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Defensive CSS

Practical CSS and design tips that helps in building future-proof user interfaces.

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The Importance of Play in Design Tools

While Ryan and I are working hard on Subform, I want to discuss something that one of our Kickstarter backers brought up: the importance of play.

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Paper at 10

How we designed the app that changed everything (for me)

video

Blender 2D/3D for beginners, drawing and animating with greasepencil - Part 2/2

Part 2/2 of the series on how to use Blender to draw and animate with grease pencil.

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Ducky 3D

Hi my name is Nathan Duck, i'm a graphic designer and amateur 3D artist. I make Tutorials for beginners. My videos are mainly focused on the abstract and ways to make things visually intriguing

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Blender 2D/3D for beginners, drawing and animating with greasepencil (blender 2.8) - Part 1/2

A step-by-step tutorial on how to use the 2D/3D drawing tools in Blender 2.8.

reference

Poly Haven

Poly Haven is a curated public asset library for visual effects artists and game designers, providing useful high quality 3D assets in an easily obtainable manner.

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AmbientCG

Free materials never looked this good! Get 1000+ PBR materials and textures for free under the Public Domain license.

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Blender 3.0 Beginner Donut Tutorial

Learn the basics of Blender while making your very own donut! You'll learn the UI, modelling, sculpting, texturing, shading, geometry nodes, lighting, rendering, compositing and compiling a final animation.

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A11Y Project

The A11Y Project is a community-driven effort to make digital accessibility easier.

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Accessibility Developer Guide

If you want to learn more about designing and implementing fully accessible websites, you've come to the right place.

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axe DevTools

Find and fix accessibility issues on your website by using the axe DevTools Chrome extension.

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Disabled Buttons Suck

Showing buttons as disabled until a form is complete might seem like a good idea. It is not. They usually create a lousy user experience and exclude many people with disabilities. Here’s why disabled buttons suck and what to do instead.

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IBM Equal Access Accessibility Checker

The IBM Equal Access Accessibility Checker is an open source tool for auditing your sites accessibility against IBM's accessibility rule engine.

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Hocus :Focus

A keyboard navigation horror game. Find the 🎃 pumpkin.

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The right tag for the job: why you should use semantic HTML

Whether you write plain old HTML, HTML templating or JSX, are you using the right HTML tags? A guide to semantic HTML: what it is, why it's so important, and how to use it

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Stark

The suite of integrated accessibility compliance tools for software teams.

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Stark Library

The Stark Public Library is a collection of resources around a11y, articles, books, checklists and more

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Accessibility for Teams

Remember, accessibility is a team effort. Every person has a role to play. This article outlines criteria for each of the major disciplines (project manager, UX designer, and developer) so that they can work to incorporate accessibility best practices into their process.

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Vox Media Accessibility Guidelines

Making work accessible creates a better experience across the board. Use this checklist to help build accessibility into your process no matter your role or stage in a project.

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

WCAG is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with a goal of providing a single shared standard that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.

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We Are Colorblind

Making the world a better place for the colorblind

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Blender 2D/3D for beginners, drawing and animating with greasepencil - Part 2/2

Part 2/2 of the series on how to use Blender to draw and animate with grease pencil.

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CMYK

A story about 3 ways to mix process colors.

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Walt Disney's MultiPlane Camera

Walt Disney explains his invention. Probably the most advanced tool ever made in the field of animation. (At least until the computer was made.)

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Everything Animated

A channel for admirers of animation. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the greatest animation talent out there carefully handpicked for you!

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Blender 2D/3D for beginners, drawing and animating with greasepencil (blender 2.8) - Part 1/2

A step-by-step tutorial on how to use the 2D/3D drawing tools in Blender 2.8.

video

Pixar's Software R&D Vimeo Channel

A collection of videos from Pixar's Software R&D group presenting their latest technologies

reading

How Design Legend Saul Bass Changed Film and TV Forever

The designer of famed logos had a rich and important career in designing film titles, too.

reading

How open source software powers modern filmmaking

From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.

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Art of the Title

Art of the Title is the definitive industry publication for title sequence design and an educational resource, spanning the film, television, conference, and video game industries.

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The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines gives insight into how the filmmakers behind Sony Pictures Animation’s new movie. Concept art, sketches, and early character designs.

video

Blender 3.0 Beginner Donut Tutorial

Learn the basics of Blender while making your very own donut! You'll learn the UI, modelling, sculpting, texturing, shading, geometry nodes, lighting, rendering, compositing and compiling a final animation.

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Dimensions

Dimensions.com is an ongoing reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world.

portfolio

Heatherwick Studio

A multi-award winning British design and architecture studio - buildings, spaces, master-plans, objects and infrastructure.

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Poly Haven

Poly Haven is a curated public asset library for visual effects artists and game designers, providing useful high quality 3D assets in an easily obtainable manner.

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Visualizing Architecture

Visualizing Architecture explores the different graphics styling you may encounter in the industry.

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Machine Learning for Artists

ml4a is a collection of free educational resources devoted to machine learning for artists.

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Elements of AI

A free course covering the basics of artificial intelligence.

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A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions.

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Writing with the Machine

It’s like writing with a deranged but very well-read parrot on your shoulder.

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Blender 2D/3D for beginners, drawing and animating with greasepencil - Part 2/2

Part 2/2 of the series on how to use Blender to draw and animate with grease pencil.

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Ducky 3D

Hi my name is Nathan Duck, i'm a graphic designer and amateur 3D artist. I make Tutorials for beginners. My videos are mainly focused on the abstract and ways to make things visually intriguing

video

Blender 2D/3D for beginners, drawing and animating with greasepencil (blender 2.8) - Part 1/2

A step-by-step tutorial on how to use the 2D/3D drawing tools in Blender 2.8.

reference

Poly Haven

Poly Haven is a curated public asset library for visual effects artists and game designers, providing useful high quality 3D assets in an easily obtainable manner.

tool

AmbientCG

Free materials never looked this good! Get 1000+ PBR materials and textures for free under the Public Domain license.

video

Blender 3.0 Beginner Donut Tutorial

Learn the basics of Blender while making your very own donut! You'll learn the UI, modelling, sculpting, texturing, shading, geometry nodes, lighting, rendering, compositing and compiling a final animation.

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Brand New

Opinions on corporate and brand identity work.

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A Lightweight Branding Exercise for Startups

A bottom-up, alignment-oriented approach

interactive

Responsive Logos

An exploration in scalable logo design.

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5 Principles for Better Designer-Developer Collaboration

In product design, the only certainty is change. Here are 5 timeless principles for improving designer-developer communication & collaboration.

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Designer vs. Developer

Designer vs. Developer aims to provide take aways, solutions to workflows, tools & discussions on everyday struggles.

video

CMYK

A story about 3 ways to mix process colors.

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How to use Colors in UI Design

Color is like everything else, it’s best used in moderation. You will tend to get better results if you stick to max three primary colors in your color scheme.

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Grabients

Beautiful and simple UI for generating web gradients.

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QULR.Life

Color, Colour, Colors, Colours No matter how you spell it they are beautiful.

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We Are Colorblind

Making the world a better place for the colorblind

portfolio

Derek Watkins

Derek is Graphics Editor at The New York Times, where I work as a designer, developer, reporter and geographer to visually present the news.

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Data Visualisation Catalogue

The Data Visualization Catalogue is a library of different information visualization types. The website serves as a learning and inspiration resource for those working with data visualization.

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Feltron Annual Report

The tenth and final Feltron Annual Report examines the state of state of self-tracking through widely available apps and devices.

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Flowing Data

FlowingData explores how we use analysis and visualization to understand data and ourselves.

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The Functional Art

The Functional Art is an introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization, the communication of facts and data by means of charts, graphs, maps, and diagrams

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Information is Beautiful

Data, information, knowledge: we distil it into beautiful, useful graphics & diagrams.

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Observable's Highlights

Explore and visualize data. Share and publish your insights. Discover and be inspired.

reading

Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't

If you take 10 communities and run a simulation, it’s easy to see why we need as many members of the ‘herd’ as possible to get vaccines – before it’s too late

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On Broadway

The interactive installation ON BROADWAY represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.

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Pudding.Cool

We are a digital publication that explains ideas debated in culture with visual essays.

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A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

In machine learning, computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data. These techniques can be used to make highly accurate predictions.

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Visualising Data

Data visualization and infographic design

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WSJ Graphics

Recent interactives, data visualizations, illustrations, maps and other graphics from the The Wall Street Journal’s Graphics team

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Adele

The repository of publicly available design systems and pattern libraries

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Australian Government's Design System

The Australian Government Design System provides a framework and a set of tools to help designers and developers build government products and services more easily.

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Chicago Design System

The Chicago Design System is the public visual identity of the City of Chicago. It is an inclusive, equitable, cost saving system for City communication and for public use to show civic pride.

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Design System Checklist

An open-source checklist to help you plan, build and grow your design system.

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Design System Repo

An collection of Design System examples, resources, tools, articles and videos.

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Design Systems

A Figma publication for design systems creators, designers, developers, and managers

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From Form Fields to Ship It: How Not to Design System

Building a design system is very trendy, but when is it the right time to conceptualize, design and execute on a system for use across a product and an organization. Given the context of both new products and legacy products in the same ecosystem, this talk will explore the lessons learned and some best strategies for building a design system.

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Content Reel

Design layouts more efficiently by pulling text strings, images, and icons from one palette.

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Figmotion

Figmotion is an animation tool built right in Figma. This makes the entry into animation easier and more convenient as there is no need to switch to a completely separate motion tool.

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Google Sheets Sync

Sync content from Google Sheets directly into your Figma file.

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Image Tracer

‘Image tracer’ traces black & white bitmap images, and turns them into a vector layer.

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Lineage

Visualize your component and style dependencies. Lineage helps you understand how your design system is being used and how every change impacts your project.

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Lorem Ipsum

Generate ‘Lorem ipsum’ to fill your text layers with dummy text.

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Map Maker

Map Maker allows you to make a customized map blazing fast.

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Mesh Gradients

Mesh Gradient generates a gradient image with an underlying 2d mesh, and lets you edit the vertices & edges of the mesh to get the perfect gradient look.

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Similayer

This plugin takes Figma’s in-built ‘Select all with...’ command to the next level. Select similar layers; based on a whole range of properties.

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Arc

Curve your text upward, downward or into a circle. Adjust the slider and preview the result.

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Unsplash

Insert beautiful images from Unsplash straight into your designs.

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Remove.bg

Remove the background of images automatically with just a single click - using the remove.bg API.

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Aaron Irizarry Opening Keynote: Leading Successfully, By Leading Ourselves - UX Camp Fall 2020

Aaron Irizarry, aka “Ron,” is the Head of Credit Solutions Design in Capital One’s Commercial Bank. Aaron is also the co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique. More importantly, Aaron loves connecting with people through food, is a lover of heavy metal, and a lifelong Dodgers fan.

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Abstract: The Art of Design

Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

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Abi Jones Keynote: How to Make the Right Turn - UX Camp Fall 2020

In this keynote, you’ll learn how to identify the work that fuels you, reflect on the principles that guide your preferences, consider the upsides of spite, and identify the people who will support you as you take the next step in your career.

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David Dylan Thomas - Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil

Users’ minds take shortcuts to get through the day. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this talk I’ll use real-world examples to identify some particularly harmful biases that frequently lead users to make bad decisions. I’ll then talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our apps, designs, and platforms to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases. Finally, I’ll explore our own biases as designers and some methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting users.

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Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing

Path tracing is a method for generating digital images by simulating how light would interact with objects in a virtual world.

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Everything Animated

A channel for admirers of animation. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the greatest animation talent out there carefully handpicked for you!

video

The Infuriating Truth behind Elevator Buttons

The elevator buttons in our office building are slowly driving us all insane. We dropped everything to figure out what was going on and a little science happened along the way.

video

Chicago Camps Recordings

Low-cost, high-value events serving the technology community.

reading

How Design Legend Saul Bass Changed Film and TV Forever

The designer of famed logos had a rich and important career in designing film titles, too.

reading

How open source software powers modern filmmaking

From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.

publication

Art of the Title

Art of the Title is the definitive industry publication for title sequence design and an educational resource, spanning the film, television, conference, and video game industries.

reading

The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines gives insight into how the filmmakers behind Sony Pictures Animation’s new movie. Concept art, sketches, and early character designs.

reading

Mechanical Watch

Interactive article explaining how a mechanical watch works.

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Typeset In The Future

Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies

interactive

Can't Unsee

A game where you need to pick the design that is most correct. Test your attention to details!

interactive

HTML Spirograph

HTML Spirograph - creates awesome psychedelic drawings

interactive

Hocus :Focus

A keyboard navigation horror game. Find the 🎃 pumpkin.

interactive

Method of Action

Method of Action creates tools, toys and games to help you learn design, for free.

interactive

User Inyerface

User Inyerface - A worst-practice UI experiment

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Avataaars

Create avatar illustrations in Sketch App with this free library. Combine clothes, hair, emotions, accessories, and colors.

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Humaaans

A Mix-&-Match illustration library of humans

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Open Doodles

A library of sketchy illustrations of people free for personal and commercial use.

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The Patten Library

This on going project compiles patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.

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Pose

A simple web app for character posing. Design a character exactly the way you want it and follow the easy guidelines to bring it to life using your favorite app.

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unDraw

The design project with open-source illustrations for any idea you can imagine and create. Create beautiful websites, products and applications with your color, for free.

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Codrops

Codrops is a web design and development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about the latest web trends, techniques and new possibilities.

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Control Panels

In praise of dials, toggles, buttons, and bulbs.

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uiwtf

uiwtf is an experimental laboratory of user interface patterns and interactions that make you think

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Lapa Ninja

Lapa Ninja is a gallery featuring the best 3154 landing page design inspiration, free books for designers and free UI kits from around the web.

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Mobbin

Check out the hand-picked collection of latest mobile design patterns from apps that reflect the best in design.

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The People's Graphic Design Archive

A virtual archive built by everyone, about everyone, for everyone.

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On Broadway

The interactive installation ON BROADWAY represents life in the 21st century city through a compilation of images and data collected along the 13 miles of Broadway that span Manhattan.

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Page Flows

See how top brands design their onboarding, upgrading, downgrading and other key user flows

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Really Good Emails

The web's best and most attractive, curated collection of emails, showing both design and code.

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Screenlane

Get inspired and keep up with the latest web & mobile app UI design trends

reference

The Patten Library

This on going project compiles patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.

reading

The Importance of Play in Design Tools

While Ryan and I are working hard on Subform, I want to discuss something that one of our Kickstarter backers brought up: the importance of play.

publication

Visualising Data

Data visualization and infographic design

reading

Cartography Comparison: Google & Apple Maps

What are the biggest differences between Google Maps & Apple Maps? (2016)

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Snazzy Maps

Snazzy Maps is a repository of different color schemes for Google Maps aimed towards web designers and developers.

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What Makes CSS Hard To Master

I feel we, the community, have to acknowledge that CSS is easy to get started with and hard to master. Let’s reflect on the language and find out what makes it hard.

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CSS Reference

CSS Reference is a free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.

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CSS Vocabulary

Learn what all the parts of CSS are called

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Visualizing Git Concepts with D3

This website is designed to help you understand some basic git concepts visually.

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BBC Global Experience Language

Welcome to BBC UX&D. We do the layer between people and technology. Every day, we focus on the stuff that makes things special, as well as the stuff that makes things happen.

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Figma Design Dictionary

This dictionary of design terms will help you learn about a broad range of important terms you'll hear in your career as a designer.

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DesignGold

A podcast about all things design and technology, how we can create better experiences and the pitfall of things not considered or overlooked.

reference

Design Kit

Brought to you by IDEO.org Design Kit is hardly the only place to learn about the power of human-centered design. These books, guides, and free downloads are all great destinations to help you routinely innovate and solve big problems.

reading

Defining Design Generalists

Exploring the skill set of an underrated superpower

video

The Infuriating Truth behind Elevator Buttons

The elevator buttons in our office building are slowly driving us all insane. We dropped everything to figure out what was going on and a little science happened along the way.

reference

Laws of UX

Laws of UX is a collection of principles that designers can consider when building user interfaces.

interactive

Method of Action

Method of Action creates tools, toys and games to help you learn design, for free.

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Refactoring UI

Learn how to design awesome UIs by yourself using specific tactics explained from a developer's point-of-view.

reference

10 Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.

interactive

User Inyerface

User Inyerface - A worst-practice UI experiment

reading

UXR Presentation

A intro to the world of design.

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A wish list of three for UI / UX for the casual user

Don't forget about designing for the some times users.

video

Disney's Practical Guide to Path Tracing

Path tracing is a method for generating digital images by simulating how light would interact with objects in a virtual world.

reading

Tips for shooting aerial photos with your drone

Some great tips for getting your drone shots.

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Unsplash

Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.

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Pexels

Free stock photos & videos you can use everywhere. Browse millions of high-quality royalty free stock images & copyright free pictures. No attribution required.

video

Aaron Irizarry Opening Keynote: Leading Successfully, By Leading Ourselves - UX Camp Fall 2020

Aaron Irizarry, aka “Ron,” is the Head of Credit Solutions Design in Capital One’s Commercial Bank. Aaron is also the co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique. More importantly, Aaron loves connecting with people through food, is a lover of heavy metal, and a lifelong Dodgers fan.

video

Abi Jones Keynote: How to Make the Right Turn - UX Camp Fall 2020

In this keynote, you’ll learn how to identify the work that fuels you, reflect on the principles that guide your preferences, consider the upsides of spite, and identify the people who will support you as you take the next step in your career.

video

David Dylan Thomas - Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil

Users’ minds take shortcuts to get through the day. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this talk I’ll use real-world examples to identify some particularly harmful biases that frequently lead users to make bad decisions. I’ll then talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our apps, designs, and platforms to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases. Finally, I’ll explore our own biases as designers and some methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting users.

reading

Defining Design Generalists

Exploring the skill set of an underrated superpower

video

Designer vs. Developer

Designer vs. Developer aims to provide take aways, solutions to workflows, tools & discussions on everyday struggles.

video

Chicago Camps Recordings

Low-cost, high-value events serving the technology community.

reading

Shape Up

This book is a guide to how we do product development at Basecamp. It’s also a toolbox full of techniques that you can apply in your own way to your own process.

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Mastery for Generalists

Becoming good when you're interested in everything.

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Paper at 10

How we designed the app that changed everything (for me)

reading

Want a Better Pitch?

A good read to help position your next pitch for success.

reading

Success and Failure at Pebble

We launched Pebble on Kickstarter 10 years ago today! It was an amazing ride and I learned a lot from the experience. Story time!

reading

Your MVP is neither minimal, viable nor a product

MVP is such a profound misnomer; a good MVP is not viable, and it is certainly not a product. Chances are it isn't minimal either, come to think of it.

publication

BBC Global Experience Language

Welcome to BBC UX&D. We do the layer between people and technology. Every day, we focus on the stuff that makes things special, as well as the stuff that makes things happen.

reading

Cartography Comparison: Google & Apple Maps

What are the biggest differences between Google Maps & Apple Maps? (2016)

reading

How to use Colors in UI Design

Color is like everything else, it’s best used in moderation. You will tend to get better results if you stick to max three primary colors in your color scheme.

reading

Disabled Buttons Suck

Showing buttons as disabled until a form is complete might seem like a good idea. It is not. They usually create a lousy user experience and exclude many people with disabilities. Here’s why disabled buttons suck and what to do instead.

reading

How being a developer makes me a better designer

Transcript of Rafa's talk, originally presented at MOBX conference in Berlin, titled 'How Being a Developer Makes Me a Better Designer'

reading

Want To Design Great Digital Experiences? Start Working With Architects

Hans Neubert was chief creative officer at Frog and Huge. Here’s why he jumped ship for the largest architecture firm in the world.

reading

Defining Design Generalists

Exploring the skill set of an underrated superpower

reference

Laws of UX

Laws of UX is a collection of principles that designers can consider when building user interfaces.

reading

Digging Into CSS Logical Properties

The support for CSS logical properties is getting better by time. However, I still struggle to memorize them each time I want to use them in a project. What does start mean? And what does end mean? It’s a bit tricky to grasp all the details without trial and error.

reading

UX writing: the definite guide for designing text in mobile apps

A must-have UX Writing resource: 40 rules for writing microcopy that looks stunning, from a UI design standpoint.

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There’s no such thing as “minor design changes”

Sharing a quick story I found on Intercom’s blog about how there’s no such thing as a small change in a product. “We want to limit the length of a review in the product to 140 characters, because we…

reading

Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't

If you take 10 communities and run a simulation, it’s easy to see why we need as many members of the ‘herd’ as possible to get vaccines – before it’s too late

reading

Elements of AI

A free course covering the basics of artificial intelligence.

reading

Mechanical Watch

Interactive article explaining how a mechanical watch works.

reading

Mastery for Generalists

Becoming good when you're interested in everything.

reading

How open source software powers modern filmmaking

From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.

reading

Paper at 10

How we designed the app that changed everything (for me)

publication

Sidebar

The five best design links, every weekday.

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Sketching Interfaces

The time required to test an idea should be zero. This was the very first sentence I wrote when considering the Airbnb design tools team vision.

reference

10 Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.

reference

Typographic Illusions

A collection of free tools for demonstrating typographic phenomena, for anyone teaching or studying typeface design.

reading

Understanding Z Index

A visual guide on how z-index and stacking contexts work in CSS.

reference

Stark Library

The Stark Public Library is a collection of resources around a11y, articles, books, checklists and more

reading

The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines gives insight into how the filmmakers behind Sony Pictures Animation’s new movie. Concept art, sketches, and early character designs.

reading

The Importance of Play in Design Tools

While Ryan and I are working hard on Subform, I want to discuss something that one of our Kickstarter backers brought up: the importance of play.

reading

Tips for shooting aerial photos with your drone

Some great tips for getting your drone shots.

reading

The UX of Lego Interface Panels

Two studs wide and angled at 45°, the ubiquitous “2x2 decorated slope” is a LEGO minifigure’s interface to the world.

reading

UXPin Books

Thoughtful content on mobile & web prototyping, wireframing, mockups, usability testing, project management, design process & more.

reading

Success and Failure at Pebble

We launched Pebble on Kickstarter 10 years ago today! It was an amazing ride and I learned a lot from the experience. Story time!

reading

A wish list of three for UI / UX for the casual user

Don't forget about designing for the some times users.

reading

Your MVP is neither minimal, viable nor a product

MVP is such a profound misnomer; a good MVP is not viable, and it is certainly not a product. Chances are it isn't minimal either, come to think of it.

reference

Design Kit

Brought to you by IDEO.org Design Kit is hardly the only place to learn about the power of human-centered design. These books, guides, and free downloads are all great destinations to help you routinely innovate and solve big problems.

reference

10 Usability Heuristics

Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called "heuristics" because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines.

reference

Bensound

Royalty free music

reading

Success and Failure at Pebble

We launched Pebble on Kickstarter 10 years ago today! It was an amazing ride and I learned a lot from the experience. Story time!

reading

Your MVP is neither minimal, viable nor a product

MVP is such a profound misnomer; a good MVP is not viable, and it is certainly not a product. Chances are it isn't minimal either, come to think of it.

reference

Can I Use

'Can I use' provides up-to-date browser support tables for support of front-end web technologies on desktop and mobile web browsers.

reference

Checklist Design

Checklist Design is a curated list of checklists ranging from website pages, to UI components, all the way to branding assets to help you make sure to cover the full needs of the design.

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CSS Gradient

A css gradient generator tool

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axe DevTools

Find and fix accessibility issues on your website by using the axe DevTools Chrome extension.

tool

Boring Avatars

Boring avatars is a tiny JavaScript React library that generates custom, SVG-based, round avatars from any username and color palette.

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Box Shadow Generator

A WYSIWYG CSS box shadow generator

reference

Data Visualisation Catalogue

The Data Visualization Catalogue is a library of different information visualization types. The website serves as a learning and inspiration resource for those working with data visualization.

reference

Dimensions

Dimensions.com is an ongoing reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world.

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GIF Brewery

Creating fine-crafted GIFs for Mac users worldwide.

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Goodbye John Doe

Peculiar names for the placeholder connoisseur. Placeholder name generator.

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IBM Equal Access Accessibility Checker

The IBM Equal Access Accessibility Checker is an open source tool for auditing your sites accessibility against IBM's accessibility rule engine.

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Jeffsum

A little text placeholder generator of Jeff Goldblum awesomeness.

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Lapa Ninja

Lapa Ninja is a gallery featuring the best 3154 landing page design inspiration, free books for designers and free UI kits from around the web.

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Loopy

A tool for thinking in systems

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Lorem Picsum

The Lorem Ipsum for photos

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Poly Haven

Poly Haven is a curated public asset library for visual effects artists and game designers, providing useful high quality 3D assets in an easily obtainable manner.

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AmbientCG

Free materials never looked this good! Get 1000+ PBR materials and textures for free under the Public Domain license.

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Noun Project

The most diverse collection of icons ever. Download SVG and PNG.

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Open Doodles

A library of sketchy illustrations of people free for personal and commercial use.

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Humane by Design

A resource that provides guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being.

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Responsively

Multi-panel responsive browser.

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Retrobatch

Flexible, super charged, batch image processing for your Mac.

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Snazzy Maps

Snazzy Maps is a repository of different color schemes for Google Maps aimed towards web designers and developers.

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Stark

The suite of integrated accessibility compliance tools for software teams.

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Subtle Patterns

A bunch of subtle patterns

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The Patten Library

This on going project compiles patterns shared by the most talented designers out there for you to use freely in your designs.

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Fonts Knowledge

Welcome to our library of original guides to the world of typography, which the Google Fonts team is producing in collaboration with typographic experts from around the world. Google Fonts Knowledge enables designers and developers of all skill sets to choose and use type with purpose.

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Unsplash

Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.

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Pexels

Free stock photos & videos you can use everywhere. Browse millions of high-quality royalty free stock images & copyright free pictures. No attribution required.

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Type Scale

Preview and choose the right type scale for your project. Experiment with font size, scale and different webfonts.

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Typography Cheatsheet

Everything you need to know about setting proper typography—smart quotes, apostrophes, em dashes, en dashes, accented characters and more.

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FontMap

Hundreds of fonts arranged using machine learning

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Fonts in Use

A searchable archive of typographic design, indexed by typeface, format, and topic.

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Google Fonts

Making the web more beautiful, fast, and open through great typography

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League of Moveable Type

The League of Moveable Type is the first open-source font foundry, dedicated to helping you level up as a designer.

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Space Type Generator

Playing with type in 3D space

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Typographic Illusions

A collection of free tools for demonstrating typographic phenomena, for anyone teaching or studying typeface design.

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Fonts Knowledge

Welcome to our library of original guides to the world of typography, which the Google Fonts team is producing in collaboration with typographic experts from around the world. Google Fonts Knowledge enables designers and developers of all skill sets to choose and use type with purpose.

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TypeTerms

Type Terms. The animated typographic cheat sheet.

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Typeset In The Future

Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies

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Accessibility Developer Guide

If you want to learn more about designing and implementing fully accessible websites, you've come to the right place.

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Can I Use

'Can I use' provides up-to-date browser support tables for support of front-end web technologies on desktop and mobile web browsers.

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Codrops

Codrops is a web design and development blog that publishes articles and tutorials about the latest web trends, techniques and new possibilities.

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CSS Gradient

A css gradient generator tool

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What Makes CSS Hard To Master

I feel we, the community, have to acknowledge that CSS is easy to get started with and hard to master. Let’s reflect on the language and find out what makes it hard.

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CSS Reference

CSS Reference is a free visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.

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CSS Vocabulary

Learn what all the parts of CSS are called

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Box Shadow Generator

A WYSIWYG CSS box shadow generator

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Defensive CSS

Practical CSS and design tips that helps in building future-proof user interfaces.

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DzgnIO Toolkit

A open set of web development resources to help you develop better and quicker with simple styling blocks.

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Digging Into CSS Logical Properties

The support for CSS logical properties is getting better by time. However, I still struggle to memorize them each time I want to use them in a project. What does start mean? And what does end mean? It’s a bit tricky to grasp all the details without trial and error.

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MDN Web Docs

Mozilla's web dev documentation, learn how and when to use HTML and CSS appropriately

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Responsively

Multi-panel responsive browser.

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Understanding Z Index

A visual guide on how z-index and stacking contexts work in CSS.

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Design Vault

Browse a curated collection of mobile, web & desktop screenshots from the world’s best apps and websites. Gain insights, explore trends and understand competitors and best practices.

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Mobbin

Check out the hand-picked collection of latest mobile design patterns from apps that reflect the best in design.

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Page Flows

See how top brands design their onboarding, upgrading, downgrading and other key user flows

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Screenlane

Get inspired and keep up with the latest web & mobile app UI design trends

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User Onboarding

A bunch of walkthroughs of onboardings out in the wild, the good and the bad.

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UX Archive

We lay out the most interesting user flows so you can build your point of view and be inspired to design the best user experiences.

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