Popular Design News of the Week: July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

User Experience: Best Practices on Effective Visual Hierarchy

 

HTML Can do That?

 

Ikea Releases Free ‘Soffa Sans’ Font Made of Couches

 

Motion Icons

 

Designing To-Do Lists App

 

Microsoft is Teasing ‘All-new’ Windows 1.0 Launch… For Some Reason

 

Why Google Duplex Might Make my Design Job Redundant

 

Welcome to the Old Internet Again

 

Material Design Data Visualization Guidelines

 

Best React Open-source Projects

 

Tips for Rolling your own Lazy Loading

 

Approaching the Website Design Process from the Browser

 

Designers Discuss Imposter Syndrome

 

Track this – A New Kind of Incognito (by Firefox)

 

Introduction to SVG Filters

 

Apple is Reportedly Giving up on its Controversial MacBook Keyboard

 

How a Google Side Project Evolved into a $4B Company

 

How Google Pagespeed Works

 

Building a Design System - where to Start?

 

8 Tips for Writing Great Usability Tasks

 

Design is a (hard) Job.

 

How Successful Design Companies Market Themselves

 

What if all your Slack Chats were Leaked?

 

Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites

 

Designing for the Near Future

 

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How to Code a “Click to Tweet” Button

With Instagram, Snapchat and other “young” social media platforms taking over the internet, Twitter still remains one of the most popular marketing channels.

It has around 326 million active users per month which means that your target audience is likely using it. This is why you should at least consider using it as a marketing channel for your business. Having Twitter as one of the main marketing channels is not only going to help build awareness of your brand but can also drive traffic to your website and make your articles go viral.

How can this be achieved? Well, it’s a pretty straightforward tactic that some of the top bloggers are using. The idea is that within your blog post you have short pieces of content that are catchy and people like them. Those pieces of content can then be easily tweeted. (For example, it could be a quote from someone who is an authority in your niche, or a statistic that you feel is likely to be shared by your visitors.)

So, let me show you how you can have “click to tweet” buttons added automatically to every quote in your article.

Before we get started, let me say that this is a medium-advanced technique. If you’re using WordPress you can use a ready-to-go plugin that will serve the same purpose.

Creating “Click to Tweet” Buttons with JavaScript

Let’s assume that we want to turn from this article about conferences that says “According to webdesignerdepot.com …” into a tweetable block.

Given that we have the following html structure:

<article id="article">
<blockquote>  I only ever go to marketing conferences to meet new people and listen to their experiences. Those people never include the speakers, who are generally wrapped up in their own world and rarely give in the altruistic sense. </blockquote>
</article>

Here is how we would create a click to tweet button:

Step 1

We need to collect all the <quote> and <blockquote> elements from our article when the document loads:

document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function() {
  // Step 1. Get all 

Should You Be Using JQuery 3?

Back in April, jQuery 3.0 was released with all the pomp and ceremony of a British monarch on the 4th of July (happy Independence Day to all our American readers). There have been a flurry of minor releases since then, with the current version being 3.4.1.

We’ve had a few weeks to poke around, and check out the new features, and more importantly the now deprecated features. What we found was a modern library that defied a few of our expectations.

It’s Not Bloated

There are quite a few myths built up around jQuery, not least that it is bloated and slow. There’s some sense to this, containing as it does code that you probably won’t need. However this is true of all libraries, frameworks, and 3rd party scripts; unless you’re using something so niche that there is nothing superfluous wrapped up in the code, then there will always be a few bytes here and there that aren’t required.

drop a jpg and you’ll probably have room to spare

But let’s keep this in proportion: the raw, minified, production version of jQuery is 88kb, if you opt for the slim version without Ajax and the effects, then it’s just 71kb.

If you’re working to a strict size quota it’s relatively simple to squeeze 71kb out of a few images. Better yet, drop a jpg and you’ll probably have room to spare.

It’s (Probably) Not Cached

One of the greatest benefits of jQuery circa 2014, was that it was all but ubiquitous. Almost every site took advantage of this by linking directly to the jQuery CDN meaning that more often than not it was cached in the user’s browser – you could, in effect, use it for zero size cost.

jQuery usage has dipped in recent years, thanks in part to rival libraries, and thanks in part to the belief that vanilla JavaScript is superior. Fewer sites are linking to the CDN, fewer browsers have the file cached, and so it will probably need to be downloaded before it’s available.

The …

How to Rescue Bad Brand Assets

Just imagine it, you walk into your office, and you get a notification: your client has just dropped everything you need into your cloud storage provider of choice. The copy brings tears of joy to your eyes, the images are crisp, clean, and huge. The logo is a work of art, and the client has sent a note saying, “Actually, we don’t need you to finish up for another three months, but why don’t I just pay you double right now?”

And then you wake up.

The truth is that your deadline is the same, but they’re “just wondering if you could speed things up a little”, the provided images are 640×480 and just blurry enough to be annoying, the logo is an abomination made in Word, and the brand’s colors remind you of those awful school uniforms you used to wear.

some people have a talent for picking the absolute worst shades of brown, yellow, and green for their brand

Okay, now I’m just being mean, but it’s a sad reality that we often have to work with sub-par assets in web design projects. Logos don’t always look great, and some people have a talent for picking the absolute worst shades of brown, yellow, and green for their brand. It’s enough to make you throw your hands in the air flamboyantly and shout, “I just can’t work with this!”

But what about all those times when you don’t have a choice, and your clients refuse to let you completely redo their branding? You know, most of the time. Well, you do have a few options.

Ugly Logos

Just kind of ignore the logo as much as you can, really. I mean, obviously, it needs to be there, probably in the upper-left, or in the upper-middle. But just sort of… leave it there. There’s not much you can really do about a logo. The users need to see it, and the client will definitely be annoyed if it’s not there.

if there was ever a time to push back when

Free Download: Sabrva Classic Font

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3 Essential Design Trends, July 2019

This month we’re taking a close look at above-the-scroll presentation. It’s the first thing you see, and the first impression a user has when they type in your URL. So, it’s a logical place to spot trends in website design.

Here’s what’s trending in design this month.

1. Text That’s Almost Hard to Read

With so much focus on readability and accessibility, this trend might be a little surprising. Designers are experimenting with hero text elements that are difficult to read.

It’s not that the text elements are unreadable; you just have to stop and think about them for a minute.

Why would this technique work? Text in these instances is more of an artistic element, and while the words have meaning, they draw our attention because of visual components. Text is designed to make you look longer on purpose.

Each of the examples below does this in a slightly different way.

MetaView uses a split screen design with text elements that change color on the split screen. On the left, color is muted and more transparent while it is bolder and lacks transparency on the right. The words are readable but you definitely need a few extra seconds to process them.

Perfection includes two layers of text. An oversized foreground layer makes you think about the letters that are missing from the screen to fill in the words. A pale, soft background layer is behind it and the words are turned 90 degrees, also making you look closely to understand the message.

Next Creative Co. mixes an outline font into the mix with animation and a gradient stroke border. While this might be the least difficult to read element of this set of examples, it shows distinctly how a design like this forces you to slow down to read. Your brain processes “Let’s make it” rather quickly, and almost takes the full duration of the animation to understand the final word in the phrase.

2. In Your Face Faces

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Popular Design News of the Week: June 24, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

HTML is the Web

 

Darkmode.js

 

11 Form Design Guidelines

 

CSS Shorthand Vs. Longhand – Which to Use

 

Is this Tokyo 2020 Logo Better than the Official Design?

 

Shape

 

Free Bootstrap HTML5 Templates

 

This is How Google will Collapse

 

Firefox Rebrand

 

Facebook’s Logo Drama is a Problem and for More Reasons than You Think

 

7 Absolute Truths I Unlearned as Junior Developer

 

Google’s New ReCAPTCHA has a Dark Side

 

Google Warns its Employees that Pride Protests are Against the Company’s CoC

 

Pizza Hut Resurrects its Classic Logo Because It’s Awesome

 

10 Habits that Lead to Great Results for Every Designer

 

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

 

There’s $70,000 Worth of Bitcoin Hidden Inside this Image

 

How UX Writing Can Make You a Better Designer

 

Design your Mobile Emails to Increase On-Site Conversion

 

Learning Synths

 

Gradient Generator – The Tool Generates a Stepped Gradient Between 2 Colors

 

Microsoft Bans Slack and Discourages AWS and Google Docs Use Internally

 

Great Products do Fewer Things, but Better

 

Google’s Six Rules for Great Data Design

 

History will not Be Kind to Jony Ive

 

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8 Ways to Keep Your Startup Positively Aligned

When companies become misaligned, different departments may be working toward entirely different goals – in some cases, these goals may be at odds with each other. This is a challenge for the best companies out there, not to mention a startup in the midst of rapid growth. The result is a lack of collaboration as well as a lack of a shared vision and internal conflict.

In some cases, misalignment can even be fatal. More than 90 percent of startups have been known to fail; not because of the competition, but by self-destruction.

Company alignment may be simultaneously simple to understand and also abstract. Often, however, it’s a concept that’s difficult to execute and put into practice. That’s exactly why this blog post will take you through actionable ways that you can keep your startup in alignment.

1. Your Mission Should Be Your Foundation

The foundation of company alignment is having a shared mission or purpose. Before you can think about aligning your team along revenue targets and other objectives, you need to unite your team with a more powerful vision first – your mission.

Your mission should be one that’s short, memorable and specific

More specifically, what are you trying to do for your customers? Take Google’s mission statement, for instance: “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Think of your mission as a “theme” or motto or phrase – just a few words. Your mission should be one that’s short, memorable and specific.

The purpose of this mission is that it provides your team with the a broader perspective about what they are doing and, most importantly, why. It unites them around a more powerful vision – one that transcends revenue-based objectives.

The second component is then aligning your mission with your specific revenue targets, growth goals and other similar objectives (more on this to come). The idea behind this is that your targets become tied to something arguably much more powerful that your team members can personally connect with.

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Is Medium in a Downward Spiral?

Thinking about doing some blogging for your business? That’s a good idea. Content marketing is one of the best ways to establish credibility and authority, regardless of what kind of business you run.

So, how do you decide where to publish your content? 

Medium was the platform of choice for some time. Everyone from the hobbyist blogger to the major corporation was publishing content there. Considering it was built specifically as a blogging platform and it costs absolutely nothing to use, why wouldn’t people continue to flock to it as content creators, and readers?

Despite the seeming attractiveness of the platform, it has its flaws — more and more of which are becoming apparent as well-known writers abandon the platform. So, before you go deciding to put all your blogging eggs into Medium’s basket, let’s take a look at the platform and all the reasons why it’s a bad idea for you to publish content there.

The Problem with Medium as a Professional Blogging Platform

I began blogging with Blogger, another publishing tool created by the co-founder of Medium, way back in the day. At the time, it was perfect. It was easy to use and enabled me to get my thoughts on the page and out to readers in no time at all. 

That’s because there was nothing to think about. No hosting to purchase. No performance to maintain. No theme to configure. Just type and “Publish”. It was incredibly rudimentary, but it served its purpose for a hobbyist blogger.

Many years later, I discovered Medium and was intrigued. It was like a better-looking, but still easy-to-use Blogger.

I also really liked that it provided a time-to-read estimate. It seemed like a much more convenient and friendly place to get content from. 

But that was 2012. 

We’ve had plenty of time to give Medium and its ever-growing list of writers a chance to become the premier blogging platform it set out to be. 

While I’d say it’s been helpful in giving some people a platform to speak from, this …

20 Freshest Web Designs, June 2019

This month’s collection is all about being brave. Brave new ways to employ color, brave new ways to navigate UI, brave new ways to think of web sites. Highlights include cool Jazz, exciting new design agencies, and illustration everywhere. Enjoy!

West Coast Tasmania

This exceptional site for tourism in Western Tasmania gets everything right. The colors and illustrations are tone-perfect, while the enticing photography is alluring to all but the most dedicated of couch potatoes.

Jazz FM Romania

Romania’s Jazz FM does exactly what you’d expect: it hits you right between the eyes with a playful and creative approach. The illustrations are cool, but what really makes this site great is the all-in way they’ve been used.

Sandows

Sandows is one of the market leaders in cold-brew coffee, and its site reflects that with professional UX, and delightful animation. I bet you haven’t seen animated gifs used like this before. It’s a refreshing alternative to fullscreen video.

Stonewall Forever

Stonewall Forever describes itself as a living monument to 50 years of Pride. The generated rainbow features stories from the early days of the LGBTQ rights movement. Tap and drag to move through the rainbow and explore.

Pygar

Pygar is a financial investment company, and its site makes me think they’re braver and more innovative than most. The site’s hamburger menu is an interesting new take, and the next/prev previews in the colored blob create a seamless effect.

Safari Riot

Describing itself as a future-leaning sound and music group belies the fact that Safari Riot’s site is so visually stimulating. Scroll the homepage for a list of recent projects and hover over the bold project titles for a quick video preview.

Frant

The standard — seemingly only — approach to alcohol sales is to take the heritage route. That’s especially true of spirits. Frant takes a radically different direction, with modern, bold, blocks of color that stand out from the rest of the shelf.

Onwards

Onwards is a London-based branding agency. Its site is clean, simple, and easy to use. I …