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User Experience Revolution (Smashing eBooks)
Do you feel like the only person at your company who understands what a huge competitive advantage a good user experience provides? Are you frustrated that your management team doesn’t see the value of creating great user experiences? Do you struggle to convince colleagues to approach projects from a users perspective?Many companies try to create a great experience for customers. But few are willing to make the changes required to deliver on that promise. In fact most don’t even realize just how bad their experience can be.This eBook is for anybody passionate about user experience, but who is in a company that needs an extra push. You might be a designer, marketer, content specialist or any one of many jobs concerned about user experience. You don’t need to be a manager, although you might be. You don’t need to be an expert in user experience. You just need a willingness to challenge the way your company does things and be relentless at putting the user first.Table Of ContentsChapter 1: Getting real about user experience designChapter 2: How to sell the benefits of user experience designChapter 3: Create customer experience evangelistsChapter 4: Raise the profile of the customerChapter 5: Get managerial supportChapter 6: Develop a proof of conceptChapter 7: Establish better working practicesChapter 8: Transform the organisational cultureChapter 9: A vision of a UX-focused company
Author: Paul Boag
Published by: Smashing Media AG | Publication date: 04/02/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 219 pages

The Sketch Handbook
If you're designing for the web today, you are probably using Sketch. We do, too, so we created The Sketch Handbook: our brand new Smashing book, filled with many practical examples and tutorials in 12 jam-packed chapters. This book will help you master all the tricky, advanced facets of Sketch, so that you’ll become more proficient and fast when using the app.The Sketch Handbook will guide you through every aspect of Sketch: from smart guides and layer manipulation to responsive baseline grid, nested symbols and group resizing. Whether you are a beginner to design or just started to use graphic apps, it will teach you the techniques you need to start designing user interfaces in Sketch.What’s in it for you? Well, you’ll get a valuable overview of many different topics and techniques that are bound to make your design workflow more efficient and future-proof. You’ll learn how to design an advanced multi-screen mobile app, a responsive article and a variety of icons, for example, and dive deep into organizing the artboard, optimizing for Retina screens and exporting your assets for iOS and Android. Icon and logo design and export are also covered along the way. Finally, you’ll learn about the most recommended plugins and a number of useful tips, tricks and best practices. Everything you wanted to learn about Sketch, in one place.Table Of Contents1. An Introduction To Sketch2. Designing An App3. The Power Of Iterations And Artboards4. Creating A Logo For The App5. Creating The Overview Page6. Exporting7. Design The Article Page8. Going Responsive9. The Final Breakpoint: Desktop Widescreen10. Designing The Category Icons11. Export The Category Icons12. Mini Projects
Published by: Smashing Magazine GmbH | Publication date: 12/01/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 406 pages

Smashing Book 5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design — Part 1
Responsive design is a default these days, but we are all still figuring out just the right process and techniques to better craft responsive websites. That’s why Smashing Magazine created a new book — to gather practical techniques and strategies from people who have learned how to get things done right, in actual projects with actual real-world challenges.The Smashing Book 5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design is Smashing Magazine’s brand new book with smart front-end techniques and design patterns derived from real-life responsive projects. Part 1 features 7 chapters on responsive workflow, SVG, Flexbox, content strategy, and design patterns — just what you need to master all the tricky facets and hurdles of responsive design. Written by Daniel Mall, Ben Callahan, Eileen Webb, Sara Soueidan, Vitaly Friedman and Zoe M. Gillenwater.Please note that the corresponding Part 2 is also available with even more responsive web design tips and tricks — among others on web fonts, responsive images, email design, performance, debugging and optimizing for offline.TABLE OF CONTENTS:•A Responsive Way Forward — written by Vitaly Friedman•The Modern Responsive Designer’s Workflow — written by Dan Mall•Responsive Process — written by Ben Callahan•Responsive Design Patterns And Components — written by Vitaly Friedman•Content Choreography In RWD — written by Eileen Webb•Mastering SVG For Responsive Web Design — written by Sara Soueidan•Building Advanced Responsive Modules With Flexbox — written by Zoe M. Gillenwater
Published by: Smashing Magazine | Publication date: 06/24/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 395 pages

Inclusive Design Patterns
We make inaccessible and unusable websites and apps all the time, but it’s not for lack of skill or talent. It’s just a case of doing things the wrong way. We try to build the best experiences we can, but we only make them for ourselves and for people like us.This book looks at common interface patterns from the perspective of an inclusive designer—someone trained in building experiences that cater to the huge diversity of abilities, preferences and circumstances out there.There’s no such thing as an ‘average’ user, but there is such a thing as an average developer. This book will take you from average to expert in the area that matters the most: making things more readable and more usable to more people. You’ll learn:•Accessibility myths and misconceptions as well as common solutions and rules of thumbs,•A library of well-tested accessible HTML/CSS components that you can use right away,•How to properly use WAI-ARIA roles and Content Accessibility Guidelines,•How to tackle common accessibility issues in RWD,•How to deal with "skip" links and external links, as well as navigation regions and landmarks,•How to keep labels, buttons, tables of contents, dynamic widgets and tabbed interfaces accessible,•How to implement infinite scrolling, grid display and dynamic content accessibly,•How to deal with password validation, error messages, web forms, JavaScript patterns and touch targets,•How to keep an interface accessible in legacy browsers,•How to prototype with accessibility in mind.
Published by: Smashing Magazine GmbH | Publication date: 10/16/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 271 pages

Getting the Hang of Web Typography (Smashing eBook Series 6)
Getting the Hang of Web Typography is dedicated to web workers that are dealing with typography in their daily lives, but have no special training for this independent craft. This eBook gives you the necessary background on macro- and microtypography, it helps you to choose suitable fonts and use modern techniques such as Web font embedding. It's a valuable book that helps you to create rich, sophisticated Web sites with beautiful and elegant Web typography.The implications of desktop publishing, where anybody who has access to a computer can set type, have led to a flood of poorly designed brochures, flyers and web pages. In Web design especially illegible text, incorrect use of punctuation marks and inappropriate font combinations or use of line widths are frequent. The new techniques that Web fonts offer might bring about even worse examples of ugly and illegible Web typography.Getting the Hang of Web Typography is a collection of Smashing Magazine's best and most recent articles on web typography with one additional article series and glossary. You can use this eBook as reference work for your projects.It's a valuable book read that helps you to create rich, sophisticated Web sites with beautiful and elegant Web typography.TABLE OF CONTENTS- The Ails Of Typographic Anti-Aliasing- 10 Principles For Readable Web Typograph- 5 Principles and Ideas of Setting Type on the Web- Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design- 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography in Your Designs- Typographic Design Patterns and Best Practices- The Typography Dress Code: Principles of Choosing and Using Typefaces- Best Practices of Combining Typefaces- Guide to CSS Font Stacks: Techniques and Resources- New Typographic Possibilities with CSS 3- Good Old @Font-Face Rule Revisited- The Current Web Font Formats- Review of Popular Web Font Embedding Services- How to Embed Web Fonts from your Server- Web Typography: Work-arounds, Tips and Tricks- 10 Useful Typography ToolsPages: 242Language: English Released: January 2011 Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
Published by: Smashing Media GmbH | Publication date: 01/06/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 235 pages

Psychology of Web Design (Smashing eBook Series)
Among the most important ingredients for successful Web designs are creativity, planning, coding and design skills. However, many people forget that various psychological factors also play an important role when making design decisions. Psychology of Web Design gives you insights on how the human brain deals with different elements, colors, contrast, symmetry and balance. Combining the usability guidelines from Maslow's pyramid will surely help you design closer to your audience's desires.TABLE OF CONTENTS- Persuasion Triggers In Web Design- Designing For A Hierarchy Of Needs- Designing For The Mind- 10 Useful Usability Findings And Guidelines- 30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of- Designing For Start-Ups: How To Deliver The Message Across- Color Theory For Designers - Part 1- Color Theory For Designers - Part 2- Color Theory For Designers - Part 3Pages: 272Language: English Released: February 2012 Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
Published by: Smashing Media GmbH | Publication date: 02/28/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 251 pages

Unlocking Innovation: How To Generate And Realize Great Ideas (Smashing eBooks)
Some of us feel super creative while lying awake at 4.30 in the morning, while others generate idea after idea in the shower, or while taking a walk outside. How we find and feed inspiration is different from person to person, but we all have something in common: our ideas are quite unpredictable. Sometimes they keep flowing, at other times, when we need to come up with a solution for a complex project, the spark just won’t hit. But even if we can’t tame our ideas, certain strategies can help to unlock our creative insight, and make our ideation process — and that of our team members — more effective.Unlocking Innovation wants to equip you with such strategies, but also go beyond the mere process of generating ideas and look at how we can actually bring them to life. Different ways of experimenting with that first vague idea and mocking it up are thus part of the eBook, just like suggestions on finding the idea that is really worthy of our time and energy. The tips that our authors have to share are very practical, and can easily be incorporated into your (or your team’s) workflow. So, take your time and examine them carefully, and, most importantly, try them out to see what works best for you.TABLE OF CONTENTS:• On Creative Leadership• Examining The Design Process: Clichés And Idea Generation• Using Brainwriting For Rapid Ideas Generation• Up On The Wall: How Working Walls Unlock Creative Insight• Design Better And Faster With Rapid Prototyping• The Skeptic’s Guide To Low-Fidelity Prototyping• Five Tips For Making Ideas Happen• How To Make Innovative Ideas Happen
Published by: Smashing Magazine GmbH | Publication date: 10/30/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 148 pages

Designing Better UX (Smashing eBooks)
Even the most thought-out and best-planned user experience can get lost when attention to certain details falls short. To raise awareness for those little things that add up to an ideal user experience, we have put together "Designing Better UX".The practical approaches for designing better UX cover mobile apps, adaptive systems, and multi-screen experiences. The eBook is packed with in-depth tips and tricks shared by experts from the industry. They consider the importance of straightforward yet personal microcopy, explore the strengths and weaknesses of infinite scrolling, and take a look at how well-crafted feedback loops can influence a user's behavior.Once we decide to create a well-balanced experience, all of the covered aspects in this eBook have to be thoroughly considered, i.e. when is the user experience fostered and when is it curbed? If you've been looking for a valuable resource for your daily UX routine, you can now stop searching.TABLE OF CONTENTS- When You Shouldn't Use Fitt's Law To Measure User Experience- Five Ways To Prevent Bad Microcopy- Infinite Scrolling: Let's Get To The Bottom Of This- Designing Great Feedback Loops- Sketching For Better Mobile Experiences- Converting Our Stories Into Multi-Screen Experiences- Creating An Adaptive System To Enhance UX
Published by: Smashing Media GmbH | Publication date: 08/07/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 125 pages

Content Strategy (Smashing eBooks Book 44)
If content is king, then the art of messaging is what will drive your product, business or idea forward. This comprehensive eBook delves into the world of content, providing beginners as well as communications professionals with a fundamental understanding of how content strategy works both independently and in conjuncture with other elements. Learn how to plan and execute ideas, work within specific design para- meters and coordinate branding and copywriting with your own efforts. Content strategy is a powerful tool that can range from being a framework governing all aspects of communications to a method of contacting a specific group of individuals. The expert authors of this eBook bring this topic to life with real word examples and detailed explanations.TABLE OF CONTENTS- The Immersive Web And Design Writing- Content: A Blessing, A Bubble, A Burden- Make Your Content Make a Difference- Content Strategy Within The Design Process- Content Strategy: Optimizing Your Efforts For Success- Finding Your Tone Of Voice- Fluidity Of Content And Design: Learning From Where The Wild Things Are- The Role Of Design In The Kingdom Of Content- How Disregarding Design Limits The Power Of Content
Published by: Smashing Magaine | Publication date: 03/20/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 169 pages

Designing For Email (Smashing eBooks)
HTML email has the reputation of being a particularly tough design medium. Buggy email clients stripping out your CSS or the spammy image that one-to-many emails not seldomly partake of, i.e. building compelling emails is quite a challenge for designers. With opening rates on mobile growing tremendously, things don't get any easier either. If you haven't ventured on the task yet or want to improve your existing email design skills, then this eBook offers the practical advice you need, whether you want to share your stories in a newsletter or aim at committing to email to market your product.After taking a look at the current state of HTML email design, you'll get to grips with optimizing email for mobile, and learn to build your own modular email construction kit that you can draw on to cater for best results on desktop, web and mobile clients. We'll also explore handy tips to raise your email above inbox noise — with a friendly tone and engaging content (no dirty tricks here!) — and consider missteps that you should better avoid. Building HTML emails certainly does require some fiddling around, but it's defintely worth it. So, are you ready to take on the challenge?TABLE OF CONTENTS:• What 22 Billion Email Newsletters Tell Us About Designing For Email• From Monitor To Mobile: Optimizing Email Newsletters With CSS• Improve Your Email Workflow With Modular Design• Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design• How To Raise Your Email Above Inbox Noise• Designing The Words: Why Copy Is A Design Issue• How To Use Email To Alienate Your Users• Email Marketing For Mobile App Creators• How To Create A Self-Paced Email Course
Published by: Smashing Magazine GmbH | Publication date: 10/30/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 149 pages
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