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20 Tricks You Can Use to Score a Cheap Hotel Room

<i>By Terence Loose, Contributor</i><p>If you're looking for a cheap hotel room, it's only gotten more difficult over the years. In fact, the average daily rate for U.S. hotel rooms has increased in the past seven years, to $121.37 in 2015, according to statistics resource Statista.<p>That doesn't mean you …

Personal Finance

A Closer Look At Minimalism Today—No Helvetica Allowed

What’s behind our culture’s perennial obsession with minimalism? According to Stuart Tolley, it resurfaces in times of social flux.<p>“For me, it’s a cleansing of the palette,” says Stuart Tolley, who runs the Brighton, England-based design studio Transmission. “It’s a way of stripping back work to go …

Minimalism

A psychologist looked at over 50 years of research on creativity — here’s what he found

Indeed, deliberate practice can help you master new skills.<p>Deliberate practice involves a series of techniques designed to learn efficiently and purposefully.<p>This involves goal setting, breaking down complex tasks into chunks, developing highly complex and sophisticated representations of possible …

Creativity

Five of the best apps for listening to podcasts

Keeping up with Serial? Your next spoken-word fix could come from Overcast, Pocket Casts, Castro, Spotify or Deezer<p>Serial didn’t singlehandedly revive the podcast as a media format – the efforts of radio broadcasters and many independent producers have grown and sustained audiences in the years …

Apps

Tips for Designers Who Don’t Code

I hail from a design background and moved into front-end development some years ago. With responsive web design, the requirement of the designer is …

Web Design

How to design a better product in 5 days

The second day is the most important for brainstorming. Here is where the team creates most of its ideas and the product begins to form. Based on the goals established the day before, the team works with coming up with the best possible solutions.<p>A design studio is a great way to get people working …

Microsoft Created an Android App That Intelligently Organizes Your Phone

Microsoft promises that its latest Android app will make it easier than ever to find commonly used apps without having to dig through your phone.<p>The …

Apps

9 responsive design mistakes you don't want to make

As explained in UX Design Trends 2015 & 2016, responsive Web design has become the industry’s recommend approach for supporting multiple screen sizes and devices. But not all responsive sites are created equally.<p><i>Photo credit:</i> <i>PlasmaComp</i><p>Whether you’re designing a small company website or reworking an …

The future of cards in Web design

According to The Complete Guide to an Effective Card-Style Interface Design: “The best card design is simple. It also features a rich content experience. For a successful card-style project, both of these elements must be present. But there are plenty of other design techniques that can add to …

23 steps to the perfect website layout

When designing a website layout there are some common mistakes that often pop up, especially with interns and new designers. In this list of steps to …

How To Design Websites That Mirror How Our Eyes Work

Site layout affects conversions, so it’s important to know the value of your on-screen real estate. Take <b>Freespee</b> as an example. After redesigning their site into the above version, subsequent A/B testing revealed that they could increase their phone conversation rate by 30 percent for the same ad …

UI Design

A Rare Interview With Graphic Design Legend Massimo Vignelli

From 2006, the late designer shares the story behind his infamous New York subway map and why typographic elegance will prevail.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Can you talk about the map you designed for the New York subway system in the ’70s?</b><br>Such a controversial thing. It’s funny, but I realized the other day the …

Typography

The Attitude Shift That Guarantees Your Success

Being grateful is good for your mind and your health–but did you know it’s good for business, too?<p>One of the biggest secrets to success in life and business is simple, powerful, and sadly dismissed by many people—and especially entrepreneurs–as unimportant. It’s called gratitude.<p>The simple act of …

Happiness

Another Twitter Update! This One's a New Homepage, Designed to Lure New Users.

Twitter's homepage is a very popular billboard that's basically empty. Time to change that.<p>Twitter is experimenting with yet another new product tweak — a homepage designed for people who visit Twitter but don’t have their own account.<p>Twitter’s existing homepage that new users see is almost a dead …

TV shows

Product Design Unification Case Study: Mobile Web Framework

This approach has several benefits:<p>The <b>visual style, interaction design principles and information architecture are unified</b>. Making a group of …

The BBC's Doctor Who Coding Game Comes to Tablets Today

The BBC has updated its online game <i>The Doctor and the Dalek</i> with four new levels, and is launching free iPad and Android tablet versions of the Doctor Who-themed title.<p>Developed as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital Initiative last October, the idea behind the game is to introduce players to the …

The Untold Story Of Shake Shack’s $1.6 Billion Branding

For the first time, Pentagram tells the story of building Shake Shack’s branding from the ground up.<p>Last week, Shake Shack went public in an IPO that ballooned to $1.6 billion–cementing the brand’s journey from a one-off boutique stand in New York’s Madison Square Park to a multinational burger …

Graphic Design

Typographer’s typefaces

The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.<p>In case you missed our most popular post from last year, here it is again. It’s also been translated into Japanese.<p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these …

Researchers can profile Facebook users to a 'T' with just their likes

Remember the time you liked a beer pong video on Facebook and thought nothing more of it? That may have said more about you than your friends and family ever knew, according to researchers at Cambridge and Stanford. They created a computer program that sifted through the Facebook likes of over …

Google's latest tool makes building Android apps even easier

In early 2013, Google announced Android Studio, a WYSIWYG environment that'd help you create Android applications with a lot less hassle. Now, the company is finally ready to put Version 1.0 into the hands of would-be creators across the world. The package comes with plenty of helpful templates for …

50 fantastic freebies for web designers, December 2014

We’re back with yet another gargantuan collection of free resources to fill up your toolbox and keep you rolling out awesome work well into the new …

Typographer’s typefaces

<b>The 25 most admired typefaces by typographers, type designers and letterers.</b><p>Selecting the right typeface makes all the difference to effective design and communication. But with over 100,000 font families to pick from it can be a daunting task. There are some excellent guides on how to choose a typeface and helpful methods for pairing typefaces but in order to apply these principles it’s important to be familiar with a broad range of quality typefaces.<p>Wouldn’t it be great to start with a short …

Here's How Uber Is Trying To Talk People Out Of Deleting Their Accounts

Community managers for the transit company confront journalist investigation allegations head-on to try to retain users.<p>In the wake of a BuzzFeed News report that Uber SVP Emil Michael suggested hiring opposition researchers to find and publish personal information on journalists covering the …

Google wants to help you leave iOS for Android Lollipop

So, you've taken a look at the new iPhones and iPads and thought to yourself: "Nah, it's time to see if the grass really is greener on the other side." Well, good timing, because Google has published a guide to help you switch from iOS to its newest platform, Android Lollipop. The tech giant has …

'Doctor Who' will soon teach kids how to code

The BBC is tapping everyone's favorite time-traveling doctor to help get kids into coding. The broadcaster is launching <i>The Doctor and the Dalek</i>, a <i>Doctor Who</i>-themed game that features a number of puzzles designed to instill the fundamentals of programming in players. It ties in with the BBC's …

FTC v AT&T

The Claim Filing deadline has passed.<p>As a result, online claims can no longer be submitted. We appreciate your interest.<br>Thank you, The Claims …

Why is Y Combinator giving away its trade secrets for free in a YouTube class?

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Paul Miller/Flickr<p>News out of Silicon Valley top tier accelerator Y Combinator was a little confusing today. President …

How To Delete Your Own Nude Photos From Apple's iCloud: A Step-By-Step Guide

You probably heard by now about the nude celebrity photos circulating the internet, with the hacker allegedly responsible saying he got the photos from Apple's iCloud.<p>You may be thinking, "I'm not a celebrity. No one would be interested in my naked or otherwise embarrassing photos."<p>That could be …

iCloud

Paranoid Android 4.6 beta 1 introduces dynamic system bars

The Paranoid Android team just announced the release of PA 4.6 beta 1, which brings the much anticipated dynamic system bars, a new gesture for the Hover feature, and bug fixes.<p>So, what are dynamic system bars? You know how the navigation bar and status bar in stock Android are black through most …

Android News