a blog of ideas, links, and musings.

Links for 2015-03-30


In Search of a Living Design System [Mar 28, 2015] – This led to my “zomg!” moment. I realized that Sass + Style Guides = Awesome. I no longer needed to update color swatches when colors changed because it used the same variables – so swatches would already change... Read more

Links for 2015-03-17


Touch Target Sizes [LukeW – May 03, 2010] @lukew – People interact with touch-based user interfaces with their fingers. So user interface controls have to be big enough to capture fingertip actions without frustrating users with erroneous actions and tiny targets. Ok, so how big? Touch Gesture Reference Guide... Read more

In Defense of Delight


I enjoy reading provocative articles. Political media pundits make a good living by being provocative. When you’re provocative, you are remembered. It’s much better to be polarizing than to be lukewarm about a subject. Get people to either wholeheartedly agree with you or rustle people’s feathers. Well, my feathers... Read more

Links for 2015-03-12


10 Golden Rules You Should Live By When Combining Fonts: Tips From a Designer [Design School – Mar 05, 2015] – That’s the (simultaneously frustrating and freeing) thing about art and design – there may be some rules; there may be some best practices; but there are very few... Read more

Links for 2015-03-10


Automating Style Guide-Driven Development [Smashing Magazine – Mar 05, 2015] – Style guides – especially living ones – are useful in many aspects of development and maintenance, so it’s little wonder that developing them has become a highly recommended and a popular practice. But even with the clear benefits,... Read more

Links for 2015-03-05


Google Material Design Guidelines [2014] – We challenged ourselves to create a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. This is material design. This spec is a living document that will be updated as... Read more

You Are Here


The web has been around for a fairly long time now, as technology goes, so I think it’s safe to say that there are some examples of good designs. Some of the common tricks of the trade include the ability to help a user understand context (“You are here”,... Read more

Links for 2015-03-03


GOV.UK User Research Methods Wiki [Hackpad] How UX Can Benefit From Copywriting: 7 Helpful Tips [UsabilityTools – Feb 27, 2015] – Copywriting and designing user experience may seem like two different professions, but there is something they have in common. Both copywriters and UX designers create elements that interact... Read more

Links for 2015-02-27


Striking Letterhead Design: 20 Case Studies to Inspire You [Design School – Feb 25, 2015] – There’s something timeless and elegant about using a custom-designed letterhead for your business (or personal) correspondence. Your Brand Needs a Visual Style Guide: Here’s How to Create One [Design School – Feb 26,... Read more

Links for 2015-02-23


3 Rules Of App Design, According To Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer [Co.Design – Jan 27, 2015] – Here are three rules that informs all of Mayer’s decisions when it comes to app design. What Every Young Designer Should Know, From Legendary Apple Designer Susan Kare [Co.Design – Dec 02, 2014]... Read more

On Empathy and UX


I’ve seen a trend over the last few years in the user experience field. UXers have been making the transition into coaching. It’s not that they necessarily give up the important work of making products and services that make a difference in people’s lives. But they see something bigger.... Read more

Links for 2015-02-22


11 websites that perfect UX by focusing on details [Webdesigner Depot – Jul 17, 2014] – Here are a variety of details – some related to the interface, others to interaction – to consider during your next web-based project. Brand Style Guide Examples, Hand-picked by Saijo George – Hand-picked... Read more

Links for 2014-07-09


Google Material Design [Jun, 2014] – At Google we say, “Focus on the user and all else will follow.” We embrace that principle in our design by seeking to build experiences that surprise and enlighten our users in equal measure. This site is for exploring how we go about... Read more

Links for 2014-05-14


Designing User Interfaces for Your Mother [Tony Gines – Medium – Aug 12, 2013] – Here are a few things I try to keep in mind about my mother when I’m designing a new website or interface: 1. She experiences the web through a different browser. 2. She doesn’t... Read more

Links for 2013-05-17


The Ultimate Wireframing Tools Guide [ – Oct 23, 2012] – If you’re into building websites, mobile sites, or apps, you probably use some type of mockup tool – prior to coding – to help you envision how a site will work and look. But do you get customer... Read more

Links for 2013-05-10

10.05.2013. – Briefs: A Cocoa Touch Framework for Live Wireframes – Lifeless mockups don’t tell the entire story, but you don’t have time to build a prototype. We’ve been there, too. MartianCraft’s clients are some of the most demanding companies in the world. Your clients need a clear... Read more

Links for 2013-04-25

25.04.2013. – IdeaPaint lets you create a usable, interactive space on practically any surface at school, work, or home. Clean Metrics from Quick and Dirty Assessment: “The SUS” [HFI International UI Design Newsletter – Jan 2010] – In the youthful field of usability, we may be surprised to hear... Read more

Links for 2012-11-12


Icon Search Engine [Iconfinder] – Tools for the UX Architect: Laws of Interaction Design [CapTech Consulting Blogs – Oct 31, 2012] – As User Experience practitioners we often have to justify our decisions related to interface design recommendations. Are you pulling answers out of thin air, or following one... Read more

Links for 2012-08-24


Why Customer Experience Is The Only Thing That Matters [Fast Company – Aug 13, 2012] – The only source of competitive advantage is the one that can survive technology-fueled disruption: an obsession with customer experience. 7 Core Ideas about Personas and The User Experience [Measuring Usability – Jul 31,... Read more