Category: Design

This category features articles on general design principles, Web design, typography, user interface design and related topics. It also presents design showcases and practical pieces on the business side of design. Curated by Alma Hoffmann.

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Type Makes A Difference: An Exploration Of Type-Focused Websites

In this article, we’ll take you on a thought-provoking journey through carefully selected Web designs. Certainly, these websites have some captivating interactivity; however, the selection of type and the typographic styling and spacing are the reasons why we chose them for this piece.

Type Makes A Difference: An Exploration Of Type-Focused Websites

In the context of typography, considering composition and grid structure is also important. Composition and grid structure are vital factors in effective communication with type.

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Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn’t Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish

Is sketching by hand more than a nostalgic activity? How is paper any different from a screen, especially when hardware is becoming more and more sophisticated? Is improving your hand-sketching skills really worthwhile when high-tech software is advancing every day?

Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn't Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish

Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about hand-sketching these days. Some absolutely hate the thought of putting their ideas to paper because they can’t draw to save their lives. Others couldn’t imagine their creativity surviving without it. Love it or hate it, there’s much more to a sketchbook than old-school charm.

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Incorporating More Quiet Into The UX Design Process

Behind every successful design is a dynamic creative team, and it takes all kinds of personalities and skills to get the job done. However, the culture and expectations of a design agency are often largely centered on one outspoken, gregarious personality.

Incorporating More Quiet Into The UX Design Process

Things such as group brainstorming, on-the-fly presentations and open workspaces have become the norm in most design agencies. But the stereotypical extrovert is just one of the personalities that make up a successful team. A lot of people who excel at and are passionate about design — specifically UX design — are actually introverts.

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Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

Designing and developing can be time-consuming, especially when the project involves a new challenge, putting the team or freelancer into unknown territory. Moreover, time is a key factor in productivity. Working efficiently enables us to deliver better value at a competitive price.

Powerful Workflow Tips, Tools And Tricks For Web Designers

However, some steps can be repeated for every project. These are steps we know and should make as quick as possible in order to have more freedom to experiment with new solutions. This article presents a collection of tools, tips and tricks that will make your standard workflow as fast and practical as possible, so that you have more time for the exciting parts of the project.

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A Case StudyHow Your Product Can Benefit From User Feedback

Like many great ideas, ours was born of a problem. When I was a graduate student at MIT, I sat next to a classmate who is visually impaired. He would whisper to me to ask the time, even though he wore a watch — which prompted me to wonder how the blind tell time.

How Your Product Can Benefit From User Feedback: A Case Study

I later learned from my classmate that he had a talking watch that announced the time out loud when he pressed a button, but he rarely used it in public because he found it disruptive and embarrassing. After that conversation with my classmate, I went home and Googled "watch for the blind". I couldn’t believe what I saw.

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Building An Online Magazine App For Windows 8, Part 1: The HTML5 App

Back in 2010, Microsoft shifted its focus from propriety Web technology to open Web technology. The first fruits of this refocus materialized a few years later — in Internet Explorer, the Windows operating system, its developer tools and its cloud software.

Building An Online Magazine App For Windows 8, Part 1: The HTML5 App

Things have changed for the better so far: With version 10, Internet Explorer has finally grown up and become a fast modern browser. You can build native Windows apps with JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS — apps that look and feel solid and have modern user interfaces.

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Designing The Words: Why Copy Is A Design Issue

The relationship between copy and design has been covered many times on Smashing Magazine. Working in a content-focused industry, we need to keep this issue pretty close to heart; creating great copy is pointless if it is visually uninspiring or unreadable. Likewise, if the content doesn’t deliver, then even the most attractive page won’t hold the reader’s attention.

Designing The Words: Why Copy Is A Design Issue

Yet much of the discussion so far has concentrated on issues such as microcopy — the small bits of text that instruct the reader on how to interact with the website — and the minutiae of user experience. This stuff is essential, of course, but in this article we’d like to broaden our focus to look at some of the fundamental mistakes behind bad copy.

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