The five best design links, every weekday

Wednesday02/21

1

craigmod.com

Five Years of Memberships

I’ve been running the Special Projects membership program for five years; here’s what I know.

2

anaselgendy.medium.com

My Design System Journey: Building The Plane While Flying

Challenges I faced in Design Systems with Cross-Functional Teams.

3

geoffgraham.me

CSS is Logical

CSS be weird, but it not be illogical.

4

css-irl.info

Design Patterns that Encourage Junk Data

It’s estimated that up to 88% of the data stored in the cloud is ROT (Redundant, Obsolete or Trivial) data, or “dark data”.

5

logodesignlove.com

Logo Rhythm, the band logos book

Album covers get all the praise, but the humble band logo has never quite got its full dues. Until now.

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Tuesday02/20

1

medium.com

Introducing Spectrum 2: Our vision for the future of Adobe experience design

A preview of the comprehensive update coming to Adobe’s design system.

2

evilmartians.com

How to Favicon in 2024: Six files that fit most needs

The ultimate guide to favicons for the modern web.

3

theverge.com

Figma’s CEO on life after his failed sale to Adobe

Figma is betting big on generative AI and Dev Mode.

4

bram.us

Scroll-Driven Animations: You want overflow: clip, not overflow: hidden

If you create a scroll-driven animation, check for overflow: hidden elements up the DOM tree and change them to overflow: clip.

5

figmachecklists.com

Figma components checklists

These checklists are designed for designers seeking to level up their Figma components.

Monday02/19

1

nuejs.org

Tailwind marketing and misinformation engine

The origins of Tailwind and how it is framed against semantic CSS.

2

zachleat.com

The Good, The Bad, The Web Components

The humble component. The building block of modern web development.

3

andreinc.net

The sinusoidal tetris

A tetris game with a twist.

4

designtrends.click

Design Trends 2024

A landing page that covers current trends in design for 2024.

5

tylersticka.com

Browsers Are Weird Right Now

The options today feel… odd.

Friday02/16

1

openai.com

Video generation models as world simulators

We explore large-scale training of generative models on video data.

2

kottke.org

Winners of the 59th Annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

What a treat: the winning entries in the 59th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

3

blog.google

Our next-generation model: Gemini 1.5

Gemini 1.5 delivers dramatically enhanced performance, with a breakthrough in long context understanding across modalities.

4

openai.com

Sora: Creating video from text

Sora is an AI model that can create realistic and imaginative scenes from text instructions.

5

figma.com

The Anatomy of a Super Bowl Ad

How learning app Duolingo’s cheeky five-second spot beat the odds in a crowded field.

Thursday02/15

1

developer.chrome.com

High Definition CSS Color Guide

CSS Color 4 brings wide gamut color tools and capabilities to the web: more colors, manipulation functions, and better gradients.

2

pudding.cool

Quantifying the Diva-ness of 138 National Anthem Performances

We compared each performer’s pitch to the standard to see who is the ultimate diva.

3

kottke.org

Vintage Typologies

Lost Found Art is a design company that “specializes in sculptural installations and assemblages.

4

medium.com

Seeing the Systems in EdTech

How complex systems like buildings, software, & education are composed of interconnected layers that change at different speeds.

5

lawsofux.com

Tesler’s Law

A look at inherent complexity and insights on how designers can effectively manage it.

Wednesday02/14

1

mrmr.io

Write code for the web

Apple doesn’t need developers.

2

developer.chrome.com

Modern client-side routing: the Navigation API

Learn about the Navigation API, a new API which adds improved functionality to build single-page applications.

3

uxdesign.cc

Designing genAI-enhanced features

Elevating user experience through intelligent content enhancement and personalization.

4

smashingmagazine.com

A Practical Guide To Designing For Children

How to design for children aged 3–12, with insights into user behavior, considerations for parents, and practical UX guidelines.

5

joshwcomeau.com

How To Center a Div

Back in the day, centering an element was one of the trickiest things in CSS.

Tuesday02/13

1

wired.com

Developers Are in Open Revolt Over Apple’s New App Store Rules

European app makers are seething, comparing Apple to “the Mafia” and piling pressure on lawmakers to act.

2

chrbutler.com

All art is a copy of something

My older kiddo and I watched a short documentary about artist and engineer Peter Vogel this morning.

3

blog.streamlinehq.com

How to create the perfect icon

A meticulous system to ensure that your icons are perfectly recognizable, consistent and legible.

4

storybook.js.org

Storybook 8 Beta

Major performance and compatibility improvements.

5

jarango.com

Shaping the Future of Design

How to remain relevant amid pervasive change.

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