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The Magical Number Seven

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 cluttered and overloaded to the user, who will ... Read more

Designer Lynx: Curated Links About Design

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

12 Factors for Building Quality Web Applications

When considering the different aspects that potentially contribute to (or detract from, mark you ...) quality, reliability and maintainability of a web application I always like to come back to the Twelve-Factor App. Originally created by Adam Wiggins in 2011 the Twelve-Factor App is a highly useful design framework for both creating new web apps and measuring and improving the quality of existing applications. This framework allows you to create and maintain long-term viable applications that make use of declarative formats, clearly ... Read more

Web Apps and Websites: Documents and Applications

Today when starting development of a new website using a pattern that just a few years ago used to be called single-page application (SPA) not only seems to be the new default but even like the only way of creating stuff for the web. Clearly though not all content for the web is created equal: On one side of the spectrum we have (mostly) static documents identified by URIs and returned by URLs. Most websites that simply provide content (news sites for ... Read more

Iconic and Feather: 2 Icon Sets Designed for the Web

With icon fonts such as Font Awesome, Material Design Icons and Glyphicons there's certainly no shortage of icons for use in web applications. Iconic and Feather are 2 alternatives to these widely-used icon collections. The latter is available for free under the MIT licence (a donation will be very much appreciated, though) while the former can be purchased for $129 ($39 for just the Webfont without SVGs) for a single app licence. Both are framework-agnostic and Iconic in particular has been designed from ... Read more

Neil Harbisson: I listen to color And The Renaissance of our Species

Earlier this month I attended Reasons to: in Brighton. It's been a fantastic 3 days full of information, insights and inspiration, in addition to getting to know a lot of nice and interesting people. The talk that stood it in particular was Neil Harbisson's The Renaissance of our Species. Right after that talk I tweeted: Mind blown. By designing new senses cyborg Neil Harbisson is pushing the envelope of pushing the envelope Neil was born with achromatopsia or total colour blindness. In 2003 he ... Read more

Jeremy Keith @ beyond tellerrand 2017 – Evaluating Technology

Jeremy Keith @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Evaluating Technology – Jeremy Keith – btconfDUS2017 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

Flex Box Explained with Animations

Flex Box is a fairly new CSS3 layout standard that allows you to have layout elements automatically fit the available space according to layout rules defined in a website's stylesheet. While as of today still a W3C Candidate Recommendation Flex Box is already well-supported by all major browsers. In contrast to tried and true block- or grid-based layouts with Flex Box the onus of defining the exact placement of an element isn't on the designer but the browser. Flex Box therefore is ... Read more

Sarah Drasner @ beyond tellerrand 2017 – Storytelling in JavaScript

Sarah Drasner @ beyond tellerrand 2017: Storytelling in JavaScript – Sarah Drasner – btconfDUS2017 from beyond tellerrand on Vimeo. Read more

The Noun Project – Building the World’s Visual Language

Today there's certainly no shortage of icon sets and icon search engines (see the list below for a selection of those). These come in different flavours, mostly as icon fonts or SVG files, and can be easily integrated in a website or web application using standard HTML and CSS techniques. A particularly ambitious offering though is the Noun Project. The Noun Project provides a huge collection of curated icons (or rather huge amount of icon collections) created by a large community. Their ... Read more
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