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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.