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Tools We Like v1. Between client projects and personal ventures, IDEO interaction designers and software engineers across our global offices spend a significant amount of time designing and building apps for iPhones and iPads.

Tools We Like v1

We’re part of the thousands of iOS developers worldwide beholden to the operating system’s wild popularity and sound frameworks. While we focus on the design and code, we rely on the latest tools to help us create clean prototypes and iterate more quickly, saving us time and countless emails. Here are some of our favorite tools, as of late. Robust features and advanced control for creating rich prototypes—Junu Yang, Interaction Designer, New York. Bootstrap. Start Bootstrap - Free HTML Templates for Bootstrap 3.

Strikingly - Simple, Beautiful Mobile Sites In Minutes. FROONT - Responsive Web Design Tool. Responsive Navigation Patterns. Tips, Resources and Patterns for Responsive Web Design. Responsive Design Workflow: Mobilism 2012. Responsive Web Design Testing Tool. Media Queries. Design Pattern Library. View the most recent patterns added to the library.

Design Pattern Library

Accordion There are too many items to fit into a limited space without overwhelming the user. Availability Provide a way for a user to display to other people (either the public, or their contacts, depending on the rules of the system) when they are available for contact and when not. Display Collection The user has created a collection and wants to display it to other people. Find with Tags A user wants to find objects associated with a specific concept or term. Left Navigation. Patterns : Designing Interfaces. Selected patterns from the book are featured here on the website, in their entirety.

Patterns : Designing Interfaces

Here are all of the patterns in the second edition of the book, sorted by chapter. Design Patterns on CodePen. Tutorials Archives. Text Input Effects. Mockups To Go - All Projects. IxEdit. I ♥ wireframes - The ultimate source of inspiration and collection of resources for wireframes. Design Better And Faster With Rapid Prototyping. Advertisement The old adage, “a picture speaks a thousand words” captures what user interface prototyping is all about: using visuals to describe thousands of words’ worth of design and development specifications that detail how a system should behave and look.

Design Better And Faster With Rapid Prototyping

In an iterative approach to user interface design, rapid prototyping is the process of quickly mocking up the future state of a system, be it a website or application, and validating it with a broader team of users, stakeholders, developers and designers. Doing this rapidly and iteratively generates feedback early and often in the process, improving the final design and reducing the need for changes during development.

Prototypes range from rough paper sketches to interactive simulations that look and function like the final product. The keys to successful rapid prototyping are revising quickly based on feedback and using the appropriate prototyping approach. The Rapid Prototyping Process Scoping A Prototype Find the Story. Framer - Prototype Interaction and Animation. Material UI - Material Design React Components. Don't Overthink It Grids. The vast majority of websites out there use a grid.

Don't Overthink It Grids

They may not explicitly have a grid system in place, but if they have a "main content area" floated to the left a "sidebar" floated to the right, it's a simple grid. If a more complex layout presents itself, people often reach for a grid framework. They assume grids are these super difficult things best left to super CSS nerds. That idea is perpetuated by the fact that a lot of the grid systems they reach for are very complicated.

Here's how I build grids. Context. Modular Scale. Free textures for your next web project. 53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts  In social media, we're all increasingly thinking about visual content.

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts 

At Buffer, we've shared our own study on the importance of images in Twitter posts for more social sharing. We've explored tools that help anyone create visual content. TinEye Reverse Image Search. Color Theory For Designers: Creating Your Own Color Palettes. Advertisement In the previous two parts of this series on color theory, we talked mostly about the meanings behind colors1 and color terminology2.

Color Theory For Designers: Creating Your Own Color Palettes

While this information is important, I’m sure a lot of people were wondering when we were going to get into the nitty-gritty of actually creating some color schemes. Color Wheel - Color Calculator. The color wheel is a chart representing the relationships between colors.

Color Wheel - Color Calculator

Based on a circle showing the colors of the spectrum originally fashioned by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666, the colour wheel he created serves many purposes today. Painters use it to identify colors to mix and designers use it to choose colors that go well together. The classic color wheel shows hues arranged in a circle, connected by lines or shapes. The colors include primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), secondary colors (orange, green, and violet), and tertiary colors (yellow green, blue green, blue violet, red violet, red orange, and yellow orange). Secondary colors are created by mixing primary colors. 10 Tools for Creating Brilliant Color Schemes. 9 places to get inspiration for your website's color palette.

Color, one of the seven elements of art, is an important aspect of every design. It is so impactful that designers often neglect other elements, such as form and value, to the detriment of their work. Since color has a massive impact on your viewers, it is important know your theory and even a little psychology. Warm colors give off a fiery message, while cool colors have a calming affect. Analogous color schemes, often found in nature, are pleasing to the eye, while complementary color schemes have a more energetic feel. No matter what color palette you decide on, it should reflect your intentions, and capture the perfect feeling you’re going for. Wear Palettes Looking outside your area of expertise helps you discover different ways of tackling the same problem. . ➤ Wear Palettes Sunsets and Color Palettes. The Era of Symbol Fonts. Improving performance is a constant process.

The Era of Symbol Fonts

First we ditched tables, spacer gifs, and inline markup such as the <font> element in favor of CSS, reducing page sizes, and separating style from layout. Then we became aware of all our DNS requests, caching, and the total number of files and started using CSS sprites, moving many small images out of the HTML and into a single background image.

Now it’s time we embrace the third epoch in performance optimization: symbol fonts. Embedding a symbol font lets us move some of those tiny icons into a single font file rather than a sprite. This has the same caching and file size benefits as a CSS sprite, as well as some additional benefits we’re only now realizing with high-resolution displays. Icons vs Labels vs Both. The debate of icon / text and icon + text label always fascinated me.

Icons vs Labels vs Both

Gmail started out with an all text interface and very few icons, recently it changed to the polar opposite and went on mostly icons with very few labels. But which is better? 7 Gorgeous Icon Fonts for Web Designers. TNW first covered the growing popularity of icon fonts back in January, and since then the Web has practically exploded with impressive icon fonts for use in Web design. For those that are out of the loop, you can think of an icon font as a grown-up version of dingbats…with an actual use-case.

The core idea is to take a set of icons or pictograms that would normally be implemented as an image or vector file and then convert it into a font. There are many reasons to do this too, according to Pictonic, as an icon font can load as much as 14% faster than images and can to be as much as 90% smaller than SVG files. Free Flat Icons and Creative Stuff. The Big List: 40 Rock Solid Design & Prototyping Resources « Thoughts on users, experience, and design from the folks at InVision. Updated 7/12/2016: We’ve added even more resources to this post. Enjoy! Seeing your ideas come to life quickly is such a rewarding experience. Which is why prototyping can be so much fun. But finding the right resources for your prototyping project can be a huge pain. The Toolbox: a directory of the best time-saving apps and tools. Web Design. Introduces the First Browser Built For Developers: Firefox Developer Edition.

Developers are critical to the continued success of the Web. The content and apps they create compel us to come back to the Web every day, whether on a computer or mobile phone.