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Creating an Origami Style Vector Swan in Illustrator

Creating an origami-inspired design is an easy feat when you know the technique. Follow the quick tutorial steps below to learn how to bend your digital paper to create a fantastic design. We’ll be using Adobe Illustrator, but you can adapt these techniques to other vector or vexel programs as needed. Tutorial: Origami Style Vector What You’ll Be Creating Step…

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Exploring Social Design Patterns For the Web

Although many people are designing mobile products that are social in nature, few understand what that really means, how it works, or why it’s important. While social features are becoming increasingly important for many reasons, they require careful thinking about the identities and respective communities impacted by them, and how the nature of the product changes with this kind of…

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Free Ebook: The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation

Design documentation is much more than a pile of papers for occasional browsing. It is product narration, a formalized vision, and a compass for when things become unpredictable. Smart documentation brings people together and gives form to ideas. Documentation should inspire, not dictate. The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation by UXPin looks at real-life examples of design processes…

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The Importance of Navigation Design Patterns

In this article we discuss the importance of navigation design patterns using examples from some of the hottest websites and web apps. Once someone starts using your website or web application, they need to know where to go and how to get there at any point. If they can’t navigate through your your application easily, you’ll quickly lose them. Thus,…

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10 Massively Successful Minimum Viable Products

Today, lean startups and tech titans alike are increasingly using the minimum viable product (MVP) as a starting point for building successful software products. In the article 4 Reasons MVPs Fail we looked at the major risks you face in getting your product to market and how to overcome them. A successful minimum viable product helps you start the learning…

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Creating Native HTML5 Dialog Windows

The dialog window is one of the most commonly used elements in a website’s user interface design. It is used for multiple purposes, including displaying notifications, carrying a subscription form, alerting of errors/warnings, and drawing a visitor’s attention to vital pieces of information. When dialog windows are designed effectively and used right, they can ease the user’s task. Previously, creating…

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Building Minimum Viable Products at Spotify

Many companies face the paradox of wanting to build a delightful product without knowing if people actually want the product until it’s released. Spotify’s vision was to give people the right music at the right time while incentivizing artists by paying them based on number of shares their music received. A tall order, no doubt, when you consider how hard…

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Humorous Collection of Uninspiring Quote Posters

Scottish illustrator Linzie Hunter has recently created a humorous series of completely, as she calls them, ‘uninspiring posters’. Now when we say ‘uninspiring’, we’re not saying that the unique design of her posters are uninspired, actually it’s the complete opposite – they are inspiring, but the message they convey is categorically not inspiring. ‘Give Yourself an A for Average –…

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The Irony of Being Morally Wrong Illustration Series

Illustrator Joanne Ju has recently created a series of illustrations that challenges all of those moral rules we were taught when we were young, like ‘wait your turn’, watch your language’ or’just be yourself’. Each illustration shows the drawbacks and flaws of each life lesson in an ironic and comical way. The series is entitled ‘Morally Wrong‘. The Morally Wrong…

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WordPress Custom Fields – A Simple Use

Custom Fields are one of those features inside WordPress that not everyone is fully aware of. While they’ve been around for awhile, they aren’t really screaming "use me" out of a standard install of WordPress. That said, they can really help you achieve some powerful and unique features in your projects. Let’s explore one simple idea of how you can…