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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, 20 Feb 2017 13:43:14 GMT


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

Weekend Reading — A solar system in motion

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:06:28 GMT

Jennifer Harrison You're looking at a video of FOUR directly-imaged exoplanets orbiting a star. You're looking at another solar system in motion

Design Objective

Making input type=date complicated Don't worry about "looks the same in all browsers", instead focus on "works the best in each browser":

If a browser

Weekend Reading — In defense of snuggies

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:43:00 GMT


Shen Me. Every night.

Design Objective

PEENT PEENT So that got me to stop and rethink a few things:

Like, 90% of infomercial style products were designed by/for disabled people, but you wouldn’t know that, because there is no viable market for them. THey have to be marketted

Weekend Reading — huge if true

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:33:00 GMT


12 Dog Thoughts

Design Objective

Erika Hall

A designer is a person who organizes choices. The better you understand the range and implications of choices, the better designer you are.

Lessons Learned: Why Newton Swears by Plain-Text Emails TL;DR users respond when the email feels like a conversation.


Weekend Reading — From one of the Henry's

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:08:10 GMT


jlmorrison "I think it's from one of the Henry's"

Design Objective

Brad Voytek "Neat. If you inspect the code for a Facebook photo, alt text reveals Facebook's computer vision interpretation of image contents."


All of 2016’s top mobile apps are owned by either Google or Facebook Mobile apps are

Weekend Reading — ; DROP TABLE "COMPANIES";-- LTD

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:46:00 GMT


Take a look behind-the-scenes with design documents from The Legend of Zelda!

Design Objective

What Comes Next Is the Future A beautiful documentary film about the web, its origins and future.

Now I get it! How to design clarity in 3 steps.


snipe "Gosh, if only someone would tell me

Weekend Reading — I am not a robot

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:49:00 GMT


Leaked Footage of the Rogue One Sequel

Design Objective

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Just About Anything Cool is all about finding optimal newness:

The highest evaluation scores went to submissions that were deemed slightly new. There is an “optimal newness” for ideas, Lakhani said—advanced yet acceptable.

Tools of

Weekend Reading — The entire internet

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:29:00 GMT


joel "someone's cow just walked over and fell asleep on my legs?? and now i cant fucking move or ill wake her up"

Design Objective

Design words with data Should the button say "Log in"? "Sign in"? How about "Sign on"? If only Google search could tell us what people

Weekend Reading — My Partner Snores

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:00:00 GMT


Nat Pryce "The importance of isolating your microservices"

Design Objective

Jonathan Lupo Hear, hear:

Biggest challenge in education is to divorce "Design" definition from aesthetics. #uxchat

The Distribution of Users’ Computer Skills: Worse Than You Think Keep it extremely simple, or two thirds of the population can’t use your

Weekend Reading — End of Code forWeb

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:44:00 GMT

Holiday and travel got in the way of publishing Weekend Reading, but I'm back and catching up on three weeks worth of fantastic links.


"Uh oh"

Design Objective

The dangers of delightful design Everything, in context and in moderation:

One thing I’ve learned is that it’s usually safer

Rounded Corners — Copy & change variable names

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 18:02:00 GMT

Design Objective

“Please enter a valid last name” Getting UX right starts with a name.


If Satan was a web developer Creative ways for making web forms harder to use.

The Practical Dev margin-right: -100px !important;


Tools of the Trade

Abstract App “It’s a version controlled workflow, built on

Weekend Reading — Old Fashioned Tumblers

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:15:00 GMT

Design Objective

How to do a Product Critique

It just has to happen because you’re curious, over and over and over again. Because you want to learn how to build good things.

Watch and learn. That’s all there is to it.

Aaron Hodder "Someone wrote this:"


Tools of

Weekend Reading — When toasters attack

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:45:30 GMT


Design Objective

How the Web Became Unreadable "I thought my eyesight was beginning to go. It turns out, I’m suffering from design."

Tools of the Trade

google/highwayhash Addressing performance and security, this package includes a faster version of SipHash, a data-parallel variant of SipHash using tree hashing, and