Chartist.js, An Open Source Library For Responsive Charts – Smashing Magazine

The list of charting libraries for the web is already quite long, and you might ask yourself why we would need to make it any longer. Whenever you need to develop an application’s dashboard, embed some usage statistics or simply visualize some data, you will find yourself looking for a charting library that fits your needs.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 2014 – Smashing Magazine

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one- desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.

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Let’s Talk About It – Smashing Magazine

Many of us struggle silently with mental health problems and many more are affected by them, either directly or indirectly. It’s {Geek} Mental Help Week and we would like to help raise awareness with a couple of articles exploring these issues. – Ed. Talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing, but it really shouldn’t be.

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Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know – Smashing Magazine

Stuck, and want to get moving? Design what you don’t know. Writers are often given the advice to “write what you know.” Weaker wordsmiths would consider this justification to simply write what’s in their head. Their ego will suggest that they already have within them what’s needed for the next great novel.

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Ready For Retina HD: Create Pixel-Perfect Assets For Multiple Scale Factors – Smashing Magazine

The 6 Plus is the first iPhone that sports a “Retina HD” display – the sharpest display Apple has ever made. It forces designers to provide an additional set of image resources to developers to match that sharpness. We needed only one set of assets for the original iPhone up to iPhone 3GS.

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“Stop Being So Hard On Yourself”: An Interview With Designer And Entrepreneur Cat Noone – Smashing Magazine

More and more designers and developers in our industry are making the leap into becoming entrepreneurs by starting their very own products. One of these aspiring designers is Cat Noone, co-founder of Liberio. Cat is a young and talented designer and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York, now living and working in Berlin.

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An Introduction To Unit Testing In AngularJS Applications – Smashing Magazine

AngularJS has grown to become one of the most popular single-page application frameworks. Developed by a dedicated team at Google, the outcome is substantial and widely used in both community and industry projects. One of the reasons for AngularJS’ success is its outstanding ability to be tested.

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The Skeptic’s Guide To Low-Fidelity Prototyping – Smashing Magazine

Designer Paul Rand once said, “An understanding of man’s intrinsic needs, and of the necessity to search for a climate in which those needs could be realized, is fundamental to the education of the designer.” Prototyping helps us to unveil and explore these human needs, opening the door to insightful interaction and more empathetic design solutions.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: October 2014 – Smashing Magazine

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one- desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd.

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Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design – Smashing Magazine

As we refine our methods of responsive web design, we’ve increasingly focused on measure (another word for “line length”) and its relationship to how people read. The popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.”

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Sci-Fi, Frustrations, Flash And Forms: The Typeform Story – Smashing Magazine

Take any new interface design or display technology, and chances are that someone somewhere has already compared it to Minority Report. The 2002 dystopian film, with its see-through screens and gesture-driven interfaces, is remembered more for its futuristic tech than for the insidiousness of the technology – pre-crime prediction – that was its actual focus.

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Designing A Rocket Icon In Adobe Fireworks – Smashing Magazine

Many people know that Fireworks is a great tool for web design, prototyping and UI design. But what about icon design? Icon design is a very specific skill that overlaps illustration, screen design and, of course, visual design. An icon designer needs to understand lighting, proportions and, most importantly, the context of the icon itself.

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Design Principles: Connecting And Separating Elements Through Contrast And Similarity – Smashing Magazine

Similarity and contrast, connection and separation, grouped and ungrouped are all ways to describe the varying sameness and difference between elements. Based on the information they carry, we’ll want some elements to look similar, to indicate that they are related in some way.

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Prototyping For Better Products, Stronger Teams And Happier Clients – Smashing Magazine

In this article, Scott Hurff explores how prototyping has, of late, become an essential ingredient for creating the next generation of mobile apps, how two prototyping veterans use this in their daily workflows for their products teams and clients, the benefits prototyping provides, and last but not least, ways you can incorporate this skill into your design workflow.

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Why Companies Need Full-Time Product Managers (And What They Do All Day) – Smashing Magazine

What is a product manager? What do product managers do all day? Most importantly, why do companies need to hire them? Good questions. The first confusion we have to clear up is what we mean by “product.” In the context of software development, a product is the website, application or online service that users interact with.

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Making Modal Windows Better For Everyone – Smashing Magazine

To you, modal windows might be a blessing of additional screen real estate, providing a way to deliver contextual information, notifications and other actions relevant to the current screen. On the other hand, modals might feel like a hack that you’ve been forced to commit in order to cram extra content on the screen.

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Are Your Internal Systems Damaging Your Business? – Smashing Magazine

The internal systems of many organizations have shocking user interfaces. This costs companies in productivity, training and even the customer experience. Fortunately, we can fix this. “How come I can download an app on my phone and instantly know how to use it, yet need training to use our content management system?

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Dropbox’s Carousel Design Deconstructed (Part 2) – Smashing Magazine

Many of today’s hottest technology companies, both large and small, are increasingly using the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) as way to iteratively learn about their customers and develop their product ideas. This two-part series, looks into the product design process of Dropbox’s Carousel.

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Creating Clickthrough Prototypes With Blueprint – Smashing Magazine

In a previous article, I discussed using POP to create sketch-based clickthrough prototypes in participatory design exercises. These prototypes capture well the flow and overall layout of early design alternatives. The same piece briefly mentioned another category of clickthrough prototypes: widget-based mockups that are designed on the target device and that expand on sketches by introducing user interface (UI) details and increased visual fidelity.

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Internal Developer Training: Doing It Right – Smashing Magazine

Successful developers all have something in common: the desire to create. To fully realize that creativity, they need to continually improve their skills. The web industry has grown from this desire to learn. You only need to look at the unwavering demand for conferences, workshops and training days for evidence of this.

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Building A Simple Cross-Browser Offline To-Do List With IndexedDB And WebSQL – Smashing Magazine

Making an application work offline can be a daunting task. In this article, Matthew Andrews, a lead developer behind FT Labs, shares a few insights he had learned along the way while building the FT application. Matthew will also be running a “Making It Work Offline” workshop at our upcoming Smashing Conference in Freiburg in mid-September 2014.

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Think Your App Is Beautiful? Not Without User Experience Design – Smashing Magazine

Lately, every app is “beautiful”. If you read tech news, you’ve seen this pageant: Beautiful charts and graphs. Beautiful stories. Beautiful texting. Beautiful notebooks. Beautiful battery information. Aspiring to beauty in our designs is admirable. But it doesn’t guarantee usability, nor is it a product or marketing strategy.

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Off To The Races: Getting Started With Design Sprints – Smashing Magazine

Many modern software development best practices draw on influences from the industrial era and concepts like specialization, where individuals with specialized skills worked in an assembly line to mass-produce physical products. These practices from the world of manufacturing have come to influence how things are done when designing and building software products as well.

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The Current State Of E-Commerce Search – Smashing Magazine

When e-commerce search works, it’s fast, convenient and efficient. It’s no wonder that so many users prefer searching over clicking categories. Unfortunately, our recent large-scale usability study and top-50 benchmark of e-commerce search finds that search often doesn’t work very well. On-site search is a key component of almost any e-commerce website.

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Targeting Mobile Users Through Google AdWords – Smashing Magazine

“Know your audience” has stood as a fundamental marketing principle since long before the web. When advertising online, you need to take into account one of the most basic factors of the audience you are reaching: what devices they are using. The most popular online advertising platform, in use by marketers of all sizes, is Google AdWords.

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