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A Practical Guide To SVG And Design Tools

A Practical Guide To SVG And Design Tools A Practical Guide To SVG And Design Tools Mikołaj Dobrucki 2019-05-03T14:00:59+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 A good understanding of SVG is a rare skill. Surprisingly often, SVG is treated as just another image format. We use SVG because of its scalability and smaller file size, but in reality, SVG is so much more! In this article, I’ll shed light on three of the most popular design tools: Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, and Figma. There are also other tools available supporting SVG that may have other functionalities and implement other solutions. Note: If not stated otherwise,...

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Designing For The Future With Voice Prototypes

Designing For The Future With Voice Prototypes Designing For The Future With Voice Prototypes Nick Babich 2019-05-02T12:30:16+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 (This article is kindly sponsored by Adobe.) Voice-enabled interfaces are challenging the long dominance of graphical user interfaces and are quickly becoming a common part of our daily lives. According to a survey run by Adobe, 76 percent of smart speaker owners increased their usage of voice assistants over the last year. In this article, I’ll share a flow that you can use to create voice-based experiences. But before we dive into the specific recommendations on how to design for voice,...

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Digging Into The Display Property: Box Generation

Digging Into The Display Property: Box Generation Digging Into The Display Property: Box Generation Rachel Andrew 2019-05-01T13:00:59+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 This is the second in a short series of articles about the display property in CSS. You can read the initial article in the series at “The Two Values Of Display”. The display specification is a very useful spec to understand as it underpins all of the different layout methods we have. While many of the values of display have their own specification, many terms and ideas are detailed in display. This means that understanding this specification helps you to understand...

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The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition)

The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition) The Wonders Of May (2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2019-04-30T14:50:31+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 We always try our best to challenge your creativity and get you out of your comfort zone. A great occasion to do so is our monthly wallpapers challenge which has been going on for nine years already. It’s an opportunity to let your creative ideas run free and try something new, to indulge in a little project just for fun. Whatever technique you fancy, whatever story you want to tell with your wallpaper, the submissions to this challenge make for a...

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Looking Back At SmashingConf San Francisco 2019

Looking Back At SmashingConf San Francisco 2019 Looking Back At SmashingConf San Francisco 2019 Rachel Andrew 2019-04-30T12:00:59+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 This year, SmashingConf took place at the Fort Mason Center which has superb views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was very kind to us making it a very pleasant location to spend a few days in. As always with any Smashing Conference, there were plenty of surprises! We had icecream and cookies, our amazing DJ Tobi Lessnow kept everyone well entertained between talks, and Vitaly opened the conference with just the right amount of balloons! Balloons, anyone?...

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A Designer’s Guide To Better Decisions

A Designer’s Guide To Better Decisions A Designer’s Guide To Better Decisions Eric Olive 2019-04-29T12:30:16+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 Nearly everyone has experienced frustration while using a website, mobile app, or web application. In these moments, we might wonder “What were they thinking?” followed by “They sure were not thinking about making this easy for me.” One reason we encounter such frustrating moments is that the process of making sound and user-friendly decisions is difficult. In this article, we’ll identify four decision-related traps that impede good design and offer techniques for avoiding these traps. These decision traps are based on research conducted...

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Getting To Know The MutationObserver API

Getting To Know The MutationObserver API Getting To Know The MutationObserver API Louis Lazaris 2019-04-26T13:30:16+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 In complex web apps, DOM changes can be frequent. As a result, there are instances where your app might need to respond to a specific change to the DOM. For some time, the accepted way to look for changes to the DOM was by means of a feature called Mutation Events, which is now deprecated. The W3C-approved replacement for Mutation Events is the MutationObserver API, which is what I’ll be discussing in detail in this article. A number of older articles and references...

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Privacy UX: Privacy-Aware Design Framework

Privacy UX: Privacy-Aware Design Framework Privacy UX: Privacy-Aware Design Framework Vitaly Friedman 2019-04-25T13:30:16+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 Part 1: Privacy Concerns And Privacy In Web Forms Part 2: Better Cookie Consent Experiences Part 3: Better Notifications UX And Permission Requests Part 4: Privacy-Aware Design Framework We’ve already explored approaches for better cookie consent prompts, permission requests, and notifications UX, but how do they fit into an overall design strategy as we make design decisions in our design tools? In her article “What does GDPR mean for UX?”, Claire Barrett, a UX and UI designer at Mubaloo in Bristol, UK, has shared a...

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It’s Here! Meet “Art Direction For The Web,” A New Smashing Book

It’s Here! Meet “Art Direction For The Web,” A New Smashing Book It’s Here! Meet “Art Direction For The Web,” A New Smashing Book Vitaly Friedman 2019-04-24T16:00:02+02:00 2019-05-06T20:33:04+00:00 In contrast to the world of print design, our creative process has often been constrained by what is possible with our limited tools. It also has been made more difficult by the unique challenges of designing for the web, such as ensuring that our sites cater well to a diverse range of devices and browsers. Now, the web isn’t print of course, and we can’t take concepts from sturdy print and...

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