As users perform more and more task based actions online, content strategy is even more important then ever. Content strategy isn't just writing for the web, and UI design isn't just for task performance either, although it may frequently be a measurable interactivity factor. More new sites popping up are web apps, rather than business billboards as they have been in the past. Even business sites need a fresh content stream to keep users caring about their brand's relevancy.Read More
I've been loving everything I can see Sketch can do for some time now, and while I love using it when I can, there are still some mobile design layouts and UI elements that were originally made in Fireworks that I go to a lot to build onto for project needs. Anything new I try to create in Sketch, but I still have to crank open FW to complete my workflow at times.Read More
It’s amazing how the rise of the internet as a software platform has changed the business opportunities in the design field and therefore the desire to be in-house vs agency.Read More
Every time I need to manage or organize my bookmarks in Firefox, I'm so nervous to click this. I always think it's going to LAUNCH ALL of my bookmarks...
Chrome is more clear
Our UX team has decided to start using icon fonts for more and more mobile design, but some of the designs have been waiting for development before that ultimate decision was made. We purchased some icon webfonts to begin designing with - some matched the same vector sets we bought to use previously - but for now there were still some custom vector icons I had made to fit our needs beforehand and this will still need to happen moving forward.Read More
Although I see many times where the rise and enormous growth of the internet and mobile make it more and more difficult to disconnect, my lifestyle has been effected in other ways. In fact, the growth and commonality in which the internet has entwined into our lives has made it easier for me to lead a rural lifestyle away from the city.Read More
The term "seasoned pro" and skill sets vary greatly depending on who you talk to, but this is my experience. Although I am senior level designer, I have to say that my Treehouse subscription has been worth more than I had expected. When I first logged in after receiving a promo on membership cost, I admit to have felt that there wasn't much for a UI designer and front end developer between basics (through responsive design) and programming (especially related to mobile design), but I was wrong.Read More
What lessons can we learn from the mobile landscape that can help the future of desktop/tablet operating systems in the future?Read More
Facebook Home has got me thinking.
Soon, we won't be designing UI. We will be designing with UX even more in the forefront than pretty UI aesthetics.
Will software design soon become OS design? Is there a huge difference now anyway?
Native Apps vs Web Apps have been debated to death. Every use case is different, let alone company, site, or task. Can the Mobile First theory help bring the two into a more comprehensive experience?Read More
More importantly than waiting for new browsers to support all of these wonderful new technologies out there still lies the enormous problem of variety that exists out there. The more browsers upgrades we get the more fragmented our user clients are, as explained in this Smashing Magazine article: Old Browsers are Holding Up the Web.Read More
With the exception of a few super savvy companies and progressive teams inside groups that are investing in this specialized skill, do you feel that from the perspective of gaining clients for UX professionals it makes sense yet to market yourself as a user experience designer? Perhaps it is my locale, but I find that most clients looking for this type of work don't quite know it as that, and therefore aren't researching such terms.Read More
Getting away from static mockups. Challenging myself to go from prototypes (Axure) to creating beautiful UI elements (Fireworks) with a service like typecast for finalizing details. This allows content to dictate more of the layout in a real time environment which is the live scenario. Ideally, once this mockup is tested and approved, it's ready to launch as-is.Read More
With the 17" Macbook Pro going away (already gone) and now the iPad screen size scaling back, it made me think about screen sizes and where product designers get their user needs from. Yes, I realize other manufacturers are making other decisions and everyone is trying to stay ahead and on top of what users want.Read More
Excited to see this come to life! Will post more when I can. This is for a responsive site design, so I'm enjoying the problem solving aspect of space especially related to navigation.
A gem I've enjoyed for the past couple of years is a newsletter from Laura L. Carlson from Information Technology Systems and Services at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I don't really remember how I came across it, but it's a text-only email newsletter that is always filled to the brim with the latest web development resources.
They are sent from resources that are posted onto their web design references site.
Some of the categories you'll find each issue include:
- 01: ACCESSIBILITY.
- 02: BOOKS.
- 03: CASCADING STYLE SHEETS.
- 04: EVALUATION & TESTING.
- 05: EVENTS.
- 06: MISCELLANEOUS.
- 07: NAVIGATION.
- 08: TOOLS.
- 09: USABILITY.
To subscribe via email:
- Address an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The word "subscribe" must appear in the subject area
- Leave the "body" area blank.
- Delete any signature or anything else from the body of the message.
Ever see or develop an application where web fonts are loaded conditionally based on a larger screen and assumption of bandwidth? What are your thoughts on using web fonts in a whole mobile site?
Love this font, and the many others that are featured in this month's MyFont's Rising Stars Newsletter. I'm thinking I'm going to treat myself to some new fonts in early 2012 after I finish reading Sitepoint's HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World, and Designing with Web Standards 3rd Edition.
Cassia is another gorgeous typeface with bazillions of uses!
Wonder if the traditional square CD cover art digitized will evolve with digital music models. Song artwork? Song video? Song video with lyrics? There has been lots of innovation around the creation and delivery of music digitally, but this is one piece that has come along for the ride. Surely the experience has more potential!