25+ Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers

Browser extensions can speed up design workflows, helping you do everything from identifying a font, to pulling a color swatch, to inspecting the code of an element. Google Chrome has edged out all other browsers with the top market share among users, on more than 58 percent of all computers. And there are plenty of extensions out there to help you optimize the performance of Chrome in your design workflows. We compiled an awesome collection of 25 extremely useful Google Chrome Extensions for designers and developers. Site Palette Site Palette generates comprehensive palettes that you can share, swatch, and download. The part that makes this extension pretty valuable is that you can pull palette from any website as inspiration for future color combinations. It works with Sketch, Google Art Palette, and Adobe swatches, as well as has a free API. CSS-Shack CSS-Shack lets you create layer styles in-browser and export Read the full article…

How To Use Breadcrumbs On A PWA

How To Use Breadcrumbs On A PWA How To Use Breadcrumbs On A PWA Suzanne Scacca 2019-10-09T12:30:59+02:002019-10-09T11:07:47+00:00 I’ve seen a lot of questions about whether or not breadcrumbs are necessary for PWAs. It makes sense why the question is raised. After all, PWAs have an app shell and sticky menu, so shouldn’t it be easy for users to move around it without a secondary navigation? It’s not as simple as that. Because PWAs often straddle the line between website and native app, navigation isn’t always minimized — especially if you’re building large e-commerce stores or blogs. Plus, don’t forget that breadcrumbs aren’t just for navigation. They’re often used to show progress. So, today, we’re going to look at how to design breadcrumbs for PWAs and some interesting use cases where they come in handy. Will PWAs Replace Native Mobile Apps? When it comes to the mobile user experience, are mobile Read the full article…

Microsoft adds per-app time limits to its parental controls

Microsoft is following Apple and Google’s lead with today’s launch of per-app and per-game time limits in its parental control software. Already, the company allows parents to limit screen time across Windows 10, Xbox One and Android via the Microsoft Launcher. However, it hadn’t yet allowed parents to limit the amount of time a child could spend in a specific app or game, as its competitors do. Instead, its existing controls allowed parents only to dole out a set amount of hours of screen time. Parents could choose to either leave the time up to the kids to manage, or limit it at the device level — like, only allowing one hour of Xbox time but permitting more screen time on the PC, for example. However, the current trend in screen time management is not to approach all screen time as unproductive and unhealthy. Instead, it’s about configuring limits on Read the full article…

Sony’s next console is… the PlayStation 5, arriving holidays 2020

Part of me wishes Sony had gone for something a little flashier. The PlayStation Unicorn or PlayStation Trebuchet or something. But there’s something to be said for consistency. Simplicity. The next version of Sony’s perennial favorite gaming console will be, drum roll… the PlayStation 5. The company notes that nothing is particularly revelatory in this morning’s reveal. That information, it seems, is still coming. And there’s still plenty of time and lots of gaming-centric shows in which the company can spill more about the system. “These updates may not be a huge surprise,” SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan writes, “but we wanted to confirm them for our PlayStation fans, as we start to reveal additional details about our vision for the next generation.” There’s a smattering of additional details. Ryan highlights the upcoming system’s controllers, for one thing. There’s new haptic feedback on board, in place of the more Read the full article…

Sony reveals PS5 details, slated for holiday 2020 debut — in time for battle with Microsoft’s new Xbox

Sony has been conspicuously quiet for much of 2019. It’s teased a handful of major first-party video game releases – The Last of Us Part 2, Hideo Kojima’s hallucinatory action game Death Stranding, the Bellevue, Wash.-developed Ghost of Tsushima – but skipped E3 entirely (giving Microsoft a nearly free field to debut its competing Project Scarlett console), revealed no real surprises at PAX West, and canceled its annual PlayStation Experience show due to, reportedly, a “lack of announcements.” Sony has made a couple of big moves, such as its outright purchase of Insomniac Games, but has been playing things close to the vest for most of the year. Sony abruptly broke its silence earlier today, however, with a second story in Wired about its upcoming PlayStation 5 video game console. The PS5 made its official debut back in April in another Wired story that was effectively little more than proof Read the full article…

Call of Duty is the biggest mobile game launch ever, with 100 million downloads

Call of Duty: Mobile has had a colossal launch week, racking up more downloads than any other mobile game in history, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower. The game has reportedly achieved over 100 million downloads since going live at the beginning of this month. That easily beats out the launch-week figures that Sensor Tower recorded for games that will be Call of Duty’s biggest rivals. There are caveats, however. While PUBG Mobile, for example, got 28 million downloads in its first week, its rollout was staggered across regions. The mobile version of Fortnite, meanwhile, was downloaded 22.5 million times, but it was only available on iOS at first. Worth noting that this is without a China launch either. Activision previously had… Read the full article…

After Hearthstone player’s ban, Blizzard is in hot water with lawmakers

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Over the weekend, Blizzard Entertainment banned a Hearthstone player from participating in tournaments after he voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters. Now, US senators are criticizing the game’s publisher for its move. “Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said. “No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck.” “Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party” “Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in a tweet on Tuesday. “China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech… Read the full article…

John Wick Hex’s cerebral action doesn’t match the movies

The stylish action sequences in the John Wick movies work so well because of their cold, clinical sequencing. Keanu Reeves’ titular character rarely misses his shot, dispatching enemies in the most efficient manner possible. Often he’ll incapacitate someone, take out someone else, and return to the first target for the final kill. It makes you wonder whether anyone could possibly be that elegant and mindful in a real-world firefight. They couldn’t, of course, which is why John Wick Hex, a new game billed as a prequel to the movies, sounds like a great idea. Instead of going the obvious route of adapting the franchise into a Max Payne-style third-person shooter, designer Mike Bithell (Thomas was Alone, Volume) has come up with an original… Read the full article…

Navigating Ambiguity

By Jonathan Walter In many respects, we have reduced the ambiguity in our world. We can now sample an entire music album before deciding to purchase it, use a smartphone app to learn what’s happening at home while we’re on vacation, or click a button to discover who has viewed our LinkedIn profile. However, while we might enjoy the occasional mystery/thriller novel or movie, in which the story’s outcome remains uncertain as we’re propelled through suspenseful twists and turns, we are becoming much less tolerant of mystery in our daily lives. We like to disambiguate the circumstances of our lives. We like to know things. This gives us comfort and favors predictability, which in turn reduces our anxiety and stress. Resolving uncertainty is actually something for which people are willing to pay. But ambiguity is still alive and well in the work we do as UX designers. Those of us Read the full article…

3 Keys to Effective Product Roadmapping

By Tony Scherba Product development is complex, so it’s important to have a plan. Your product roadmap serves that purpose and lets you plot the journey ahead and ensure your entire team is aligned. While it’s crucial to have a well-defined product roadmap at the outset of development, many companies do not have a good system in place for proper project planning. In fact, last year’s Pulse of the Profession report showed that 58% of survey respondents failed to grasp the full value of project management. A product roadmap can help clear up any confusion and outline a project’s trajectory. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” If only more of us in software development had that same mindset. Read the full article…

Fears About User Research

By Jim Ross As Halloween approaches, I thought it would be fun to write about a scary subject: user research! User researchers can sometimes be a fearful, neurotic bunch, and user research can be a scary business for newcomers and even those with years of experience. Perhaps some might find user research scary because it has often been misunderstood, devalued, and viewed with skepticism. User researchers have struggled to prove our value and to prevent user research from being the first thing cut from projects to save time and money. We always feel that we must work hard to prove our worth and overcome these doubts. Read the full article…

Best Practices for Halloween Email Newsletters with Examples

You’re reading Best Practices for Halloween Email Newsletters with Examples, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Halloween is celebrated in different cultures around the globe and provides a big sales opportunity. While some people will put faces on pumpkins, adorn their halls with spooky decorations, and try on scary costumes, email marketers send email newsletters with … Read the full article…

Make These Changes to Meet Web Design Accessibility Standards

You’re reading Make These Changes to Meet Web Design Accessibility Standards, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! Accessibility is a key function of any web design or app strategy. New government accessibility regulations in the UK mean that all public sector websites created on or after Sept. 23, 2018, must be accessible. Mobile apps must be accessible … Read the full article…

Buy PlayStation Plus for Cheap: The Best PS Plus Subscription Deals in October

If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. Like us on Facebook and follow me on Twitter for the latest deals. Check IGN UK Deals Amazon Storefront for our curated lists of best games, tech and accessories. PS4 and PS4 Pro gamers can enjoy access to games online, exclusive discounts at PlaysStation Store and receive free hand-picked games each month. The Last of Us Remastered and MLB The Show 19 are featured in this month’s PS Plus games that are now available to all PS Plus subscribers to download and play for free. Read the full article…