The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness

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What exactly is “flat design?” For those of you who haven’t heard of the term, “flat design” is mainly the term given to the style of design in which elements lose any type of stylistic characters that make them appear as though they lift off the page. In laymen’s terms, this means removing stylistic characters such as drop shadows, gradients, …

Designing Products That Scale — Startup Lessons Learned @ Salesforce.com

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Doing product design in a huge organization is tricky. Clear, constant communication is imperative. A few years ago at Salesforce, that mostly meant hours upon hours of creating static redline specs. I didn’t go to school for this stuff, but burning the midnight oil to label CSS attributes across hundreds of screens seemed really, really broken. via Designing Products That …

Native American Survival Skills and Modern Survival Techniques

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The Rule of Threes One of the most important concepts in wilderness survival is understanding survival priorities. Modern research brings us the Rule of Threes, a principle that can make the difference between life and death. The Rule of Threes puts our survival needs into perspective, and though they are rough approximations of time, they are an easy way to …

The Top UX Predictions for 2014 | UX Magazine

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Rise of the Pegasus – Wayne Greenwood Unicorns were the big story of the last few years, referring to designers who added production-level coding chops to their skill sets. Unicorns being rare by definition, an even larger population of designers—call them the thoroughbreds—focused their energies solely on interaction design, visual design, and prototyping, leaving the production code to the engineers. …

UX is not UI | UX at Hello Erik

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UX has become a neologism. When something has “good UX” it is an implied meaning of having the core components of UX (research, maybe a persona, IA, interaction, interface, etc etc…). It’s not really necessary or desirable to tack the word design onto the end anymore. It’s a distraction and leads people down a parallel but misguided path… the path …