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Thirst Studios and UX Mastery kicked off their UXmas 2013 user experience design advent calendar. Every day throughout December in the lead-up to Christmas, a new ‘gift’ to the UX community will be revealed. It could be an article, a video, a sketch, or something else.
Flow Diagrams, Low Fidelity, Doodles and Notes, Page Maps, Schematics, Storyboards, IA, High Level Concept, Gray Box Wireframes, Whatever the client calls them, Boxes and Lines, Blockyframes, Scribbles on Paper, Blueprints, Page Zones (also Zoning and Zone Diagrams), Models
Mapsicon is a free collection of maps for nearly every country in the world, available in 11 different sizes, ranging from 16x16 pixels to 1024x1024 pixels, as well as .svg format. Useful for placeholders or for illustrative purposes, rather than for precise rendering of geography.
Nice collection of design principles, and new to me. Design Principles FTW collects both universal and specific design principles and is curated by Gabriel Svennerberg at Meetod, Sweden.
I can't imagine email ever being the right way to critique design, or give feedback as a client, but nevertheless it happens, and Julius Tarng, who works on the Branch app, came up with some good advice for those about to give email, and those about to receive it. I think the advice applies for any feedback that's not face to face to face including chat and in comments.
It seems like A/B testing with a greater focus on qualitative measurement. Deprivation could be a powerful factor and tool for assessing value of features on both new and existing products. Designers and developers get to measure the features by removing them, and seeing how upset their users get within a controlled group. Removing features from an existing product is difficult, but the upside in measurement could be that features that have a cost to the user or vendor might turn out to be unnec
The only reason why the 2 worthwhile talks were not utter failures was because I think I had something to share that I think people wanted to hear, and could get something out of. And they really had little to do with me. If I could be immodest for a second, I think those talks had more to do with what the audience could do with what I shared. I think my passion about the topic let me forget about myself until I was just basically just giving people something they wanted instead.
I was looking for a way to add stories to Pivotal Tracker without having to load their UI in the web browser. I wanted something as fast as using Alfred, and found Jelle Vandebeeck's Pivot App for the Mac. Puts an icon in your menubar, and drops down a form to file chores, features, bugs, and releases with auto-completion for projects, owners, and tags. Simple. Only thing I could want more from this is a clipboard link to the story, or an optional description field, but is otherwise near perfect
I like this "See What Sucks" table of HTML5 Video players, for comparing features of the video players like library dependencies, flash fallback, playlist and audio support. Starred products indicate the "Suck less than others" rating.
The commenting and linking features are what you'd expect, but what I was really impressed with are the measures, colors, and typography tools for generating style guides. Very nicely done. There are additional capabilities for code export & integration with their API.
The framework compares itself directly with Bootstrap. It uses simple, common language for parts of interface elements and familiar rules used in natural languages for describing elements. Interface definitions are tag ambivalent so you can use div, article, section, span without affecting the display of the element.
Sketch-style controls and icons for Photoshop from the folks at Cloudcastle.
I found an excellent Alfred workflow by user moom on the Alfred Forum that uses a shell script to run Webkit2Png in the background. It's awesome. I just copy the URL of the page I'm on, summon Alfred with a few keystrokes, and then it gets captured, optimized, and uploaded to my server in the background. I made a video of the workflow showing Alfred, Hazel, ImageOptim, and Transmit working together with lots of spit and chewing gum in case anyone else has this need.