The five best design links, every weekday

Friday01/15

1

thistooshallgrow.com

Shit’s broken: why we need Mindful Notifications & how to Design them

Notifications today impede our focus, get in the way of our plans, cause cognitive overload, and are often devoid of meaning. Here’s how we improve.

2

ilovetypography.com

My Favorite Typefaces of 2020

After a decade, our annual Favorite Fonts list is back.

3

surma.dev

Ditherpunk — The article I wish I had about monochrome image dithering

I always loved the visual aesthetic of dithering but never knew how it’s done. So I did some research.

4

uxdesign.cc

The two design skills that will matter in 2021

2020 is now behind us. Good! It’s been a bad year on many levels, but it was also transformative.

5

medium.com

How to train your design dragon

A new designer joined our team recently, and we onboarded her through Google Hangouts.

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Thursday01/14

1

tympanus.net

2020: A round-up of all Codrops resources

A roundup of all Codrops resources of the year 2020.

2

fontsinuse.com

Font In Use: CIA.gov (2021 rebrand)

The updated website is more reminiscent of a Millennial direct-to-consumer popup brand than a staid government agency.

3

link.medium.com

One component with over 1,000 variants

Use Figma’s Variants and Auto-layout to design one Button component

4

fastcompany.com

Camo, flags, and the Kraken: decoding symbols of the Capitol insurrectionists

The Capitol rioters wore pelts, carried flags, and plastered themselves with logos that hid deeper meanings.

5

2020.stateofjs.com

The State of JavaScript 2020

The annual survey about the latest trends in the JavaScript ecosystem.

Wednesday01/13

1

uxdesign.cc

The no-mouse challenge: Taking the keyboard navigation red pill

Not everyone out there relies on a mouse or a trackpad when using their computers.

2

albertwalicki.com

How to Fall In Love With Single Div Illustrations

A short tutorial on how to create images.

3

buttonbuddy.dev

ButtonBuddy - Accessible button contrast generator

Learn what it takes to ensure your buttons or button-styled links have accessible contrast across all states and surfaces.

4

samanthaz.me

Learning 3D Modeling in 14 Weeks

I learnt 3D modeling on my own in just 14 weeks, and earned an honorable mention and staff pick on Sketchfab. Here’s how I did it.

5

medium.com

A UX Analysis of Cyberpunk 2077′s HUD

Finding a balance between visual flair and effective communication.

Tuesday01/12

1

loremipsum.ueno.co

24,895 hours later

Today I am happy to announce that Ueno is joining Twitter to help build the future of one of the most influential brands in the world.

2

uxplanet.org

Analyzing the new Tesla UI

The new user interface that Tesla has launched as a Christmas gift has not left its users indifferent.

3

uxdesign.cc

Learnings from designing for multi-language user interfaces

Designing for multiple languages has had an impact on the way I approach design decisions, regardless of the product being in one or more languages.

4

joshwcomeau.com

Let's Bring Spacer GIFs Back!

The 90s web gave us many delightful things: web rings, guestbooks, “under construction” animations, and spacer GIFs.

5

tiffanybbrown.com

Flash’s Web Tech Legacy

Flash laid the conceptual groundwork for much of what we now do with native web technologies.

Monday01/11

1

medium.com

A Brief History of Web Design Tools (and the original sin)

How much have design tools changed since the dawn of Xerox technologies in the 80s? Have the basic conventions shifted much? Let’s find out.

2

browserlondon.com

Front-end predictions for 2021 and beyond

Jay Freestone examines trends and technologies that will shape web development this year.

3

theconversation.com

Yellow Gadsden flag, prominent in Capitol takeover, carries a long history

We may think of flags as fixed symbols with a specific meaning, but there are few symbols whose significance is truly permanent.

4

sahillavingia.com

No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees

How we work at Gumroad.

5

jkrglobal.com

Burger King rebrand

Fast-food giant's first rebrand in over 20 years features a more digital-friendly burger logo and a custom brand font by Colophon Foundry, "Flame".

Friday01/08

1

uxdesign.cc

5 designer personas every design team has to have

How Jason recruited his team — The Argonauts.

2

uxdesign.cc

5 academic research papers every designer should read

Product design is now a mainstay in the working vocabularies of companies worldwide.

3

stephenkelleher.com

Facebook Messenger Case Study

With over 1.3 billion users, Messenger has grown to become one of the largest communication platforms in the world.

4

lukashermann.dev

Why the iPhone Timer App displays a Fake Time

While building a timer app I came across a peculiarity with displaying time.

5

design.google

Google Design’s Best of 2020

A look back at the year’s most resilient design projects

Thursday01/07

1

briefs.video

Is Progressive Enhancement Dead Yet?

A brief video about the web from Webbed Briefs

2

openai.com

DALL·E: Creating Images from Text

We’ve trained a neural network called DALL·E that creates images from text captions for a wide range of concepts expressible in natural language.

3

fastcompany.com

The CIA has a trendy new logo. Critics are not impressed

But some design experts say it could have been worse.

4

black.space

New Kia logo

Insights from Blackspace studio on their work on a new Kia logo and brand identity.

5

css-tricks.com

Whack-a-Mole: The CSS Edition

We’ve seen the checkbox hack and how it can be used to build a complete state machine in CSS.

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