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These 5 Speaking Habits Make People Want To Collaborate With You

The words you use can either turn people away or make them fall over themselves for a chance to work with you.<p>Everyone needs to know how to collaborate well, and you can practice that skill in many ways: by setting up working groups, lending a hand to your coworkers, and checking in to make sure …

Leadership

How to Pull off Cozy Minimalism: A Perfect Blend of Two Opposing Styles

Does “cozy minimalism” sounds like an oxymoron? If you think it does, you’re not alone. However, this intriguing home décor style is a situation in …

Minimalism

A bright, modern interior for a dark Victorian house

<i>Formerly a rabbit warren of small, dark rooms, this Victorian house in west London has been opened up, flooded with light and filled with the owners</i> …

See Why People Have Pledged More Than $60 Million For This Epic Space Game

The game's runaway success is because "Star Citizen" represents the dream video game for many gamers: It's a space exploration game, first-person shooter, and open-world RPG all combined into one.<p>The ambitious scale of "Star Citizen" means that players can decide how to play the game based on the …

Researching Products Before Diving Into Design

Steve Jobs once said that “It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want”. While that’s true since you don’t want a committee of customers designing the product, survey results are still helpful as a baseline measurement. They certainly aren’t mandatory for product success, but any insight …

Color Contrast And Why You Should Rethink It

Further Reading on SmashingMag:<p>I created our “Designers’ Accessibility Checklist,” and I will cover one of the most impactful guidelines on the …

Why I don't finish most video games

The games are too damn long<p>My friends keep venting to me about the ending of <i>Shadow of Mordor</i>, the new video game set in the Lord of the Rings universe. I can't relate. I never finished it. In fact, I rarely finish any game.<p><i>Shadow of Mordor</i>, for all its flaws, is an excellent adventure, one of the …

Xbox One controller vs. DualShock 4: which is better for PC gaming?

There are a lot of choices for PC controllers—Razer’s Sabertooth, for instance—but the majority of the games we play with controllers were designed …

What Futurists Think Of HP’s Bold And Weird New PC

The creators of three of the freakiest, most futuristic computer interfaces we’ve ever seen weigh in on the HP Sprout.<p>This week, HP announced the Sprout, its bold attempt to reinvent what it means to work on the PC. Forget a mouse and keyboard. You control the Sprout by sliding your hands across an …

Nextgen

SnapDonate lets you give to charities just by taking photos of their logos

Slowly but surely, many parts of the world are going cashless, and the effects go beyond quicker checkouts at supermarkets. A new app developed in the UK lets users donate to charities whenever they feel inspired to do so, by simply pointing their phones at a charity’s logo — on a poster, flyer, …

Quickpanel: More UX Futures

<b>UX Futures is a one-day virtual conference that will take place November 5. Hosted by Rosenfeld Media and Environments for Humans, the event features</b> …

Web Design

Let Ideo’s Top Brass Show You How To Solve Problems Like A Designer

Ideo.org’s new Design Kit aims to teach everyone, from CEOs to activists to ministers, the principles of human-centered design.<p>Last month, Ideo.org–the nonprofit spinoff of global design and innovation firm Ideo–launched an online guide to the practice of human-centered design. A creative approach …

Design

Video: The Golden Ratio vs. The Rule of Thirds

There are a lot of debates in the world of photography: Nikon Vs. Canon, DSLR Vs. Mirrorless and Full-Frame Vs. Everything Else just to name a few. …

Ikea’s New Desk Goes From Sitting To Standing With The Push Of A Button

Anyone who has priced a convertible desk that he or she can both sit and stand at knows it’s an expensive proposition that can quickly reach into four digits. If only Ikea made one in birchwood veneer, or something.<p>Voilà! Ikea presents its updated Bekant line of convertible desks. The 63″x31″ …

IKEA

Speed Design with Illustrator. 14 tips to create interfaces in minutes

<b>Create modular components using the Symbols panel.</b> This will allow you to reuse and modify elements across an entire website. Not only does it save …

Design

The Player Experience: How To Design for Mobile Games

Mobile is the future of everything.<p>Mobile technologies are changing not only the way we search the web or play games, but the way we live. So it’s …

Mobile Gaming

6 Most Common UX Mistakes

72<p>SHARES<p>Working on a big development or design project can be extremely fun. You get to create something beautiful that will be used by millions of …

Wireframing is NOT prototyping

Wire-frames are not meant to deliver a spec, do your homework before you do wire-frames…<p>With the rise of UX role in the industry, wireframes have …

Wireframing

Post Ratio Landing Page

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The Untold Story Of How Steve Jobs Reintroduced His Signature Design Style To Apple

Skeuomorphism is an ugly, confusing word.<p>According to Techopedia, its definition is, "a design principle in which design cues are taken from the physical world. "<p>Basically, remember how the Notes app on the iPhone used to look like a yellow legal pad or how the iBooks application on the iPad used …

What Bruce Lee Can Teach You About Design

Former Nike designer D’Wayne Edwards says Bruce Lee has impacted his career and design.<p>“What people don’t know about Bruce Lee is that he was an amazing philosopher,” D’Wayne Edwards, the founder of footwear design school Pensole, explained on stage at Fast Company’s Innovation By Design conference …

How Angelenos see the rest of California

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that there's an ENORMOUS state out there surrounding LA (especially since we're the best city in it), but there is, …

Map Shows SF Rent Prices vs. Shuttle Locations

Map Shows SF Rent Prices vs. Shuttle Locations — The Bold Italic — San Francisco<p><i>By Jessica Saia</i><p>SF designer Suwanna Ruayrinsaowarot combined two …

Fantasy Map: “Metroplasm” — Official Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Poster

<i>Fantasy Map: “Metroplasm” — Official Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Poster</i><p>Reblogged because <i>Ghostbusters</i> and subway map, duh.<p>THIS THURSDAY, we will also release the newest screenprint from the official 30th Anniversary Ghostbusters Commemorative art project, “Metroplasm” by Anthony Petrie. This fan favorite Subway map is 24 x 36 inches, with around only 200 copies available online, and is even more impressive in person.<p><b>The print will be released Thursday, May 8th, at 2 PM ET, 11 AM PT at this</b> …

Ready For Retina HD: Create Pixel-Perfect Assets For Multiple Scale Factors

First off, your icon sets should be vector-based. The approach described in this article focuses on generating multiple asset versions from a single …

Essential Visual Feedback Tools For Web Designers

InVision LiveCapture<p>Invision is a prototyping tool that enables designers to easily collaborate on design projects and to showcase their work. Quite …

Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 3: Interaction Design

Having addressed the information architecture1 and the various systems2 of navigation in the first two articles of this series, the last step is to …

Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design

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 Skeptic’s Guide To Low-Fidelity Prototyping

What Is Low-Fidelity Prototyping And Why Will It Improve The Way You Work?<p>Have you ever spent an overwhelming amount of time and resources designing …