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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: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:41:19 GMT


Weekend Reading — Low Budget Reboot

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:27:55 GMT


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.


Tools of the Trade

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

Weekend Reading — Relationship Saving Station

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:50:00 GMT


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


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


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 become a better product

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

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:40:00 GMT


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:

16) When we’re designing a complex flow, breaking it down

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