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Best practices for designing a CSV importer anyone can useSponsored

Learnings from importing thousands of CSV files and the pitfalls to avoid.

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Designing A Better Back Button UX

With the “Back” button, users often get confused, frustrated and annoyed. Here’s how to design better back button UX.

Motion in UX Design: 6 Effective Types of Web Animation

Read about effective types of web animation and check plenty of motion design examples showing how motion supports web interactions and usability.

How Big Should Touch Areas in Car Interfaces Be?

An experiment to determine the minimal touch area size of in-car infotainment systems.

Badge UI Design Exploration

Badge design UI/UX tips. Purposes, use-cases, UX patterns reviewed, and other things to consider.

What the Fastly outage can teach us about writing error messages

Insights on doing better as developers when it comes to crafting error messages and information display after the recent Fastly outage.

Dark Patterns Tip Line

Consumer Reports wants to fight manipulative practices with a platform for people to submit deceptive designs they encounter in digital products.

Frustrating Design Patterns: Mega-Dropdown Hover Menus

Things to keep in mind when designing and building a better mega-dropdown.

Frustrating Design Patterns That Need Fixing: Birthday Picker

Too often birthday input is inaccessible, slow and cumbersome to use. Let's fix it.

Simple things are complicated: making a show password option

Adding a ‘show password’ option to GOV.UK accounts looked like a straightforward task, but it was more interesting and complicated than we expected.

People are talking - a design refresh of Wikipedia Talk pages

The project to make the "Talk page", the corresponding page that every article on Wikipedia has for discussions, better for everyone.

Computers and Creativity

How can digital creative tools become better co-creators with human beings?

Cookie Consent Speed Run

A frustrating game about GDPR banners.

Designing calculator apps

Looking at different calculator apps, we reflect on the imitative nature of all software and the dreaded concept of skeuomorphism.

Hack Care - IKEA-inspired book uses design to help dementia caregivers

Tips to make furniture more comfortable or approachable for patients living at home with dementia, and their carers, in a classic IKEA catalog style

State-Switch Controls: The Infamous Case of the “Mute” Button

On–off controls that switch between two different system states need to clearly communicate to users both states.

Designing the Ada Lovelace hashflag emoji

On Ada Lovelace Day we celebrate the work of women in STEM. Jenny Brennan writes about how she designed a hashflag for the occasion.

The failed promise of Web Components

Web Components had so much potential to empower HTML to do more, make dev more accessible to non-coders & easier for coders. Or that was the idea.

The Evolution of the Google Sign Up Form: 2005 → 2020

The timeline of how Google has created its modern registration form.