Photoshop Users: How To Switch To Sketch Many requested that I write a tutorial on how to get started with Sketch so here it is. Sketch is the best alternative to Photoshop and is completely focused on user interface design. I must admit that the resources for Sketch are underwhelming right now and I am on a mission to fix that. A Follow-up To My Previous Sketch Articles Download the Free Trial Head over to BohemianCoding and download the trial. Migration: My Icons As a user interface designer, icons are about the only components for which you won’t be starting from scratch. Thankfully, Sketch will allow you to import SVG icons and edit the vector points. Icon Sets To Start With There are free sets and there are paid ones. Pixicon by Jackie Trananh ($5)Symbolicons ($35)Glyphicons ($59)Entypo (Free)Batch by Adam Whitcroft (Free) PSD Icon Sets: How To Export Photoshop Shapes To Sketch If you happen to have a set of icons that are exclusively made for Photoshop, the process is a bit more complicated to suck the SVG out of them.
Designing With Web Standards, 2nd Edition Designing with Web Standards is a web development book by Jeffrey Zeldman (third edition with Ethan Marcotte). Zeldman co-founded the Web Standards Project in 1998 and served as its director during the formative years when the project was petitioning browser makers to support standards. Zeldman left the project in 2003. The book’s audience is primarily web development professionals who are focused on web standards design work. DWS is used as a textbook in over 85 colleges, including New York University, UCLA, Dartmouth and Brigham Young University. Summary Written by Jeffrey Zeldman, a staunch proponent of web standards and founder of the award-winning web design studio Happy Cog, Designing with Web Standards guides the reader on how to better utilize web standards pragmatically to create accessible, user-friendly web sites. For the third edition of the book, Zeldman brought in fellow author Ethan Marcotte to “substantially revise” and update the content. Critique
Patterns in Interaction Design Idea to Paying Customers in 7 Weeks: How We Did It This is the first of an ongoing series of posts called Building Buffer where we share our methods and learnings with the aim to help people and learn from others who have had similar experiences. We’d love your comments. Rewind… I’ve learned more in the two and a half month period since I launched Buffer than ever before. A twinkle of an idea It was a tiny idea. Keeping version 1 minimal. I’m an advocate of the lean startup principles which Eric Ries proposes. In Ries’ guide to Minimum Viable Products, one of the key things he answers is “how minimal should your Minimum Viable Product be?”. Probably much more minimum than you think I had read that line so many times. The smallest test Here’s what we launched with: The aim of this two-page MVP was to check whether people would even consider using the app. Learning more So we had validated that people probably wanted the product. The launch Being prepared for a long journey with lots of course-correction Taking advantage when things go well
Smashin Magazine The Importance Of Wireframes In Web Design And 9 Tools To Create Wireframes Designing wireframes and prototypes play an important role in every web development project. Whether you’re a creative agency or an individual, wireframing your designs before development is something that can help you save your valuable time and money. “Good design must necessarily, in my opinion, have an impact on people’s lives, no matter how seemingly small. Good design changes things.” – Garr Reynolds Web Prototyping saves the costs of any marketing communication that may be necessary to undo brand damage resulting from a poorly functioning website and a frustrating user experience. Of course, a designer doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel with each new wireframe diagram. These common elements are the must-have items, which, if absent, can cause visitors to experience frustration and resentment that may linger long after they’ve moved on to other sites. What Is A Wireframe? Understanding how to work with wireframes is the key to creating a successful website prototype. Why? #1 Balsamiq
Web Form Design Patterns: Sign-Up Forms, Part 2 | How-To Advertisement Last week we have presented first findings of our web forms survey1. The main objective of the survey was to provide designers and developers with some intuition of how effective web forms are designed; we also presented some guidelines of how an effective and user-friendly web form can be achieved. We have focused on sign-up forms as we wanted to consider further crucial forms (e.g. checkout forms) separately. Please notice that this post is not about checkout forms — that’s a topic for another discussion, we may consider them separately in one of the upcoming posts. 3. In the first part of our research we have considered the placement of the sign-up links and sign-up forms as well as on the visual appearance of forms. 3.1. Apparently, to improve form completion rates designers try to avoid all kind of distractions and offer a clear, unambiguous and simple web form. 3.2. 3.3. If hints and help appear, they appear… 3.4. According to our research, 3.5. 3.6. 3.7. 3.8. 3.9.
Designing Web Interfaces: 12 Standard Screen Patterns 2010 Update- 15 patterns and 80 new examples By Theresa Neil As Bill mentioned in an earlier post, we don’t want to limit this blog to just the principles and patterns found in the book. For that you can check out our Explore the Book section. In the spirit of that, I want to share an additional set of principles and patterns I have been using for RIA design. While the book takes a much more consumer web site orientation, these concepts are central to enterprise application and web productivity application design and more broad than those discussed in the book. This is the first article in a three part series. With more companies turning to RIA frameworks for enterprise software development, these screen patterns are indispensable for product managers, UX designers, information architects, interaction designers and developers. 01. Master/Detail screen pattern can be vertical or horizontal. 02. The Browse screen pattern can be vertical or horizontal. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08. 09. 10. 11. 12.
Créativité et neuroscience Créativité et neuroscience. Vous pensez toujours que le cerveau gauche est la partie du cerveau de la logique qui analyse, calcule et organise ? Vous croyez toujours que le cerveau droit est celui de la création, de l’imagination et de la poésie ? Parcourez les travaux des neuroscientifiques cognitifs comme James Berns, Anna Abraham, Mark Beeman, Adam Bristol, Kalina Christoff, Jeremy Gray, Adam Green, Rex Jung, John Kounios, Hikaru Takeuchi, Oshin Vartanian, Darya Zabelina ou les français du CNC ou L2C2 ainsi que les travaux de Jean-Pierre Changeux, le pionnier des neurosciences en France. Le process créatif, de l’inspiration à l’induction (selon l’approche de Trendemic) en passant par l’incubation et l’illumination (selon l’approche de Wallas) comprend de nombreux process cognitifs et émotionnels. Approche de Graham Wallas 1. Lorsque vous portez votre attention – que ce soit pour vous concentrer sur un problème, apprendre ou lire – c’est ce réseau qui s’active. 3.
80+ Free 2-Column Website Templates 2-Column website templates are easily the most popular, as well as the most common free templates available. Here are more than 80 of the best. You may also want to check out the following: 40+ Free One-Column Website Templates, 50 More Beautiful Blogger Templates, 20 Wordpress 4-Column Themes Blooming - Rounded corners and the flower header give this simple template a little extra class. Hyperglass - rounded corners and the abstract circles in the header make this very Web 2.0. Stylized - this is a nice, simple template, perfect for a blog. Landscape - I love the Grand Canyon header and rounded corners in this one. Stickybud - the header background image on this one is really nice. Travel Portal - this is a colorful nature-inspired template. The Island - The transparency in this template is very attractive. Fun Ride - the semi-retro feeling of this combined with the tabbed header is very classy. Affection - a Victorian-inspired design. Multiple - funky striped template.
Improving Your Process: How Wireframes Can Help One of the things I love about working on the Web is the pace of which change takes place. Things in general move at an alarming rate. What’s on the forefront today is yesterday’s news tomorrow. I’m not sure exactly why that aspect of the industry interests me so much as it can be viewed as a curse. How can you expect yourself to excel in a medium which changes so rapidly, abruptly, and repeatedly? While some people may view it as a curse, I think of it as a challenge. Every Web designer or developer I’ve observed or read from does things a bit differently than myself. One of the best qualities of excellent Web design is the structure of the page. Wireframes have also helped exponentially with client work. This is a major hurdle for Web designers the world over. Just like design comps, you could insist that your wireframes are signed off upon. A wireframing stage can also to avoid conversations surrounding link color and font size too early in the game. Tools for Wireframing