Happy New Year, everyone! Here are a few of the things our team found useful or interesting this past week.
Just keep scrolling! How to design lengthy, lengthy pages
It can be challenging designing a long page with a lot of content. I found this article helpful in terms of best practices and what to keep in mind to preserve usability.
Using “How Might We” questions to ideate on the right problems
The technique for ideation that this article explains is simple. But, it’s very essential and I think it would influence the quality of ideas you get from group work.
The state of design in 2021
The State of Design in 2021
A nice digestive article by Abstract on design trends such as design teams, design process, and how outcome is measured. Visually very well presented too!
— Adam P
27 research-backed web design tips: How to design a website that works
Here is a great list of best practices for web design with the research to back it up!
Comparing static site generator build times
A good comparison of build times for the most popular static site generators. While this shouldn’t be the main thing you focus on when deciding which SSG to use for your brand spanking new blog, this is one piece of information to consider.
End-to-end testing in React Native with Detox
A nice handy article on implementing detox testing for React Native.
— Adam P
Heroku is being left in the dust when it comes to raw power
I always enjoy Nate Berkopec’s articles on how to improve the performance of your Rails apps. This is a particularly interesting one. Did you know that Heroku dynos are using AWS instances that are a few generations out of date? I sure didn’t!
iSH Shell iOS app
I’m a little surprised that this made it onto the App store, but it’s likely a highly neutered version of a full-fledged Linux shell. Still, what developer doesn’t want to be able to access a terminal on their iPad?
Why teach frontend skills to a primarily backend-focused audience?
Why learn about frontend when you’re primarily a backend developer? This little quote from the article sums it up, I’d say:
“[W]eb application performance is browser performance. … Backend response times make up 10% or less of the average latency of a web application.”