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Design Systems (Smashing eBooks)

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As the web continues to become more complex, designing static pages has become untenable, so that many of us have started to approach design in a more systematic way. In this book, Alla Kholmatova sets out to identify what makes an effective design system that can empower teams to create great digital products.Not all design systems are equally effective. Some can generate coherent user experiences, others produce confusing patchwork designs. Some inspire teams to contribute to them, others are neglected. Some get better with time, more cohesive and better functioning; others get worse, becoming bloated and cumbersome.What are the key qualities of a well-functioning, enduring design system? Throughout the book, Alla will share an approach that will help you every day with your work.PART 1: FOUNDATIONSIn the first part we’ll talk about the foundations of a design system – patterns and practices. Design patterns are repeatable, reusable parts of the interface, from the concrete and functional (like buttons and text fields) to the more descriptive (like iconography styles, colors, and typography). Patterns interconnect, and together they form the language of your product’s interface. Shared practices are how we choose to create, capture, share and use those patterns by following a set of principles, or by keeping a pattern library.Chapter 1: Design SystemsChapter 2: Design PrinciplesChapter 3: Functional PatternsChapter 4: Perceptual PatternsChapter 5: Shared LanguagePART 2: PROCESSA design system cannot be built overnight – it evolves gradually with your product. But there are certain principles and practices that we can follow to make sure the system develops in the right direction and provide us some degree of control over it. The second part of the book focuses on practical steps and techniques to establish and maintain a design system, including planning the work; conducting an interface inventory; setting up a pattern library; creating, documenting, evolving and maintaining design patterns.Chapter 6: Parameters Of Your SystemChapter 7: Planning And PracticalitiesChapter 8: Systemizing Functional PatternsChapter 9: Systemizing Perceptual PatternsChapter 10: Pattern Libraries
Published by: Smashing Media AG | Publication date: 10/15/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 277 pages

Smashing Book 5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design — Part 1

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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, 446 pages

User Experience Revolution (Smashing eBooks)

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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

Smashing Book 5: Real-Life Responsive Web Design — Part 2

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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 2 features 8 chapters on web fonts, responsive images, responsive email, debugging, performance and offline experience, — just what you need to master all the tricky facets and hurdles of responsive design.Written by Andrew Clarke, Bram Stein, Fabio Carneiro, John Allsopp, Matt Gaunt, Tom Maslen, Yoav Weis and Vitaly Friedman.Please note that the corresponding Part 1 of Smashing Book 5 is also available with even more responsive web design tips and tricks — among others on responsive workflow, SVG, Flexbox, content strategy and design patterns.TABLE OF CONTENTS:•A Responsive Way Forward — written by Vitaly Friedman•Web Fonts Performance — written by Bram Stein•Responsive Images — written by Yoav Weiss•Testing And Debugging Responsive Web Design — written by Tom Maslen•Responsive Email Design — written by Fabio Carneiro•Performance Optimization Roadmap — written by Vitaly Friedman•Beyond Responsive: Optimizing For Offiline — written by John Allsopp and Matt Gaunt•Counting Stars: Creativity Over Predictability — written by Andrew Clarke
Published by: Smashing Magazine | Publication date: 06/24/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 424 pages

Psychology of Web Design (Smashing eBook Series)

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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

Making It Right: Product Management For A Startup World

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Product management is one of the most exhausting, exhilarating, stressful, and rewarding careers out there. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s for people who want to move mountains. It swallows some whole, but others derive endless invigoration and passion from the pace and the impact and the glory and the huge potential for failure as well as success. There’s no other job like it, and this is a book to help you make it your job.The role of a product manager goes by many different names — and if that’s not reason enough to be confused, some companies define product manager completely differently from how it’s understood elsewhere. We sometimes get stuck in our quest to define the damn thing, but in the case of product management, it’s effort well spent, because it’s quite the jungle out there.So with that as background, this book wants to accomplish three goals:- Define the roles and responsibilities of product managers in the software development context. - Explain why product management is an essential role in any organization, and what characteristics managers should look for when they hire product managers.- Provide a framework and practical guidance for strategic product management; a framework that details the elements of product planning and product execution that make up a product manager’s day-to-day work.TABLE OF CONTENTSPart 1: Introduction- Introduction- Chapter 1: Roles And Responsibilities Of The Product ManagerPart 2: Planning- Chapter 2: Uncovering Needs- Chapter 3: Product Discovery- Case Study: The User Experience Of kalahari.com- Chapter 4: Product RoadmapsPart 3: Execution- Chapter 5: Defining A Product- Chapter 6: User-Centered Design And Workflows- What About Responsive Design?- Chapter 7: Specifications- Chapter 8: Build And Release- Chapter 9: Assess And Iterate- Chapter 10: Product Management In Agile Methodologies- Chapter 11: Getting Started
Published by: Smashing Magazine | Publication date: 07/21/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 198 pages

Inclusive Design Patterns

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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

The Sketch Handbook

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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, 447 pages

Practical Approaches For Designing Accessible Websites

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We design with viewports in mind, keep track of loading times, and hunt down even the smallest browser bugs — all to create the best possible user experience. But despite all these efforts to constantly improve our products, there’s still one aspect that, unfortunately, comes up short quite often: accessibility.With the help of this ebook, you will gain a deeper understanding of common accessibility pitfalls and learn to circumvent them to create a better experience for everyone. As you will see, with accessibility in mind, we can serve many more people than we already do. It’s about time to finally remove the existing barriers and build a more inclusive web — the effort is reasonable, and all our users will benefit from it.TABLE OF CONTENTS:- Accessibility APIs: A Key To Web Accessibility- Accessibility Originates With UX: A BBC iPlayer Case Study- Mobile And Accessibility: Why You Should Care And What You Can Do About It- Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone- Notes On Client-Rendered Accessibility- Design Accessibly, See Differently: Color Contrast Tips And Tools- Designing For The Elderly: Ways Older People Use Digital Technology Differently
Published by: Smashing Magazine GmbH | Publication date: 08/26/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 155 pages

Digital Adaptation

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Nothing is more frustrating than stubborn management entangled in dated workflows and inefficient processes. That's why we created Digital Adaptation, a new practical book on how to help senior management understand the Web and adapt the business, culture, teams and workflows accordingly. No fluff, no theory — just techniques and strategies that worked in practice, and showed results.The book will help traditional businesses and organizations to overcome their legacy, and help you plant the seeds of change with very little power. If you do want to finally see changes happening, this is the book to grab.YOU'LL LEARN TO: •Tackle bureaucracy and overcome legacy culture,•Develop a flexible and effective digital strategy,•Use responsibility matrix to minimize delays and costs,•Adopt a digital culture and become digital by default,•Apply techniques from mid-sized and large organizations,•Avoid toxic working practices and improve internal processes,•Organize teams and boost their efficiency,•Embrace social media and use them effectively,•Understand the value of a digital team and invest in them,•Break down the walls and nourish collaboration, ownership and innovation.Transforming Your TeamIf you want to be capable of bringing about real change at your company, then things have to be right in your own team. You can only instigate lasting change from a position of strength. That means you have to have a strong digital team. It can be tough when your team is under-resourced, underappreciated and under enormous pressure. Many teams give in under this kind of load, choosing instead to keep their heads down, convinced nothing will ever change. However, that is not always the case. Other teams thrive.Building BridgesWhen somebody in our organization comes to us and we say no, we are closing a door. No is a dead-end statement. It leaves our colleague with one of two options: walk away disappointed; or argue. Neither of these are positive outcomes.Have you ever wondered why so many companies pay external consultants like me, when they already have a perfectly competent in-house team? Frequently it is because the internal team is seen as an obstacle that has to be worked around. All too often, on being hired by a company, I am quietly taken aside and told what a problem the web team has been.If you want to change your company, this perception has to change first. You have to build bridges and find allies. You must listen and discuss matters with your colleagues, rather than being a blockage they have to work around.About The AuthorPaul Boag has been working on the web since 1994. He is Web Strategist at Headscape Ltd, a web design agency that he co-founded back in 2002. Paul also produces and hosts the longest-running and award-winning web design podcast at boagworld.com. He is a regular speaker at conferences and author of Client-Centric Web Design.About Smashing MagazineSmashing Magazine publishes articles on a daily basis with topics ranging from business, visual design, typography, front-end as well as back-end development, all the way to usability and user experience design. The magazine is—and always has been—a professional and independent online publication neither controlled nor influenced by any third parties, delivering content in the best interest of its readers. These guidelines are continually revised and updated to assure that the quality of the published content is never compromised.
Author: Paul Boag
Published by: Smashing Magazine | Publication date: 02/26/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 176 pages
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