Category: design

UX Hacking Usability with Psychological Principles

There’s no escaping it. Psychology in design is everywhere. It’s why Facebook notifications are red—the color of urgency—to demand our attention. It’s why glossy magazines like Vogue have extra-wide spacing in the typography of their logo. Those teensy gaps signal exclusivity to our subconscious. ...

How to use Chrome DevTools like a Pro

As the name implies Chrome Developer Tools is a tool that allows web developers to interfere and manipulate applications via the browser. With this tool you can: Manage interface problems Debug Javascript Code with using breakpoints Optimize your code To open DevTools, you can right-click anywhere on the page and...

Designer, Don’t Create Apps When Websites Suffice

With that many smartphones around, you definitely need an app. This is what many inexperienced people, also known as clients, think. However, even some experts recommend using native apps for redesigns, rather than a website. This article explains why that’s wrong. Let’s first define the terms. When speaki...

UX Design: What Augmented Reality Can Do for the User Experience

Even outside of games and questionable pleasures, the possibilities of augmented reality are massive. How can the user experience benefit from it in UX design? What Does Augmented Reality Mean? All technological developments that expand the senses of a human with abilities that he wouldn’t have otherwise are con...

The Human Factor: Why is There So Much Bad Design?

Bad design is everywhere, while there’s still a lack of good design. Why’s that? Are there not enough experts? Are they being misdirected somehow? Is it human nature? Let’s take a closer look together. Yesterday, I wanted to take care of a straightforward task. I tried to correct the time on my micro...

30 Free Lightroom Presets for Your Perfect Vacation Pictures

Lightroom is your digital darkroom without biting chemicals. Instead of toxic perils, you’ll find clean switches, sliders, and buttons to adjust the quality and looks of your photos. Still, that’s not easy, as finding the perfect settings for the most fascinating results needs a lot of experience. To ease ...

Design the Smallest Spaces: Atomization is the Future

Modern design needs to work everywhere, not just on the desktop. In order for that to work, it has to be as compartmentalized as much as possible. In the following article, I’ll show you the best way to atomize your design. In the Past: Design was Space-Consuming Edenic times. Designers used to design for a rect...

Your Brain on Front-End Development

Part of the job of being a front-end developer is applying different techniques and technologies to pull of the desired UI and UX. Perhaps you work with a design team and implement their designs. I know when I look at a design (heck, even if I know I’m not going to be building it), my front-end brain starts trigg...

Web Design: User Personas Define Your Target Audience

The “user” is a far too abstract description of the people that might want to use your new web project. You can neither orient nor optimize your project towards a description that abstract. You need something better, like Frank, the hasty single father, or Maria, the stressed-out accountant. User personas ...

Atomic Design: How to Design a Modular Website

Often, technical terms in web design aren’t more than empty words. The term “Atomic Design” is one of them. All it does is allow its inventor to spread his philosophy with a memorable name. Nonetheless, it is worth looking into the content. Atomic Design: This is What’s Behind the Word The term...