Design & UX
"Design without purpose is produced left and right. It’s all about the pretty pixels that sell a product without investing any time in solving an issue the user might be facing...For me, design is something that purely connects us all, and it is supposed to be about creating something that is not only pretty, but also useful."
There are no shortcuts to a great first-time user experience — it’s hard work which doesn’t end but pays off in the end.
Android O introduces a new app icon format: adaptive icons. Adaptive icons can make devices more coherent by unifying the shape of all app icons and opening the door to interesting visual effects. This post explains how they work and explores some techniques for designing them.
Using dropdown menus in forms might seem a no-brainer: they don’t take much space on the UI, they automatically validate the input, all browsers and platforms support them, they’re easy and cheap to implement, and the users know them well enough. At the same time, though, dropdown (or select) menus are one of the most frequently misused form patterns and “should be the UI of last resort”, according to Luke Wroblewski and many others.