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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.

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 17:35:48 GMT


Weekend Reading — It works!

Sun, 21 May 2017 01:27:00 GMT


Ⓒⓐⓡⓞ "the best laptop stickers 😂"

Design Objective

Craft by InVision Build prototypes directly inside Sketch.


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 CEO's screen size is.

Weekend Reading — Just patch it

Sun, 14 May 2017 02:16:31 GMT


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 and commit

Weekend Reading — How likely are you to recommend?

Sat, 06 May 2017 21:48:00 GMT



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).


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

Weekend Reading — A handle on this

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:55:00 GMT


Hsing-Hui Hsu "I thought I had a handle on this"

Design Objective

Information Architecture. The Most Important Part of Design You’re Probably Overlooking. Indeed:

Tips for Creating Good, Clean Information Architecture

  1. Be very clear about what’s important (and what isn’t).
  2. Think in terms of “buckets” of information

Weekend Reading — Easy schleping

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:50:00 GMT

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Biisuke Ball's Big Adventure Part 2 Brilliant.

Design Objective

Everyone is a designer. Get over it. Exactly:

Whether you like it or not, whether you approve it or not, people outside of your design team are making significant design choices that affect your customers in important ways. They are designing

Weekend Reading — Burger wars

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 03:02:45 GMT

Downtown Josh Brown "I found it. The coolest dog of all time."

Design Objective

Factory vs. Studio Pick the right start conditions, the rest will follow:

The first time I did this activity, I had no idea what to expect, but the results blew me away. Start conditions matter. Choose

Weekend Reading — We've come full circle

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:09:50 GMT


Ana Milicevic "We've come full circle ⭕"

Design Objective

Luke Wroblewski "not only do people prefer not entering city/state, they’re 93% faster when using ZIP to get both automatically."


2017 state of email report (PDF) 80 pages of what's new, what changed, and what email clients are still stuck

Weekend Reading — Rolling out user stories

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 22:29:51 GMT


Patrick Wong "JIRA is rolling out stories" (Other apps adding stories to mock Facebook)

Design Objective

Design thinking lessons from our cats "Think inside the box."


Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet Dan Bricklin's TED talk, on how VisiCalc came to happen, and prototyping in the age of punch

Weekend Reading — The future is confusing

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:41:00 GMT


Matthew Deiters "The future is confusing"

Design Objective

Iteration is not design Iterations can help improve your designs, but "to mistake the design tool of iteration for design itself is a grave error."

Strengthening Your Idea Muscles Write 10 ideas a day.

How to design accessible email newsletters This guideline

Weekend Reading — All boxes are cat-sized

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:39:00 GMT

@coderzombie Can't stop laughing.

Design Objective

Steve Sanderson "A heatmap visualisation of where the door handle should be:"


LiquidText Inking The Liquid Text demo video is brilliant. This is one of the most interesting, tech-augmented, user interaction I've seen in a long while. I've yet to figure out how to

Weekend Reading — #WFH

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:11:00 GMT #WFH

Design Objective

How a Facebook Designer Thinks "Julie Zhuo describes how the development of new features starts with three questions: What people problem are we solving? How do we know it’s a real problem? And how will we know if we’ve solved it?" I

Weekend Reading — Thread

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 02:10:00 GMT


Jason Diller "Thread"

Design Objective

This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting Smart: "The goal is to ensure that the commenters have actually read the story before they discuss it."

Manisha Agarwal

Software is like a pinball machine. Nobody reads

Weekend Reading — Tornado full of sharks

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:08:21 GMT


You Had One Job "Don't be afraid."

FYI I'm traveling and AFK, so no Weekend Reading next week. I'll do my best to catch up when I come back. And also, if you know anyone who would enjoy Weekend Reading, send them here to sign up.

Design Objective

Cognitive Overhead

Weekend Reading — Crashing buildings

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:03:00 GMT


Edwin van Andel "That moment when your building crashes..."

Design Objective

Case study: How complexity creeps in Adding enterprise features, realizing they burden product and support, without a debt on sales, and phasing them out.

Design Checklist Google's design checklist for building conversational UIs.

What we can learn from Alexa’

Weekend Reading — Walks like a duck …

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 21:35:00 GMT


Santero "Huh. Man with dogs in his pockets walking his duck, which has shoes on"

Design Objective

Atomic Design by Brad Frost Brad Frost explains atomic design, and how to apply its principles to your very own design system.

Designing for iPad Power Users If you are working on an