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#Design

The Best of My 20 Years of Writing on Design

If you’re familiar with my my books and talks, you know I’ve written about innovation, public speaking and other subjects, but back in 2000 I mostly wrote about design.

#Design

UX Design: The most difficult concepts to explain (list)

Last week I asked on twitter which concepts were hardest for UX designers to explain to their teams. As promised here are the responses with some commentary.

#Design

The World Needs Designers Now More Than Ever

When Dr. Jan Mikulicz-Radecki designed the first surgical mask, he was questioned by his peers: they didn’t believe that by creating something so simple, millions of lives could be saved.

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The Lost Designer

Designers are hired to change things, as no one one hires a designer to keep everything the same. The challenge is that often we want those changes to happen on our terms, using our ideas, methods and beliefs. This creates a natural conflict.

#Design

The Insider’s Guide To Evangelizing Good Design

Do you wish you had more influence on product decisions? Or that more of your talents were put to effective use on projects? This is for you.

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#Web Development

The Future of Web Software Is HTML-over-WebSockets

The future of web-based software architectures is already taking form, and this time it’s server-rendered (again). Papa’s got a brand new bag: HTML-over-WebSockets and broadcast everything all the time.

#Web Development

Sustainable Web Design, An Excerpt

In the 1950s, many in the elite running community had begun to believe it wasn’t possible to run a mile in less than four minutes. Runners had been attempting it since the late 19th century and were beginning to draw the conclusion that the human body simply wasn’t built for the task.

#Web Development

From URL to Interactive

Imagine, if you will, that you’re behind the wheel of a gorgeous 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible, making your way across the desert on a wide open highway. The sun is setting, so you’ve got the top down, naturally. The breeze caresses your cheek like a warm hand as your nose catches a faint whiff of … What was that?

#Web Development

The Illusion of Control in Web Design

We all want to build robust and engaging web experiences. We scrutinize every detail of an interaction. We spend hours getting the animation swing just right. We refactor our JavaScript to shave tiny fractions of a second off load times.

#Web Development

CSS: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition

In addition to filtering, CSS offers the ability to determine how elements are composited together. Take, for example, two elements that partially overlap due to positioning. We’re used to the one in front obscuring the one behind.

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#E-commerce

14 Industry Leaders on Privacy Changes & eCommerce

There’s a lot to consider when preparing for the industry-shifting changes to privacy.

#E-commerce

Why You Should Adopt SMS Marketing in a Cookie-less World

When the cookie crumbles, turn to SMS marketing to expertly target and engage your customers with relevant content.

#E-commerce

Turn Each Sale Into A Lifetime Of Revenue

Most entrepreneurs understand that driving repeat business is critical to their company's success. But it can be tempting to chase the short-term revenue spikes brought by new customers instead

#E-commerce

Everything You Need to Sell Worldwide: Introducing Shopify Markets

For decades, tapping into the opportunity of global commerce has typically been reserved for the few; the biggest brands with the biggest budgets who could afford to navigate an ever-changing landscape that gets more complicated each year.

#E-commerce

13 Things To Make And Sell Online In 2021

Have you been thinking about things to make and sell for your new business? You’re onto a great idea.

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#Technologies

Voice Content and Usability

We’ve been having conversations for thousands of years. Whether to convey information, conduct transactions, or simply to check in on one another, people have yammered away, chattering and gesticulating, through spoken conversation for countless generations.

#Technologies

The Ten Essentials for Good API Documentation

API documentation is the number one reference for anyone implementing your API, and it can profoundly influence the developer experience. Because it describes what services an application programming interface offers and how to use those services, your documentation will inevitably create an impression about your product—for better or for worse.

#Technologies

10 Interesting APIs to Consider for Projects

API is an acronym for Application Programming Interface. In simple words, we can say that an API delivers a user response to a system and sends the system’s response back to a user.

#Technologies

Top Technologies for Javascript Fullstack Developers in 2021

In the ever-changing and rapid world of website development, there are still some market-leading technologies and skills that are good to consider when looking for a full-stack developer role.

#Technologies

Lightning Network: What Is It and How Will It Change Bitcoin

Bitcoin might be a big buzzword but most of us know it's not ready to scale to fit into our daily lives. Here's how the Lightning Network can change that.

#Technologies

Top 10 Future Technologies You’ve Definitely Never Heard Of

CRISPR, Quantum, Graphene, Smart Dust, Digital Twins, the Metaverse… You’ve heard about it all. Seen it all. Read it all. These technologies no longer hold any secrets for you.

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#Mokka Games

Apple bans Fortnite from App Store during Epic Games legal battle

Apple has banned Fortnite from its App Store until a legal battle with the game's maker Epic has concluded, according to Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games.

#Mokka Games

Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta Might Be Delayed

Ske7ch: Thank you to everyone for tuning into the live stream today! Awesome to share the team's work and very excited to play it together soon

#Mokka Games

PlayStation Showcase Was Good, But Not Good Enough

Sammy Barker writes, "Prior to the PlayStation Showcase, we dropped a garbage time Soapbox, explaining that Sony couldn’t afford any dead air in its press conference today.

#Mokka Games

Rumor: Halo Infinite's Infamous Craig Gets a New Look, Brute Images Also Leak Out

Halo Infinite's Craig has reportedly been upgraded as new images showing the Brute enemies leak out.

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Deathloop Review – IGN

Deathloop encases fun investigation work and satisfying combat in a unique time loop mechanic to create a tremendously satisfying adventure.

#Mokka Games

Announcing Alan Wake Remastered: An Open Letter from Sam Lake

From AlanWake.info: "I’m beyond happy to tell you that at the time of writing this, Alan Wake Remastered is nearing its completion. Confirmed, announced, coming up in partnership with Epic Games Publishing. Multiplatform. PC on the Epic Games Store, Xbox, and for the first time ever, PlayStation, this generation and the previous one.

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#Management & HR

How to Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track

Maybe you’ve been part of a team that you’ve seen slowly slide into a rut. You didn’t notice it happen, but you’re now not shipping anything, no one’s talking to each other, and the management’s Eye of Sauron has cast its gaze upon you.

#Management & HR

Planning for Everything

Once upon a time, there was a happy family. Every night at dinner, mom, dad, and two girls who still believed in Santa played a game. The rules are simple. Tell three stories about your day, two true, one false, and see who can detect the fib.

#Management & HR

Project Management for Humans

I loved the game Tetris as a kid. I played the Game Boy version for hours. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the concept of little shapes coming together in a logical way to clear a goal. The pieces complement one another, yet they all naturally work in different ways.

#Management & HR

Team Conflict: Four Ways to Deflate the Discord that’s Killing Your Team

It was supposed to be a simple web project. Our client needed a site that would allow users to create, deploy and review survey results. Aside from some APIs that weren’t done, I wasn’t very worried about the project. I was surprised that my product manager was spending so much time at the client’s office.

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#Management & HR

Managing Ego

We’re in an industry where we regularly hear that our ideas are bad. We can get yelled at for overlooking something, even if we didn’t know about it, and we frequently encounter threats to our ego that can turn any one of us into an anxious and irrational coworker.

#Management & HR

Insisting on Core Development Principles

The web community talks a lot about best practices in design and development: methodologies that are key to reaching and retaining users, considerate design habits, and areas that we as a community should focus on.

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#Trends & News

China declares all crypto-currency transactions illegal

China's central bank has announced that all transactions of crypto-currencies are illegal, effectively banning digital tokens such as Bitcoin.

#Trends & News

AI cannot be the inventor of a patent, appeals court rules

Artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be the inventor of new patents, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled.

#Trends & News

Apple threatened Facebook ban over slavery posts on Instagram

Apple threatened to remove Facebook's products from its App Store, after the BBC found domestic "slaves" for sale on apps, including Instagram, in 2019.

#Trends & News

NFT blockchain drives surge in digital art auctions

Musician Grimes has sold several pieces of digital artwork at auction, raising a total of $6m - and their new "owners" do not own the work itself, meaning it can still be seen and shared online.

#Trends & News

Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission

Nasa is sending a robotic rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon's South Pole.

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#Events

You’re invited: PlayStation Showcase 2021 Broadcast next Thursday

Tune in next Thursday, September 9 at 1:00pm Pacific Time / 9:00pm BST / 10:00pm CEST for a look into the future of PS5.

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Leading Design Festival 2021 – Live Notes

Here are my notes from Leading Design Festival 2021, liveblogged (recorded in real time and updated as I go). My notes from the 2016 LD event can be found here.

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2021 NAB Show Canceled, Citing “Insurmountable Challenges” From the Pandemic

The 2022 edition of the trade show is still slated to be held in Las Vegas next April.

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2021 tech events, summits and conferences to add to your calendar

The 2021 conference season is going to be a strange one, with many events still TBA or online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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O’Reilly Announces 2021 Superstream Series Lineup and Dates

Live Virtual Events Kick Off This Month for Software Architecture, Infrastructure & Ops, OSCON, Strata Data, and Artificial Intelligence