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Labnotes



A weekly collection of the best on design, software development, Node, leadership and stuff. Learn something new or your money back. By Assaf Arkin.



 



Weekend Reading — Why are we doing this?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:28:22 GMT

* How we designed Foursquare Swarm 5.0 * Why I Still Use Vim * A Brief History of Women in Computing * Charging Rhinos, and more …



Weekend Reading — High five, fist bump

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 22:18:35 GMT

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Jon Ostrower "Boeing 004, a 787 from BFI-BFI, files a flight plan: Route? Airplane. We’re going to draw an airplane"


Design Objective

Designing interactive experiences The ‘what, when and how’ of interactive prototyping.

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Mark Dalgleish My main beef with tools like Sketch and Photoshop is that they're




Weekend Reading — Touching … ugh … base

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:39:22 GMT

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New Glassdoor survey reveals that the UK’s most annoying office buzzwords


Design Objective

Bobby Ghoshal 😱

Me: "Don't forget how far digital design has come since the nineties" --- NJ EZ-Pass: "Hold my beer." http://www.ezpassnj.com

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Tools of the Trade

Chromeless Playground Is like




Weekend Reading — A spill of puppies

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:10:00 GMT

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@ joeheenan "Sometimes when I don't know what to do I'll get this out my pocket & pretend it knows the answer."


Design Objective

Empathy Prompts 💡 Ideas to help consider Inclusive Design principles when making things for others to use, e.g:

Use a projector

See how your company’




Weekend Reading — Maps, Pants, Stand Ups, and Unicorns

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:28:28 GMT

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I made a Google Maps version of Westeros


Design Objective

Amazing Chat Interface Inspiration Person to person, group messaging, conversational commerce, lots of goods here.

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Dropdown alternatives for better (mobile) forms For many interactions, you're better off not using a dropdown, especially on mobile devices. This article goes over different




Weekend Reading — Move in any direction

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:46:00 GMT

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@Distinctboxes "Cambodian artist Visoth Kakvei Is Taking Doodling To Another Level."


Design Objective

Boost Your UX with These Successful Interaction Design Principles "There’s a fine line between an interaction that works and one that is unusable. Interaction design principles help bridge the divide."

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Dos and




Weekend Reading — Emotional support animal

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 23:40:00 GMT

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@ImACultHero "Just learned that Cheetahs are really nervous animals, and some zoos give them "support dogs" to relax"


Design Objective

@sortino Cynical, but sometimes we need a dose of that:

The Ten Principles of Good Design: 2017 Tech Industry Edition 😂

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The 1,000 Floor Elevator: Why




Weekend Reading — Low Budget Reboot

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:27:55 GMT

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Craig Pearson "I'd watch this low budget Firefly reboot"


Design Objective

Remove to Improve Fantastically illustrates how to improve every visualization by simply taking things out. Whether it's charts, tables, or maps.

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Tools of the Trade

How we got 1,500 GitHub stars by mixing time-tested technology with




Weekend Reading — Relationship Saving Station

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:50:00 GMT

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Redditors design worst volume sliders possible.


Design Objective

Writing for UX: some practical tips A few simple writing tips to keep in mind when writing for user experience.

Cultural Blind Spots in UX Designing for international markets is about understanding the nuances, starting with how cultures look at web pages




Weekend Reading — Keeping an eye on it

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:17:31 GMT

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Alta. man mowing lawn during tornado was 'keeping an eye on it' 😮


Design Objective

In the future, design principles won’t be about design Leveling up:

But as the industry evolves and concepts such as simplicity, consistency and accessibility become unquestionably valuable, design principles will be more about users, and




Weekend Reading — Summer's back!

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 04:59:00 GMT

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Christoph Niemann "Summer's back!" (more fun 2.5D art on his Twitter)


Design Objective

Product Design Exercises We Use At WeWork Interviews The "Dribbblisation of Design" gets us pretty, but useless products. Here are 17 exercises you can do to hone your product thinking skills, and




Weekend Reading — :x is the hardest problem in computer science

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:40:00 GMT

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Stack Overflow: Helping One Million Developers Exit Vim


Design Objective

Better Form Design: One Thing Per Page A case study in improving UX by focusing on one task per page. And 16 reasons why you'd want to do that:

  1. When we’re designing a complex flow, breaking it down into



Weekend Reading — It works!

Sun, 21 May 2017 01:27:00 GMT

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Ⓒⓐⓡⓞ "the best laptop stickers 😂"


Design Objective

Craft by InVision Build prototypes directly inside Sketch.

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Ben Schwarz: Real world connectivity: Beyond the bubble "We need to stop optimizing for $3000 computers on a fast connection."

Josh Clark

Q: Where's the fold in web design?

A: Whatever the




Weekend Reading — Just patch it

Sun, 14 May 2017 02:16:31 GMT

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Josh Gondelman "At the very least, you've got to use a smaller font, guys."


Design Objective

Design Better Data Tables This article is an illustrated collection of data table design patterns:

Good data tables allow users to scan, analyze, compare, filter, sort, and manipulate information to derive insights




Weekend Reading — How likely are you to recommend?

Sat, 06 May 2017 21:48:00 GMT

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Colm


Design Objective

Meetup: A Usability Case Study Tweaking and fixing usability issues in the new Meetup app (ps: this is a passion project, not affiliated with Meetup).

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Mobile First, Desktop Worst Mobile-first is not a license to over-simplify, just like desktop-first is not a license to over-complicate.

Designing forms