Research sprints

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This is the first in a series of five posts on running your own user research that I found at the Google Ventures blog. Great tutorials that include all the templates you could need when you do usability testing. And they also have a pretty useful 90-minute video!

Lookback

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I’m doing some usability testing at work and I just discovered that Silverback, the screen capture software I used before, doesn’t work anymore in my new Macbook. Looking for an alternative I found Lookback. It’s simple, multi-platform (Mac, iOS and Android), and it uploads your recordings to the cloud so you can share them with the rest of your team.

Base 16 Color Schemes

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When you write code it’s important to do it in a comfortable environment. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time looking for a color scheme that works for me and I think I finally have a winner: Base 16 (Eighties).

Screenshot of Sublime Text using Base 16 Eighties

Typography Cheat Sheet

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I’m a fan of cheat sheets, I use them all the time at work. This one is a comprehensive guide to using proper typographic characters, including correct grammatical usage, keyboard shortcuts and HTML entities.

Primer, another CSS framework

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GitHub publicly released their internal CSS framework… and definitely, you can tell that the Bootstrap guys now work for GitHub. Not necessarily a bad thing, though, and the docs are always interesting so it’s worth taking a look.

How they got there

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Khoi Vinh, designer and blogger at Subtraction.com, interviews digital designers about their careers. Because no one teaches you how to build a design career, it’s interesting to see how these industry-leaders did it… and it’s fun to see how luck and coincidence played an important role for them too.

Designing a Windows 8 app

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Recently I had to design my first Windows 8 app. It ended up being fun, but the lack of resources and documentation (specially if you compare with iOS and Android) turned this into a challenging experience. Well I wish I had found this blog post before. Designer Katie Riley writes about her process and frustrations designing for Windows (pretty much the same ones I had) and she also shares some free resources, including an amazing Sketch app template.

Website Style Guide Resources

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In the last few months I’ve been posting links about front-end style guides and related resources. Well, this one has them all. It’s an extensive collection of articles, books, talks, tools and even podcasts about style guides and pattern libraries. I think one of these days I’ll write a longer post about how we wrote the style guide that we use at My Big Campus.

Random User Generator

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This site generates random user data that you can use in your projects (everything is released under a Creative Commons license). You can also get this info using an API, a Photoshop extension or a Sketch extension.

Proteus, starter kits for your static site

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If you use a static site generatork like Jekyll or Middleman, Proteus will help you get up an running. It’s a collection of starter kits that will give you a basic foundation for your site: HAML + Coffeescript + Sass + Bourbon + Neat + Bitters… That’s pretty much the same setup I use. If you use Serve instead of Jekyll, this Serve Project I forked a few months ago uses the same components except Bitters.