Design Critiques: Setting Some Ground Rules

By Atul Handa Feedback is a critical component of the overall design process, so it warrants more than just some nice-to-follow guidelines and best practices. A polite reminder to observe the proper critique etiquette doesn’t cut it. To make the most of feedback sessions, managers and team leads need to set ground rules for design critiques. Stakeholder-feedback sessions deserve the same rigor, consistency, and diligence as any other step in the design lifecycle. Conducting even a single design evaluation properly—with the right intentions—has the potential to propel designs from good to great. Unfortunately, design critiques often suffer from ambiguous expectations, unclear agendas, a lack of focus—or an undue fixation on peripheral issues—unbridled biases, impertinent opinions, or a cacophony of unmoderated voices. Read the full article…

Platform UX: Facilitating Cross-Application Workflows with Deep Linking

By Amy Chess The integration of enterprise applications is a complex, long-term process that requires careful consideration of business goals, user input, and technical constraints. Enterprises often apply the word integration broadly to describe different types of integration scenarios. In some cases, integration refers to connecting separate applications in ways that enable those applications to function together more seamlessly, while maintaining their independence. In other cases, integration refers to connecting separate applications with the ultimate goal of consolidating them into a single cohesive platform. Deep linking between applications provides continuity for users throughout the execution of their work tasks. In instances where the ultimate goal is to consolidate applications, deep links provide an intermediate path to integration. This article outlines some techniques for exploring deep-link candidates with your users and characterizing the ways in which those deep links should operate. It also describes several deep-linking patterns for which users commonly Read the full article…

30+ Best Instagram Filters for Photoshop

Filters are one of the best features of Instagram. Everyone loves the idea of prettifying their photos in an instant and sharing them with their friends and family. But have you ever wanted a set of Instagram filters for Photoshop? I know I have. The good news is, you don’t just need the Instagram app to apply filters to your photos. You can actually create even more beautiful photos with customizable filters using Photoshop actions and upload them to not just Instagram, but any other social network you want. We handpicked a collection of free and premium Instagram Photoshop actions for creating creative and stylish Instagram filter effects in Photoshop. With a single click, you can apply these effects to your photos and customize them to your preference. Infrared IR – Instagram Photoshop Actions Infrared IR is a collection of modern and creative Photoshop actions that features a set of Read the full article…

Samsung S10 deals: get the best price on a new Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the most hotly anticipated smartphone releases this year, and we’re now just days away from seeing Samsung’s new flagship handset hit the shelves. Set to launch on Wednesday 20 February, speculation surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S10 will come to an end as the new device is unveiled at ‘Galaxy Unpacked’ media events in London and San Francisco.  While no-one apart from the South Korean tech giant really knows anything solid about the new device, if you’ve already decided the new S10 is going to be the best camera phone for you in 2019, preorders are available in the US via the Samsung website. In fact, the company is offering an early Samsung S10 deal: reserve a handset today and save up to $550 when you trade in an eligible device.  Galaxy S10 preorders for anyone outside of the US have yet to be Read the full article…

The best USB-C mouse in 2019

Sick of the trackpad? Then it’s time to get yourself a new mouse, and if you’ve got a reasonably new computer, that means you can get hold of a USB-C mouse. USB-C mice take advantage of the most recent type of USB universal connection, which was rolled out universally in 2016 – if you use an Android phone made in the last few years then it’s the connection through which you charge it. USB-C has many advantages over USB and Micro USB – it works both ways up, it’s less likely to break, and it allows for faster connections. It’s not just for Android phones and PC computers too – Apple announced it would be using USB-C as the standard for its latest super-fast Thunderbolt connection. A USB-C mouse offers all of the advantages of USB-C listed above – you can be sure that your mouse will be reliable and Read the full article…

A Year of SiteGround in 2018

Hosting Design Shack with SiteGround has been a great move for us. We’re here to share a quick update on how things are going, alongside some new developments from SiteGround in 2018! Whether you’re looking for managed WordPress hosting, or something much more custom and complex, SiteGround has you covered. They’ve released a host of new updates and features (many with WordPress in mind), making it a great choice for hosting a site that runs on this CMS. What’s New With SiteGround? Historically, web hosting has been a fairly slow-and-steady industry to evolve. But in recent years, I feel we’re increasingly seeing newer innovations, products, and niche-focused services (for products like WordPress). Hosting companies are diving into different spaces to offer more than just bandwidth and storage space. And SiteGround is recognized for their unique approach to hosting and crafting in-house tools. Here are a few new developments from them: Read the full article…

The best ultrawide monitor in 2019

Traditionally, if you needed extra screen real estate – whether for work or play – you’d have to research the best monitors and buy an extra display or two. These days, ultrawide monitors are increasingly commonplace. And while the move to bigger screens has been partly driven by gamers, creative pros have much to benefit from the wealth of tech these huge screens offer.  So what’s the best ultrawide monitor, and how do you pick which one to buy? Well, size is a consideration, of course – most of the ultrawide monitors in this roundup are around 34 inches, but even bigger screens are available. Make sure you have enough desk space before investing in your chosen model, the largest screens are also extremely heavy. What to look for in an ultrawide monitor You also need to think about connectivity. All PCs and Macs from the past five years or Read the full article…

20+ Best Free PowerPoint Templates

Not everyone can afford to buy premium PowerPoint templates to create their slideshows. But, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a default template. There are dozens of incredible free PowerPoint templates to try out! A great thing about the design community is that there are designers out there who willingly share their amazing work for free of charge, including gorgeous free PowerPoint templates. To help you save some money, we scoured the web and handpicked a collection of the best free PowerPoint templates with modern and professional designs that you can use to make various types of presentations. Good luck with your presentation! Duotone – Modern Free PowerPoint Template Duotone is a modern and colorful PowerPoint template that features a set of attractive slides with a creative duotone color effect. This template is most suitable for making presentations for creative brands and professionals. It’s available in both PowerPoint Read the full article…

Monthly Web Development Update 2/2019: Web Authentication And The Problem With UX

Monthly Web Development Update 2/2019: Web Authentication And The Problem With UX Monthly Web Development Update 2/2019: Web Authentication And The Problem With UX Anselm Hannemann 2019-02-15T11:42:15+01:002019-02-15T11:04:16+00:00 The only constant in life is change, they say. And it’s true, even if we think nothing changes at all. Whether you notice change or not is only a question of how you perceive and how you observe things. In the tech industry, it’s easy to see how fast things evolve — read a summary article like this one, and you’ll suddenly become aware of how much has happened in just one month. Since I took up meditation again, I gained a new perspective, and it helps me to deliberately appreciate such change and find personal value and gratefulness even in things that didn’t seem particularly positive at first. Like this week, for example. I was reminded of a fact we usually forget: Read the full article…

Managing Image Breakpoints With Angular

Managing Image Breakpoints With Angular Managing Image Breakpoints With Angular Tamas Piros 2019-02-14T13:00:08+01:002019-02-15T11:04:16+00:00 As web developers, we are often required to create applications that are responsive as well as media-rich. Having such requirements in place means that we need to work with image breakpoints, as well as media queries since we want to provide the best experience to the end users. Adding to the list of requirements we may need to use a front-end framework such as Angular which is great for creating SPAs and other application types. In this article, we’ll take a look at image breakpoints, their use-cases and throughout a hands-on example; we’ll implement them in an Angular application using Angular’s own BreakPoint Observer. While using this approach, we’ll also highlight why this popular framework helps us work with the aforementioned techniques in a seamless way. Image Breakpoints And Responsive Images In the era of responsive layouts Read the full article…

The 5 Critical Elements That can Make or Break Your One-Page Website’s Design

You’re reading The 5 Critical Elements That can Make or Break Your One-Page Website’s Design, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! It seems obvious that one-page websites would be much easier to build than multi-page ones. In truth, it can often be much harder to make a one-pager user-friendly and at the same time visually appealing. It’s not usual for a … Read the full article…

50 Best Website Color Schemes of 2019

Does it ever seem like certain website color schemes just get all the attention? As with every other aspect of web design, there are color schemes that tend to trend more than others. Bright colors, stark palettes, and even some mismatching schemes are elements of color that are trending. Here’s a look at some of the best website color schemes of 2019 (in no particular order). For each, we’re also sharing the color codes that make up the key elements of the design, so it’s easy to play around with these color schemes yourself too! 1. Taproot Foundation #00a9d8#0d9edf#259b9a Taproot Foundation uses one of the best, most colorful website color schemes out there. The combination of yellow, blue and kelly green work together to explain the different facets of the group that helps nonprofits. It’s not a website color scheme that you see that often but bright color with a Read the full article…

An Introduction To WebBluetooth

An Introduction To WebBluetooth An Introduction To WebBluetooth Niels Leenheer 2019-02-13T13:00:51+01:002019-02-14T11:05:19+00:00 With Progressive Web Apps, the web has been ever more closely moving towards native apps. However, with the added benefits that are inherent to the web such as privacy and cross-platform compatibility. The web has traditionally been fantastic about talking to servers on the network, and to servers on the Internet specifically. Now that the web is moving towards applications, we also need the same capabilities that native apps have. The amount of new specifications and features that have been implemented in the last few years in browsers is staggering. We’ve got specifications for dealing with 3D such as WebGL and the upcoming WebGPU. We can stream and generate audio, watch videos and use the webcam as an input device. We can also run code at almost native speeds using WebAssembly. Moreover, despite initially being a network-only medium, the Read the full article…

The 20 best Drupal themes

There are over one million sites currently using the Drupal CMS. And with a massive online community, and more than one million developers constantly building and offering themes and resources, it’s safe to say that Drupal is a viable option for building your website on an open source CMS platform. It may not have the mass adoption of a platform like WordPress, but there are still a lot of themes out there and you might have trouble finding the best option for your site. So here’s a comprehensive list of the best Drupal themes to be found on the web. Free themes Why pay for a theme if you can get something that meets your needs completely free? These themes won’t cost you a penny, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to compromise on quality. 01. Skeleton Skeleton isn’t as bare-bones as you might expect Price: Free Inspired by the Read the full article…

Top 11 Web Design Trends We Like for 2019

We’re already a month and a half into the New Year, and new web design trends are cropping up all over the internet. Other trends have been carried forward from previous years, albeit they have become more mainstream. Design is constantly changing and evolving with the world’s tastes, so it is essential to look at […] The post Top 11 Web Design Trends We Like for 2019 appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Tiny Trend: Mouse Interactions

You’re reading Tiny Trend: Mouse Interactions, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Micro-interactions were one of the biggest trends in 2017. Like a Bitcoin, it was the talk of the office. We happened to witness not just willingness, but eagerness, of developers to change the UX to something better. Slowly, we are … Read the full article…

How to hack the Instagram algorithm

It’s no secret that Instagram can be a very powerful marketing tool. Use it right, and it can help you grow your brand and tap into entirely new audiences. But like any promo tool, getting the best from Instagram can be tricky. Someone who has well and truly mastered the platform is Dot lung, the self-styled ‘Mother of Social Media Dragons’. Earlier today, she revealed her fail-safe formula for gaining and retaining followers to a packed room at Digital Design Days, and we caught up with her afterwards to find out a bit more. Here are five hot tips for hacking the Instagram algorithm. 10 social media tricks you didn’t know about  01. Talk, talk, talk  Rule one is: create a dialogue. “Social media is not a one-way street; it’s a two-way tango,” says Lung. Instagram shouldn’t just be you putting out content and forgetting about it. Read your comments Read the full article…

Learn the fundamentals of web development

It goes without saying that coding is one of the most incredibly marketable skills today. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to build websites and digital products, you can get ample training from The Complete Web Developer Course. This fully immersive learning package features over 30 hours of content to cover everything code. On top of getting you to grips with the fundamental programming languages like HTML5, CSS3, Python, and PHP, you’ll also get hands-on training by building 25 different websites. You’ll develop blogs and ecommerce sites, as well as a Twitter clone to put your newly-acquired knowledge into action. As a bonus, you’ll also get free unlimited web hosting for one year. The Complete Web Developer Course can be yours today for only $11.99 – that’s a 91 percent discount off the usual price. Related articles: 20 awesome books for web designers and developers Agile development: why and Read the full article…