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15 Awesome Websites That Tell a Story As You Scroll

This post showcases 15 sites that take parallax scrolling to the next level by combining CSS animations and JavaScript to manipulate page elements …

Flat Design Inspiration

After our post showcasing 23 Examples of Flat Web Design a lot of readers got in touch to see more flat design related inspiration. We decided to …

This Is Now The World's Lightest Material

This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!<p>Check out this contender for the title of "world's lightest solid." To demonstrate just how light it is, Zhejiang University in China, where the material's creators are based, has published pictures of chunks of it perched on small leaves, …

Something Is Killing Up To Half Of America's Bees

Whatever's killing honeybees is getting worse, but we still don't know what it is.<p>There's some kind of environmental issue/plague/apocalypse killing America's honeybees, but years after it first started happening, scientists are still putting together what it might be. Meanwhile, 2012 was the worst …

What We Learned in 2012

Well hello there, 2013. It’s taken us a few weeks to settle into you (if we still used checks, this’d be about the time we’d stop writing “2012” on …

The Era of Symbol Fonts

Improving performance is a constant process. First we ditched tables, spacer gifs, and inline markup such as the <font> element in favor of CSS, …

Material Honesty on the Web

Material honesty—the idea that a substance should be itself, rather than mimic something else—has guided everyone from Ruskin, an art critic, to …

Improving UX Through Front-End Performance

Imagine you’re at an intersection waiting for your turn to walk across the street. You push the button to call the walk signal, and you take out your …

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A List Apart 5.0

A design that departs from our past and a platform on which to build the future. Welcome to the relaunch of A List Apart, for people who make …

Mastering Real-World Constraints (A Case Study)

The Challenge<p>As a Web and mobile app UI design firm, we couldn’t very well ignore the problem for much longer and let prospective clients pinch, …

Navigation For Mega-Sites

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

The New Mobile Book Is Finally Here!

And if you still haven’t ordered yet, you can get the Mobile book right now, and start reading within a couple of minutes! You won’t be disappointed. …

Getting Engaged

The sad thing is that too many designers serialize these bad relationships. Whether due to habitually poor choices, a lack of concern or simply an …

How To Implement Off-Canvas Navigation For A Responsive Website

With that in mind, let’s get building.<p>The Accessible Base<p>All good things begin with a solid foundation of semantic HTML and widely supported CSS. In …

Structural Semantics: The Importance Of HTML5 Sectioning Elements

Make no mistake: Sectioning elements help you improve document structure, and they’re in the spec’ to stay. Once and for all, I will be exploring the …

Sneak Peek Into The Future: CSS Selectors, Level 4

This is a big advantage, because finished parts of the document can be closed and set as recommendations — like Selectors Level 3. Finishing a …

Agile Billing Guarantees Your Income

“We won’t have the content you requested ready for another month.”<p>Take Control Of Your Finances<p>You may not be a sole proprietor. Perhaps you run a …

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Ceros Originals

Planning user experience (UX) projects is a balancing act of getting the right amount of user input within the constraints of your project. The trick …

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48 Pleasant Polaris UI Kit + Linecons Icons For Free

Components are made in Adobe Photoshop using <i>Shape Layers</i> (vector elements). Therefore, you can increase or decrease the size of each element without …

Building Something That Your Users Will Actually Want To Buy

<b>The cool part:</b> There’s actually a process you can go through to 1) target a specific customer-set, and 2) learn how to design a product that will …

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How To Use Email To Alienate Your Users

Sending the same message indiscriminately to (large numbers of recipients) on the Internet.<p>But what does that actually mean? The truth is, what one …

A Critical Approach To Typefaces

In this article we will cover two steps:<p>Select your sources carefully,<br>• Study materials from these sources closely and critically (“to study” means …

How To Sell Your UX Design Solution To Clients

How do you convince clients to trust you with their valuable and much-loved product? In my experience, the best way to sell work to clients is to …

Creating Exciting And Unusual Visual Hierarchies

The Designer As Reader<p>Letterforms make words, and words have meaning. While scale, tone, texture and composition will always be relevant, people’s …

The Problem Of CSS Form Elements

“So what does this experiment show? Like I already stated, it shows that using CSS to style form controls to look exactly the same across browsers …