The Future of the Web: Firefox Quantum

You’re reading The Future of the Web: Firefox Quantum, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! After teasing us with months of nightly builds, Mozilla, the foundation behind Firefox, the first successful open source-browser, launches Firefox Quantum. With more than seventy-five percent of the code refactored (more than 5 000 000 lines of code), Firefox is, technically, worthy of the “new” tag. The new Firefox browser is the best we’ve put […] Read the full article…

WordPress Themes, Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2017

You’re reading WordPress Themes, Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2017, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! November 2017 is here and it’s time for great deals and discounts in WordPress industry. This Black Friday 2017 WordPress theme and plugin offer presents a great opportunity to get the tools you need to build a new website and move forward your business. We have selected some well-designed WordPress themes and plugins which you can […] Read the full article…

The best early Black Friday deals 2017

Black Friday 2017 is less than two weeks away – and with it thousands of Black Friday deals for savvy designers, illustrators and artists. But bagging the best bargain isn’t easy when new offers are thrown into the mix and snapped up every minute. So how can you get your hands on the best Black Friday offers in the UK and US for creatives this year? The short answer is to bookmark this page: we’ll be updating it with the best creative bargains as they’re announced. From workstations to graphics tablets, 4k monitors, speakers, headphones, cameras and more – through the best art pencils, pens and paints – we’ll curate the hottest Black Friday 2017 deals and deliver them to you right here.  Whether you’re a freelancer, in-house designer, studio owner or student, we’re here to help you make huge savings on creative kit. And you don’t have to wait Read the full article…

How to get the best Cyber Monday deals 2017

With Cyber Monday 2017 fast approaching, we’re here to help you grab the best deals for designers, illustrators and artists over the Black Friday long weekend. (You’ll find pro tips on how to get best Black Friday 2017 deals here.) According to research by Adobe, Cyber Monday 2016 was a record-breaker. A massive $3.45 billion was spent online last year – making it the biggest day in US ecommerce history. It’s a big day in the UK, too, so where are the best deals for creatives, and how can you beat the competition to get your hands on them? That’s where we can help. We’ll be updating this page throughout Cyber Monday, so bookmark this page for all the latest UK and US deals on creative kit. From hardware – laptops deals, tablet deals, desktop deals – and software to cameras, smartphones and more, you’ll find the best Cyber Monday Read the full article…

4 Tiny Trends in Applying Animations

You’re reading 4 Tiny Trends in Applying Animations, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! With interaction design showing up pretty much everywhere, animation is finally being perceived not only as a tool for entertaining visitors but as an instrument for improving the user experience. From tiny dynamic effects that enliven parts of the UI to huge animations that are used as means of communication, the internet is jam-packed with […] Read the full article…

The best Amazon Cyber Monday deals 2017

Black Friday might be the biggest shopping day of the year, but if you’re looking for the best Amazon deals, then don’t forget Cyber Monday 2017 – which this year falls on 27 November. Once again, we’ll be rounding up the best Amazon Cyber Monday deals of 2017 for designers, illustrators and artists right here – and starting from now.  Rounding off a long weekend of shopping deals, Cyber Monday is a chance for budget-conscious creatives to grab a real bargain. And where better to shop for these deals than Amazon? With a range of products in one place, each competitively priced to give you the best value for money, Amazon is the place to be for designers looking to snap up a discount. Just as with Black Friday, though, remember that Amazon doesn’t reveal how much stock it has of each item. So if you find something you need, Read the full article…

The best Amazon Black Friday deals 2017

Black Friday 2017 is just two weeks away: are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year? If you’re in the market for a creative bargain but don’t have time to permanently monitor Amazon for the best discounts, fear not. We’ll be bringing you all the best Amazon Black Friday deals for designers, illustrators and artists – right here.  Whether you’re a studio owner, freelancer or work in-house, we’re on hand to help you make huge savings on everything from hardware (including workstations, laptops, Wacom tablets, cameras and more) to Adobe Creative Cloud, studio kit, design books, lifestyle items and more. So bookmark this page and make sure you check back regularly – not just once Black Friday has kicked off on 24 November, but in the run up to Thanksgiving as well. We’ll be scooping up all the best early bargains for designers and creatives. A word Read the full article…

Figma Updated with Support for Pages

You’re reading Figma Updated with Support for Pages, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! The UI design tool ecosystem is quite agglomerated. The heavyweights, Sketch and Affinity Designer, are facing some stiff competition from challengers such as Adobe XD and Figma. The latter appeared on my radar when I was surfing Quora. In case if you didn’t get your hands on Figma yet, then you should know that it’s […] Read the full article…

UX Case Study: SoundCloud’s Mobile App

With the rise of Spotify and the attempts of the tech industry’s usual suspects – Apple, Amazon and Google to stake their claim in the music streaming space, it is easy to forget about one of the early pioneers of audio streaming and distribution, SoundCloud. SoundCloud is the grassroots movement of music platforms. Powered by […] The post UX Case Study: SoundCloud’s Mobile App appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

How To Ensure Colour Consistency In Digital Design

Colours do not always translate well from real life to the digital world. A mustard-coloured top can look like a burnt sienna sunset, and crystal-blue water can take on a green tinge. The wrong colour in your logo can negatively impact branding, leaving your audience confused or even put off. The art of colour design […] The post How To Ensure Colour Consistency In Digital Design appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Qualities of Effective User Researchers

By Jim Ross Perhaps you’re thinking about a career specializing in user research. Perhaps you’re looking to hire a user researcher. Or perhaps you manage or work with user researchers. If so, you might be thinking about what qualities lead a person to succeed in user research. While others have written about this topic—notably Demetrius Madrigal and Bryan McClain in a 2010 column on UXmatters—I want to add my own perspective based on what I’ve observed specializing in user research over the past 17 years. The following list of characteristics may seem daunting, but you don’t have to be a perfect ten in all of them. There are certainly areas in which I have strengths and weaknesses. We all have room for improvement. But the more of these qualities you possess, the more well suited you are for a career in user research. In this column, when I refer to Read the full article…

Design, Craft, and Manufacturing for Digital Products

By Steven Hoober The rise of the design rock star, the full-stack developer, and various other unicorn breeds, along with the move to make everyone a coder, has made the creation of digital products too focused on metrics—and not enough on quality. Designing Products, Not Pixels Companies increasingly pursue design with great vigor and much discussion, but in many ways, with increasingly poor results. The UX design community spends a lot of time arguing which screen-design tool is best and talk about screen-design workflow with a straight face, while most junior designers have never actually designed an information architecture. Read the full article…

UX for the Industrial Environment, Part 3

By Jon Walter There is a tendency to associate the profession of User Experience with consumer-facing Web sites and applications. And why not? After all, social media and ecommerce experiences are a constant part of users’ lives—even those who are also UX designers. These experiences represent desirable activities such as buying products and interacting with friends and family. There is high demand for such experiences, which, in turn, draws the collective focus of the UX community. Fair enough. But the profession of User Experience also provides value in unexpected places that exist at the periphery of modern consumerism. In this three-part series, I’ve discussed one such unexpected place—the industrial environment. Humans—who help manufacture the goods we enjoy—must be productive and are no less deserving of experiences that make them more efficient, effective, and satisfied in their jobs. In Part 1 of this series, I explained that industrial automation is more Read the full article…

How to Improve the UX of Your e-Commerce Website Visitors

You’re reading How to Improve the UX of Your e-Commerce Website Visitors, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! One of the main parts of a high-level website is undoubtedly a great user experience. This will, ultimately, tell if you have an increase in your exit rate or an increase in your conversion rate. You will find that a lot of companies nowadays invest in the user experience of their website, in order to […] Read the full article…

How to colour-match your print projects

Most designers have experienced issues with getting colours in print to match what’s on our screens at some point. After picking the colours in your designs carefully, maybe considering colour theory to influence your colour palette choices, if things don’t turn out as expected it can be confusing and frustrating trying to troubleshoot the problem. Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to improve your colour matching, thereby reducing the amount of proofing you need to do and embarrassing delays to delivering print to clients. What is colour matching? Colour matching is the process in which you make efforts to ensure that the colours you see on your screen are accurately recreated when your design is printed. The idea is to ensure that particular colours on screen print with the same hue, saturation and brightness, allowing you to make accurate decisions within your design work. Following these Read the full article…

Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer v1.6 released

Serif has launched the latest versions of its award-winning professional desktop apps, photo editing tool Affinity Photo and vector design app Affinity Designer. Version 1.6 sees a big performance boost across both apps and the option of a light UI among its headline updates. New features also include brush stabilisation and enhanced document handling. (Scroll down for the full list of updates.) Free bundles New buyers and existing owners of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer can also claim a bundle of free creativity-boosting content, including high-res textures, brushes, overlays, icons, buttons and more. Affinity Photo comes with around £105-worth of extras, while Affinity Designer comes with around £60-worth. This offer closes on 16 November, so you’ll need to move quickly to get the free bundles. Simply follow the prompts in the app to claim the extra goodies. Unlike with Adobe software, there’s no subscription needed for Serif’s Affinity apps. They’re Read the full article…