Marty Wicyniak

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How to Effectively Use Transparent Backgrounds in Graphic Design

<i>In graphic design, backgrounds are kind of like wall paint or wallpaper…</i> <br>Get it right, and you have a nice backdrop that blends into and sets off an …

Graphic Design

How to find more time to learn something new

Time is the most valuable commodity we have.<p>Unlike money, every minute that goes by is another we can never get back.<p>We have to maximize the time we have each day to focus on what will improve the quality of our lives, like learning a new skill.<p>Whether it’s improving your writing skills, learning a …

Time Management

Creating Personas

Cooper, co—founded by industry giant Alan Cooper and his wife Sue, is a leading user experience and service design consultancy based in San …

UX Design

How to Create a Web Style Guide You'll Be Proud Of — SitePoint

“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment …

Tesla drivers are about to get a big tech upgrade

1/<p>The car's new autopilot features include a highway autosteer feature as well as a self-parking function for parallel parking.<p>YouTube/Tesla<p>2/<p>But the …

Tesla

Great Use Of Colors In Web Design

Research has it that a majority of all the product assessments made by customers are primarily based on color and of that percentage, most of the …

UI Design

Webflow Builds Sites Without Code, Like Squarespace Crossed With Photoshop

When design and code combine, building websites may never be the same.<p>Right now, the web is split between designers and developers. The designers mock up layouts in Photoshop. The developers turn that imagery into functional code via standards like CSS and Javascript. As a result, designers have …

26 Digital Typography Rules for Beginners

The beautiful art of typography is clearly one of the most basic skills every designer should master. After all, it’s one thing that can make or …

Light up your imagination

What’s new for designers, August 2015

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of marketing resources, startup resources, educational tools, …

Unleashing Mobile Gesture UX

With mobile visitors creating an ever-growing traffic source to websites these days, mobile-centric problems arise for those seeking to engage their …

Visual Design

A Checklist for Designing Mobile Input Fields

<b>Summary:</b> When you design an input field for use on mobile devices, check whether it satisfies this list of 14 usability requirements.<p>Whether you're …

Mobile Faceted Search with a Tray : New and Improved Design Pattern

<b>Summary:</b> Displaying faceted-search controls on mobile devices in a ‘tray’ overlay is a new effective solution to the challenge of showing both …

6 Ways To Design A Business

I asked my students during a class on Business Design at Stanford’s d.school how they might innovate on IKEA’s business. The engineers and …

Screentendo can turn almost anything on your computer into a Mario level

When I start daydreaming online, I’ve found myself wondering why I can’t control a little Mario and make him jump around the eBay ads for crap I looked up two weeks ago. Well, it turns that out that I can.<p>Developer Aaron Randall has coded together something that he calls Screentendo. This is a Mac …

Super Mario

Google Fit can finally track how many calories you're burning, gets its own watchface

Google might have released Google Fit almost a year ago, but it’s been missing one key metric compared to other health apps: calorie counts.<p>That changed today with the most recent update to Google Fit. The app will now let you know how much energy you’re expending, as well as what distance you’ve …

Apps

Yandex.Browser is a Bold UI Experiment

The only problem with installing apps from Chrome Web Store is that it appears that the only way to launch them is through the SmartBox, as they’re nowhere else to be found. However, that’s a minor thing you’d expect to see in an alpha version.<p>At the moment users of Yandex.Browser are also unable …

5 Techniques (and Tools) for Speaking to Your Customers

<i>David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog.</i><p>In my experience of creating a team workflow tool that people will actually enjoy using, building a product without talking to your customers …

A 60-Year Old Terrace House Gets a Renovation

An original, 60-year old strata-titled terrace house landed in the hands of Atelier M+A for a complete renovation. The Novena, Singapore home was …

The best DSLR cameras for beginners

So you’re ready to move beyond your smartphone and invest in a real camera? Bold move, my friend. There are plenty of choices out there, whether …