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How Designers Should Ask For (And Receive) High-Quality Feedback

It’s fairly common to see designers complain about the poor quality feedback they’ve received from stakeholders or clients. “They literally told me to make the logo bigger!” they might joke, or, “They told me ‘it just didn’t feel right’ but couldn’t explain why. What am I meant to do with that?” Our response is usually to empathize with our poor colleague...

Smashing Podcast Episode 56 With Veerle Pieters: How Has The Design Industry Changed?

In this episode of the Smashing Podcast we ask how has the design industry changed? Is technology making our work easier? Vitaly Friedman talks to veteran designer Veerle Pieters to find out. Show Notes Veerle Pieters on Twitter Veerle’s homepage Weekly Update Easy SVG Customization And Animation: A Practical Guide written by Adrian Bece...

How To Build A Magazine Layout With CSS Grid Areas

In this article, I want to talk about the amazing possibilities of a CSS grid and how it allows for complex layouts that are closer to a print design. The design we’ll discuss is actually one I got to work on for a client (modified slightly to a demo case). It will cover two big use cases of a CSS grid: Having a static grid where we define the specified...

Podcasts For UX Designers

What UX podcasts are you listening to? Below you’ll find a few wonderful UX podcasts we came across, as well as podcasts that the UX community shared with us. Whether you’re particularly interested in user research, are looking for advice to navigate a career in UX, or want to better understand how the human brain works, the podcasts in this collection...

How To Host A WordPress Site On Amazon Lightsail

This article is a sponsored by AWS Amazon A good chunk of all websites out there runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). At the most basic, a website will usually use Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3 solutions (for computing power and data storage, respectively), and most likely also Amazon CloudFront (as the content delivery network [CDN] to distribute the assets)....

Understanding App Directory Architecture In Next.js

Since Next.js 13 release, there’s been some debate about how stable the shiny new features packed in the announcement are. On “What’s New in Next.js 13?” we have covered the release announced and established that though carrying some interesting experiments, Next.js 13 is definitely stable. And since then, most of us have seen a very clear landscape...

The Magic Of February (2023 Wallpapers Edition)

As designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration, and, well, sometimes the best inspiration lies right in front of us. With that in mind, we embarked on our wallpapers adventure more than eleven years ago. The idea: to provide you with unique and inspiring desktop wallpapers each month anew. Wallpapers created by the community for the...

How B2B Sales Help Us Understand Our Role As UX Designers Better

This article is a sponsored by Gong.io Perhaps this is a controversial statement, but I hate it when UI and UX designers are referred to interchangeably. To my mind, at least, they are different roles, with the clue being in the names. User Interface designers design the interface, while User Experience designers are concerned with the entirety of...

Easy SVG Customization And Animation: A Practical Guide

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) have been a staple in Web Development for quite some time, and for a good reason. They can be scaled up or down without loss of quality due to their vector properties. They can be compressed and optimized due to the XML format. They can also be easily edited, styled, animated, and changed programmatically. At the end...

How To Build Strong Customer Relationships For User Research

Nurturing connections with your customers is one of the most effective ways to gain valuable insight into their experiences with your product and make informed decisions that fuel growth and success. A really great way to build customer relationships is by regularly involving them in user research. However, getting customers involved in user research...

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