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(English) Dan Abramov on The Elements of UI Engineering

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Somewhat recently, Dan Abramov wrote this interesting piece on his approach to learning about UI engineering. The article's key takeaway is this: "My biggest learning breakthroughs weren’t about a particular technology. [ ... ] It’s this combination of understanding the problems, experimenting with the solutions, and applying different strategies that led to the most rewarding learning experiences in my life." In keeping with this wholistic, problem- rather than technology-oriented approach Dan starts with outlining the problems ... Read more

(English) Bret Victor: The Future of Programming

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar. Bret Victor - The Future of Programming from Bret Victor on Vimeo. Read more

(English) Fitts’ Law

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.One of the quintessential laws of human-computer interaction (HCI) and by extension software user experience is Fitt's Law, which states that the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the ratio between the distance to the target and the width of the target. The most common application of this law these days can be paraphrased as "The wider an object is on the screen and the closer it is ... Read more

(English) Alexandra Leisse @ RuhrJS 2017 – Death by a thousand paper cuts

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.At RuhrJS 2017 UX designer Alexandra Leisse talked about her personal experience with designing user experience for enterprise applications and how to deal with the continually growing complexity involved in that process: Read more

(English) The Magical Number Seven

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.This article by designer Jeff Davidson is an informative reminder of the well-known observation that human working memory has a capacity of 7 items (give or take 1 or 2). This observation, originally posited by cognitive psychologist George A. Miller in his paper The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two is a crucial guideline for designing user interfaces. If a user interface contains more than that number of different chunks of information it'll appear ... Read more

(English) Designer Lynx: Curated Links About Design

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Designer Lynx is a curated collection of articles and other relevant resources such as design systems, icons, prototyping tools and software for designing user interfaces. Further categories include UI design inspiration and design topics such as colour and typography. Read more

(English) Should Web Apps Behave More Like UNIX Programs?

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Recently, through various discussions about the nature of the web and web applications I came up with an intriguing (to me at least ...) idea: Web apps should behave like UNIX command-line tools. Please hear me out and let me elaborate. Probably the most widespread pattern in modern web app development is that of single-page applications (SPAs). Though that particular term isn't used as abundantly anymore as it used to be a few years ago ... Read more

(English) Codrops – Web design inspiration

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Codrops is a blog that shares web design inspiration, trends and techniques. These days when thinking about your next web application's design it can be quite tempting to think "Ah, I'll just use Bootstrap and be done with that.". Although frameworks such a Bootstrap certainly aren't a bad start as they provide web apps with a common ground and predictable UI components - a minimum design standard if you will - they are just ... Read more

(English) Design & Quantum Superposition

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.Last year, Hungarian designer Csongor Bartus published a thought-provoking article I've only recently come across. Quantum mechanics and design are two words you don't often see juxtaposed and probably rightfully so. No, I've not gone crazy and I'm not going to go down some weird esoteric "Quantum Design" rabbit hole here. However, Csongor borrows the term superposition from quantum mechanics as a metaphor for an interesting new angle on design for the web: To cut ... Read more

(English) RunKit: Instant, reproducible JavaScript playgrounds

Leider ist der Eintrag nur auf Britisches Englisch verfügbar.I'm a huge proponent of the idea that programming tools should directly interact with coding and provide immediate, responsive feedback to changes. RunKit is such a tool that offers a comprehensive JavaScript / Node.js prototyping environment. The service supplies you with instant, sandboxed Node.js instances called "notebooks" that allow you to experiment with the whole gamut of NPM modules. Moreover, "from graphs and maps to low level hexadecimal inspectors" RunKit offers data visualisations for immediate ... Read more
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