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By Mauro Toselli | Things I need to have at hand or I find interesting or simply "read laters"

Make All Images on Your Website Responsive in 3 Easy Steps

In this blog, I’ll share a valuable shortcut that can help you turn all images responsive. But first, let’s talk a bit about what responsive images …

Web Design

Design Thinking Handbook—from DesignBetter.Co

In 1958, 4 months after Sputnik launched and President Eisenhower created NASA, a Stanford engineering professor named John Arnold proposed that</i> …

Design Thinking

Pulling Apart the Thinking Mind

Pulling Apart the Thinking Mind – an Effective Meditation<p>I have a new private client who is dealing with sleep issues. He sleeps fine one night but …

How Visual Thinking Helps You Remember More and Be More Creative

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS<p>Mike Rohde is the bestselling author of <i>The Sketchnote Handbook</i> and <i>The Sketchnote Workbook</i>. He presents …

Creativity

Notes on Dan Brown’s Creating Effective Discovery Documentation

<i>(added 08/17 to uie.com’s All You Can Learn video library, link here)</i><p>Curiosity<p>Skepticism<p>Humility<p>The discovery process<p>Ask questions to begin creating …

UX Design

Updated Empathy Map Canvas

We designed the Empathy Map at XPLANE many years ago, as part of a human-centered design toolkit we call Gamestorming.<p>This particular tool helps …

Design Thinking

Exploring frameworks and methods you need to know as an Innovator

Recently, well actually, over the past twelve or eighteen months, I was asked to explore and explain different frameworks that the innovator might …

Innovation

A New Framework for UX Heuristics

Earlier this week I had a check in with a UX Designer I had a hand in training before we hired her at the Studio. Being a new transfer into the …

UX Design

A behavioral approach to product design

Four steps to designing products with impact<p><b>Changing behavior is hard.</b> We see it everyday — New Year’s resolutions fall through, gym memberships …

UX Design

Creating Design tools for the Age of Networks

And general considerations on creating design tools at today<p>In the last week of July, the team — the small tribe — behind Platform Design Toolkit hid …

UX Design

Stockio Free Assets Site Unveiled

Design assets are the lifeblood of any creative process. Images inspire, typefaces communicate, icons clarify. Whatever the scope of your project, …

Web Design

Ghost, the open source blogging system, is ready for prime time

Four long years ago John O’Nolan released a content management system for bloggers that was as elegant as it was spooky. Called Ghost, the original app was a promising Kickstarter product with little pizzazz. Now the app is ready to take on your toughest blogs.<p>O’Nolan just released version 1.0 of …

Software

Latte Art Throwdown at Stone Creek Coffee Factory

The most beautiful lamp ever built

The Komorebi lamp is a hallmark of great product design because its idea and execution reflects uniqueness and sheer brilliance. Designed to …

Product Design

Building a Visual Language

This article is part of a series on our new Design Language System. Karri recently answered questions about this topic in a Designer News “Ask Me …

Digital Design

This App Is Leading The Revolution in Free Access to Scientific Papers

Boycott the paywall.<p>A perfect storm of technology and the public's demand for knowledge are driving a surge towards open access (OA) science and …

Research

Introducing DesignBetter.Co by InVision

Take a Free Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

If you ask a few of today's youngsters what they want to do when they grow up, the word "design" will almost certainly come up more than once. Ask …

Design Thinking

A Visual Vocabulary for Concept Models

Part One: Rendering Relationships<p><i>Sign up to be alerted when Pencil Me In</i><i>, my book on visual thinking, is available.</i><p>I’m gone a little crazy for …

UX Design

This Man Wants to Build You a Better Jacket

It’s difficult to imagine that the defining intention of an outdoor apparel company would be invisibility. How could it be with all those flashy …

Camping

This Just In: Linotype Master Drawings

The story of these artifacts is a curious one. In recent years, drawings like these have appeared in places as divergent as Anthropologie retail …

Typography

Designer’s Guide to Prototyping [2017 edition]

Credit: FlintoA guide to the landscape of prototyping in 2017.It’s been close to a year since I’ve reviewed and assessed the state of prototyping …

UX Design

The Golden Age Of UX Won’t Last. Here’s How To Prepare For What’s Next

When I started the digital design agency AJ&Smart in 2011, UX design was still so misunderstood that I spent the next three years just explaining to my clients what it actually was and why it was valuable (while also defining it to myself). It was also extremely difficult to hire good UX designers, …

UX Design

Following this creativity cycle could save you from burnout

Do-nothing days sound great to us (click the icon in the top-right to enlarge this image)There's a commonly held belief among imaginative types that …

Creativity

How to Write Like a Designer, From A to Z

You know, using an actual pen<p>Speaking of handwriting:<p>Years ago I had to learn CAD on the job, because I was in the last generation of Industrial …

Industrial

The Better Mind Map: a quick technique to organise thinking and boost creativity

For many years I’ve used mind mapping — a simple, effective method for thinking through a problem and organising thoughts. It’s an incredibly useful …

Creativity

Visual Thinking: Empowering People & Organizations through Visual Collaboration

These days, companies are embracing new models such as the Agile Scrum, lean start-up and design thinking as a way of keeping pace with their …

Where Do Your Ideas Come From?

This video is a double-whammy. It's trying to uncover where ideas come from, and the conceptual and artistic execution of the video is so well done …

Creativity

Best Prototyping Tools Recommended for 4 Different Design Scenarios

Prototyping is an effective approach to turn your ideas into a crowd-funding product, but it’s not easy to pick <b>the best prototyping tools</b> for your …

UI Design