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26 Apr. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

The Illusion of Control in Web Design

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 than we think.

17 Apr. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Working with External User Researchers: Part II

In the first installment of the Working with External User Researchers series, we explored the reasons why you might hire a user researcher on contract and helpful things to consider in choosing one. This time, we talk about getting the actual work done.

10 Apr. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External
29 Mar. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Meeting Design

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 (“The Design Constraint of All Meetings”) of Meeting Design: For Managers, Makers, and Everyone by Kevin Hoffman, available now from Two Waves.

20 Mar. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Designing for Research

If you’ve spent enough time developing for the web, this piece of feedback has landed in your inbox since time immemorial:

“This photo looks blurry. Can we replace it with a better version?”

Every time this feedback reaches me, I’m inclined to question it: “What about the photo looks bad to you, and can you tell me why?

15 Mar. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Conversational Design

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Erika Hall’s new book, Conversational Design, available now from A Book Apart.

Texting is how we talk now. We talk by tapping tiny messages on touchscreens—we message using SMS via mobile data networks, or through apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.

6 Mar. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

We Write CSS Like We Did in the 90s, and Yes, It’s Silly

As web developers, we marvel at technology. We enjoy the many tools that help with our work: multipurpose editors, frameworks, libraries, polyfills and shims, content management systems, preprocessors, build and deployment tools, development consoles, production monitors—the list goes on.

27 Feb. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Owning the Role of the Front-End Developer

When I started working as a web developer in 2009, I spent most of my time crafting HTML/CSS layouts from design comps. My work was the final step of a linear process in which designers, clients, and other stakeholders made virtually all of the decisions.

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