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17 Jan. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

Guerrilla Innovation

In a culture like Google’s, having paid time to innovate is celebrated. But most of us don’t work at Google; most of us work at places that are less than thrilled when someone has a bright new idea that will be amazing.

After all, who has time to try new things when the things we’re doing now aren’t broken? No one wants to be forced to use another app, to have yet another thing they are expected to log into, only to see it die out in six months.

So how do you push an idea through? How can you innovate if you work in a less-than-innovative place?

12 Jan. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

A Dao of Product Design

When a designer or developer sets out to create a new product, the audience is thought of as “the user”: we consider how she might use it, what aspects make it accessible and usable, what emotional interactions make it delightful, and how we can optimize the workflow for her and our benefit. What is rarely considered in the process is the social and societal impact of our product being used by hundreds of thousands—even millions—of people every day.

3 Jan. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

The Imbalance of Culture Fit

When I started Bearded back in 2008, I’d never run a business before. This lack of experience meant I didn’t know how to do many of the things I’d ultimately have to do as a business owner. One of the things I didn’t know how to do yet? Hiring.

22 Dec. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Learning from Lego: A Step Forward in Modular Web Design

With hundreds of frameworks and UI kits, we are now assembling all kinds of content blocks to make web pages. However, such modularity and versatility hasn’t been achieved on the web element level yet. Learning from Lego, we can push modular web design one step forward.

Rethinking the status quo

Modular atomic design has been around for a while. Conceptually, we all love it—web components should be versatile and reusable. We should be able to place them like bricks, interlocking them however we want without worrying about changing any code.

15 Dec. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Demystifying Public Speaking

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Lara Hogan's new book, Demystifying Public Speaking, available now from A Book Apart.

Before you near the stage, before you write the talk, before you even pick a topic, take time to get comfortable with the idea of giving a talk.

14 Dec. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

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13 Dec. 2016 Posted by A List Apart in External

Managing Ego

A note from the editors: This is Part 2 of the series entitled, “Defeating Workplace Drama with Emotional Intelligence”.

We’re in an industry where we regularly hear that our ideas are bad. We can get yelled at for overlooking something, even if we didn’t know about it, and we frequently encounter threats to our ego that can turn any one of us into an anxious and irrational coworker.

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