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The Next Generation Responsive Web Design Tool: Macaw
By Brian Wood
May 15, 2014
With the advent of responsive design on the web, workflows and roles have been changing on web teams. Because of this, a flood of responsive design tools has come about that can also write semantic HTML and clean CSS. Macaw is one. Adobe expert Brian Wood dives into Macaw and explores a typical responsive design workflow using it.
Steve Krug Explains Several True Things about Usability Testing
By Steve Krug
May 1, 2014
In this excerpt from Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd Edition, Steve Krug share three true things about usability tests.
Steve Krug on Why Nothing Beats a Good Tagline!™
By Steve Krug
Apr 30, 2014
Taglines are a very efficient way to get your message across, because they’re the one place on the web page where users most expect to find a concise statement of the site's purpose. In this excerpt from Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd Edition, Steve Krug shares some attributes to look for when choosing a tagline.
Steve Krug on Creating Effective Visual Hierarchies
By Steve Krug
Apr 29, 2014
In this excerpt from Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd Edition, Steve Krug explains that the appearance of the things on the page should accurately portray the relationships between the things on the page.
Steve Krug on Things that Make Us Think
By Steve Krug
Apr 28, 2014
Don't make people puzzle over stuff on your website! In this excerpt from Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 3rd Edition, Steve Krug shares some examples of things that make us think, so you'll begin to notice all the things that make you think in the sites and apps you use. And eventually you’ll learn to recognize and avoid them in the things you’re building.
Five Interaction Design Tips for Your Mobile App
By Cameron Banga, Josh Weinhold
Apr 2, 2014
Apps for mobile platforms might seem simple, but they're far from it. Programs that run on smartphones and tablets have their own style and rules, which are far different from the protocols and techniques established on their desktop computer ancestors. Cameron Banga and Josh Weinhold share five tips for perfecting your app designs in ways that will help you meet or exceed your users' expectations.
Interface Design for Learning: An Interview with Dorian Peters
By Julie Dirksen, Dorian Peters
Feb 6, 2014
Instructional designer and author Julie Dirksen interviews Dorian Peters, author of Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences, about the importance of interface design for learning, how it differs from typical web interface design, and some of her favorite learning interfaces.
Why You Need Responsive Design for Your WordPress Site
By Joe Casabona
Jan 30, 2014
In 2013, over 50% of e-commerce traffic was mobile. In 2014, one quarter of new websites will be powered by WordPress. Joe Casabona, author of Responsive Design with WordPress: How to make great responsive themes and plugins, explains why implementing responsive web design on your WordPress site is so important, and not as hard as you might think!
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? Steve Krug on Why Users Like Mindless Choices
By Steve Krug
Jan 27, 2014
We face choices all the time on the Web. Steve Krug explains that making those choices mindless is one of the most important things you can do to make a site easy to use.
Making Your WordPress Theme Responsive: Core Features
By Joe Casabona
Jan 13, 2014
This chapter looks at some of the core features of WordPress instrumental to a good User Experience, including navigation, images, and widgets.
Interface Design for Learning: Basic Principles A-Z
By Dorian Peters
Jan 6, 2014
Dorian Peters offers a crash course in interface design for learners, covering basic concepts from psychology, education, and human-computer interaction essential to the design of learning interfaces.
Adventures in Experience Design: Splatter!
By Carolyn Chandler, Anna van Slee
Jan 2, 2014
Learn the language of your eyes. Solve a problem for bald heads. Redesign your bedroom. Dissect a corpse. Paper a wall with ideas.
Responsive Design Workflow: Designing in Text
By Stephen Hay
Apr 15, 2013
In this chapter, Stephen Hay discusses responsive design with text, including marking up plain text and converting plain text to HTML.
How to Overcome Browser Challenges in Web Design
By Christopher Schmitt
Feb 13, 2013
Browsers have different levels of support for CSS features, as well as different interpretations of how to render HTML. By using tools like normalize.css and validating on multiple devices, we can address many of the challenges of web design. However, there’s no substitute for knowing and learning about your audience and working to build them the best site possible, as Christopher Schmitt advises in this chapter from Designing Web and Mobile Graphics: Fundamental concepts for web and interactive projects.
Author Talk: Maggie Macnab on Improving Your Designs with Universal Forms and Principles
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Maggie Macnab
Nov 23, 2012
Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews author Maggie Macnab about her latest book, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design. They discuss how many of the fundamental principles of nature can inform good design. Maggie also talks about her experiences growing up in scenic northern New Mexico, and the ways the landscape shaped her aesthetic.
Author Talk: Paul Adams on Influence and the Social Web (Podcast Transcript)
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Paul Adams
Nov 7, 2012
New Riders Publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel interviews Social Media Expert Paul Adams about his new book Grouped: How Small Groups of Friends Are the Key to Influence on the Social Web. This book pulls together the latest research from leading universities and technology companies to describe how people are connected, and how ideas and brand messages spread through social networks. It shows readers how to rebuild their business around social behavior, and create products that people tell their friends about.
"The Best Design Advice I Ever Got" with Giles Colborne
By Giles Colborne
Nov 6, 2012
Giles Colborne, author of Simple and Useable Web, Mobile, and Interaction Design, recalls an important book that shaped his career early on and reminds us that communicating effectively, above all else, should be the goal of great design.
Tips for Writing Content For Mobile Users
By Jakob Nielsen, Raluca Budiu
Oct 31, 2012
Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu explain that while there are many other points to consider, the main usability guideline for mobile content is this: When you’re writing for mobile users, focus their attention on the essential content.
Should Mobile Design Principles Be Applied to the Desktop?
By Raluca Budiu, Jakob Nielsen
Oct 24, 2012
Usability experts Raluca Budiu and Jakob Nielsen discuss whether mobile design principles can and should be applied to the desktop.
Author Talk: Alberto Cairo on the Functional Art of Infographics (Podcast Transcript)
By Alberto Cairo, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel
Oct 16, 2012
New Riders/Peachpit Publisher Nancy Ruenzel talks with Alberto Cairo, professor of information graphics and visualization at the University of Miami and author of The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization. Alberto names some of his favorite designers and data visualizers working in the field today, and discusses the complex relationship between function and form.

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