Announcing Classy

Announcing Classy

When we wish we could do something, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to just start doing it. Immediately. Right now. Sure we’ll do it badly at first, but after a while of sucking, and some help from a friend, even a total noob can learn. This Sunday I submitted my first (real) chrome extension to […]

On Zen and Design

On Zen and Design

Design is messy. Let it be messy. Throw out your BFA. Throw out your ‘process’. Do the work. Do it now. Sit outside and draw. Make lists instead of drawing. Make lists of the most important things. Add stuff. Remove stuff. “…when there is nothing left to take away” If you don’t like it, draw […]

The Best Rejection Letter I Ever Received

The Best Rejection Letter I Ever Received

In the fall of 2009 I applied for a web design internship at Grooveshark. I was a sophomore in college, green behind the ears and still doing graffiti on the weekends. I didn’t get the job, but John Ashenden loved my enthusiasm and took the time to write me a note. My 20-year-old self didn’t know it […]

The Design Process: A Pyramid

The Design Process: A Pyramid

Questions to answer before nailing your next design project. Almost two years ago, I got to sit down with Ryan Germick, the lead of the Google Doodle team. When I asked how his team kept shipping such great designs consistently, Ryan asked for my notebook, and drew a pyramid. He divided it into five layers, and he […]

The Best Tools for UI Hacking (not jsFiddle)

The Best Tools for UI Hacking (not jsFiddle)

For designers, the hardest part about programming is setting up your environment. Or even worse — cloning and setting up an entire project just so that you can tinker with the code on one element. For this reason, when I want to make something fast using HTML/CSS/jQuery, — I  always use an in-browser development environment. But which […]

Create Smooth UI Animations in Photoshop

Create Smooth UI Animations in Photoshop

My good friend Nadav showed me a trick last year—and until now I’ve kept it to myself. In Photoshop CS 6 and above, there is a wonderful thing called the timeline feature. The timeline allows you to use keyframes on your layers to modify things like position, opacity, and layer style over time! If you’ve ever edited […]

From idea to core prototype in hours, not weeks

From idea to core prototype in hours, not weeks

Note: Neila Rey is awesome, but I can’t use her copyright. The original graphics created with this post have been removed. The design principles described in this post still apply, even though the mock-ups provided no longer reflect Neila’s workouts. I’ve been working out every day with these great at-home workout plans from Neila Rey. […]

Quick usability tests for your app’s UI

Quick usability tests for your app’s UI

It doesn’t matter if mock ups are pretty if they confuse the user. When designing it can be frustratingly simple to build something that isn’t usable. You’ve got your head down in the trenches for so long and you’re so focused on building your ideas that you don’t take a step back and imagine how […]

Prototyping is Trying

Prototyping is Trying

In the world of mobile app development, we’ve all got a bad case of builder’s attention deficit disorder. There’s not enough time and a whole world of things we can make, design, or build. How do you convince your team that your ideas are the ones worth building? When an idea is more than just […]

By Will Newton