Brand Matters Blog

A Refreshing New Take On The Ultimate Logo Design Guide<p>Logo designers, like the great athletes of our time who say “I just try to improve every day,” …

Graphic Design

The Best UX Designer Tools&Resources Collection

via UX Alive, UX Conference & Workshops in Istanbul<p>125+ resources and tools are listed in 5 categories: <b>UX Research</b>, <b>UX/UI Design</b>, <b>Optimization</b>, <b>UX …

50 Features Every Small Business Website Must Have [Infographic]

Having a strong web presence is mandatory, even for small businesses just starting out. The ability to find and evaluate products and services online …

Customer Service

10 questions you’ll be asked in a user experience interview

I just landed my first full-time role as a User Experience (UX) designer and officially closed my job search. After more than 40 coffee dates, phone …

9 trends that will change the design landscape

Imagine getting a friend request from 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn while wandering through a museum exhibition. Or gossiping with …

Cape Town

This clever design firm is open sourcing its rejected logos so startups can use them for free

Fairpixels is giving startups a helping hand, and open sourcing rejected logos for anyone to use.<p>The company, which is a pay-what-you-can-afford design firm, says it has “unused logo design proposals piling up on our hard drives,” so it’s just giving them away, and will be freeing more designs up …

Startups

15 Chrome Extensions that will boost your productivity

Chrome extensions brought a lot of innovation into the browser market, every Chrome user knows and loves at least a few. Very often, you know what …

Productivity

Think Rice is Boring? Try These 25 Exciting Recipes That Will Change Your Mind - One Green Planet

Rice is one of the most important foods in the world. For billions of people, rice, a grass seed, is one of the main sources of sustenance. Rice is …

Weather

Master UI & UX design with this 6-course bootcamp

Good design can change the conversation, but great design can change the world. As technology evolves and more media outlets compete for customers’ time, providing an enjoyable experience is critical to both attracting and keeping users.<p>The <b>UI & UX Design Bootcamp</b> aims to demystify both sides of the …

How To Make Easy Vegan Mayonnaise

<b>Drain and rinse the tofu:</b> Very gently drain the tofu and rinse under running water. It's fine if it breaks while you're rinsing. Transfer the tofu to …

Tofu

HoloLens video demonstrates Windows 10’s augmented reality user interface

Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality device seems too futuristic to exist, but everything we’ve seen makes it look like it works as advertised.<p>A new video meant for developers (via WinBeta) is giving us our first decent look at the HoloLens user interface in action. The tutorial shows the …

Augmented Reality

Using design patterns responsibly

Understand what patterns are appropriate to the problem you’re trying to solve.<p>Design patterns greatly speed up the design process. They give …

15 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Almost Impossible To Kill

Back in elementary school most of us learned that plants help clean the air through a process called photosynthesis. Which is fanastic when we think …

Plants

How To Help The Homeless In Liverpool

They say you’re only ever two pay packets away from being on the streets yourself.<p>As temperatures plummet, we all can’t wait to get home at the end …

Pets

Smart UX: High­-Fidelity Wireframes

As a UX designer, you’ve grown accustomed to your daily routine: a bit of research here, some interaction design there. And if crafting wireframes on …

Interaction Design

Mobile Prototyping with Xcode

We’ve used a number of mobile prototyping tools over the years to go from initial concept to interactive prototype. Most of them were decent enough, …

Bold Built-Ins: 10 Times Shelving Was Made Better By Paint

Oh, the built-in bookshelf. I knew few people whose dream home doesn't include a wall of bespoke shelves on which to store books and display art. And …

Storage Ideas

Product Management: What I Learned About User Data, Research and Actionable Steps!

As I research product management disciplines and best practices to become a better PM entrepreneur, I came across content from Laura Klein that got …

8 habits of awesome UX designers

One of the fables that floats around UX teams is that of the US space program and its quest for a pen that could be used in anti-gravity.<p>They reportedly spent million dollars developing a high-tech writing utensil with ink that remained solid until the flow of writing and a pressurized chamber that …

Four UX Design Techniques to Encourage User Engagement

Encouraging users to stay on and use a website doesn’t always involve slimmer code or prettier graphics. Some of the simplest layouts like Reddit …

UI Design