UX Design in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio
UX Design in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio
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Click! Here: Meet Our New Smashing Book

Click! Here: Meet Our New Smashing Book Click! Here: Meet Our New Smashing Book Vitaly Friedman 2020-06-02T12:00:00+00:00 2020-06-02T14:07:49+00:00 You’ve been there before, haven’t you? Perhaps your manager insists on using a dark pattern to trick customers into buying. Or an A/B test has just shown that an annoying pop-up does increase sign-ups. Or maybe you always end up firefighting negative reviews and angry customer inquiries and your calls to action...

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Meet “Click!”: Encourage Clicks Without Shady Tricks

Meet “Click!”: Encourage Clicks Without Shady Tricks Meet “Click!”: Encourage Clicks Without Shady Tricks Vitaly Friedman 2020-05-12T11:00:00+00:00 2020-05-12T12:45:17+00:00 The web has become a noisy place with millions of companies trying to get users’ attention. No wonder many of them apply increasingly desperate techniques to encourage users to act on their websites. We’ve seen an explosion of dark patterns attempting to manipulate users into handing over personal data or make a...

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Meet SmashingConf Live: Our New Interactive Online Conference

Meet SmashingConf Live: Our New Interactive Online Conference Meet SmashingConf Live: Our New Interactive Online Conference Vitaly Friedman 2020-05-05T12:50:00+00:00 2020-05-05T14:38:28+00:00 In these strange times when everything is connected, it’s too easy to feel lonely and detached. Yes, everybody is just one message away, but there is always something in the way — deadlines to meet, Slack messages to reply, or urgent PRs to review. Connections need time and space to...

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Make Honest Design Work For Digital Business, With “Ethical Design Handbook”

Make Honest Design Work For Digital Business, With “Ethical Design Handbook” Make Honest Design Work For Digital Business, With “Ethical Design Handbook” Vitaly Friedman 2020-03-10T12:30:00+00:00 2020-03-10T15:24:56+00:00 Many business models thrive on ingeniously deceptive and manipulative digital products. Not because they have to; mostly because dark patterns have become such an accepted norm. But what happens when ad-blockers, cross-browser tracking protection and data regulation (e.g. GDPR & CCPA) become a norm,...

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Meet “The Ethical Design Handbook”: How To Leave Dark Patterns Behind

Meet “The Ethical Design Handbook”: How To Leave Dark Patterns Behind Meet “The Ethical Design Handbook”: How To Leave Dark Patterns Behind Vitaly Friedman 2020-02-04T13:00:00+00:00 2020-02-04T14:34:29+00:00 Over the past twenty years, user privacy has become merely a commodity on the web: there, but hardly ever respected — and often swiftly discarded. No wonder ad-blockers have gained traction, browsers have introduced tracking protection, and new legislation in form of GDPR and...

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Front-End Performance Checklist 2020 [PDF, Apple Pages, MS Word]

Front-End Performance Checklist 2020 [PDF, Apple Pages, MS Word] Front-End Performance Checklist 2020 [PDF, Apple Pages, MS Word] Vitaly Friedman 2020-01-06T10:30:13+00:00 2020-01-12T21:36:35+00:00 Web performance is a tricky beast, isn’t it? How do we actually know where we stand in terms of performance, and what our performance bottlenecks exactly are? Is it expensive JavaScript, slow web font delivery, heavy images, or sluggish rendering? Is it worth exploring tree-shaking, scope hoisting, code-splitting,...

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Designing The Perfect Slider

    When we think about a slider, we usually imagine an image gallery slider, or the infamous carousel, or perhaps off-canvas navigation, with the overlay sliding in from the side. However, this article is not about those kinds of sliders. Instead, we’ll look into the fine details of designing better slider controls for selecting a value or a range of values. Think of price range sliders, 360-degree-view sliders, timeline...

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Designing The Perfect Date And Time Picker

    What could be so difficult about designing a decent date picker? Basically, we just need an input field and an icon that represents a calendar clearly enough, and once the user clicks on that icon, we pop up a little overlay with the days lined up in rows. Right? Well, not every date picker fits every interface, just like not every interface actually needs a date picker. But...

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Designing The Perfect Accordion

    Design patterns. An almost mythical phrase that often inspires either awe or resentment. As designers, we tend to think of design patterns as generic off-the-shelf solutions that can be applied to various contexts almost mechanically, often without proper consideration. Navigation? Off-canvas! Deals of the day? Carousel! You get the idea. Sometimes we use these patterns without even thinking about them, and there is a good reason for it:...

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☑️ The Ultimate Digital Clean-Up Checklist: Are You Prepared For The New Year?

    With a couple of days left until New Year's Eve, it's just about time to set aside 60 minutes to clean up, sort out and back up your digital footprint, to ensure a good smooth start to 2017. So many little details tend to get forgotten or overlooked every single time, only to get fixed hastily later — but doesn't it just feel right when everything is in...

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