Cennydd Bowles on UX & Design: Letter to a Junior Designer

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-04-17 12:30

I admit it: you intimidate me. Your work is vivid and imaginative, far superior to my woeful scratchings at a similar age. The things I struggle to learn barely make you sweat. One day, you’ll be a better designer than me.

But for now, I can cling to my sole advantage, the one thing that makes me more valuable: I get results. I can put a dent in cast-iron CEO arguments. I can spot risks and complications months in advance. In the wager that is design, I usually bet on the right color. People trust me with their stake.

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This week's sponsor: Harvest

A List Apart - Wed, 2014-04-16 16:48

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This week's sponsor: New Relic

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-04-10 16:38

Thanks to our sponsor, New Relic.

New Relic helps web and mobile app developers improve app performance by showing you bottlenecks and making it easy to spot code bugs. Do your apps a favor, try New Relic.

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Matt Griffin on How We Work: My Life with Email

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-04-10 12:30

I’d like to take a moment to address something decidedly unsexy. We all do it. And it’s never pretty. You guessed it: I’m talking about email.

No, I don’t mean responsive design approaches for email newsletter templates. Nope. Not even that much fun. I’m talking about reading and responding to that everyday, humdrum, never-ending stream of communication that flows through the inscrutable ether to your very own inbox.

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Surfacing your business's contact and local info in Google

Google Webmasters - Tue, 2014-04-08 12:15

Webmaster level: All

Every day, searchers use Google to find information about businesses. Common queries include finding the phone number for customer service, the location of a business, and opening hours.

This information is typically found in a business's location page or a "contact us" section of a company's website. When Google correctly identifies these pages and is able to extract the relevant information from them, it is more likely to surface that information to searchers looking for the business.

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Creating Style Guides

A List Apart - Tue, 2014-04-08 12:00

Several years ago, I was working on a large, complex application. It was a bit of a legacy project: many different designers and front-end developers had come and gone, each appending a new portion to the sprawling application. By the time I arrived, the CSS was huge, the styles were varied, and it took a lot of effort to find out if anything was reusable.

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The Z-Axis: Designing for the Future

A List Apart - Tue, 2014-04-08 12:00

For years we’ve thought about the web as a two-dimensional space filled with pages that sit side by side on a flat, infinite plane. But as the devices we design for take on an increasingly diverse array of shapes and sizes, we should embrace new ways of designing up and down. By building interfaces using a system of layers, we solve tricky design problems, flexibly adapt to a variety of screens, and create new patterns that will point the way to future interactions.

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App Indexing updates

Google Webmasters - Thu, 2014-04-03 21:41
Webmaster Level: Advanced
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This week's sponsor: GraphicStock

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-04-03 17:48

Thanks to our sponsor, GraphicStock.

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Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: Me and My Big Fat Ego

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-04-03 12:30

Designers are renowned for having egos. But we’re really not all big-headed prima donnas. It’s just that we can devote so much of our time and care to our work that it becomes entangled with our self-esteem.

We’d all love our work to be perfect at the first draft. If we could solve all the potential problems in the project in one pass, without anybody else’s intervention, wouldn’t that make us perfect designers?

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Enabling Communities: Iterating on the Get Involved Page

Mozilla Webdev - Wed, 2014-04-02 23:18

The Get Involved page on mozilla.org is one of the primary ways future community members reach out to join Mozilla and work with us to build a better Internet.

In March 2013, we turned the Get Involved page into an animated slideshow celebrating Mozilla’s 15th anniversary.

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More Precise Index Status Data for Your Site Variations

Google Webmasters - Mon, 2014-03-31 14:30
Webmaster Level: Intermediate
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This week's sponsor: Vitamin T

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-03-27 17:12

Thanks to our sponsor, Vitamin T.

Vitamin T connects amazing digital creative talent with equally awesome mid-sized companies and ad agencies. Freelancers rejoice!

Looking for talent? Awesome. Looking for work? Perfect.

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Rachel Andrew on the Business of Web Dev: Our Enclosed Space

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-03-27 12:30

I speak fairly frequently at conferences, and I get to listen to a lot of web designers and developers giving their presentations at these events. I often have my laptop open on my knee to keep an eye on Perch support while I listen. What I hear from designers espousing the latest techniques in my conference circuit world jars with the queries I answer in support. An ever-widening gulf seems to be emerging between the “thought leaders” of the web, and the reality of people doing great work for clients on often extremely limited budgets.

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People Skills for Web Workers

A List Apart - Tue, 2014-03-25 12:00

The web touches everything an organization does—marketing to customer service, product development to branding, internal communications to recruitment. This is the era of cross-platform digital services, fast networks, and mobile devices. Sounds like the ideal time to be a person who makes websites.

So why do we feel frustrated so often? Why do we experience burnout or depression? What makes it difficult to do work that has meaning, that satisfies us?

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Content-out Layout

A List Apart - Tue, 2014-03-25 12:00

Grids serve well to divide up a predefined canvas and guide how content fits onto a page, but when designing for the web’s fluid nature, we need something more… well, responsive. Enter ratios, which architects, sculptors, and book designers have all used in their work to help set the tone for their compositions, and to scale their material from sketch to final build. Read more

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Laura Kalbag on Freelance Design: Inspiration

A List Apart - Thu, 2014-03-20 11:30

“Where do you get your inspiration from?” It’s an odd question that designers ask each other. But it’s not asking what motivates us to do our work, or what makes us want to be designers in the first place.

What is inspiration?

When we’re asked where we get our inspiration from, we’re usually being asked where we find that little seed of an idea that grows into a creative solution to a problem.

As a web designer, the expected answer is often a CSS or Responsive Web Design gallery website, and the underlying question is, Where do you pinch your best ideas from?

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Building A JavaScript Library With Tests, Mocks, and CI

Mozilla Webdev - Wed, 2014-03-19 22:18

I talked recently at DjangoCon about how to build better Python packages. As engineers we all use each other’s open source libraries everyday so it’s nice when 1) they work, 2) they’re well documented, and 3) they’re well tested.

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This week's sponsor: Pantheon

A List Apart - Wed, 2014-03-19 17:50

Thanks to our sponsor, Pantheon.

Launching Drupal websites is complex. Pantheon helps you build a site and beat the clock. Read about our 8 amazing Drupal launches.

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Introducing the new Webmaster Academy

Google Webmasters - Tue, 2014-03-18 18:51
Webmaster level: Beginner

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