Agile methodology—more specifically Scrum—is an increasingly popular approach to increasing the speed of software development while maintaining flexibility. Scrum works well when an entire team is collocated. Real-time communication happens between team members during daily Scrum meetings.
Typography is, put simply, the arrangement of type in order to facilitate communication. As a craft, it’s been around for hundreds of years, but the web form is still very much in its infancy—no doubt typographers in a decade’s time will gasp at our lack of soft hyphen, or half space.
Natalie Nixon is determined to bring more creativity to business. But that’s an uphill battle–especially considering that most business leaders don’t really know what creativity is, she says. Nixon, the director of the strategic design MBA program at Philadelphia University, visited the Inc.
Developer FiftyThree has tweaked the drawing functions when zoomed in to allow for greater detail by also zooming in tools. You can also now create different-sized dots by holding down the draw and eraser tools for varying lengths of time.
We’ve all encountered them: the chronic challenger. They don’t like this or that. Or maybe they do like this but don’t like that. They cause us angst because they don’t go with the flow and we can’t imagine how anything they say can be of benefit.
Andrei Alexandrescu didn’t stand much of a chance. And neither did Walter Bright. When the two men met for beers at a Seattle bar in 2005, each was in the midst of building a new programming language, trying to remake the way the world creates and runs its computer software.
Many online retailers remain obsessed with growing overall site traffic, at the expense of increasing conversion rates from existing customers. Research shows that for every £100 retailers spend getting customers to a website, only £1 goes into converting them.
When does productivity take a back seat to innovation? Does being hyper-focused on productivity actually slow down innovation efforts? In my last blog on productivity and innovation, I described how productivity — much like innovation — cannot be effectively optimized without proper planning.
Designers should be obsessed by designing with the user in mind at all times.
Josh Clark’s article New Rule: Every Desktop Design Has To Go Finger-Friendly reminds us that the web can be accessed from any device, regardless of its input or output method. For now, that means opening up all desktop layouts for easy finger-tapping.
In this age of easily shared hyper-hyperbole, where everything is the most amazing, the absolute worst, or the most squee-worthy, to hear someone decree their love for a brand is no big thing.
Learning programming is fun and easy, but writing a good program can prove to be a daunting task. In most cases, we find ourselves constantly scratching our heads trying to understand the spaghetti code we wrote, or making lots of changes just because of a newly added minor feature.
One of the top 10 usability heuristics advises to promote recognition over recall in user-interface design. What are recognition and recall and why is recognition better than recall? Psychologists like to make the distinction between two types of memory retrieval: recognition versus recall.
The holidays are a great time to tell your brand story.
As a business owner, you need an eye-catching website to let people know as much as possible about your business. But if your website is not very usable, or user friendly, you won’t accomplish your goals. In most cases, you don’t have to scrap the entire website and start over.
After 5 years involvement I’ve recently taken a board position in my local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter. I’ve become curious why and how the profession started and what results we are achieving.
So you’ve got some web content, now what do you do with it? Typically, this is where you’d upload your content to a web server. Maybe you’re new to creating web content and the idea of signing up with a web host is daunting.
How do you keep old electronics out of the trash? One answer is a simple hack: Stick a newer gadget inside an old shell. These classic Macs from the late ’80s have been fitted with iPads inside, making them a hybrid of recycled Apple parts.
Want to know where the most interesting work in design is? According to Clive Grinyer, customer experience director at Barclays Bank, it’s inside the financial services – where a strong focus on brand values and customer experiences is the only way to rebuild public confidence.
We are always striving to boost conversion rates and encourage users to engage more. Forward-looking businesses are using social login, also known as social sign-on, to do just that.
There’s a very simple and overarching principal that governs website navigability: Give visitors a reason to stay, and whatever you do, don’t give them a reason to leave. There are few more surefire ways to alienate visitors to your site than poor navigability.
In general, we don’t want to look unusual. We want to stand out, sure, but for being successful. Just like the football hero, winning the final game with the winning touchdown.
There is one variable that data is not very good at deciphering – the human. It’s easy to forget when analyzing the data for conversion purposes is that the end user is a real human with feelings.
In the first part of this series, we introduced the idea of using spriting as an easy, cross-browser way of having interactive animation for the web. In the second part, we got some animation working, and in the third we cleaned up our code and made it ready for the web.
There are all sorts of good reasons to redesign your business’s website. The problem with a website redesign is that it costs time and money. And often times, the good reasons you may have for wanting a change may not actually be good reasons at all. They may be terrible reasons.
Google is slowly but surely improving Google+ and trying to bring the social network to the masses. Yet some of Google+’s best features are less than obvious for both avid Google Plussers and those who are still wondering what the point of it is.
New research finds college students are happier than usual when they are engaging in creative activities. What makes you happy? As we noted recently, giving away money seems to do the trick.
Most conversation about social media strategy sucks. Write compelling headlines, use interesting photos, follow “influencers” Pfffft…. what a crock of shit.
The power of desperation, deadlines, and daydreaming. Beneath the eternal question of what creativity is lies the mystery of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting.
Decss is a mostly CSS-driven presentation framework that uses CSS3 for transitions. It offer responsive layouts, flexbox for content layout, and even supports presenter notes.
POP QUIZ! When you think about optimizing your website to increase conversions, what are some of the first things that come to mind?