This time it's Senior Designer Warren Challenger rounding up what's been catching the Design team's eye this month.
It’s very rare that you’ll find any website or application without input fields. The smallest of tweaks to your form UI can have a considerable effect on your completion levels. One of the fundamental questions when designing form UI is where to place the labels. One of the options is a floating UI; with nine points, Silver runs you through the reasons why you should be rethinking this choice.
It’s good practice to adhere to conventions in design. Kokott argues that in some cases these conventions emerge for the wrong reasons and aren’t backed up by any real evidence. Kokott believes the hamburger icon is one of them. On a mobile device, the menu is the key to unlocking the content on your website, so why not make your content more accessible?
To fully understand users, you need to understand their story. Run of the mill Google metrics are only observations, without the full story; we can’t fully understand what needs to change.
Maybe “time on page” is a good thing? We think it says people spent a lot of time looking around at all our great content? Or is “time on page” a bad thing? We believe it means people spent a lot of time being confused about what’s on the page? Spool recognises that metrics can be read two ways and reminds us that more meaningful metrics come from more in-depth observations.
What we loved: Admired for their digital work and experiences, Active Theory have relaunched their portfolio. Using advanced techniques they have produced a great example of what can be accomplished online.
What we loved: Today, the majority of digital designers now use something other than Adobe Photoshop. Unfortunately for photo editing, there is nothing better. With bite-size videos, this website can teach you the basics.
What we loved: We love the style and symmetry used in Wes Anderson films. Seeing inspirational real-world locations makes us want to jump on a plane with camera in hand, alongside Bill Murray of course.
What we loved: The glitch effect is bang on trend for this year. There are many complex ways to achieve this effect; we like this article because it breaks the challenge down into easily digestible chunks.
- Design systems can be brilliant, but they have flaws. Hopefully, this could all soon be about to change with Sketching in the browser.
- Playing with typography is a great way to stand out. This walkthrough shows you how the Ampersand conference pushed boundaries.
- Drawing and amending tables of data in Sketch can burn considerable time. Work smarter with this Sketch tutorial.
- Liking Google design? This encompassing 2017 resource is for you.
- 10 New Principles Of Good Design – adding to Dieter Rahm’s classic design rules.
- If you enjoy photography, you’ll want to look through this list of the top 25 news photos of 2017