how to think for yourself
There are some kinds of work that you can't do well without thinking differently from your peers. To be a successful scientist, for example, it's not enough just to be correct. Your ideas have to be both correct and novel. You can't publish papers saying things other people already know. You need to say things no one else has realized yet.
mercedes vs lucid: different views on luxury UI design
Within a month of each other, the Lucid Air and new Mercedes S-Class showed themselves to the world. Even though they are direct competitors, their views on luxury are very different. The S-Class has always been a high-tech pioneer. Each model shows off a wide range of technological innovations. The Lucid is an all-electric newcomer to the market with a focus on well-being and minimal design. The difference between the two views of luxury is highlighted in the UI design of both cars.
how to load fonts in a way that fights FOUT and makes lighthouse happy
A web font workflow is simple, right? Choose a few nice-looking web-ready fonts, get the HTML or CSS code snippet, plop it in the project, and check if they display properly. People do this with Google Fonts a zillion times a day, dropping its "link" tag into the "head"
i spent 11 years working on this line rider track
I remember when I first discovered Line Rider, that Flash game from 2006 with the simple premise of drawing a track for a sledder to ride on. I was immediately sucked into it, doing things like devising elaborate tracks for the rider to overcome, building worlds for the rider to explore, and manipulating the rider to perform stunts.
Well, 2020's been a rough year. An absolute dumpster fire of a year for a lot of people. That's when it came to us. Can email be a conduit for catharsis? If you could type out an email, press send, and see it being consumed in an actual dumpster fire, would it help reclaim a little bit of what we've lost? Let's find out.
preserving endangered languages with noto fonts
Minority or endangered languages are facing a crisis. According to UNESCO, at least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Even though my grandparents spoke an endangered language and language preservation has been my passion for many years, I only recently understood that fonts
first principles: the building blocks of true knowledge
First-principles thinking is one of the best ways to reverse-engineer complicated problems and unleash creative possibility. Sometimes called “reasoning from first principles,” the idea is to break down complicated problems into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up. It’s one of the best ways to learn to think for yourself, unlock your creative potential, and move from linear to non-linear results.
why japanese web design is so… different
In the mind’s eye of many people, Japan is a land of tranquil Zen gardens, serene temples, and exquisite tea ceremonies. Both traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture, books and magazines are the envy of designers worldwide. Yet for some reason practically none of this mastery has been translated into digital products, in particular websites, most of which look like they hail from around 1998.
the iPhone 12 pro max: real pro photography
At Halide HQ, we’ve been busily working away on a very deep, technical analysis of what’s new in iPhone 12 cameras this year. All four of ’em. On Friday, we got our hands on the final iPhones in this year’s line-up, the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
apple announces app store small business program
New program reduces App Store commission to 15 percent for small businesses earning up to $1 million per year. Apple today announced an industry-leading new developer program to accelerate innovation and help small businesses and independent developers propel their businesses forward with the next generation of groundbreaking apps on the App Store.
yes sur: behind the scenes of sketch’s macOS makeover
Today, we’re excited to share some details of our Big Sur update. Refreshing our UI for Apple’s latest OS has taken countless hours of hard work, tough decisions and careful revisions from dozens of people across the Sketch team. We want to say a big thank you to them all — we’re incredibly proud of the work they’ve done.
design systems need experience foundations
How we’re making Polaris more cohesive by emphasizing user insights. A lesson that we’ve learned at Shopify from building Polaris is that maintaining a system takes more effort than building it. That’s because design systems inevitably create debt. Components will be used and forked in unpredictable ways. Dependencies can make it difficult to predictably make a change. We ran into these issues while rolling out a new design language for Shopify’s admin in October. The time it took to test the impact of a small visual change across the product slowed down the rollout.