Dashboard Design – Considerations and Best Practices

Dashboards are a unique and powerful way to present data-based intelligence using data visualization techniques that display relevant, actionable data as well as track stats and key performance indicators (KPIs). Dashboards should present this data in a quick, easy-to-scan format with the most relevant information understandable at a glance. The term was born from the … Continue reading Dashboard Design – Considerations and Best Practices

New Realities: VR, AR, MR, and the Future of Design

Advances in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality mean fresh design opportunities for designers. The digital and technological landscape is constantly changing, and in many ways accelerating. Designers tasked to come up with innovative ideas have to keep track of what is trending and where the creative opportunities are. Recognizing the changes that are … Continue reading New Realities: VR, AR, MR, and the Future of Design

Evolving Emojis: Designing for the New Face of Messaging

The consumer’s fragmented gaze is directed in many spaces. Consumer attention is divided between screens and apps. The average consumer spends about four hours per day on mobile phones with text messages accounting for a majority of the communication time. 50% of time spent is in social, messaging, media, and entertainment applications. This growth has … Continue reading Evolving Emojis: Designing for the New Face of Messaging

What is UX Design? Common Misconceptions and UX Myths

Even after all these years, it seems like “UX” is still a buzzword at many companies—“We don’t just need a designer,” the VP of Product declares, “We need a UX Designer!” An audible gasp is heard in the room; everyone in the meeting nods in agreement while surreptitiously Googling “What is UX design?” and “What does … Continue reading What is UX Design? Common Misconceptions and UX Myths

How to Effectively Navigate Egos in Design

Consider great marvels of human civilization from the Great Pyramids to Snapchat. Remarkable feats of ingenuity require vision, ambition, and—above all—collaboration. And you can be sure that in any major creative undertaking, egos abound—just imagine trying to collaborate with larger than life figures like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs or Kanye West. Innovators and dreamers … Continue reading How to Effectively Navigate Egos in Design

TV UI Design: Working with White Space

Designing for TV requires a comprehensive, disciplined understanding of UX principles. One of the elements that is a constant concern when designing for TV is the use of white space in design. There are too many TV apps on the market that don’t know how to (or consciously choose not to) properly harness white space. The … Continue reading TV UI Design: Working with White Space

Button Design Over the Years – The Dribbble Timeline

Buttons. With them, we finalize shopping on the internet, we log in to our bank app, and we submit forms filled with our most personal information. Web design is growing at an incredible pace, and styles seem to change from month to month. In just a few years, we have gone from text links to … Continue reading Button Design Over the Years – The Dribbble Timeline

Amazing Travel UIs

The following is a curated collection of beautiful and futuristic travel UIs created by different designers from around the world. Some of the designs are captured from live products, some are still in development, and some are purely concepts designed to push the bounds of what is even considered possible. Note to designers: Some of the following contains … Continue reading Amazing Travel UIs

How to Hire a UI Designer

Working with a UI designer in most cases is an exciting period of a product’s journey. All the nuts and bolts start coming together and the intangible finds itself materializing into reality. But finding a great UI designer can also get tricky and in some cases difficult, especially when it comes down to defining a … Continue reading How to Hire a UI Designer

Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry

Despite some rough years, the automotive industry is still one of the most important economic sectors. Car manufacturers are continuously trying to put the current technologies to use in order to deliver the best vehicles. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology is advancing rapidly as computers are becoming more powerful. The market of … Continue reading Virtual Reality in the Automotive Industry

The Ultimate List of 50 of the Best Sketch Plugins

Sketch has taken the design market by storm. They don’t release any official numbers, but it’s pretty obvious that almost any design team you join or talk to knows about or uses Sketch to some extent. One of the most powerful aspects of Sketch is its lively developer community and the fantastic set of plugins … Continue reading The Ultimate List of 50 of the Best Sketch Plugins

7 Tips for Shooting the Perfect Kickstarter Video

Producing a fundraising video for Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Fundable, or a promotional YouTube video for a business can be a fairly big investment. A startup founder will often pitch an idea speaking directly to the camera—this is known as a single-presenter video pitch or “talking head.” Unfortunately, not many people do it well. It is said, “you never get … Continue reading 7 Tips for Shooting the Perfect Kickstarter Video

Page Speed 101: A Primer for Mobile UI Designers

Did you know that 40% of people will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load? As responsive web design has taken hold, internet users have come to expect exceptional performance. They want sites to perfectly cater to the device they’re using, they want easy navigation and intuitive design, and they want … Continue reading Page Speed 101: A Primer for Mobile UI Designers

Using Emojis to Manage Sketch Files

Let’s face it. With every large design project comes great responsibility to try and understand what each layer in a large Sketch file does. Browsing through layers to understand their function is not exactly the most comfortable thing to do even if good naming conventions were assigned to each layer. We designers are visual creatures … Continue reading Using Emojis to Manage Sketch Files

Using Emojis to Manage Sketch Files

Let’s face it. With every large design project comes great responsibility to try and understand what each layer in a large Sketch file does. Browsing through layers to understand their function is not exactly the most comfortable thing to do even if good naming conventions were assigned to each layer. We designers are visual creatures … Continue reading Using Emojis to Manage Sketch Files

Creating Mind-bending Illustrations with Sketch and Looper in No Time

How much time do you spend trying to create unique and creative illustrations for your designs? Probably much longer than you’d like. Looper lets you cut down on illustration time while creating completely original illustrations. It’s a new Sketch plugin that allows you to create unique shapes and patterns by duplicating, moving, and rotating objects multiple … Continue reading Creating Mind-bending Illustrations with Sketch and Looper in No Time

Cold War Tech: It’s Still Here, And Still Being Used

The first truly mobile digital computer was somewhat deadlier than your notebook and iPhone. It worked, but the USAF got a bit more than they bargained for. In trying to improve a single weapons system, the USAF ended up giving a huge boost to the tech industry in general. Eventually, the Minuteman was upgraded to include a … Continue reading Cold War Tech: It’s Still Here, And Still Being Used

Designing for Interactive Environments and Smart Spaces

Design comes in all shapes and sizes, whether it be wearable, hand-held, the size of an arena, or a virtual borderless experience! Yesterday’s point-and-click technology is quickly fading, and as designers, we need to keep up with the times. But whatever we are faced with designing, human experience should be the source of our inspiration … Continue reading Designing for Interactive Environments and Smart Spaces

Wireframe Mapping: How to Avoid Scope Creep

Imagine this situation: You are working on a new website and in the process of creating the wireframes. In your review meetings, you receive feedback from your client and team, prefacing the inevitable generation of change requests, suggested improvements, and updates. After several review meetings, you feel as if you are caught in an endless … Continue reading Wireframe Mapping: How to Avoid Scope Creep

Angular vs. React: Which Is Better for Web Development?

There are countless articles out there debating whether React or Angular is the better choice for web development. Do we need yet another one? The reason I wrote this article is because none of the articles published already—although they contain great insights—go in-depth enough for a practical front-end developer to decide which one may suit their needs. In this … Continue reading Angular vs. React: Which Is Better for Web Development?