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The Evolution of the Flat Design Revolution

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One of the biggest trends of the 2010s is still evolving today. Flat design, which started to gain momentum in 2013, is still currently one of the most used – and talked about – techniques in web design.

But how has it sustained itself for so long? What is it about flat design that attracts designers and developers? And how has it dominated the industry in so short a time?

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Free e-book: The Guide to Interactive Wireframing

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The newest release in our free design library explains everything you need to know about how to add interactivity to wireframes.

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How to Survive Design by Committee

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The bane of the design world is the multi-opinion, conflicting requests of “design-by-committee.”

UI and UX are not immune to committees. Not the Harry Potters locked in the cupboard under the stairs, UI and UX designers must learn that experience creating for users starts with experience with the decision makers. 

In this piece, we’ll teach you survival tactics for fighting the good fight without alienating your team. 

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Animations & Interactions in Design: Creating the Navigation Drawer

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The navigation drawer is one of the most popular, modern, web and mobile patterns. When the space is limited and your primary navigation pattern isn’t crucial for the business goal, nothing works better than the good ol’ drawer.

In this post, we’ll take you step-by-step on building one. 

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Animations & Interactions in Design: How to Build a Carousel

Building a carousel navigation element.

I know, I know, I saw the “should I use a carousel” site. While I agree with the sentiment, there are forms of carousels that can work very well. Especially the one with a clear navigation pattern.

How about learning how to build it? It’s super easy. Let me walk you through the process.

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True Ventures Welcomes UXPin After Leading $5M Round

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Years ago, when I started practicing web design, we spent our time trying to stand out from a sea of drab pages with just a dozen HTML tags. Today, contemporary design work is made up of increasingly specialized practitioners solving problems we never dreamed of those many years ago. Designers have had to reinvent ourselves continuously.

One thing, though, has remained constant: we seldom work alone. It’s the rare exception when someone can fulfill the duties of the full stack of development — even well-rounded general technologists have some degree of specialization. In fact, if there’s a single skill I recommend web designers master, it’s the art of successful collaboration. Solid craft and working well with others will take you a long way.

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Government Websites Don’t Have to Suck — Here’s How

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Is it possible for government services to be easy to use? Most of the time — not even close. But the UK Government Digital Services (GDS) team has changed that, taking home a 2013 Design of the Year award.

One of the judges even remarked, “[GOV.UK] creates a benchmark for which all international government websites can be judged on.”

So why is this self-service, government site so amazing? Simple: it puts the experience of the user first. You don’t need to know how the government works to get what you need.

In this post, we’ll take a look at our top three GOV.UK design principles used for this government site and why they’ve made for the perfect user experience.

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3 Ways to Design for Those Distracted Drivers

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Texting and driving don’t always mix.

Sure knowing where the next turn is has been virtually solved. And self-parking, even self-driving cars exist. But texting while driving is more to blame for car accidents, especially among teens, and the accident rate continues to skyrocket.

While it can be so helpful, even life-saving at times, technology has demonstrated that it can also greatly compromises a driver’s attention. Regardless, drivers will continue (probably need to continue) using technology for navigation and communication. Certainly, entering text on a phone is a huge problem, and a lot harder to justify than safer means of communication, where hands are uninvolved and eyesight is minimally distracted.

But it presents a huge opportunity for compelling design. In this post, we’ll take a look at how design can elevate the problem of texting while driving.

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Do These 10 Things to Make Your Homepage a Success

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The basic homepage design is so 2012. The supposed magic formula of 10 elements to include for a successful home page isn’t enough anymore for a simple reason — it’s too formulaic. And that can create for a boring homepage that’ll drive users away. That’s not to say those page elements don’t have function — they are still important — but they are lacking what users crave, human interactions along with a delightful surprise or two.

So the list is changing. Don’t worry, we can still boil the requirements for a successful modern homepage down to 10 things in this post.  And you  might be surprised how this list has evolved.

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Free e-Book: Demystifying Delightful Interaction Design

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The newest guide in our free downloadable library is now available.

Demystifying Delightful Interaction Design explores the facets of delightful design from a perspective most useful to UX/UI professionals. Here’s a little of what to expect inside.

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