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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, 19 Jan 2017 17:04:08 GMT


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

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