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Why UI Changes Annoy People and How to Handle It

Posted by | July 20

Sometimes, revamping a website’s or a mobile app’s interface causes users to freak out. People may get disappointed with a new color scheme, the positioning of elements, or anything similar. Obviously, such a reaction isn’t what you’re expecting from your interface redesign. Even large, successful corporations like Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify are frequently exposed to negative feedback. For instance, in February 2017 Spotify updated its web player, introducing a new layout, new search functionality, and artist pages. This change caused many users to express their dissatisfaction on social media. One […]

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Implementing Webmentions

Posted by | July 19

We get a decent amount of comments on blog posts right here on CSS-Tricks (thanks!), but I’d also say the hay day for that is over. These days, if someone writes some sort of reaction to a blog post, it could be on their own blog, or more likely, on some social media site. It makes sense. That’s their home base and it’s more useful to them to keep their words there. It’s a shame, though. This fragmented conversation is slightly more useful for each individual person, it’s less useful […]

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Intro to Hoodie and React

Posted by | July 19

Let’s take a look at Hoodie, the “Back-End as a Service” (BaaS) built specifically for front-end developers. I want to explain why I feel like it is a well-designed tool and deserves more exposure among the spectrum of competitors than it gets today. I’ve put together a demo that demonstrates some of the key features of the service, but I feel the need to first set the scene for its use case. Feel free to jump over to the demo repo if you want to get the code. Otherwise, join […]

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Designing The Perfect Slider

Posted by | July 19

    When we think about a slider, we usually imagine an image gallery slider, or the infamous carousel, or perhaps off-canvas navigation, with the overlay sliding in from the side. However, this article is not about those kinds of sliders. Instead, we’ll look into the fine details of designing better slider controls for selecting a value or a range of values. Think of price range sliders, 360-degree-view sliders, timeline sliders, health insurance quote calculators, or build-your-own-mobile-plan features. In all of these use cases, a slider is helpful because it […]

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FullStory Lets You See Your Site from a User’s Perspective

Posted by | July 19

Imagine being able to see your website as a user does. You might catch their frustration when something doesn’t work as expected. Or, you may give yourself a high-five when seeing a transaction go just as you hoped. Even if you aren’t sitting right next to each and every user, you can still see exactly how they interact with your website. FullStory makes it happen. The Service that Beats Traditional User Testing With FullStory, you can replay user sessions with pixel-perfect accuracy. You’ll see every click, key press and page […]

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6 Subtle UI Changes in iOS 11

Posted by | July 18

With the unveiling of iOS 11, Apple continues to iterate on the existing user interface and push the envelope in terms of what can be achieved within a mobile operating system. As with many of the previous iOS versions, the changes tend to be minor but are consistently improving the design one small aspect at a time. By stepping away from making dramatic updates, Apple can hone in on the minor details, and achieve a high level of perfection across an ecosystem spanning multiple devices dating back over four years. […]

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Taming Advanced Color Palettes In Photoshop, Sketch And Affinity Designer

Posted by | July 17

    Creating large, harmonious and uniform color palettes can be a challenge. Good intentions and confident plans can be abandoned when things get a little unwieldy. But you can equip yourself with some tools to manage the complexity. With the right techniques, large color palettes can be created, refined and refactored at will. Large color palettes can be tamed. The post Taming Advanced Color Palettes In Photoshop, Sketch And Affinity Designer appeared first on Smashing Magazine. Source: Smashing Magazine

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Simple WordPress Snippets to Enhance Your Secondary Navigation

Posted by | July 16

One of the great things about WordPress is the ability to reuse snippets of code over and over again within your themes. With that, you can build in ways to make websites easier to use. In this article, we’re going to explore ways to enhance secondary navigation. In other words, navigation that is in addition to your site’s main menu. Adding these extra elements can further help users get where they need to go and discover content they may have otherwise missed. Here are four such snippets you can use […]

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Web Development Reading List #189: Sync Via Push API, RTL CSS, And The Disaster Factory

Posted by | July 14

    Do you feel stressed from time to time? I do. Recently, I experimented with meditation and yoga, just to see if and how they work. There’s a lot of advice you can find online and they all claim to transform your life entirely. The post Web Development Reading List #189: Sync Via Push API, RTL CSS, And The Disaster Factory appeared first on Smashing Magazine. Source: Smashing Magazine

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Introducing The Website Speed Test Image Analysis Tool

Posted by | July 13

    Web developers spend their days writing hypertext, but, byte for byte, most of the web is composed of images. It is hard to overstate the effect that images have on the average web page’s performance; faster websites have broader reach and a higher impact. The first and most important thing you can do to improve the performance of your website’s images is figure out how to measure them. Enter Website Speed Test, a free and drop-dead-simple tool that leverages our (Cloudinary’s) image smarts to let you measure, diagnose […]

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