Webflow: The Web Development Platform Of The Future

Webflow: The Web Development Platform Of The Future Webflow: The Web Development Platform Of The Future Nick Babich 2019-09-10T12:30:59+02:002019-09-10T11:05:54+00:00 (This is a sponsored article.) Time-to-market plays a crucial role in modern web design. Most product teams want to minimize the time required to go from the idea to a ready-to-use product without sacrificing the quality of the design along the way. When it comes to creating a website, teams often use a few different tools: one tool for graphics and visual design, another for prototyping, and another for coding. Webflow attempts to simplify the process of web design by enabling you to design and develop at the same time. Typical Problems That Web Designers Face It’s important to start with understanding what challenges web design teams face when they create websites: A disconnection between visual design and coding. Visual designers create mocks/prototypes in a visual tool (like Sketch) and hand Read the full article…

Machine Learning For Front-End Developers With Tensorflow.js

Machine Learning For Front-End Developers With Tensorflow.js Machine Learning For Front-End Developers With Tensorflow.js Charlie Gerard 2019-09-09T14:00:59+02:002019-09-10T11:05:54+00:00 Machine learning often feels like it belongs to the realm of data scientists and Python developers. However, over the past couple of years, open-source frameworks have been created to make it more accessible in different programming languages, including JavaScript. In this article, we will use Tensorflow.js to explore the different possibilities of using machine learning in the browser through a few example projects. What Is Machine Learning? Before we start diving into some code, let’s talk briefly about what machine learning is as well as some core concepts and terminology. Definition A common definition is that it is the ability for computers to learn from data without being explicitly programmed. If we compare it to traditional programming, it means that we let computers identify patterns in data and generate predictions without us having Read the full article…

Drivetime nabs $11M from Makers Fund, Amazon and Google to build voice-based games for drivers

Fully autonomous cars may (or may not) be just around the corner, but in the meantime, a startup that’s building in-car apps to help human drivers pass the time when behind the wheel has raised a round of funding. Drivetime — which makes voice-based trivia quizzes, games and interactive stories that people can play while driving — has raised $11 million in funding led by Makers Fund (a prolific investor in gaming startups), with participation from Amazon (via the Alexa Fund) and Google (via its Assistant investment program). The startup today has eight “channels” on its platform consisting of games and stories that you can access either within a limited free-to-play tier or via a paid subscription ($9.99 a month or $99.99 a year). The plan is to use the funding to continue expanding that catalog, as well as investing in deeper integrations with its new big-name strategic investors, who Read the full article…

LG’s 2019 OLED TVs are getting Nvidia G-Sync support

LG is adding G-Sync variable refresh rate support to its 2019 C9 and E9 OLED TVs. Though the models don’t contain G-Sync hardware, LG has worked with Nvidia to get each set certified through Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible testing. When hooked up to a PC with an Nvidia GPU, the TVs should be able to display smooth variable refresh rates of up to 120Hz. LG’s 2019 TVs already supported variable refresh rates over HDMI 2.1 and could be used with the Xbox One X. PC GPUs don’t yet support HDMI 2.1, so this wasn’t previously an option on these TVs. Nvidia recently opened up its proprietary G-Sync standard, however, opening the door to compatibility with a much wider range of panels that previously only supported AMD hardware. The best option for a… Read the full article…

SNK announces Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro with 20 pre-loaded games

If Terry Bogard’s imminent arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has you curious about Neo Geo fighting game history, SNK’s latest hardware product may be of interest. The Neo Geo Arcade Stick Pro is an arcade stick that works as a controller itself but also has 20 SNK fighting games pre-installed. In its controller mode, you can use the Arcade Stick Pro as a regular PC fighting stick or even hook it up to the tiny Neo Geo Mini. In “console mode,” the stick runs its own selection of games and outputs over HDMI. You can connect Neo Geo Mini control pads or another Arcade Stick Pro for multiplayer. Hopefully the video output and the precision of the stick will be better than on the Neo Geo Mini — both were issues with that product. … Read the full article…

EA’s cloud gaming service is launching a surprise public test tonight

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge EA has announced that it’ll be launching a closed technical trial for its upcoming Project Atlas cloud streaming service tonight at 10PM PT / 1AM ET, allowing anyone with an EA Origin account to sign up and potentially gain access to a test of EA’s in-progress cloud gaming service. The trial will start tonight and run for two weeks. Players selected for the trial will be able to play four games: FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, Need for Speed Rivals, and Unravel. According to a Medium post published this afternoon announcing the trial from Ken Moss, EA’s chief technology officer, the company is looking to see how games perform in real-world scenarios, particularly in regard to things like latency and jitter. Per Moss, “EA is working on leveraging… Read the full article…

Juggling Multiple Product Teams

By Jonathan Walter Working with multiple product teams can be a rewarding experience for UX designers. You gain exposure to diverse groups of people, work in different parts of the business, and design a variety of products—large and small. This often leads to growth opportunities within your discipline and enhances your reputation within the company for which you work. However, working with multiple product teams can also be fraught with unique sets of challenges. For instance, most product-team members working in other roles focus on just one project at a time—especially in large enterprise environments—so they have clearly defined priorities and boundaries. One project—whether large or small—is their top priority, so the product teams with which you work might assume that their project should be your top priority, too. Aggravating this challenge is the fact that UX designers are typically underrepresented in large enterprise environments, in comparison to engineers, quality Read the full article…

Collecting Data Is One Thing—Acting on It Is Another

By Meghan Wenzel The amount of data we produce every day is growing exponentially. This explosion of raw data means synthesis, analysis, and interpretation are more important than ever before. Without the right processes and tools in place to understand and act on our data, it has little value. It is essential that we understand what data is available, how it can answer pressing questions, and how it can enable action. As UX professionals, we collect a wide array of data through a variety of sources and techniques—from market trends to one-on-one interviews to product-usage data to usability testing to sales feedback. We must collate, classify, and comprehend disparate sources of data to create a more holistic understanding of whatever question we need to answer. While the volume of data might seem overwhelming at first, design thinking and a tinkering mindset are invaluable in helping to break down the problem, Read the full article…

Organic Product Development and Authentic Design

By Steven Hoober I often think about the principles that drive design. Not just when musing in my spare time or because another column for UXmatters is due, but in my day-to-day work as I make decisions about how to design a product or solve a problem or discuss how to make a teammate’s design better. Although I have done so in the past, I don’t really have to make up my own design principles. The things that drive optimal design for human beings have not really changed. Plus, it doesn’t take much abstraction of design principles for fields such as industrial design from the 1950s or ’60s to make them perfectly applicable to today’s digital product design. Read the full article…

Top Prototyping and Design Handoff Tools in 2019

You’re reading Top Prototyping and Design Handoff Tools in 2019, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Good prototyping tools give an accurate insight to designers as to how a product under design will work once the project is completed. These tools simulate application flow, measure and test expected performance. Also, they create a valid user experience. … Read the full article…

EA Launches Surprise Cloud Gaming Trial With Four Games

EA has announced its Cloud Gaming Technical Trial that will allow fans to test out EA’s cloud technology with such titles as FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, Need for Speed Rivals, and Unravel. EA’s chief technology officer Ken Moss took to Medium to discuss EA’s biggest public-facing step towards a cloud-based future since its announcement of Project Atlas last year, and fans can sign up now for a chance to try it out for themselves. Read the full article…

NBA 2K20 Review

On the court, NBA 2K20 is a dazzling experience that matches the energy and presentation of its real-life counterpart. Enhanced footwork, dribbling, and player spacing help improve an already sturdy foundation. However, outside of the surprisingly well-written story mode, NBA 2K20 loses its focus off of the court. NBA 2K20 excels at recreating the pro game, but opportunities to purchase microtransactions exist at nearly every corner, and complex modes like MyLeague are given far too little attention. The first thing I noticed about NBA 2K20 is that everything feels more intuitive. The learning curve is still immense, but learning the basics is now a lot smoother than it used to be. A redesigned “2KU”, NBA 2K20’s optional tutorial mode, is particularly helpful and doesn’t require more than an hour to get through. Thoughtfully, an on-screen controller mimics the movement of the desired skill, making it plenty easy to imitate. Once Read the full article…

Nintendo and Microsoft, Sitting in a Tree…

Our Xbox crew gives in-depth impressions of Gears 5’s multiplayer as well as Borderlands 3. Plus: a surprising departure at Bethesda/Zenimax, a bit more on the next Resident Evil project, and the awesomeness that is Banjo and Kazooie appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a career-spanning interview with longtime Remedy writer Sam Lake – he of Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Control fame. Watch it below: Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible. Read the full article…