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How You'll Probably Die, Visualized

Ever wondered how things might come to an end? This chart visualizes the nation’s cause-of-death data from the Centers for Disease Control and …

Feast Your Eyes On The Most Beautiful Data Visualizations Of 2015

An infographic illustrating sufferers of infectious diseases by state took the top prize at the 2015 Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.<p>A striking infographic visualizing a general decline in the number of people suffering from infectious diseases across all 50 states and the District of …

10 Free Website Usability Tools to Improve Your Customer Experience

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Usability is a crucial part of running a successful website. Broken links, bad contrast, text blocks, over-complicated designs, technical clutter . . . these can spell death for both website traffic and sales conversions. The good news, …

Google Docs

5 Landing Page Design Lessons We Learned From Analyzing a Ton of Data

Today’s guest post comes from Nick Steeves, Chief Product Officer of Wishpond. Enjoy!No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something …

UX Design

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

Why You Should Watch First Time Users

by Stefan Rössler on January 2, 2015 –<p>There’s real value in watching people using your website for the first time. Be sure to observe unexpected …

Behavior

11 tips for prototyping with Sketch

The fine folks over at Bohemian Coding built Sketch specifically for designers who make things for screens, so it’s a natural for prototyping.<p>Here …

How to Write Better Tasks to Improve Your Usability Testing

by Stefan Rössler on April 17, 2015 –<p>Usability testing is easy and you’ll get valuable insights even if you’re doing it for the first time.<p>You can do …

7 Tools That Make Designers More Efficient

Whether you’re redesigning a popular logo or testing the UX on your latest app, being a designer is a busy job. Luckily, there are many useful tools …

Typography

Introduction to CSS Colors | WebpageFX

Looking at the color wheel above, we can see that <b>red</b> is at 0o, <b>green</b> is at 90o, <b>purple</b> is at 270o, and so forth.<p><b>Saturation</b> refers to the vividness or …

Web Design

Watch This: The Expanse Trailer Looks Like Good Sci-Fi

Reading Time: 1 minute<p>There are a lot of fans of the Expanse series of books, all about life in a well-populated solar system and a murder mystery …

The Expanse

Simple JavaScript OOP for C++, Java and C# Developers

Introduction<p>Most developers are familiar with object-oriented programming and design in languages like Java, C++ and C#. JavaScript, however, does …

JavaScript

25 Inspirational Examples of UI Style Guides

According to Wikipedia, a UI style guide is a ‘set of standards for the writing and design of documents’ and that it ‘ensures consistency and …

Style Guides

The Languages And Frameworks That You Should Learn In 2015

Last week, we asked you which were the languages and frameworks you were looking forward to learn in 2015. 47 of you replied, and here are your …

Understanding & Designing Great Microcopy

We all know about the importance of great copy on the web. It’s often easy to capture attention with visuals but strenuous to capture attention with …

UX Design

How My 98-Year-Old Grandfather Embraced The Internet

And what I've learned as a result.<p>That was the email I received on the afternoon of Sept. 14 from my grandfather. He was forwarding a message he'd gotten from Twitter, where he has an account that he doesn't often use. But he wasn't content to let the email sit there filed away. He demanded to …

Reducing Abandoned Shopping Carts In E-Commerce

• <b>Show images of products.</b>. This reinforces what the customer is buying, especially on the cart page.• <b><br>Display security logos and compliance …

Wayfinding For The Mobile Web

• You pause at the gate and glance around to quickly survey your surroundings.<br>• You observe which direction most people seem to be walking in and start …

A Roadmap To Becoming An A/B Testing Expert

When To Start Testing<p>Start testing only when you have enough visitors and enough conversions to run the test in a timely manner (a conversion happens …

5 Ways to Improve the Online Shopping Experience

<i>This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public …

Domestic Bliss: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at Home

The Steven Klein shoot that started it all: Mr. and Mrs. Smith costars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play house in Palm Springs. (July 2005)

Brad Pitt

Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>The story of life on Earth thus far has had an unmistakable direction, and it has moved toward greater complexity. <b></b>Sure, …

Parallels Access remote access app jumps from iPad to iPhone, gains Finder-like functionality

The name Parallels is synonymous with software for running the Windows OS on a Mac, but over the past couple of years, the company has turned into so much more. Last year, we reviewed Parallels Access, an application for the Apple iPad that allows the iPad to serve as a conduit for remotely …

Millions of historic images posted to Flickr

<b>An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historical copyright-free images.</b><p>Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.<p>The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 …

Genealogy

How emoji became the first truly global language

The emoji has come a long way from its origins as a cute footnote to text messages. Its many symbols are now used to form entire sentences. But what will we lose in translation?<p>I sent one this morning. My pal texted to say that she was in that most invidious of contemporary social tangles: someone …

Essential Small-Space Living Tips

Living in a large home has a lot of advantages.<p>For aesthetically beautiful minimalist, modern, and sleek design, less really can be more.<p>In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.<p>It’s All About Custom From an NYC Perspective …

Small Spaces

The Most Spectacular Astronomy Photographs Of 2014

The 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has just released its cosmically awesome shortlisted entries. Capturing scenes across the solar system, galaxy, and beyond, the images are spectacular reminders that we’re all living on a “mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” as astronomer …

Astronomy