Why I’m a Designer Part 1.5: Design Emergencies | alternatekev

Users hate the new placement of the button for the feature we shipped last week. No one can figure out where to find it and they’re throwing bricks through our windows.

Desktop Software Designer: “We can hide under our desks until the next release literally ships to physical stores 12 months from now. People will have to drive a car to buy it.”

Web Designer: “I just moved it back. Let’s figure out a way not to have that happen again. But if it does, we can still just move it back.”

Source: Why I’m a Designer Part 1.5: Design Emergencies | alternatekev

Years don’t belong in event names

We’ve all seen it. A bunch of us have done it. We add the current year to the name of the event. Usually something like this:

WordCamp Denver 2015
#wcden15

This seems cool and is a pretty common convention convention (wordplay!). It is, however, totally silly. Pro/con time of using years:

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THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF BEING A UNICORN (HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING OF COURSE)

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I think it’s damn well time some jerk defines what the eff a “unicorn” designer (or really anything) actually is in an easy-to-digest listicle. BTW (bee tee dubs), being a unicorn has nothing to do with UXes, full stack whatevers, or knowing how to code the taste of soda pop bubbles into a carousel. They are not a new phenomenon. Unicorns have always been here and always will be… Probably.

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Pressed it

Clip it, edit it, publish it. Get familiar with the new and improved Press This. From the Tools menu, add Press This to your browser bookmark bar or your mobile device home screen. Once installed you can share your content with lightning speed. Sharing your favorite videos, images, and content has never been this fast or this easy.

Source: WordPress › WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

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Forms: Text inputs

If you haven’t noticed yet, we have to fill out forms all the dang time. Every time you post to your Face Space, you’re interacting with one or more of these things. The documentation for designing and working with them is pretty sparse. These inputs also have a literal gazillion gotchas varying among browser and device types. <sarcasm>Hooraaaaaaay.</sarcasm>

This is the first in a post series on form elements and some of their intricacies. Hopefully I can keep this series shorter than the latest Game of Thrones novel. Here we go!

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