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31
Dec

Inspiring Desktop Wallpapers To Welcome 2018 (January Edition)

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The new year is an opportunity to start over fresh, to overcome routines and rethink processes. And, well, despite all the New Year’s resolutions you might have made, sometimes it’s the small things that work wonders. A tidy desktop and a new, inspiring wallpaper, for example, that caters for a little inspiration shot when you need one. To kick off 2018 with wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd, artists and designers from across the globe once again challenged their artistic skills and designed unique desktop […]

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29
Dec

Making The Transition From After Effects To CSS Transitions And Keyframes

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Websites are looking more and more like mobile apps. Users are also increasingly expecting a more app-like experience. From push notifications to offline mode, native web apps are getting there. Once web apps function like native apps, the design interactions would also change to address the use case — namely, the ubiquity of animations. Animations drive interactions in all of our favourite apps, from Uber to Lyft and Snapchat to Instagram. Source: Smashing Magazine

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28
Dec

A Sneak-Peek Inside The Southeast Asian Web Community

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A few weeks ago, Vitaly Friedman (co-founder of this little magazine) and I had the pleasure to join Mozilla’s Developer Roadshow, traveling through four countries in Southeast Asia in just two weeks. We visited cities that are buzzing with life and met people who share our passion for the web. Our mission: To get up close with the Southeast Asian web community. We wanted to learn how different local communities are compared to Europe and the US. Source: Smashing Magazine

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28
Dec

Standing Out From The Crowd: Improving Your Mobile App With Competitive Analysis

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The mobile app industry is arguably one of the most competitive industries in the world. With around 2.8 million apps available for download in the Google Play store and 2.2 million in Apple’s App Store, getting your app seen, let alone downloaded, can be difficult. With such fierce competition, it is important to make your app the best it can be. One of the most productive ways to do this is by conducting a competitive analysis to see where your competitors are at, what is working for them, what isn’t […]

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27
Dec

Productivity Tips And Tricks: The Community Shares Its Piece Of Advice

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Productivity tips always make for a popular topic for an article, as everyone is looking for the silver bullet, that one weird trick that turns you into a productivity machine. However, the tips that work well for one person may not work so well for another. We asked the community on Twitter and Facebook to share their best productivity tips, and in this article I’m going to round these up alongside some things I’ve learned that work well for me. Source: Smashing Magazine

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24
Dec

All That Glisters

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Drew McLellan wraps up our 2017 series with a gentle reminder that in a rapidly moving industry, the best technology for the job isn’t always the newest. And while Christmas tradition tells us we should follow the bright star, sometimes the answer lies closer to home. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Tradition has it that at this time of year, families gather together, sit, eat and share stories. It’s an opportunity for the wisdom of the elders to be passed down to the younger members of the tribe. […]

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23
Dec

Refactoring Your Way to a Design System

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Mina Markham brings a ray of hope that flitters in the sky with advice on refactoring an existing codebase into a design system. Greenfield projects are rare, so can we move forward with legacy styles in place? All across the land dawns a brand new morn, this comes to pass when a new design system is born. Brought to you by An Event Apart. 1 track. 3 days. 18 phenomenal speakers. No other web design, UX, and front-end conference comes close. Set yourself Apart. I love refactoring code. Absolutely love […]

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22
Dec

Design Systems and Hybrids

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Jina Anne circles back to carefully look again at the popularity of design systems and how they impact the different roles within our teams. A good system enables all the reindeer to pull forward in a cohesive motion, yet has space for individuals with very shiny noses. The other day on Twitter, I saw a thread started by Dorian Taylor about why design systems are so hot right now. In the thread, he made the case that they’ve been around for ages and some folks were just slow to catch […]

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22
Dec

Dealing With Stress As A Designer: Here's What Research Says

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The world is a stressful place. That’s probably why if you search for articles about dealing with stress you’ll find lots of great advice. But the problem is that most of it is pretty generic. Eat good food. Exercise. Get plenty of sleep. Those are all good general tips — but is there anything more specific to the profession of design? If you’re a designer who feels stressed from time to time, then this article is for you. Source: Smashing Magazine

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21
Dec

Knowing the Future – Tips for a Happy Launch Day

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Phil Hawksworth dashes through the snow towards his launch deadline with some tips for easing the path to production. Going live can be a scary thing, but that shouldn’t be down to technical concerns.Nail your deployment early, don’t leave it to the night before Christmas. You’ve chosen your frameworks and libraries. You’ve learned how to write code which satisfies the buzzword and performance gods. Now you need to serve it to a global audience, and make things easy to preview, to test, to sign-off, and to evolve. But infrastructure design […]

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