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Orchestrating Experiences

2018-06-08T03:05:50+00:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A note from the editors: It’s our pleasure to share this excerpt from Chapter 2 (“Pinning Down Touchpoints”) of Orchestrating Experiences: Collaborative Design for Complexity by Chris Risdon and Patrick Quattlebaum, available now from Rosenfeld Media. If you embrace the recommended collaborative approaches in your sense-making activities, you and your colleagues should build good momentum [...]

The Cult of the Complex

2018-06-01T03:06:11+00:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

‘Tis a gift to be simple. Increasingly, in our line of work, ‘tis a rare gift indeed. In an industry that extols innovation over customer satisfaction, and prefers algorithm to human judgement (forgetting that every algorithm has human bias in its DNA), perhaps it should not surprise us that toolchains have replaced know-how. Likewise, in [...]

The Slow Death of Internet Explorer and the Future of Progressive Enhancement

2018-05-16T03:06:16+00:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

My first full-time developer job was at a small company. We didn’t have BrowserStack, so we cobbled together a makeshift device lab. Viewing a site I’d been making on a busted first-generation iPad with an outdated version of Safari, I saw a distorted, failed mess. It brought home to me a quote from Douglas Crockford, [...]

So You Want to Write an Article?

2018-05-11T03:09:21+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

So you want to write an article. Maybe you’ve got a great way of organizing your CSS, or you’re a designer who has a method of communicating really well with developers, or you have some insight into how to best use a new technology. Whatever the topic, you have insights, you’ve read the basics of [...]

We’re Looking for People Who Love to Write

2018-05-09T03:05:58+00:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Here at A List Apart, we’re looking for new authors, and that means you. What should you write about? Glad you asked! You should write about topics that keep you up at night, passions that make you the first to show up in the office each morning, ideas that matter to our community and about [...]

Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

2018-05-04T03:06:11+00:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

No matter your role, if you’ve ever been involved in a digital design project, chances are you’re familiar with wireframes. After all, they’re among the most popular and widely used tools when designing websites, apps, dashboards, and other digital user interfaces. But they do have their problems, and wireframes are so integrated into the accepted [...]

The Illusion of Control in Web Design

2018-04-27T03:05:43+00:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

We all want to build robust and engaging web experiences. We scrutinize every detail of an interaction. We spend hours getting the animation swing just right. We refactor our JavaScript to shave tiny fractions of a second off load times. We control absolutely everything we can, but the harsh reality is that we control less [...]