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8 May. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

We’re Looking for People Who Love to Write

Here at A List Apart, we’re looking for new authors, and that means you. What should you write about? Glad you asked!

You should write about topics that keep you up at night, passions that make you the first to show up in the office each morning, ideas that matter to our community and about which you have a story to tell or an insight to share.

3 May. 2018 Posted by A List Apart in External

Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

No matter your role, if you’ve ever been involved in a digital design project, chances are you’re familiar with wireframes. After all, they’re among the most popular and widely used tools when designing websites, apps, dashboards, and other digital user interfaces.

30 Apr. 2018 Posted by Six Revisions in External

5 Font Pairing Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Designer

Ah, font pairings — to a designer, the two-word phrase is exciting, but to an average Joe, probably not so much.

What’s so important about font pairings anyway? Can’t you just pick two fonts for your website and call it a day? Well, you could, but it may not be in your best interest.

Choosing fonts that go well together help your page to flow nicely, have an aesthetically-pleasing look, and ensure that your website or graphic looks professional and readable.

However, simply choosi...

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.

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