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The Value Of Storyboarding For Product Design

by Joshua Bumcrot

By creating understandable and tangible visuals, companies will decrease interdepartmental miscommunications and increase overall productivity. This article is for anyone who wants to develop a product and improve internal communication.

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Improve Animated GIF Performance With HTML5 Video

by Ayo Isaiah

Animated GIFs are popular on the web for good reason. They provide more engagement than an ordinary image, while remaining more digestible compared to a typical video. However GIFs are a terrible format for storing video and are often huge in size …

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SmashingConf San Francisco 2019

Better estimates and pricing, applying psychology to UX, design workflow, refactoring, moving to a static site setup, CSS Grid techniques, performance and deployment patterns for HTTP/2.

Explore all speakers and topics → Welcome SmashingConf San Francisco 2019, with everything on naming conventions, security audit, front-end architecture, rendering performance, CSS Grid Layout, PWA, Vue.js, Webpack.

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Phil Hawksworth, the person of the week

Person Of The Week

Phil Hawksworth’s career in web development spans almost 20 years. After years of working at agencies helping clients such as Nike, Google, Beats By Dre, and Samsung bring engaging and effective experiences to the widest audience possible, he returned to working on a product this year: as head of Developer Relations at Netlify, the fastest-growing automation and hosting platform for modern websites. With a passion for browser technologies and the empowering properties of the web, Phil loves seeking out ingenuity and simplicity, especially in places where over-engineering is common. Thank you for sharing and caring, dear Phil!


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The Magic Of The Network Effect

“An idea shared is more powerful than one that’s hidden. A technology standard outperforms a proprietary one. A community is stronger than divided individuals ever could be.” Seth Godin wrote a short but meaningful post on the network effect.

Design Systems

Meet Design Systems, a recent Smashing book in which Alla Kholmatova explores how to set up an effective design system to create great digital products. With common traps, gotchas and lessons learned.

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