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Top 10 Photoshop Plugins for Web Designers in 2016

Photoshop wasn’t created as a web design tool, but no one bothered telling us web designers that. Luckily, here are 10 plugins to <b>make Photoshop do to</b> …

Web Design

How To Design User Interface Animations

One of the reasons why you should apply animations in your design is that they reveal the nature of behavior much better than text. Employing motion …

UI Design

Free Sketch and Photoshop plugins will perfect your app UIs

Creating a realistic look and feel for a screen design can be laboriously time-consuming. Often it involves tedious copy and pasting, making up fake …

Photoshop

'Huge' Number of Mac Apps Open to Hijacking From Sparkle Updater Vulnerability

A pair of vulnerabilities in the framework that some Mac apps use to receive automatic updates leaves them open to man-in-the-middle attacks, according to a report from <i>Ars Technica</i> covering a security flaw that was first discovered by a security researcher named Radek in late January.<p>Apps that use …

Apps

The Founders of This $100 Million Business Quit Email and Never Looked Back

The brothers behind Life Is Good explain how they're thriving without email.<p>Bert and John Jacobs have never done things the conventional way. As Bert told Inc.com's Leigh Buchanan earlier this year, they started their apparel company Life Is Good with just $200 and spent months living out of a van. …

Slack introduces $80M developer fund and extensive app directory

At an evening event in San Francisco today, communications company (and rapidly growing unicorn) Slack announced two major accommodations for third-party app developers on the platform.<p>The first: an $80 million developer fund, created in partnership with Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, …

Apps

A big Mac initiative by Apple is showing signs of failure

It's just the latest in a string of high-profile departures that should have Apple worried.<p>The Mac App Store, introduced in January 2011, was designed to bring all the advantages of Apple iOS apps back to the desktop, including easy updates and a simple, unified buying process.<p>If successful, the …

Surf at your standing desk with this new Kickstarter board

It seems like you can't enter an office without seeing at least one or two standing desks around.<p>Research shows that for people who work in offices, …

6 Clues Your Pricing May Be Too Low

Too many companies charge far too little for their products and services. Here are 6 clues that you need to take a deeper strategic look at your pricing.<p>Mark, one of our business coaching clients, ran a successful service business with sales in the low 7-figures.<p>He had a loyal customer base, a …

Why cards are dominating mobile design

When it comes to app design, 2015 is the Year of the Card.<p>Screen-size cards are everywhere, from websites to native apps and are designed to look like their physical counterparts. It’s an easy way for you to shuffle through a series of digital containers with the flick of a thumb.<p><i>Photo credit:</i> …

UI Design

Wozniak: I don’t like being trapped in Apple’s ecosystem

Despite still technically being an Apple employee, Steve Wozniak isn’t known for voicing the Cupertino official line when asked about recent iDevelopments.<p>Speaking at a recent conference, hosted by enterprise software firm New Relic, Woz chimed in about his thoughts on the Apple ecosystem, Tim …

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A designer’s take on the iPad Pro

The reviews are out on iPad Pro, and they address how big it is, whether it’s worth the price, and whether it can or can’t replace a laptop for average consumers. But as a design director at Vox Media, I was more interested in whether I could run all of the apps I normally use on it.<p>In a lot of …

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Tim Cook says Apple won't combine a MacBook and iPad

Apple CEO Tim Cook declared earlier this week that the iPad Pro "is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop" for lots of people. Apple's iPad Pro mixes together a tablet, keyboard, and stylus like Microsoft's Surface lineup, but Cook labelled the Surface Book a "diluted" product for "trying to be …

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Design On iPad Pro With Morpholio Apps

We often see the latest and greatest of design software for desktop. Even though larger mobile screens are becoming more popular, it’s sometimes hard …

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The Hidden Costs of Keeping Your Team Too Lean | Inc.com

Lean staffing and just-in-time scheduling might seem like necessary components in a fast-paced business that relies on hourly-wage workers. But there may be hidden costs to such an arrangement.<p>The thing to keep in mind is that when you take care of workers, they take care of you, said workplace …

Business Development

The 3 Key Traits Of An Exceptional Designer

In today’s fiercely competitive product development climate, being a good designer isn’t good enough. Here’s how to be great.<p>As the director of countless design teams over the past 20 years, I’ve gotten pretty adept at identifying the traits that set good designers apart from exceptional …

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.<p>Once upon a time, Apple was known for designing easy-to-use, easy-to-understand products. It was a champion of the graphical user interface, where it is always possible to discover what actions are possible, …

Nintendo didn't create the next Wii — Apple did

It might not be for you, and that might not matter at all<p>The Nintendo Wii was an unqualified success, so popular that even the console's creator was unable to duplicate it with its successor, the Wii U.<p>Barely three years after Nintendo's latest console went on sale, the company is already hard at …

Twitch launches a new hub where users can watch artists as they work

Twitch Creative hopes to spotlight a fast growing population of artists broadcasting their process<p>Twitch is best know as the world’s biggest live-streaming platform for video games, a place where casual gamers and high-profile e-sports teams broadcast their action for millions of fans. That …

iPad Pro Hands-on Makes the Case for Productivity Uses, Apple Pencil Is Excellent

With the launch of the iPad Pro coming up shortly, technology and education expert Fraser Speirs got some hands-on time with the device at an invitation-only event in London yesterday. Speirs has been sharing his thoughts from his one-hour session with the iPad Pro and its accessories and answering …

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10 Words That Can Make You Sound Unprofessional (and 10 That May Save You the Embarrassment) | Inc.com

People get emphatic when trying to convey information with passion. They often resort to hyperbole, which can leave them vulnerable to mistakes and exaggeration. Whether you are in an argument, giving a speech, or making a pitch, if you present your side with words that imply absolutes, you have to …

Employment

Freebie: “Land.io” UI Kit + Landing Page Template (HTML)

<i>Today we are very happy to share the coded version of Peter’s last freebie, the “Land.io” UI Kit + Landing Page Design (Sketch) with you. The</i> …

Web Design

Simple & Readable iOS Design Guidelines

Apple’s HIG documentation has all the info a designer could ever need. Too bad it’s mostly scattered between pages of not-so-intuitive links and …

Web Design

SwiftBites for iOS Teaches How To Code in Swift

A new iOS app named SwiftBites offers a great environment for developers to learn Swift quickly and easily. It’s a mini-course unto itself teaching …

Objective-C

Apple TV OS Free Sketch UI Kit

If you plan on designing anything for the new Apple TV OS then you’ll likely want to start with a UI kit. This will save a whole lot of time …

Web Design

5 reasons why Google doesn't want you to give up on its social network just yet

“Is Google+ a dead man walking?”<p>I asked the question in front of about two hundred marketers. The temperature in the room was high because we were in Hot’lanta at the Digital Summit, where I moderated a panel on the future of social and search.<p>About two thirds of marketers in the room raised their …

Android News

Adobe’s Project Comet Is a Start-to-Finish UX Design App

Author: Margaret Rhodes. Margaret Rhodes Design<p>Date of Publication: 10.08.15.<p>Time of Publication: 1:07 pm. 1:07 pm<p>Adobe is on a mission to make life …

A UX Legend On The Much-Rumored Death Of The Design Firm

Alan Cooper, a UX pioneer, argues that independent consultants offer one value you can never buy: perspective.<p><i>Alan Cooper is a pioneer in the software world: In the 1970’s, he created seminal business software for microcomputers. Then, in 1988, he invented Visual Basic, one of the world’s most</i> …

The iPhone 6s outperforms the 2015 MacBook in some tests, which says a lot about the iPad Pro

Although the iPhone’s ‘s’ models aren’t normally as hype-worthy as the full version upgrades, one thing you can always expect out of them is top notch performance. This year’s iPhone 6s, however, has the special honor of being as powerful as one of Apple’s newest <i>laptops</i>, the 2015 MacBook.<p>John …

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