Collective #542

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Native And PWA: Choices, Not Challengers!

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It’s hard to tell exactly where the rift between “native” and “web” really started. I feel like it’s one of those things that had been churning just below the surface since the early days of Flash, only to erupt more recently with the rise of mobile platforms. Regardless, developers have squared off across this “great chasm,” lobbing insults at one another in an attempt to bolster their own side.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Native And PWA: Choices, Not Challengers!

A Comprehensive Guide To User Experience Design

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(This is a sponsored article.) Having undertaken initial user research and analyzed your research findings, the next phase of the design process is to apply what you’ve learned by developing a series of designs to test your assumptions. In the fourth article in my series for Adobe XD, I’ll be focusing on the initial phase of the design process.
Within this overall series of ten articles, this is the first of three that tie together the design process.
Source: Smashing Magazine, A Comprehensive Guide To User Experience Design

Collective #389

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OpenSC2K

An open source remake of Sim City 2000 written in JavaScript using HTML5 Canvas API, SQLite and built on Electron.

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Memex

A free and private browser extension to easily manage and find visited websites.

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The Zen Zone

A digital meditation area for calming you down with small satisfying activities. Built by Tim Holman.

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WordPress @ Google

Read how Google is actively engaged and looking for expert WordPress developers to support and accelerate success of the WordPress ecosystem.

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Automerge

A JSON-like data structure that can be modified concurrently by different users, and merged again automatically.

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Collective #389 was written by Pedro Botelho and published on Codrops.


Source: Codrops, Collective #389

77 Hand-Drawn Space Icons That’ll Take You Into Unexplored Territories (Freebie)

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When you were small, haven’t you ever dreamt of becoming the commander of a space mission? Of exploring outer space and seing the Earth from above? Well, you might not have made it into an actual space shuttle, but maybe you still carry this fascination for everything extraterrestrial inside of you. Great! Because today we want to take you on your very personal trip to space. Buckle up as you’ll become the captain of the command center — and maybe you’ll even make the acquaintance of an actual alien, too.
Source: Smashing Magazine, 77 Hand-Drawn Space Icons That’ll Take You Into Unexplored Territories (Freebie)

Submitting Forms Without Reloading The Page: AJAX Implementation In WordPress

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If you have ever wanted to send a form without reloading the page, provide a look-ahead search function that prompts the user with suggestions as they type, or auto-save documents, then what you need is AJAX (also known as XHR). A behind-the-scenes request is sent to the server, and returning data to your form. Whenever you see a loader animation after you have made some action on the page, it’s probably an AJAX request being submitted to the server.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Submitting Forms Without Reloading The Page: AJAX Implementation In WordPress

Live Stream From Awwwards Berlin 2018: Showcasing Trends In UX Design

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Designing the best experience is a challenge, and every designer and developer has their own way of tackling it. But, well, no matter how different our approaches are, one thing is for sure: We can learn a lot from each other.
To give you your dose of UX inspiration, we are happy to announce that our dear friends at Adobe, are streaming live from the Awwwards Conference which will take place in Berlin on February 8th and 9th.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Live Stream From Awwwards Berlin 2018: Showcasing Trends In UX Design

Taking A Look At The State Of Progressive Images And User Perception

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“Progressive Images” is a hot topic these days. We often come across articles explaining techniques on how to avoid showing an empty space where an image will load. Medium and Facebook are examples of websites and mobile apps that apply this pattern.
I recently wrote about different ways to use SVG as placeholders, and this year’s PerfPlanet’s Performance Calendar included two posts that further describe SQIP, a technique based on blurred SVGs: Progressive Image Loading using Intersection Observer and SQIP and SQIP — Vague Vectors for Performant Previews.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Taking A Look At The State Of Progressive Images And User Perception

Mobile App With Facial Recognition Feature: How To Make It Real

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Imagine an application that can, in real time, analyze a user’s emotional response while they’re interacting with an app or website. Or imagine a home device that recognizes you and tunes in to your favorite TV channel.
Yes, today’s article is all about facial recognition technology. We’re going to share our first experience of dealing with this technology and the findings we’ve made.
Why Is Facial Recognition On The Rise?
Source: Smashing Magazine, Mobile App With Facial Recognition Feature: How To Make It Real

Exploring New Worlds: A Smashing Creativity Challenge

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Time flies! Did you know that it has been more than nine years already since we first embarked on our wallpapers adventure? Nine years is a long time, and sometimes we all should break out of our comfort zones and try something new, right?
We’d love to invite you to a little creativity challenge: Get out your pens, paint brushes, camera, or fire up your favorite illustration tool, and design a desktop wallpaper for March 2018.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Exploring New Worlds: A Smashing Creativity Challenge

Using Media Queries For Responsive Design In 2018

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Back in July 2010, I wrote an article for Smashing Magazine entitled “How To Use CSS3 Media Queries To Create A Mobile Version of Your Website.” Almost eight years on, that article still receives a lot of traffic. I thought it would be a nice idea to revisit that subject, now that we have layout methods such as Flexbox and Grid Layout. This article will take a look at the use of media queries for responsive design today, and also have a look at what is coming in the future.
Source: Smashing Magazine, Using Media Queries For Responsive Design In 2018