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21 Jun. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Discovery on a Budget: Part III

Sometimes we have the luxury of large budgets and deluxe research facilities, and sometimes we’ve got nothing but a research question and the determination to answer it. Throughout the “Discovery on a Budget” series we have discussed strategies for conducting discovery research with very few resources but lots of creativity. In part 1 we discussed the importance of a clearly defined problem hypothesis and started our affordable research with user interviews.

15 Jun. 2018 Posted by Six Revisions in External

7 Web Design Questions Companies Should Ask Clients

Your website is the heart of your online presence. You need to invest in web design so you can attract more qualified leads and keep them engaged on your site. If you don’t have experience designing a website, you will want to work with a professional web design company to design your site.

When you choose a web design company, you want to make sure they are the best fit for your business. There are numerous questions a web design company should ask you about your website. It is important that ...

14 Jun. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

The Problem with Patterns

It started off as an honest problem with a brilliant solution. As the ways we use the web continue to grow and evolve, we, as its well-intentioned makers and stewards, needed something better than making simple collections of pages over and over again.

7 Jun. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Orchestrating Experiences

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.

2 Jun. 2018 Posted by Six Revisions in External

40 Free Branding & Identity Mockup Templates to Download

We’ve scoured the web to find the most beautiful and interesting branding mockup templates available for download. And the best part is that these are all available for free. Happy designing

 

Note: Click on the preview image of the mockup template you’re interested in to go to its download page.

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31 May. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

The Cult of the Complex

‘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 a field where young straight white dudes take an overwhelming majority of the jobs (including most of the management jobs) it’s perhaps to be expected that web making has lately become something of a dick measuring competition.

22 May. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Onboarding: A College Student Discovers A List Apart

What would you say if I told you I just read and analyzed over 350 articles from A List Apart in less than six weeks? “You’re crazy!” might have passed through your lips. In that case, what would you say if I was doing it for a grade? Well, you might say that makes sense.

15 May. 2018 Posted by Six Revisions in External

10 Excellent Online Payment Systems

In this article, we’ll be reviewing my top 10 online payment systems for accepting payments on the Web. While many of the companies on this list have been available to online merchants for years, many are also now getting into new areas of online payments such as social commerce and in-store online card reader systems.

A Quick Primer on Online Payment Systems

Before getting started, here are just a few things to know about online payment systems.

ACH payments are electronic c...

15 May. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

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

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, who once deemed the web “the most hostile software engineering environment imaginable.”

10 May. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

So You Want to Write an Article?

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 finding your voice, and you’re ready to write and submit your first article for a major publication. Here’s the thing: most article submissions suck. Yours doesn’t have to be one of them.

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