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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 — Epic meltdown

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 03:21:48 GMT

So I've been sick for most of last week. Hence this edition of Weekend Reading is short and late. Feeling better now, thank you for asking.

Also, traveling this week. So the next edition will also be short and late. Back to our normal schedule in the second half of




Weekend Reading — Waves and werewolves

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:44:07 GMT

Comfortably Smug "Humans definitely won't regret creating robot snakes with lasers on their heads"


Design Objective

Designing Better Design Documentation Some ways you can make documents clearer, better structured, and more appealing.

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Tools of the Trade

osquery SQL queries for OS performance metrics (via):

SELECT * FROM listening_ports



Weekend Reading — Purritos

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 20:47:51 GMT

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Architectural Turducken "Europe r u ok"


Design Objective

Serious products don’t have to be serious TL;DR The hierarchy of needs applies to all products, even money transfer is a feature that can delight users.

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Google Maps’s Moat Doesn't explain the moat, but does illustrate how




Weekend Reading — Rick and Morty

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:31:26 GMT

Nature is Amazing "Can watch it whole day long 😍"


Design Objective

Jorge Arango 🤔

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Progressive Image Loading using Intersection Observer and SQIP SQIP = Low Quality Image Placeholders, but with SVG:

The idea behind this technique is that on a slow connection, you are able to present the user with




Weekend Reading — Belgian whistles

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:56:00 GMT

Fluff Society "Baby starfish learning to starfish"


Design Objective

The State of UX for 2018 Voice, conversational interfaces, micro-interactions, useful animations, VR still a fad, and much more.

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The User Experience of Design Systems Takes a long look at design systems in general, Material Design in particular, and




Weekend Reading — Let that sink in

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 03:07:09 GMT

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Cute Baby Animals "This is the best thing on the internet today."


Design Objective

H Λ N И Λ H Is your product useful or entertaining?

Designing for trust > delight

The rest of the world outside of the tech bubble could care less about 'delight'. They care




Weekend Reading — Need copy and link

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 20:14:34 GMT

Design Objective

@mcclure111 "Here, modern design's tendency toward cryptic, monochrome icons created a situation where VS Code seems to be communicating to me that setting barrels of oil on fire makes it happy"

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Tools of the Trade

@estellevw If I had a penny for every time I did




Weekend Reading — Codeapillar

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:11:18 GMT

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Heidi Howard "It seems it’s never to early to start learning computer science, even at age three #codeapillar #STEMtoys"


Tools of the Trade

The new Firefox It is fast. It is pretty. It eats up less memory. It includes some ad blocking tech. It's a big milestone,




Weekend Reading — Animojikaraoke

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:12:28 GMT

Mia Harrison "And then we proceeded to waste half our day. #animojikaraoke #iphonex #queen #bohemianrapsody #carriedaway"


Design Objective

UI backwards compatibility Entirely agree, we need do better with breaking UI changes:

The case for the case for UI backwards compatibility is arguable weaker than the case for API




Weekend Reading — Bagel Seeds

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:11:10 GMT

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Thomas Baekdal "I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top"


Design Objective

Getting Users Psych'd—User Psychology for Better Onboarding Designing great on-boarding user flows starts with this principle:

Keeping




Weekend Reading — WiFi Cable

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:13:19 GMT

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Joe Berkowitz "Glitches in the reality simulation are becoming more profound each day."


Design Objective

From boiling lead and black art: An essay on the history of mathematical typography An interesting read on typography, from Gutenberg through Knuth, especially as it relates to mathematic textbooks.

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Luke Wroblewski From




Weekend Reading — Recombobulation Area

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:48:19 GMT

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Aidin Vaziri "We now basically live on a planet from Star Wars."


Design Objective

Google is Really Good at Design They've done a remarkable job shifting away from feature-obsessed engineering, and towards user experience, aesthetics, and maybe someday even brand appeal?

As an aggressively engineer-led company, the Mountain




Weekend Reading — Large cat spotted

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:18:01 GMT

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UPS DOGS via @torclean


Design Objective

Instacart’s Lead Product Designer on Creating A Design System If at first you fail …

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Flat Design: Why you should question Nielsen Norman’s research on the trendy design style. You may remember from a few Weekend Readings back, that Nielsen Norman published this




Weekend Reading — Monopoly Man

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:23:51 GMT

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Kyle Griffin "There is someone dressed like the Monopoly Man at the Senate Equifax hearing."


Design Objective

Papyrus "He just got away with it. This...man...this...professional graphic designer..."

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DHH The performance differences are quite stark, and often you can tell a web app was




Weekend Reading — Dr Brew

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:45:21 GMT

Fluff Society "The life every puppy should have" (video)


Design Objective

Chris Palmieri "This is how you design with graceful degradation: Muji's flashlight works whether you have one or four batteries, double or triple A."

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Hacking Tables in Sketch App From which I picked a few