17 Feb

Web Development Reading List #170: Hamburger Alternatives, Libsodium In PHP And Choosing Profit

   

As web developers, we need to rely on our knowledge, and choosing solutions we’re already familiar with is often the most convenient approach to solving a problem. However, not only technology is evolving but also our knowledge of how to use it.

For a while, we thought it’s best to use base64 encoding for inlining assets into CSS files, for example, and that loading JavaScript asynchronously will make websites faster. With more evidence and research, however, we came to realize that we were wrong. We should take this as an occasion to remind ourselves to question our habits and from now on ask ourselves if the solution we have in mind for a given problem really is still the best one we could choose.

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17 Feb

Exclusive Icon Set: Elements From Space To Earth

   

Have you ever dreamt of exploring the deep sea and getting up close to its fascinating, weird creatures? Or maybe you've dreamt of boarding a spacecraft to experience the beauty of our planet from above? The desire to leave the beaten tracks and explore unfamiliar terrain is human nature.

To celebrate mankind’s urge to explore, the creative folks at Vexels created a set of 30 adventurous icons that take you on a journey from the ground of the sea right up to outer space. The set offers all the building blocks you’ll need to create your own little universe and become an explorer yourself.

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16 Feb

Copy If You Can: Improving Your UI Design Skills With Copywork

   

There’s a technique for improving one’s user interface design skills that is the most efficient way I know of expanding one’s visual vocabulary but that I’ve rarely heard mentioned by digital designers.

I’m talking about copywork. Copywork is a technique that writers and painters have been using for centuries. It is the process of recreating an existing work as closely as possible in order to improve one’s skill. In our case, this means recreating a user interface (UI) design pixel for pixel.

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16 Feb

Copy If You Can: Improving Your UI Design Skills With Copywork

   

There’s a technique for improving one’s user interface design skills that is the most efficient way I know of expanding one’s visual vocabulary but that I’ve rarely heard mentioned by digital designers.

I’m talking about copywork. Copywork is a technique that writers and painters have been using for centuries. It is the process of recreating an existing work as closely as possible in order to improve one’s skill. In our case, this means recreating a user interface (UI) design pixel for pixel.

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15 Feb

No thanks, this is not something I would want to use.

No thanks, this is not something I would want to use.

First annoyance is that I both had to register to download and the registration/auth flow is broken, I had to reset my PW 3 seconds after signing up and managed to hit the 404 page twice there after.

This framework is closed source, past experience keeps me away from that as it too easily creates the scenario where something cannot be achieved as you are dependent on 1 small team for support and not a potentially endless community.

The primary defined editor is Sublime text, even though most devs moved over to atom ages ago, at the very least it could of checked which editor is installed and defaulted to the users choice, not disable the ‘Sublime Text 3’ button.

The language syntax is extremely non-standard, I do not have the time to learn a ‘new’ language when every other framework out there is trying as hard as possible to stay as close to standards as they can, maybe this is how native devs work, but it is not how Front-ends work.

15 Feb

The Realities Of User Experience Design Within The Luxury Industry

   

For luxury companies and upscale lifestyle service providers, excellence in experience is an essential component of the value delivered. Conceptually different from the mass market, the luxury domain relies not only on offering the highest differentiated products and services, but on delivering experiential value.

Adopting technology and embracing a digital presence through platforms and initiatives, the luxury industry today is tackling the challenge of designing an unparalleled user experience (UX) online. In this article, we’ll present a case study and share observations on the peculiarities of the UX design of a luxury lifestyle service platform and its mobile apps.

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14 Feb

30 Free Fonts With Personality And Style

   

The sharing spirit in the design community is remarkable. Designers spend countless hours on side projects and without asking for anything in return, they share their creations freely with the community. Just to give something back, to inspire and to support fellow folks in their work.

When working on a project yourself, freebies like these can come to the rescue when you have to get along on a tight budget, but, more often that that, they simply are the missing piece that’ll make your design complete.

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27 Jan

Web Development Reading List #167: On Team Retreats, Immutable Cache, And Eliminating Clearfix Hacks

   

When working in a team, we focus so much on the work, that we often forget that we all have something in common. Something that is so obvious that we underestimate it: we all are human beings. And well, if we want to grow as a team and get better at what we do, we should embrace this fact more. In fact, I just came back from a week-long team retreat where we had team activities, team games, and sessions and discussions about how we can achieve just that.

We figured out how much we value diversity, we realized how different the English language and its words are perceived by people from different countries, and we’ve seen short talks on various topics like work-life-balance but also on technical stuff like Docker or intercepting any computer’s traffic with a Raspberry Zero. So if you have the chance to work in a team, use the opportunity and exchange views and share information with your co-workers. Work is part of your life, so why not make it a lovely part?

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27 Jan

Web Development Reading List #167: On Team Retreats, Immutable Cache, And Eliminating Clearfix Hacks

   

When working in a team, we focus so much on the work, that we often forget that we all have something in common. Something that is so obvious that we underestimate it: we all are human beings. And well, if we want to grow as a team and get better at what we do, we should embrace this fact more. In fact, I just came back from a week-long team retreat where we had team activities, team games, and sessions and discussions about how we can achieve just that.

We figured out how much we value diversity, we realized how different the English language and its words are perceived by people from different countries, and we’ve seen short talks on various topics like work-life-balance but also on technical stuff like Docker or intercepting any computer’s traffic with a Raspberry Zero. So if you have the chance to work in a team, use the opportunity and exchange views and share information with your co-workers. Work is part of your life, so why not make it a lovely part?

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