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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, 05 Dec 2016 05:04:57 GMT


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

Weekend Reading — That part's highlighted

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 19:01:00 GMT

Design Objective

A Glimpse into the Future of Messaging-First Onboarding A case study on designing the on-boarding experience for the Slackbot Troops.


Manisha Agarwal

OH: Software is like a pinball machine. Nobody reads the printed instructions clearly.They just drop their quarters & start pushing buttons

Amir Shevat Spot on.

Weekend Reading — Yeah no for sure

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 02:17:17 GMT

Design Objective

Rethinking URL bars as primary browser UI The time for address bars is past, and I buy this argument: "Our ability to understand who we’re talking to on the web is underpinned by search engines."

Case Study: Re-designing RetailTower I love detailed case studies like this.


Weekend Reading — Double double

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 19:25:00 GMT

Design Objective

Metrics Versus Experience Bad decisions can be made in the name of "lifting metrics", that doesn't mean metrics are bad. Julie presents her framework for using metrics effectively:

  • To assess for product-market fit, look at retention.
  • To optimize for growth, understand your funnel.
  • Figure out which metrics are

Weekend Reading — #ItCanWait

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:55:00 GMT

Design Objective

Chatbots: Your Ultimate Prototyping Tool How chatbots can teach us what people need when designing products and services.

Paul Stamatiou "when the engineer only reads half of your email about the design"

Tools of the Trade

Homebrew 1.0.0 Happy birthday! I'm most excited that brew bundle

Weekend Reading — Pumpkin spice

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:59:00 GMT

Design Objective

The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen How to tell the story of a software product/service with a slide deck.

Tools of the Trade

The math of CSS locks CSS doesn't have max-font-size or min-font-size, but this formula gives you the same effect: responsive text that

Weekend Reading — Fidgety

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:29:39 GMT

Design Objective

A Bad Product Decision "Fuck-ups will happen. You won’t be perfect. But it doesn’t mean you can’t be a great PM."

Five tips for improving your technical writing and documentation. Get more users and fewer support requests by leveling up your writing and technical documentation.

Weekend Reading — Not a morning person

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 20:51:00 GMT


15 things people who love to sleep truly understand

Design Objective

Tutorial: CSS Fixed Positioning in Interactive Email Cool trick that adds animation to emails by using CSS position: fixed.


Ways To Reduce Content Shifting On Page Load Content shifting on page load is annoying. No one likes it. Here

Weekend Reading — The hardest problem in computer science

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:50:58 GMT

Design Objective

When to Use a Switch or Checkbox What I love about this post is, once you spend a few minutes thinking about it, it's pretty obvious and easy to remember:

You should only use switches on settings that need to take effect instantaneously. If a setting requires a

Weekend Reading — Full-stack boyfriend

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:20:00 GMT

Design Objective

UX for Engineers Yes, engineers can do UX, because UX is not about things like “shared aesthetic vocabulary” — UX is about making something that works. Or as Assaf (not me) summarizes it:

Think of the user as the final integration in the application stack.

Great Products Don’t

Weekend Reading — Mornings are hard

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:03:00 GMT


Design Objective

Hypothesis driven UX design This, so much this:

  1. Take your assumptions and state them as explicit hypotheses
  2. Let your team buy into stated hypotheses
  3. Force yourself to design according to your hypotheses
  4. Force yourself to test against your hypotheses
  5. Create a culture of learning by showing stakeholders the

Weekend Reading — Do dates make you nervous?

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 20:52:00 GMT

Design Objective

Design Better Data Tables How to display tabular data:

Tables might be boring, but they are such a major element of any data-rich document that they’re worth every ounce of design thinking we can apply to them.


Making a case for letter case

Just as title case