Tag: TOOLS

Readings for Lunch — [ 22 Nov 2018 ]

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In the forest (source)

SOFTWARE

On compositionality

Great (academic) post about composition/compositionality and how this relates to the software industry (and the game theory, and biology).

TOOLS

Squoosh – Online Image Compressor

This open-source web app, developed by Google Chrome Labs, lets you optimize images and reduce their size dramatically. You can also edit the advanced options of various image compressors and compare the results.

Readings for Lunch — [ 05 Nov 2018 ]

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One of the famous Yayoi Kusama's flowers. (source)

THINK

Room 250

Before we begin, let me tell you a couple of things. First, a few years ago I started an agency called Ueno. Second, I’m in a wheelchair. That’s it, those are the two things you need to know before you read on.

TOOLS

Glorious Demo

The easiest way of creating animations to show your code in action.

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Sep 2018 ]

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Pictures of a Russian meteorologist who spent 30 years at an Arctic meteorology base. (source)

LONG READ

The Rise and Demise of RSS

There are two stories here. The first is a story about a vision of the web’s future that never quite came to fruition. The second is a story about how a collaborative effort to improve a popular standard devolved into one of the most contentious forks in the history of open-source software development.

TOOLS

Sublime Merge

A new Git client, from the makers of Sublime Text. 😱

Readings for Lunch — [ 03 Sep 2018 ]

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Using traditional materials and techniques to achieve a digital effect, Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda makes this cool ceramic pixel art. (source)

TOOLS

Bringing Design System Components from Production into Framer X

More and more companies are starting to experiment on how to use their React components directly in their design tools. This is one of the last examples, which pushes the boundaries of "what can be done" even more. Expect a lot of innovation in this space in the next months!

DESIGN SYSTEMS

The system always kicks back

This is one of the most interesting, insightful, non-trivial articles about Design Systems that I've read in the last months. (You can also view the video of the corresponding talk here)

Readings for Lunch — [ 31 May 2018 ]

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GDPR ante litteram 🙂 (source)

REACT

x0

Zero-config React development environment & static site generator. Created by the incredible folks at Compositor.

TOOLS

Mak

Mak is an online, universal notepad. It syncs with your Gists (otherwise saves the data in local storage, so be carful to not delete it). Very interesting concept.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 May 2018 ]

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Culture, Leadership & People (source)

TOOLS

Gulp@next

The next release of Gulp, a well-known building system, will see a lot of breaking changes. Here an overview of the most imporant ones, and the reasons behind them.

TOOLS

PixelSnap

"The fastest way to measure everything on screen." they say. Well, I must admit it's very useful*, especially if you are a designer 🙂

* though, I must admit, is not cheap 🙂

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Apr 2018 ]

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When everyone at home messes up with your Netflix account… problem solved. (source)

THINK

The Eponymous Laws of Tech

“I decided to collect some of the little nuggets of wisdom attributed to people. Found in conference talks which I then repeat in meetings to sound smart, the Eponymous Laws of Tech are sometimes humorous observations and sometimes based on real academic research.”

TOOLS

Corporate Ipsum

Designed to facilitate the needs of corporate paper-pushers everywhere.

Leverage agile frameworks to provide a robust synopsis for high level overviews. Iterative approaches to corporate strategy foster collaborative thinking. Organically grow the disruptive innovation via workplace diversity and empowerment.

Readings for Lunch — [ 21 Dec 2017 ]

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SpaceX's "Falcon Heavy" retro boosters (source)

DESIGN

Building Better UI Designs With Layout Grids

Luckily, this is not the usual article about CSS grids (too many of them now!). It's about the use of grids in design, from manuscripts in the Middle Age to the UI of mobile applications.

TOOLS

A system to organise projects*

* where we loosely define ‘a project’ as ‘a collection of things you keep on a computer’.
Very interesting and (if your folders and computer desktop are a total mess) useful article.

Readings for Lunch — [ 12 Dec 2017 ]

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Frozen Serpentine in Hyde Park, London (circa 1930).

TOOLS

Open Formats

Recently we have seen the rise of a powerful, groundbreaking idea: the definition of a "standard" format to describe UI elements that can bridge the gap between design and development, between Sketch and your IDE.
This will make it possible to share the same source code between the two environments (here and here some other examples).

DESIGN

Do I need a design system?

Design systems are hot right now. Every big company has one and each new release or update is flaunted in style. You’d be justified to think you need one too. But do you?

Readings for Lunch — [ 11 Dec 2017 ]

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"I don’t want to fight tonight" – Marco Cedaro (source)

TOOLS

Flowkit for Sketch

Flowkit is a Sketch library of pre-built ready-to-use objects that will help you to easily create user flows, content maps, screen annotations, and more directly inside your Sketch files.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Orinoco: young generation garbage collection

In this blog post we introduce the parallel Scavenger, one of the latest features of Orinoco, V8’s mostly concurrent and parallel garbage collector and discuss design decisions and alternative approaches we implemented on the way.

Readings for Lunch — [ 17 Nov 2017 ]

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James Tissot – “The Gallery of HMS Calcutta” – Tate Britain / London (source)

JAVASCRIPT

The Most Clever Line of JavaScript

“I’ve spent at least half an hour playing with it, and it was an interesting example how magical JavaScript can be, even after years spent writing it.”

TOOLS

CSSPeeper

A Chrome extension to inspect all the styles in a webpage in a simple, well-organized and beautiful way. Tailored for designers, according to the

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Sep 2017 ]

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"We are just looking. For a ray of light. To shine through. The thick clouds." – Davide 'Folletto' Casali (source)

SPORT

Thoughts on getting into cycling

How road cycling changed James Higgs' life and made him a better person. Lovely writeup from an amazing person. Just a quote: “The human body — including yours — is capable of way, way more than most people think.”

TOOLS

The Airbnb Tool That’s Changing UI Design

It's called Lottie and it's Airbnb’s own UX prototyping tool, developed by Abdul-Karim and a pair of engineers at the company.

Readings for Lunch — [ 24 Mar 2017 ]

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The past 10 years of Facebook monthly active users (source)

JAVASCRIPT

Why WebAssembly is Faster Than asm.js

WebAssembly is a new binary execution format for the Web. A major goal of WebAssembly is to be fast. This post gives some technical details about how it (ndr: supposedly) achieves that.

TOOLS

Air/shots

Air/shots is an internal initiative from the Airbnb Design Tools team (yes, DesOps is a thing, now) to take screenshots in batches of their apps using native OS emulators. Very promising for Visual Regression Testing too… 🙂

Readings for Lunch — [ 04 Oct 2016 ]

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Wang Xingwei, Untitled (Old Lady No. 2) – 王兴伟,无题 (老太太 No. 2 )– (source)

SECURITY

Revisiting the Black Sunday hack

Via Marco Cedaro
A game of cat and mouse, an electronic warfare between hackers and a satellite television broadcaster. Who will win?

TOOLS

Spectacle

What about preparing your next slide deck in… React? Well, that's what this library allows you to do. Extra bonus: you can also live demo your code, and go through it interactively!

Readings for Lunch — [ 20 Jun 2016 ]

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I really love this photo of Amsterdam, by Paul Lloyd (source)

LEADERSHIP

You don’t have my permission

Jason Fried, as always forcing people to think and look at things in a different way. This time on how to manage and lead people through delegation. Must read.

TOOLS

Snapdrop

Like AirDrop, but in a browser. Useful to transfer data (and text too) across devices. Works also with mobile devices. Pretty impressive.

Readings for Lunch — [ 19 May 2016 ]

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When your car smells like s…. strawberry! 🙂

WEBPERF

The Coach

The coach helps you find performance problems on your web page and will give advice of how your page can be faster. Think of it as a modern version of YSlow.

TOOLS

Visual Center

Via Matteo Balocco
A free tool that finds the visual center of your images. Very useful especially for horizontal list of icons or icons + labels.

Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Apr 2016 ]

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Pitcher Festival in India (source)

EVENTS

Smashing Conference Freiburg 2016

All Smashing Conferences are special events, packed with great speakers and all day long conversations. But this one is going to be unique: Vitaly Friedman will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Smashing Magazine.

PS: I'll be there, so if you are going too let me know 😉

TOOLS

Simply

Via Alexander Sasha Grishin
A very promising tool (“collaboration platform”) for designers and developers that works with Xcode, Android Studio, Sketch and Photoshop.

Readings for Lunch — [ 18 Apr 2016 ]

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Sandy cyberpunk by Marek Lenik (source)

TOOLS

The new Framer is here

Framer is becoming one the favourite applications used by designers to build interactive high-fidelity prototypes for iOS, Android, and mobile/desktop web. The new version promises to be even better than before.

WORK

Ways we work – Geoff Teehan

Geoff Teehan, former co-founder of the renowned agency Teehan+Lax and now Product Design Director at Facebook, tells about his work and role.