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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 — 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


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:


Weekend Reading — WiFi Cable

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:13:19 GMT


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.


Luke Wroblewski From

Weekend Reading — Recombobulation Area

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:48:19 GMT


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


UPS DOGS via @torclean

Design Objective

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


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


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

Design Objective

Papyrus "He just got away with it. 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."


Hacking Tables in Sketch App From which I picked a few

Weekend Reading — Octlantis

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:40:03 GMT


Muselk "Whoever designed this floor is evil. THATS A FLAT CARPET."

Design Objective

Optical Effects in User Interfaces (for True Nerds) How to make optically balanced icons, correct shapes alignment, and perfect corner rounding.


Tools of the Trade

Tobie Langel "Finally captured a picture of the @github

Weekend Reading — Fibocatti

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:36:36 GMT


Emergency Kittens "chubby but mathematically perfect"

Design Objective

Mastering the Power of Nothing How to use whitespace in user interface design.


How to Design a Form Wizard "Wizards are best employed for long and unfamiliar tasks that the user needs to complete once or rarely."



Weekend Reading — Struck by cow

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:30:36 GMT


Jaguar has restored this old E-type with an electric upgrade Classic styling and all new wirings.

Design Objective

Little UI Details The little details that make a big difference:

Adding a subtle shadow to white text when on a bright background not only makes it more legible but helps it

Weekend Reading — The final boss

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:33:36 GMT


🌹PⒶVEL 🌹 "After you defeat all the other landscapers, you must face the final boss"

Design Objective

The One Question Great Designers Ask Hate the hyperbole, but agree strongly with the premise:

Not “How should it work?” But “How should it work?”

Ignore what everyone else is doing.

Weekend Reading — Low cost

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 03:44:26 GMT


Lowcostcosplay Epic!

Design Objective

Gojko Adzic 🤔

#1 reason for using post-its for user stories: if it's not done when the glue dries up so much to fall down from the wall, it's obsolete

Stop Using The Cup of Coffee vs. $0.99 App Analogy Please. It never was and never

Weekend Reading — As a user …

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:27:26 GMT


Please and thank you.

Design Objective

Run The Joules The importance of diversity in tech:

I almost got fired from my last job due to a similar technical issue. It's important to consider life experiences that differ from yours


“As a user” needs to stop. Argues against cargo cult user

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


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.


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