Category: Design & Dev

There’s an actual science to good Instagram photos


Social media managers, aspiring influencers, and individual users are all seeking that winning combination of composition, lighting, color, and subject matter that will drive up likes, followers, and click-through rates on Instagram. But what is it that gets the perpetual scroller to stop in their digital tracks?  We spoke with a neuroscientist, a top designer, and a visual psychologist to find out.  What’s science got to do with it? In 2017 Dr. Tedi Asher became the first ‘neuroscientist in residence’ at the Peabody Essex Museum. She was hired by PEM to enhance the visitor experience by conducting research into influences…

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A designer’s guide to creating effective dashboards


Sprint: Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times. Dashboards are a unique and powerful way to present data-based intelligence using data visualization techniques that display relevant, actionable data as well as track stats and key performance indicators (KPIs). Dashboards should present this data in a quick, easy-to-scan format with the most relevant information understandable at a glance. The term was born from the traditional automobile dashboard, and they have evolved to serve the same function in…

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A brief history of typeface and its online evolution


Did you know TNW’s Couch Conference has a track fully dedicated to exploring new design trends this year? Check out the full ‘Sprint’ program here. It’s easy to take books and other printed material for granted. However, before the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century, books were written by hand. They were generally reserved for the elite, though growing literacy among the middle class increased their demand. Typeface history has largely been influenced by the availability of technology throughout the centuries, starting with Gutenberg’s press and continuing through digital typography advancements by designers in the 20th…

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All you need to know about CRM — and the common pitfalls to avoid


Did you know we have an online conference about digital marketing coming up? Re:Brand will share strategies on how brands can still succeed in these unprecedented times.   Let’s say you are working for a startup that sells robots across all industries. You take in orders from a variety of clients, and an operations team evaluates the orders and works with third-party providers to get your clients just the right robot. Building the MVP was stressful but also a lot of fun. Your investors are excited and shower you with money. The next phase starts. You need more visibility on profitability…

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All the cool Windows 10 features Microsoft announced at its Build conference


Microsoft hosted its first virtual Build conference for developers last night. The company announced a bunch of new stuff including a quantum computer built with OpenAI, new building blocks for live collaboration in Office, and Lists — a collaborative app for teams. Along with all this, the tech giant is also bringing some key changes to the Windows platform for developers including bringing Linux UI to Windows, and a macOS Spotlight-like search-bar feature. Here are all the Windows-related announcements from the company: Project Reunion Microsoft has constantly tried to push developers to make Windows 10 apps that can run across…

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How SaaS subscriptions brought skeuomorphism back to web design


This essay was originally published on Capiche, a secret society for SaaS power users, building a new community of people who care about software to make the SaaS industry more transparent, together.  Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times. When the team that built Wunderlist set out to build something new, its whimsically designed landing page got all the attention. Wunderlist itself was a final hurrah to the skeuomorphic design that the early iPhone popularized, launched only…

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This CSS library makes it easy to design Windows XP-inspired UIs


The Windows XP aesthetic will forever have a spot in my heart. It might not have the rugged charm or cult following of its predecessor Windows 98, but that corny green hill with bright blue sky, paired with the system’s rounded corners and vivid color scheme, brings back fond memories of my very first PC — and that’s priceless to me. That’s why I was delighted to discover XP.css — a design system that makes it easy to create XP-inspired user interfaces. XP.css was inspired by 98.css, another CSS library which helps you design UIs in the likeness of Windows…

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IBM’s new open-source tool helps developers make their apps more accessible


When designing an application, developers might not put accessibility on top of their list. Plus, the developer might not have a handy list of what guidelines they should follow when thinking about accessible features. To address this issue, IBM has released a free toolkit and an accessibility checker that will help developers fine-tune their applications for people with disabilities. IBM’s new tools are divided into two parts: a set of public guidelines called IBM Equal Access Toolkit and a Checker that identifies shortcomings in your application from an accessibility standpoint. The guidelines provide byte-sized information to app developers with details on…

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Product design: Here’s how you can build a customer journey map


Sprint: Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times.  When a customer uses a company’s products and services to achieve a goal or need, they are going on a journey from point A to point Z. A customer journey map charts the path a user takes from the beginning of this journey to the satisfaction of that need. Mapping out the customer journey is an effective way to understand what turns a viewer into a long-term, loyal…

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Researchers analyzed 10,000 websites — and yes, they all look the same


Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times. Over the past few years, articles and blog posts have started to ask some version of the same question: “Why are all websites starting to look the same?” These posts usually point out some common design elements, from large images with superimposed text, to hamburger menus, which are those three horizontal lines that, when clicked, reveal a list of page options to choose from. My colleagues Bardia Doosti, David…

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