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In Defense of Design Thinking, Which Is Terrible

Last week I took part in the Third Annual Phil Patton Lecture, hosted by the Masters Program in Design Research…

Design

7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design

Improving your designs with tactics instead of talent.<p>Every web developer inevitably runs into situations where they need to make visual design …

A Comprehensive Guide To UI Design

(This is a sponsored article.) With the big picture established — mapping user journeys and defining your design’s look and feel — my fifth article …

UI Design

A Comprehensive Guide To Mobile App Design

(This is a sponsored article.) More than ever, people are engaging with their phones in crucial moments. The average US user spends 5 hours per day …

A Comprehensive Overview of UX Design Deliverables

What do UX designers do on a daily basis? A lot of things! UX professionals need to communicate design ideas and research findings to a range of …

Design Systems and Pattern Libraries Repository

10 Awesome CSS3 Tricks

This article will introduce you to 10 CSS3 tricks that will enhance your website.<p>When CSS was developed around 1995, you could not do much with it …

2017 Staff Favorites

It's been a very productive year for the web community, and as all of us here at CSS-Tricks roamed around to conferences, read posts, and built …

How a Designer Built and Shipped an iOS App in 6 Months

There’s a constant debate about whether or not designers should learn to code. While I’m happy to talk about that at length, I think it’s helpful to …

UX Design

What I talk about when I talk about Narrative Design - by Nick Witsel

Why do we tell stories? And what does it mean when we make them interactive?

How to use SVG as a Placeholder, and Other Image Loading Techniques

I’m passionate about image performance optimisation and making images load fast on the web. One of the most interesting areas of exploration is …

What the Failure of New Coke Can Teach Us About User Research And Design

In the late 1970s, Pepsi was running behind Coca-Cola in the competition to be the leading cola. But then Pepsi discovered that in blind taste tests, …

Building Flexible Design Systems

Web Typography: Designing Tables to be Read, Not Looked At

<b>A note from the editors:</b> We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Richard Rutter’s new book, Web Typography.Good designers spend a great …

Web Design

While Apple is taking away buttons, we found a way to add one.

Post update: RIP Camera Button<p>Apple has never been afraid to take design risks. Earlier this year, Apple made headlines when it revealed a new iPhone …

How I became an Illustrator by discovering a new dimension

The two extra faces which are revealed in 3D illustrations, make it more relatable to the real-life physical object. It also increases the visual …

Flat Design: Why you should question Nielsen Norman’s research on the trendy design style.

The Nielsen Norman Group is probably the most influential usability consultancy in the design industry. So, when they publish an article about their …

More Padding, Please!

The power of white space in product design<p>If you overhear a design QA session between a product designer and an engineer, odds are you’ll hear the …

UX Design

Meet XRespond Testing Tool: Let’s Make Building Responsive Websites Simpler

The way people consume information is constantly evolving. As web designers and developers, we keep up with all of the different screen shapes and …

Yes, That Web Project Should Be a PWA

It seems like ever since Frances Berriman coined the term “Progressive Web App” in an effort to describe a new class of website, there’s been a great …

Designer’s Guide to Flexbox and Grid

What designers need to know about these transformational layout tools.<p>CSS has come a long way since its introduction in 1996, but the tools we have …

Don’t mistake common UI patterns for best practices

A hard look at how the browse experience translates in the digital space<p>A colleague of mine recently published an article on a new model that he …

Design better data tables – UX Collective

The ingredients of a successful data table UI<p>Data is useless without the ability to visualize and act on it. The success of future industries will …

UX Design

Design Better Cards – UX Collective

<b>Summary:</b> <i>The card component is a preview of more detailed content a user sees when actioned. Elements include multimedia, text, links, graphs, and</i> …

Microinteractions to Help Improve UX

As your users spend time on your website, they are constantly interacting with its features – and some of those small interactions matter more than …

UI Design

Stealing Your Way to Original Designs

Let’s look at how this works in practice.<p>Say SpaceZzzz™ hired me to create a site to advertise a new service they’re offering: rental properties on …