/Design

The Smartest Website You Haven't Heard Of

- Ben Edelstein tl;dr: "They sell nuts, bolts, bushings, bearings – pretty much anything an engineer needs to build stuff. I've purchased from them dozens of times over the past few years, both for personal and school projects. But what makes their website so great? And why should an industrial supply company have the best e-commerce site on the internet?"

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Bracket Pair Colorization 10,000x Faster

- Henning Dieterichs tl;dr: Bracket colorization was such a popular VS plugin that the team spent significant effort to improve its performance, reducing time taken for colorization to appear in large files from 10 seconds to less than a millisecond. This post discusses the algorithm and architectural behind the improvement.

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Hacking QR Code Design

- Marien Raat tl;dr: "Let's see how we can create QR codes that look however we want, while preserving links. We'll also show the world's first working QR gif created with this technique."

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GitHub's New Notifications: A Case Of Regressive Design

- Drew DeVault tl;dr: A critique of GitHub's new UI, which is currently being rolled out. It has more of an emphasis on notifications and more buttons. 

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Superhuman's Founder on How to Move Beyond Gamification

- Rahul Vohra tl;dr: Rahul explains how he's applied game design to enterprise software.

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The UX of APIs

- Linda Christin Halvorsen tl;dr: As soon as users were interviewed, it dawned on Linda that APIs were very much a viewed as a product provided by her company but not internally managed like one. She highlights the re-organization that was required to rectify this. 

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The Evolution Of Material Design’s Text Fields

- Susanna Zaraysky tl;dr: The process Google underwent to optimize text field design. A comparison of how the first and final designs compared. Click the link in this tweet to bypass the paywall.

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How We Do Our Work Matters: Accessibility And Inclusive Design

- Derek Featherstone tl;dr: Difference between accessibility and inclusive design. To design for inclusivity you must engage with those who have disabilities.

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The Story of Spotify Personas

- Mady Torres De Souza Olga Hording Sohit Karol tl;dr: Outlines the development of personas by clustering Spotify listeners based on needs, attitudes, device habits, contexts and other variables, and then understanding the situations people listened to music together. The articles also outlines how these were shared across autonomous teams.

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