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30
Nov

Reducing Chrome crashes caused by third-party software

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Roughly two-thirds of Windows Chrome users have other applications on their machines that interact with Chrome, such as accessibility or antivirus software. In the past, this software needed to inject code in Chrome in order to function properly; unfortunately, users with software that injects code into Windows Chrome are 15% more likely to experience crashes. With Chrome extensions and Native Messaging, there are now modern alternatives to running code inside of Chrome processes. Starting in July 2018, Chrome 68 will begin blocking third-party software from injecting code into Chrome on […]

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30
Nov

Cheerful Wallpapers To Deck Your December Desktop (2017 Edition)

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To get you in the right mood for December and the upcoming holiday season, artists and designers from across the globe once again got their creative ideas bubbling and created festive and inspiring desktop wallpapers for you. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that are bound to add some holiday cheer to your screen. All wallpapers featured in this post can be downloaded for free and come in versions with and without a calendar for December 2017. Source: Smashing Magazine

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29
Nov

From Idea To Reality: Designing An App With Sketch And Xcode

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Everyone has an idea for a mobile app, from your mom to the guy you met in line at the grocery store. You might even be one of those people, if you are reading this tutorial. Building your own app really gives you the ability to create anything you can imagine. For some people, the idea is the easy part; when it comes to making it a reality, they have no clue where to start. Source: Smashing Magazine

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28
Nov

Designing Ethics: Shifting Ethical Understanding In Design

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The influence of design is expanding beyond the realms of typography and objects and into healthcare, public policy, education, financial services, and more. Designers working in these emerging design fields are responsible for projects that have significant and fundamental impact on the quality of people’s lives with clear ethical implications. In healthcare, for example, designers are responsible for creating everything from the industrial designer’s medical device that keeps a heart beating to the service designer’s physical layout of an operating room. Source: Smashing Magazine

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27
Nov

Designing For A Browserless Web

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What happens when we take the web browser out of web browsing? Google’s new “Add to Homescreen” feature delivers fast, focused web experiences that are indistinguishable from those of a native app. What can designers learn from the successes of early adopters such as Twitter, and how can we leverage app-like design patterns to tackle this brand new set of user experience challenges? The “Add to Homescreen” installation process, as shown on Google Chrome Developer’s mobile website (Image source) (Large preview) We’ve seen debates on the topic of native versus […]

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23
Nov

Building Accessible Menu Systems

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Inclusive Components. If you’d like to know more about similar inclusive component articles, follow @inclusicomps on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed. By supporting inclusive-components.design on Patreon, you can help to make it the most comprehensive database of robust interface components available. Classification is hard. Take crabs, for example. Hermit crabs, porcelain crabs, and horseshoe crabs are not — taxonomically speaking — true crabs. Source: Smashing Magazine

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22
Nov

From Cats With Love: Welcome The New Smashing Membership

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We can’t believe it’s actually happening. After 18 months of hard work on the big bang relaunch of this little website, today is the day when everything changes. New design and new technical stack. New personality and new ambitious goals. But most importantly, a new focus on our wonderful web community, with the brand new Smashing Membership. Rewarding Great People Doing Great Work In times when we fight all the craziness and narrow-mindedness around us, we need to remind ourselves how wonderful a vast majority of the web community actually […]

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21
Nov

A Comprehensive Guide To Web Design

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(This is a sponsored post). Web design is tricky. Designers and developers have to take a lot of things into account when designing a website, from visual appearance (how the website looks) to functional design (how the website works). To simplify the task, we’ve prepared this little guide. In this article, I’ll focus on the main principles, heuristics, and approaches that will help you to create a great user experience for your website. Source: Smashing Magazine

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18
Nov

Monthly Web Development Update 11/2017: Browser News, KRACK and Vary Header Caching

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Editor’s Note: Our dear friend Anselm Hannemann summarizes what happened in the web community in the past few weeks in one handy list, so that you can catch up on everything new and important. Enjoy! Welcome back to our monthly reading list. Before we dive right into all the amazing content I stumbled upon — admittedly, this one is going to be quite a long update — I want to make a personal announcement. Source: Smashing Magazine

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16
Nov

Using CSS Grid: Supporting Browsers Without Grid

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When using any new CSS, the question of browser support has to be addressed. This is even more of a consideration when new CSS is used for layout as with Flexbox and CSS Grid, rather than things we might consider an enhancement. In this article, I explore approaches to dealing with browser support today. What are the practical things we can do to allow us to use new CSS now and still give a great experience to the browsers that don’t support it? Source: Smashing Magazine

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