I’ve spent 20 years in my career building and leading product teams. But I have a contrarian approach when it comes to hiring product managers.
This post is for anyone facing an uphill battle trying to convince an organization that design research is important. Know that you’re not alone: It’s common for designers working in startups and small companies to struggle to make space for research.
As design’s influence in business continues to grow, more organizations and leaders at every level are eager to learn how a more mature focus on design can elevate their products and services.
Nesting is supposed to make your CSS easier to read, extend, and maintain. For some situations, it does, but for designing CSS systems at scale, nesting your CSS is almost always a terrible idea. Allow me to explain with some general assumptions and examples.
Submitted for your approval: many of us designers and front-end developers haven’t written a line of real CSS in years. Instead, we’ve been using pre-processors to write abstractions of CSS. This has gotten us into a lot of hot water. It’s time to ditch the pre-processors and start writing real CSS (again).
Most of SuperFriendly’s work over the last few years has been with organizations that need specific help with crafting design systems that enable them to extend the work long after we’ve handed off initial work.
Ah the login, such a mundane task. Passwords are necessary, but a pain, always that extra step between you and your secure content.
Regardless of size, every design team benefits from a single point of authority and leadership, an individual with vision and high standards who can get the most out of their team.
Here is the first article of three-part series exploring how we perform user tests on data visualization interfaces and why it’s so important.
2016 is the year of everything conversational. Messaging apps are taking over the world and app store rankings with incredible retention and engagement rates...
There’s a problem in product management I see happening quite often (at least I believe it’s a problem — I would love to hear your thoughts). Startup founders, who are a lot of times also engineers, have the “more features=better product” syndrome. I know I had it.
Have you been noticing the words ‘motion design’ popping up around the design world? Companies big and small are starting to hire designers specifically with this title. Google recently gave a talk at its I/O conference, outlining the motion language that will be standardized across Google’s product line.
When we think about designing a great user experience, it’s easy to get caught up with all the things. The fonts, the colors, the flows, the content. Everything. But there’s another component to UX that can instantly delight your users that you might be overlooking. I’m talking about microcopy.
Type the name of almost any successful consumer web company into your search bar and add the word “addict” after it. Go ahead, I’ll wait...
After more than 3 years of being part of the awesome Behance community I feel a need to give something back and I would like to share my knowledge to help other designers improve how they build Behance case studies.
Doing user research is like eating healthy food, exercising, and getting an annual checkup. Almost everyone recognizes that it’s good to do these things, but many people fail to do them. Similarly, many companies neglect to do user research. Why? In this column, I’ll discuss the most common excuses I hear from companies and project teams that don’t conduct user research—and I’ll provide solutions to overcome them.
Supply-chain management software gets sexy. But should it?
As the sole designer on my team, I sometimes have trouble managing my workload...
Turning paper books into digital ones not only didn’t improve the experience of studying, but it impoverished it.
by Alex Lande, Front-end Engineer at Formidable
The way we approach designing with data has changed over time and is still evolving. An observation.
Many of the poorly designed games we play in life, such as work, need us to adapt them. Here’s how to think like a great game designer, not a lazy one.
Whisk is a handy collection of LESS mixins to aid in the rapid development of your website.
Without getting user feedback, you have no idea whether your product is meeting people’s needs
The problem with the mobile D.O.B. form experience.
North is a set of standards and best practices for developing modern web based properties.
The evolution of the CMS?
Looking for a place to create a free website? There are plenty of resources that allow you to create you own website, blog, wiki, or social community without having to know any programming language.
Increasingly, more and more companies are looking for great design leadership these days...
Most CMSs have 3 big problems. First, they focus on managing your website, not your content. Second, they monopolize the presentation layer, making it hard to create compelling, forward-thinking designs. Third, it’s difficult to add new channels like mobile apps and microsites without duplicating your content.
It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that give away their software raised roughly $3.2 billion in financing from 2011 to 2014.
Handpicked code snippets you can use in your web projects. Find web design inspiration with code samples.
It seems that gone are the days when Photoshop dominated the market and the industry. With the arrival of Sketch, it won’t really be surprising if the people behind Photoshop are already panicking. Finally, a real competition and threat to Photoshop has arrived.
Without a question, it is difficult to come up with a job title that vividly explains and defines the skills that you have as a professional web designer.
How developers can make a designer's life easier. Sort of.
Will the real fullstack please stand up?
Curated collection of beautiful colors, updated daily.
Coolors is a online web app that is simply awesome.
Customer reviews on Ecommerce websites should ideally help users take informed decisions, but do they? Read to find out.
There are a whole bunch of CMSes out there ranging from lightweight micro-blogging platforms to huge enterprise packages.
"The tools needed to build the web are evolving, but must evolve more — our tools should have a constant dialog with the process as the people building these tools should give the answers to “How do we define the process?” and “What do we expect to achieve?”."
Content management is a mix of development, design, marketing, information architecture, user experience, and more. In the past 15 years, content management has evolved, but its foundation—how users create, manage, and deliver content—has remained relatively stable.
There are a lot of tools to get the job done when you’re a product designer, and finding the right ones all comes down to how you like to work. This is what I use to a day to day basis when I’m doing design work.
Design hand-off has never been easier. Generate styleguides and resources, automatically
One person I didn’t know decided to tell me the truth to my face, and it might have been the most important thing to happen for my career.
A tidy repository of jQuery plugins
Creative Technologist & User Experience Engineer based in Berlin – I create digital products with knowledge and passion.
ImageOptim is a free app that makes images take up less disk space and load faster, without sacrificing quality
Designer with passion for interaction, UX, interfaces and technology.
Alessandro Risso, Direttore Creativo, Designer Web& Grafico. Minimal Lover & Themeforest Author.
I think we can all agree that 2015 will be remembered as the “New design tool” year.