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Labnotes



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, 30 Mar 2017 06:34:50 GMT

 



Weekend Reading — The future is confusing

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:41:00 GMT

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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:"

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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


JOE.co.uk #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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The




Weekend Reading — From one of the Henry's

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:08:10 GMT

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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."

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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

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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.

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snipe "Gosh, if only someone would tell me




Weekend Reading — I am not a robot

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:49:00 GMT

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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

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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

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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