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The spectrum of design roles in 2018

Single focus, cross discipline, or full spectrum?Recently, a colleague of mine named Mariko Sugita needed to hire a designer for a website she was …

UX Design

Sketching in the Browser

Ask any team that works with a design system, and you’ll find the benefits are clear—designers and developers are more productive, products are more …

“If the idea is there, the brush can spare itself the work” <i>—Chinese painter’s proverb</i><p>Design tools today confine us to an unrealistic and ill-advised …

Designing Better Design Documentation – Muzli -Design Inspiration

Overview of the ways to make documents clearer, better structured, and more appealing<p>Various documents — reports, briefs, maps, guidelines — usually …

Google Drive

Pure UI

July 13, 2015 – 564,312 views<p>I recently redesigned and implemented a new version of VideoPress, the WordPress video platform.<p>The process involved, …

JavaScript

In Search Of The Perfect Writing Font

<b>Hell just froze over. After seven years of offering no font options to write, iA Writer now comes with a choice. Next to the monospace Nitti you will</b> …

Typography

Web fonts: when you need them, when you don’t

I’m not a fan of sweeping statements like you “should” or “shouldn’t” use web fonts, but I think there should be <i>some</i> sort of guidelines to help …

Typography

Optical Effects in User Interfaces (for True Nerds)

How to make optically balanced icons, correct shapes alignment, and perfect corner rounding. Over 50 pics included.<p>Our eyes are weird organs that …

UX Design

Struggling to Find Great Senior JavaScript Developers? Mentorship is the Answer

The more I study the impact of mentorship on the teams we work with, the more I’m blown away by the magnitude of change it produces. The cost of …

Human Resources

Space in Design Systems

From Basics to Expanded Concepts to Apply Space with Intent<p>I’ve long referred to Color, Type and Icons as the “Big 3” of a system’s visual language. …

UI Design

Connect: behind the front-end experience

We recently released a new and improved version of Connect, our suite of tools designed for platforms and marketplaces. Stripe’s design team works …

JavaScript

The 1,000 Floor Elevator: Why Most Designers Fail Google’s Infamous Interview Design Challenge

<b>Yet virtually all solutions I’ve encountered fail almost immediately for the exact same reason…</b><p>The Presumption Reflex<p>If a friend says <b>“I’m going to</b> …

Schadenfreude

The Nine States of Design

Modern UI teams are designing components first; Interfaces are merely the thoughtful composition of components. This leaves an often glaring hole for …

The 100% correct way to do CSS breakpoints

“Is the medium breakpoint <i>up to</i> 768px, or including 768? I see… and that’s iPad landscape, or is that ‘large’? Oh, large is 768px <i>and up.</i> I see. And …

What Japanese Etiquette Can Tell Us About Good UX Design

Traditional Japanese hospitality, or motenashi, can provide inspiration for the design of smart interactive experiences.<p>The connections between hospitality and design are well known. Charles Eames once remarked to his contemporary and collaborator Eero Saarinen that “the role of the architect, or …

UX Design

Best Practices for Microinteractions

Microinteractions are subtle moments centered around accomplishing a single task. Almost all applications around us are filled in with …

JavaScript Fatigue Fatigue

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson<p>We are trying to build applications that run right in a dozen …

JavaScript

As little design as possible

“Good design is as little design as possible.”<br>— Dieter RamsDieter Rams is famous for changing the world of consumer electronics, by proving that mass …

Product Design

Design Better Forms – UX Collective

Common mistakes designers make and how to fix them<p>Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry interface, forms are …

UI Design

Autofill: What web devs should know, but don’t

Many people know that you can scan your credit credit in Mobile Safari. But how many web developers know how to create a form that supports that …

Magic

Pixel Density, Demystified

How pixel density works and how it affects your designs.<p>This article & video were originally created as part of the UX course in Sketch Master.<p><i>This</i> …

What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games

Benjamin Brandall Contributor<p>Benjamin Brandall is a content crafter for Process Street.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why it’s so easy to ignore your to-do list app but get distracted by Twitter<br>• Astonishment, Expectations And Reality In User Experience<p>I’m writing this from a slightly saddened …

InterAct

Truly Fluid Typography With vh And vw Units

Embracing fluid typography might be easier than you think. It has wide browser support, is simple to implement and can be achieved without losing …

Typography

OOUX: A Foundation for Interaction Design

There’s a four-year story behind my current design process, something I introduced last year on A List Apart—“Object-Oriented UX.” The approach …

UX Design

The Future of Enterprise Design Is Consumer-Grade UX

April 18, 2016In John Maeda’s recent article, “The Distinction Between Designing for Enterprise vs Consumer Customers,” he explains why designing for …

Web Design

Don’t design what users want

Too many product designers are in the pattern of simply taking user feedback and implementing it immediately with limited research, questioning, or …

UX Design
UX Design

Web typography is broken. Here’s how we can fix it

We've rebranded—Thick is now Today. Read about our new identity here.<p><b>Questing for the holy grail of web typography:</b> a baseline, cap height, and more …

Typography

Content and Display Patterns

Embracing the difference in pattern types is the key to making a modular design system infinitely more scalable.

Web Applications