A Design Lead at ZURB was making sure we provide valuable and tangible advice and product design examples.
Making Triggers Make Sense
So here we were with a ton of really useful information, goodies that we wanted to share with the community, but not a great way to go about it. We had an epiphany after interviewing a few of our own ZURBian designers. They reminded us what we already knew — the best place to start a design concept is with a goal . That gave us the spark we needed to …
…doing. While it was not an ideal situation, we still learned a lot that we wouldn't have been able to if we only worked with people who were a perfect match.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, where we'll discuss some of our big takeaways from our research and what actions we've started to take based on our learning.
Wrapping Up: Sensible Design of Roles and Role Cookbooks
To wrap up, let's reiterate some key points and design goals.
Roles are useful because they factor into attribute precedence and merge order. Without them, you simply have more forcing.
Roles allow you to find servers by function within your cookbook code. For example, load balancers can find their backends, app servers can find their database servers, and so on.
Role cookbooks allow you to version your role's run list. …
1. Test,, Test ... and Test Again
We learned a rough lesson just days after releasing Ink. We sent out this month's Notable newsletter. Looked great on desktop email clients, but not so hot in mobile, especially iOS. And we rightly got called out on it. Check out how it looked on iPhones:
What happened? …
Don't cut corners when coding UI shows by example(s) how paying attention to little details can make your more pleasant to use. If you read nothing else this week, make it this post.
To Design A Bottle . This 3 minute video illustrates what design is all about, and how you pay attention to usability and popular trends. Also, baby bottles.
Why "Simple" . So this post takes some liberty with science, but the point still stands: Are Scientifically Better
Having chatrooms for your company is great. They aid communication, especially across multiple locations; they provide an archive for past conversations for those who were not around; and they can serve to refresh the memory of those who were. As your team grows, you may need to create multiple rooms with more specific topics, but discourage one-on-one chats as they do not provide the same benefits.
At thoughtbot, we have Everyone, Code, Design, and a couple of Meeting rooms that …
Remote Research , by and Tony Tulathimutte
You can also find more details and options for doing this type of research yourself, online.
SketchMine is a wonderful collection of SketchApp files from the design community.
Smart - a few ways of using transitions to improve the user experience. In Design
Make My Design Flat , the simplest "flat design" tutorial on the web!
By forcing ourselves not to fall back on a catch-all term, and choosing names that call out the motivations behind the use of our product, …
Be fast and fluid = ‘Design is a method of action' ( Charles Eames)
Authentically digital = 'Everything superfluous turns ugly with time' ( Alvar Aalto)
Do more with less = 'Less is more' ( Mies Van Der Rohe )
Win as one = 'Form follows function' ( Louis Sullivan)
For the first time in my experience, the UI design approach to a major design platform was heavily mandated and reviewed. So I stopped designing with drop shadows and gradients, …
Adam and his team engaged TWG as the official technology partner for The SVX ( Social Venture Connexion) and since then, we've been fortunate enough to develop a deeper relationship withas mentors and advisors for their JOLT accelerator program. At the time, we knew the SVX project was a great opportunity to apply our technological expertise in such a way that we could really …