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Building User Trust In UX Design

by Adam Fard

Trust is at the heart of a long-term strategy of any product. There are many ways to earn it, and even more ways to lose it. In this article, we’ll go through how you, as a product designer, can make sure your product nurtures and retains trust throughout every touchpoint. To do that, we’ll be borrowing some of the tricks marketers and product people have up their sleeves.

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Building A Discord Bot Using Discord.js

by Subha Chanda

An introduction to building a Discord bot using the Discord.js module. The bot will share random jokes, assign or revoke user roles, and post tweets of a specific account to a Discord channel.

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Material Design Text Fields Are Badly Designed

by Adam Silver

Where to put the label in a web form? In the early days, we talked about left-aligned labels versus top-aligned labels. These days we talk about floating labels. Let’s explore why they aren’t a very good idea, and what to use instead.

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Create Responsive Image Effects With CSS Gradients And `aspect-ratio`

by Stephanie Eckles

A classic problem in CSS is maintaining the aspect ratio of images across related components, such as cards. The newly supported aspect-ratio property in combination with object-fit provides a remedy to this headache of the past! Let’s learn to use these properties, in addition to creating a responsive gradient image effect for extra flair.

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State Of GDPR In 2021: Key Updates And What They Mean

by Danny Bluestone

As digital practitioners, GDPR has impacted every facet of our professional and personal lives. Whether you’re addicted to Instagram, message your family on WhatsApp, buy products from Etsy or Google information, no one has escaped the rules that were introduced in 2018.

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Building Your Own Personal Learning Curriculum

by Kirsty Simmonds

As developers, we’re constantly learning new languages and frameworks. But how can you structure this learning to ensure maximum benefit while still progressing? Here’s how you can devise your own curriculum to keep moving in the right direction.

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Context And Variables In The Hugo Static Site Generator

by Kristian Lumme

In this article, we take a look at the topic of context and variables in Hugo, a popular static site generator. You’ll understand concepts such as the global context, flow control, and variables in Hugo templates, as well as data flow from content files through templates to partials and base templates.

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