When Friction Is A Good Thing: Designing Sustainable E-Commerce Experiences Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Anna Rátkai)

As lavish influencer lifestyles, wealth flaunting, and hauls dominate social media feeds, we shouldn’t be surprised that excessive consumption has become the default way of living. We see closets filled to the brim with cheap, throw-away items and having the latest gadget arsenal as signifiers of an aspirational life. Consumerism, however, is more than a … Read more

Useful Customer Journey Maps (+ Figma & Miro Templates) Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Vitaly Friedman)

User journey maps are a remarkably effective way to visualize the user’s experience for the entire team. Instead of pointing to documents scattered across remote fringes of Sharepoint, we bring key insights together — in one single place. Let’s explore a couple of helpful customer journey templates to get started and how companies use them … Read more

Tales Of An Eternal Summer (July 2024 Wallpapers Edition) Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Cosima Mielke)

For many of us, July is the epitome of summer. The time for spending every free minute outside to enjoy the sun and those seemingly endless summer days, be it in a nearby park, by a lake, or on a trip exploring new places. So why not bring a bit of that summer joy to … Read more

How To Improve Your Microcopy: UX Writing Tips For Non-UX Writers Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Irina Silyanova)

Throughout my UX writing career, I’ve held many different roles: a UX writer in a team of UX writers, a solo UX writer replacing someone who left, the first and only UX writer at a company, and even a teacher at a UX writing course, where I reviewed more than 100 home assignments. And oh … Read more

How To Make A Strong Case For Accessibility Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Vitaly Friedman)

Getting support for accessibility efforts isn’t easy. There are many accessibility myths, wrong assumptions, and expectations that make accessibility look like a complex, expensive, and time-consuming project. Let’s fix that! Below are some practical techniques that have been working well for me to convince stakeholders to support and promote accessibility in small and large companies. … Read more

So Your Website Or App Is Live… Now What? Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Paul Boag)

Whether you’ve launched a redesign of your website or rolled out a new feature in your app, that is the point where people normally move on to the next project. But, that is a mistake. It’s only once a site, app, or feature goes live that we get to see actual users interacting with it … Read more

MDX Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Multimedia Writing Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Frederick O’Brien)

Prior to the World Wide Web, the act of writing remained consistent for centuries. Words were put on paper, and occasionally, people would read them. The tools might change — quills, printing presses, typewriters, pens, what have you — and an adventurous author may perhaps throw in imagery to compliment their copy. We all know … Read more

Uniting Web And Native Apps With 4 Unknown JavaScript APIs Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Juan Diego Rodríguez)

A couple of years ago, four JavaScript APIs that landed at the bottom of awareness in the State of JavaScript survey. I took an interest in those APIs because they have so much potential to be useful but don’t get the credit they deserve. Even after a quick search, I was amazed at how many … Read more

T-Shaped vs. V-Shaped Designers Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Vitaly Friedman)

Many job openings in UX assume very specific roles with very specific skills. Product designers should be skilled in Figma. Researchers should know how to conduct surveys. UX writers must be able to communicate brand values. This article is part of our ongoing series on UX. You might want to take a look at Smart … Read more

Useful Email Newsletters For Designers Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Cosima Mielke)

Struggling to keep our inboxes under control and aim for that magical state of inbox zero, the notification announcing an incoming email isn’t the most appreciated sound for many of us. However, there are some emails to actually look forward to: A newsletter, curated and written with love and care, can be a nice break … Read more

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