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✎ Behind the scenes with Matan Stauber about Histography.io and stretching the limits of what’s possible.
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/interview-with-matan-stauber/
Designing with "big data" is a challenging task. Matan Stauber, however, took it to the next level. With an impressive outcome. Having studied Visual Communication at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel's national school of art, Matan realized a very ambitious final project: an interactive timeline of our galaxy's history — 14 billion years, from the Big Bang to today. We talked to Matan about Histography, about the idea behind it, and h...
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✎ How to make your error messages both readable and helpful, by Nick Babich: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/how-to-design-error-states-for-mobile-apps/
In this article, we’ll examine how the design of apps can be optimized to prevent user errors and how to create effective error messages in cases when errors occur independently of user input.
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I've been putting a lot of error-messaging effort into my current project, and it has already paid off with our beta users. The UX benefits are huge for the moderate amount of work that is required.
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✎ Things change, but as long as there are touchscreens, the thumb zone will remain a critical part of design. https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/the-thumb-zone-designing-for-mobile-users/
Find out what "thumb zone" actually means and why it's such an important factor in the design and development of mobile interfaces today.
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✎ Understanding how individual users use your app is key to personalizing your mobile app experience. https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/driving-app-engagement-with-personalization-techniques/
Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, people considered websites to be a prime indication of how users’ attention was brief and unforgiving. Remember the dreaded bounce rate? Remember the numerous times you worried that your content and graphics might not be 100% clear to users? That was nothing. Compared to mobile, engaging users on the web is a piece of cake.
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✎ Effective conversion optimization goes beyond simply changing a button’s color or making a few tweaks here and there. Today, let's consider a few psychological principles that really can influence users’ behavior: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/boosting-conversion-rates-with-psychologically-validated-principles
In this article, John Stevens analyzes seven psychology studies that date as far back as 1961 that will help you boost conversions on your website. Some of the experiments are so controversial that they will make you cringe, but the lessons are fundamental.
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✎ What does cognitive overload have to do with design? One thing's for sure, it should be reduced for a better UX: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/reducing-cognitive-overload-for-a-better-user-experience/
The best user experience is the one the user doesn’t notice. It appears smooth and simple on the surface, but hundreds of crucial design decisions have been made to guide, entertain and prevent trouble. If the user experience design does what it’s supposed to do, the user won’t notice any of the work that went into it. The less users have to think about the interface or design, the more they can focus on accomplishing their goal on your websit...
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✎ Tools are supposed to help us shape our ideas, so make sure to choose the right one that will bring it to life: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/choosing-the-right-prototyping-tool/
Javier Cuello explains how to choose the right prototyping tool for the right project without loosing too much of your precious time.
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✎ Knowing the differences between REST and RPC can be incredibly useful when planning a new API. Phil Sturgeon elaborates: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/understanding-rest-and-rpc-for-http-apis/
Knowing the differences between REST and RPC can be incredibly useful when you are planning a new API, and it can really help when you are working on features for existing APIs.
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Best article on the difference between RPC & REST over http

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✎ It’s Friday, so let’s pick up a pencil and... draw! Some hand lettering inspiration on Smashing Magazine. https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/the-art-of-hand-lettering/
Hand lettering has taken the world by storm. It has become the beautiful connection — a juxtaposition — between design and words. The letter forms in the typography have been broken down into their shapes, flourishes, and textures. Hand lettering speaks volumes. This is an art form which allows us to see the space between the letters, and the style of the lettering as a piece of art that can deeply evoke emotions and bring meaning — nostalgia,...
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✎ Have you tried creating a website with a Dropbox-powered hosting tool? If not, here are some you can try right away: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/creating-websites-with-dropbox-powered-hosting-tools/
Here are nine tools for you that hook up to your Dropbox to streamline the process of creating and hosting static websites.
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✎ All about the Content Security Policy tool and why it should be your future best friend: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/content-security-policy-your-future-best-friend/
A long time ago, my personal website was attacked. I do not know how it happened, but it happened. Fortunately, the damage from the attack was quite minor: A piece of JavaScript was inserted at the bottom of some pages. I updated the FTP and other credentials, cleaned up some files, and that was that. One point made me mad: At the time, there was no simple solution that could have informed me there was a problem and — more importantly — that c...
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✎ How do you build and scale your web applications? Max Stoiber shares his experience on how to scale React apps: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/09/how-to-scale-react-applications
The React Boilerplate team spoke with hundreds of developers about how they build and scale their web applications. Max Stoiber shares some things they've learned along the way.
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An online magazine for professional Web designers and developers with focus on valuable techniques, best practices and useful resources for the Web design community.
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Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers with focus on valuable techniques, best practices and useful resources for the Web design community.

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