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Brenton Klik
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How People See
I like this video, because it shows how people perceive the world around them. This guy shaves off his epic beard to surprise his mother. After doing it, it takes his mother almost 5 seconds to realize the change.

The human brain can't possibly interpret all the sensory data that is constantly submitted to it. Sights, smells, sensations, flavors, yadda. In order to deal with them all, it forgets most of it. To not have you sense holes in the data, it performs a lot of shortcuts by inserting expectations.

The mother in this video has seen her son hundreds of times with the beard. When she sees her son without it, she likely still sees the beard. But, she also knows that something is different. It takes her a while to process the new information, and have the no beard image she is seeing be registered by her brain.

What you can learn from this.
From a usability stand point, this can show you how difficult minor changes to your UI can be for your users to see. If you have a notification that you want a user to see, it has to be big. And, if at all possible, use multiple senses (sight, sound, haptic) to present the data. You need to break through the brain's ability to forget.
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And…hand letterers are out of a job.
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This was mesmerizing to watch.
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This kind of invalidates my list app I've been working with on the side. The only thing I still like about mine better is the entire item is clickable to check it. Keeps items, you click it and it goes into edit mode. Very frustrating.
 
Does your fridge need a mid-week refresh? Make a grocery list with just your voice so you can rummage with both your hands. #Android
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Best fan made action video I've seen.
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SASS With Gulp and Angular 2

Getting SASS to automatically compile inside my Angular 2 project, I use this Gulp file. Doesn't matter what folder contains the SASS file, it just compiles it into place with the same name.

I noticed that angular-cli doesn't pick up the file change when it compiles, so you have to manually refresh the browser. But, that ends up being a little faster when styling since it doesn't rerun all the Broccoli commands with every style tweak.

I also noticed that the SASS files don't get duplicated into your /dist folder, so you don't have to worry about stripping them out for production.
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Too bad an open and free codec doesn't prevail on mobile and the web.
 
Vysor is no longer available - h264 licensing

I voluntarily unpublished the Chrome app just now. Some MPEG-LA folks got in touch with me about licensing the broadway.js decoder (the Android h264 decoder translated to js using emscripten) that is packaged in Vysor to do the real time decoding. $0.20 per download/user or something.

Will see if I can get this figured out, but no sense running up a massive bill on a free app.
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Crayon artist.
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There's good information here, but it's comical to take CSS advice from a page that has such obvious issues.

http://www.stubbornella.org/content/2010/07/01/top-5-mistakes-of-massive-css/
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If there are any super wealthy sailing lovers out there in need of a sailing buddy. Look me up!
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Oh, to have the resources to actually verify design decisions.
#mustbenice  
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Join my Space for testing space.
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While aesthetically many of these are beautiful sites, they all suffer when hit with a mobile test. I think the shortest load time I saw on a 3G connection was 9 seconds to first render.

Your portfolio should be more than just pretty. It should showcase attention to detail on all levels. It should show respect for all types of users which you will encounter on the job as a designer.

- Download time matters.
- Load time matters.
- File size matters (Mobile data isn't free)
- Blue text on black, just don't!
- White text on black appears smaller to the human eye. Make it big.
- DON'T DISABLE USER SCALING!
- Minimalism shouldn't be taken so far that you can't tell what is clickable, and what is not.
- Show page loading, don't leave the user guessing
- Opposites don't attract. If I scroll down, the animation should reflect my action.
- etc. etc. etc.
With the launch from our friends at May1Reboot, we've been seeing hundreds and hundreds of portfolios from the community which is a great thing.
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Brenton Klik is an Interaction Designer in the Washington DC area. He designs interfaces and experiences for web, mobile, and desktop platforms.

Over the years, Brenton has worked for Carrier Corporation, SAP America, and others to create rich instructional applications, project management solutions, and web based applications. Recently, he has perused interactions in the mobile space, such as data entry and communication.
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    Computer Science, 2001
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Interaction Designer
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Graphic Design (Drawing, Photoshop), Software Design (Persona, Mockups, User Testing), Web Application Development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS), Android Development (Java, XML, SQL)
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    Interaction Designer, present
  • SAP AG
  • Carrier Corporation
  • Riverwalk Communications
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