UX At Scale 2017: Free Webinars To Get Scaling Design Right

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Design doesn’t scale as cleanly as engineering. It’s not enough that each element and page is consistent with each other — the much bigger challenge lies in keeping the sum of the parts intact, too. And accomplishing that with a lot of designers involved in the same project.

UX At Scale 2017: Free Webinars To Get Scaling Design Right

If you’re working in a growing startup or a large corporation, you probably know the issues that come with this: The big-picture falls from view easily as everyone is focusing on the details they are responsible for, and conceptions about the vision of the design might be interpreted differently, too. What we need is a set of best practices to remove this friction and make the process smoother. A strategy to scale design without hurting it.

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4 Lesser Known Factors Designers Should Consider When Designing for the Web

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Image credit: Pexels. Competent web designers know that there are several factors that should be taken into account when designing. There’s the need for easy navigation, the suitability of the design for the intended audience, compatibility with different browsers, and mobile-friendliness to name a few. There are lesser known factors, though, that also need to […]

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7 Essential Steps to Build a Successful Mobile App

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Mobile phones are ruling our modern age. We have witnessed many developments in the field of technology and one of the most notable growths that technology presented us is mobile technology. In the present day, it has become very tough for people to live even a single day without using their mobile phones. It is […]

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Meet XRespond Testing Tool: Let’s Make Building Responsive Websites Simpler

Original Source: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/09/xrespond-building-responsive-websites-simpler/



The way people consume information is constantly evolving. As web designers and developers, we keep up with all of the different screen shapes and sizes, learning to create beautiful, flexible software. Yet most of the available tools still don’t reflect the nature and diversity of the platform we’re building for: the browser.

Let’s Make Building Responsive Websites Simpler

When I was making my first responsive website in 2012, I quickly realized how inefficient and time-consuming the constant browser window resizing was. I had just moved from Estonia to Australia, and with a newborn, time was very much a precious resource.

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Introduction to Building WebApps in Vue.js

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There are so many JavaScript frameworks in existence these days, it can be difficult to keep track of them all, and certainly it’s unlikely that anyone will master them in entirety. What it means for most of us is that we’ll need to be selective about which development frameworks we’re going to invest time into learning.

In this article, we’ll take a quick look at Vue.js, so you can decide for yourself if it’s likely to suit the kind of projects you tend to work on, and whether it seems like a good fit for you.

What is Vue.js?

Although it’s conventionally not capitalized, “Vue” is really an acronym for Visual Understanding Environment. Its main purpose is to make it easier to develop web applications by reducing code complexity. It has a lot in common with React.js, but the current version of Vue renders faster then React, and seems to be more efficient.

Is Vue difficult to learn?

If you’re already an experienced coder, you shouldn’t have much difficulty getting started with Vue, but it wouldn’t be right to describe it as a beginner language. You need to have some experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build anything practical with it.

The learning curve with Vue is a little less steep than with React, and it’s a lot less steep than with Angular. So what can be accurately stated is that Vue is relatively easy to learn in comparison to other popular development frameworks.

How does Vue help to achieve objectives?

It varies a bit depending on what your objective actually is, but  in general, you bind code blocks to HTML divs. This methodology makes it easier to introduce interactivity and dynamic content than with regular HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

On the other hand, you can’t really do more in Vue than you could by using the more conventional ways.  Using Vue is simply a matter of making things easier for you in the development phase, but it doesn’t have much effect on the end result, apart from minor performance impact due to loading the framework code.

Another advantage of Vue is that it provides modularity, meaning you can re-use components you develop in multiple projects.

Does Vue have any cool tricks up its sleeve?

It certainly does, and the best of these is built-in transition effects, which allow you to take control of what would otherwise be very code-intensive CSS and JavaScript structures using just a line or two of code. This saves you time and effort when creating your applications.

Another useful feature is native rendering for specific device types such as Android and iOS, so you can fine tune your applications for the devices they’re running on without a lot of extra work.

Getting started

As stated earlier, Vue is easy to learn, but it’s not a beginner’s language. You still need to know your way around inside a code block. If you have knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the easy way to get started is by looking at an official Vue demo project.

The problem is that like most frameworks, the documentation is very lazy, and mainly dedicated to convincing you to use it. Much less attention is given in the documentation to explaining how everything works or why you do things a certain way. Virtually every official framework example ever created leaves out vital information that you have to poke around for hours to discover. That’s a flaw shared by Vue’s documentation and examples as well.

To make it easier to understand what you really need to do to re-create this project, these are the required steps:

1. Add a script referencing vue.js

For speed optimization, it’s best to include this after all your page content, but just before the closing body tag in the HTML source. You may also have other page resources loading in this section also, and the order of loading priority determines which order you should insert each resource.

Here is an example of including vue.js from a CDN:

And here is an example of including vue.js from a directory on your own server:

Without this reference to vue.js, nothing related to Vue can happen.

2. Add the Vue components into your HTML body

That’s what’s going on with this code:

For now it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but the Vue part is the empty “demo-grid” element, plus the addition of a “v-directive” to the query input (in this case it is “v-model”, which is used for binding Vue code to form inputs).

3. If the project requires a component template, add this to the HTML body

This section of code is unusual because it looks like regular HTML inside a script tag, which will confuse most HTML editing software (notice the indicator colors are wrong in some places).

4. Add the Vue instance

This should be one of the last things to appear on the page, because it’s performing  a dynamic rendering task. This provides some optimization benefits over adding it earlier in the page.

Line 46 specifies that the browser should look for a component on the page called “demo-grid”, and line 47 specifies that “#grid-template” should be used as the template for the component (this is the template code added at step 3 from line 9 to line 30).
A block from line 48 to line 52 defines the properties of the component.
Lines 53 to 62 define a function for sorting the data in the table.
Lines 63 to 85 define a function for filtering data (from results in the search query).
Lines 86 to 90 define a function for capitalizing the words in a data set.
Lines 91 to 97 define the method for sorting data.

5. Add in the launch code before the closing script tag

If you completed steps 1 to 4 and opened the file in the browser, all you would see is the search box and nothing more.  That’s because everything required to build the table has been defined but not created. So in step 5, we add the code that actually creates the table that was defined by all the previous steps.

Line 100 creates a new Vue object.
Line 101 specifies which element to bind the action to.
Lines 102 to 111 provide the object data that will be bound to the element.


Having defined and created the requisite object, you are now ready to test the result.  Prepare to be underwhelmed, because this is what you should see in the browser:

What’s going on? Why is it so boring?  It’s because there’s no styling applied. If we use the default styling from the JSFiddle example, the table would look like this:

Typing anything in the search box (not case-sensitive) will filter the results accordingly:

Clicking on a column header will allow you to change the order of display. For example, clicking on the “Power” column header will change the results to be displayed in order of power level.

Improving and adapting

Another issue with framework examples is that they usually don’t include much information to help somebody unfamiliar with the codebase to figure out how to apply in the field what they see in the example. Vue does a magnificent job compared to Bootstrap (which is notoriously under-informative),  but still leaves plenty of unanswered questions.

Here are a few changes we might make to this application to change how it looks and what it does:

Style the table as a Bootstrap striped table
Change the number of columns
Change the data to something completely different

1. Adding Bootstrap

2. Wrapping the element in a Bootstrap table

3. Adjusting the root element to use the Bootstrap layout model

4. Restyling the arrows

5. Modifying the data

6. Testing

Unfiltered & unsorted

Sorted by Directive (ascending)

Sorted by Used For (ascending)

Filtered for “conditional”

Filtered for “conditional” & sorted by Directive (ascending)

Final thoughts

Hopefully what was evident from these examples was that we built two applications with very different looks and content from a common slice of code. With Vue it is very easy to re-use your code across multiple projects, and potentially enjoy considerable time savings.

header image courtesy of Aleksandar Savic

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Meet the artist drawing millions of YouTube views

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Ross Tran steps out of his Californian apartment. The sun shines in the sky above and a car idles on the road below. Holding a couple of large canvases, he climbs over a balcony, shimmies down a tree and speaks to camera: “Welcome to another episode of Ross Draws. It’s my graduation episode!”

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He runs to the waiting car. Animated sparks fly. He throws his artwork through the open window, jumps into the driver’s seat and speeds away. The hand-written personalised number plate taped to the back of his Chevy reads: COLOR DODGE.

In just 20 seconds, we see why the 23-year-old artist’s videos have earned nearly two million views on his YouTube channel: the quick cuts, the playful tone, the breathless, almost hyperactive presenting style; whistle-stop tours of his art school, apartment and various locations around California; interviews with the smiley, unbelievably healthy-looking friends and teachers who populate those places…

 And, of course, the thing that underpins the channel’s success, Tran's art – bright, stylised, painterly, with tutorials explaining how to paint his work. What you’d never know by watching these videos is that the channel “came from a dark place.”

“A piece from my Astro Series. It’s a collection of portraits involving some kind of white garment and shapes as the influence.”
Personality is key

Tran is a recent graduate of Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design. He won his first concept artist job at the nearby West Studio when he was just 17. A couple of years later, he worked as lead character designer on his first feature film – creating Echo for the 2014 animated movie Earth to Echo. He now counts among his clients Disney, Samsung and Microsoft, and has since worked on the upcoming Halo Franchise and several more films.

How did he win so many big jobs at such a young age? “You have to personalise your portfolio so it represents what you really want to do,” he says. “For instance, if you love character design and want to get hired for it, make your portfolio and online presence character-based. I’ve seen a lot of people put too many types of work in their portfolio. It makes them look disposable. The last thing you want to be is a robot. Show the world who you are and what you want to do.”

“This was one of the few pieces I did in my year off art to pursue acting. I just loved to paint and felt the need to express myself artistically.”

He says some people may be familiar with his earlier work, but most of this success has come through Ross Draws, the YouTube channel that he started at the end of 2011.

“I actually grew up really shy,” he says, an image very different from the boisterous character he presents in his videos. “I had a lot of insecurities growing up. I think Ross Draws represents a side of myself that depicts transformation and self-growth. I consider myself an introvert, but one who’s learning extroverted skills.”

“This was from the third episode on my YouTube channel, drawing Nidalee from League. She’s one of my favourite characters and I had to draw her!”

Even after earning a place at the prestigious ArtCenter College of Design, Tran says he felt something was missing in his life. He was passionate about art, but also loved making people laugh. So he took a year off and pursued an acting career.

Tran juggled art school and auditions. He took extra classes in improv and scene study. The nearest he got to a big break was an audition for a pilot on the Fox network.

“My work has recently taken a more stylised, graphic approach, while still pertaining to my painterly roots.”

The small part called for a designer who freaks out a lot. “My perfect role!” Tran says. The producers of hit shows Psych and Scrubs were in the audition room and he made them laugh. They gave the part – which the script labelled “Asian Best Friend” – to a white person.

“I’m not sure the pilot even got picked up,” he says. “But it was a great experience. I also auditioned for a lot of commercials.”

“I always got tons of requests to draw my dog and found a perfect opportunity – to celebrate one year on YouTube.”
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Branching out on YouTube

“I grew up watching The PowerPuff Girls and wanted to do my take on it. I was bringing my love of graphics in the piece.”

A friend suggested he start a YouTube channel combining the two things: art and making people laugh. “I hesitated, thinking it wasn’t really my thing. Prior to the channel, I felt like I had no purpose. I was waking up and feeling really unmotivated to do anything. Uninspired, unwilling, defeated.

“Acting helped me to commit. Because, in acting, you have to commit 110 per cent or else no one will believe you, not even you. You can’t be in your head. Going on those auditions and to classes helped me to commit to the moment and just do it, no thinking. It’s a practice I’ve also taken into my art. If you have an idea, don’t be afraid to voice it.”

“This piece is quite special to me. People often mention that this was one of the first episodes/pieces they saw when they discovered me.”

When Tran reinvented himself as Ross Draws, it shook up his personal life and kickstarted his career. But the success of the YouTube channel brought new problems. “My schedule is different every week, every day,” he says. “Sometimes I feel I overload myself. I’m definitely what they call a night owl. I go to sleep anywhere from 2 to 5am. As my channel grows, so do my opportunities – conventions, signings, gigs – and it’s been harder to have a set schedule. It’s still currently a learning curve. But most of my week consists of editing my videos and painting.”

Growing up, Tran was into TV shows like Pokemon, Sailor Moon and Power Rangers – you can see those influences in his art and on his channel. He has a few key rules when making videos. Our attention span is getting shorter and shorter, he says, so he keeps footage under the six-minute mark. It’s also important to be yourself, connect with your audience and collaborate with other people. He’s made videos with artists he looks up to, like Dan LuVisi and Anthony Jones, but also collaborations with non-artists, such as Jimmy Wong and Yoshi Sudarso, who plays the Blue Ranger on the new Power Rangers show.

“This was another one that sat in my folder for about two years. I never knew how to finish it, but one day I opened it up and let the story breathe.”

The YouTube channel brought Tran new confidence, which was mirrored in his art. When he started at ArtCenter College of Design, he knew he was a capable painter but felt his work was too heavily influenced by his favourite artists. Then he painted a piece called Journey – a landmark in which he found his own voice and techniques.

Tran works with Premiere and After Effects for his videos, Photoshop and Lightroom for painting. Using all Adobe software helps him easily switch between apps. One website recently labelled him the “Master of Color Dodge.” The blend mode creates extra depth and makes colours really pop off the screen, an almost glowing effect that’s present in much of Tran's work.

“This has been sitting in my WIP folder for about three years. A lot of my pieces sit there until I can see the piece turn into something unique to me.”
It's not cheating

Tran hadn’t always used such techniques. “At a young age, I thought that using certain methods as cheating, only to realise now that it doesn’t matter. You can learn from anything, any method, anywhere. Have an open mind and you can absorb information easier and faster.”

After graduating college, Tran left the apartment that features in many of his YouTube videos. He now rents a house with friends, a place just outside Los Angeles. “We call it The Grind House,” he says. The Grind House? “It’s where we’re going to grind on our stuff for a year and decide what to do from there. There’s not much of an art scene in my area, but I love the motivational energy that the house has.”

“This piece was commissioned for the deviantART+Blizzard Campaign ‘21 Days of Overwatch’. It’s probably my best seller at my first convention, Anime Expo.”

“Motivational energy” is a perfect term. It’s in everything Tran says and does. You can still see his influences in his work. There’s a bit of Jaime Jones in there, some Craig Mullins and Claire Wending. But despite his youth, he has found a style, voice and motivational energy of his own – and, perhaps most importantly, a platform on which to share it. That’s the one piece of advice he’s keen to get across: do it your own way, on your own terms.

“My videos are funded by my amazing supporters on Patreon. I’m blessed to have fans who love what I do and who want the exclusive content that comes with each episode. Patreon is definitely a career option for artists.” Tran's endorsement of Patreon comes with a caveat, however: only launch when you’re ready. “I held off on making my page until I knew I had quality content for the people who supported me.

“There’s always a whimsical element to my work, either in the colours or the composition.”

“If you do what you love, numbers and finance shouldn’t matter,” Tran adds. “I have friends who absolutely love their studio jobs and want to be surrounded by people. I also had friends who quit those jobs, made a Patreon and earned less, but loved what they do.

“I think it’s about finding your own instrument and how to operate at your fullest potential. In today’s industry – and society – we too often compare ourselves to others, which fuels our inner self-critic. We’re all on our own journey at our own pace. We all have different inspirations, a different drive that propels us forward.”

This article was originally published in ImagineFX magazine issue 140.

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Pay What You Want: Microsoft Office Productivity Bundle

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Microsoft Office is a set of desktop applications that provide simple and efficient ways to present, manage, and organize information. Employees in most companies are expected to know how to write a report in Microsoft Word, create a presentation in Powerpoint, and analyze data in Excel. Although these are the most widely used programs of […]

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Movavi Screen Capture Studio Review: Recording Online Videos is a Breeze

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You wake up for work. The first item on your to-do list is to open up that social media webinar you’ve been looking forward to.

You’re fifteen minutes early and ready to learn about how you can turn your small business into a presence on Facebook. But then, the phone rings. Your kid got sick at school and now you need to come and pick him up. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick way to record that webinar for future viewing?

Quite a few versions of screen capture software exist. Some cost hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars. Others come as browser extensions or default software installed into your operating system. These tend to work for limited use, but you often run into problems like the amount of time you can capture, resolution difficulties and watered-down features in general.

The main disadvantage to not having a fully-functional screen capture tool is that you often would like to save these full videos for later, without the regular limitations.

For instance, a college professor or business professional might want to show off some relevant YouTube videos but they don’t get internet access in the classroom or at a conference. A company might want to share training courses online, but they’d rather have local files to give to new employees in one batch.

In addition, every single one of these people may want to take a video, grab a screen capture of it, then cut it down to a certain size. This helps with placing a quick video in a presentation, where the actual video online is far too long.

In fact, many university students are known for inserting shortened YouTube videos in their PowerPoint presentations.

In order to take advantage of this functionality, you need a tool like Movavi Screen Capture Studio. It offers a compact program with Windows and Mac versions. You can record online videos and save them to your computer after making edits.

Furthermore, the Movavi Screen Capture Studio doesn’t limit the type of video you record. It seems to open up possibilities for capturing and saving everything from Conan O’Brien clips to videos on the ESPN website.

Seeing as how quite a few people would find this tool helpful, I wanted to give it a spin to see how it performed.

What Can You Record with the Help of Movavi Screen Capture Studio?

TV Programs.
Live Streams.
Videos from YouTube.
Online video courses.
Video marketing materials.
Videos on social media.

Really, screen capture is entirely up to your imagination. Taking a video of a Netflix video is entirely possible for the entertainment junkies out there. There’s also no reason you can’t use Movavi for more professional videos. And, the most obvious use of a screen capture software is to develop your own videos for things like YouTube videos, courses and webinars.

But enough of that. Let’s take a look at my own experience.

Recording With Movavi – Ease of Use

The Movavi Screen Capture Studio downloads directly to your PC or Mac from the Movavi website. There’s no personal information you have to type in. It’s also not a demo version, so the basic functionality of Movavi Screen Capture Studio is there for you to enjoy.

Upon installing an opening Movavi Screen Capture, you see a box with options. It asks whether you’d like to do one of the following:

Record screen.
Take a screenshot.
Repeat last recording.
Look at the quick capture shortcuts.
Edit your captured files.

You can also find a compact mode for keeping the clutter down.

This review is only on the recording capabilities, but as you can see, Movavi provides several other functions for screenshots and editing.

But now it’s time to find a video I want to record and capture with Movavi. I decided to do so with a few types of videos so that I understand how well it performs. At first, I wanted to see how Netflix worked out. I started a TV show, began the screen capture, then waited for about five minutes. After stopping the capture, it brought me to a basic editing area.

Here are some of the options in this module:

Adjust the playback volume.
Save the current frame.
Save As.
Adjust the language.
Open the video in the more advanced Movavi Video Editor.
Share to YouTube.
Cut the video in its current position.

One of the main features involves cutting the video down. As mentioned above, a business person, student, teacher or a regular person might have a strong need for cutting out the rest of the video. Therefore, the user drags the cutting tool to the spots they want to save. Hit the Cut button, then everything else gets removed.

I also enjoy the Save to YouTube feature, since it’s a pain in the rear to download the video to your computer and go through the regular YouTube upload module. On the Upload to YouTube screen, you can change the title, description, tags and the Save To location. It even provides options to adjust the resolution, category and privacy.

I could definitely imagine using Movavi Screen Capture Studio in my professional life as well. Therefore, I went to a popular WordPress training module on Udemy and joined the course. This was a free course, but I imagine you’d have the same screen capture experience if you paid for videos on Udemy or Lynda. Regardless, the WordPress course recorded nicely and I was able to cut it down whenever I found something that dragged on.

My final test was with a simple YouTube video. What’s cool about Movavi Screen Capture Studio is that you can capture regardless of the size of the video. So, I completed the capture on the smaller YouTube screen, but the fullscreen view worked fine as well.

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Capturing videos like this is both legal and productive. Companies have been doing this for quite some time, and the average TV and movie buff would find this interesting as well. If you have any questions about this Movavi Screen Capture Studio review, or if you’ve tried out the software in the past, let us know in the comments section below.

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How to Master Microcopy

Original Source: https://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2017/09/how-to-master-microcopy/

Microcopy  is the little bits of text that guide users through an experience. In apps and websites, microcopy includes things like button labels, hint text, and error messages. Often an afterthought that gets quickly added at the end of the development process, microcopy actually provides a really simple way to assist users as they interact with your product.

Microcopy is small yet powerful copy. Don’t judge it on its size, judge it on its effectiveness. In this article, we’ll see how microcopy can be used in all sorts of functional and delightful ways.

Microcopy is design

Design is about words. Words still form the backbone of communication on the web and in the apps, and microcopy should be a vital element of the design process from the very start.

When done right, effective microcopy increases conversions, improves the rate of task completion and delights users.

Alleviate the concerns of your users

Microcopy is extremely contextual. That’s why it’s so valuable. It answers a very specific question people have and speaks to their concerns right on the spot. You should anticipate user’s questions. User testing is a great way to find out what kind of questions users are asking.

For example, when users are about to sign up to Tumblr, they’re asked to choose a name for their blog. This seems like a big deal, because you’re going to define not just the username, but the URL at which you’ll be found by others. In order to reduce the stress of making a big decision that could affect the future of your blog, Tumblr reminds users that “You can change it any time”. Problem solved. No more worries about choosing the wrong sub-domain name.

Microcopy can be fundamental in reassuring your users at the point of subscribing or sharing details. When people add their emails or connect their Twitter accounts, say “we hate spam as much as you do.” Whilst ‘not to spam/auto-tweet’ might be taken for granted by good marketers when asking for email address/access to the social network account connections, the user is less than sure.

Microcopy from Timely covers all the potential user concerns in one tight little sentence.

We all know how frustrating it can be when you lose content while you’re in the middle of something. Autosave will help make sure that never happens. And microcopy should be used to reassure them that their data is safe.

Google Drive keeps you informed that your hard work is okay.

Users don’t like to give out personal information, especially if they feel it’s unnecessary. Explain to the user why you need their information, or outlining how you use (and protect) their data. For example, Facebook addresses all users concerns, head-on, in its signup box. Their form explains the service is free (forever), and if you’re nervous about giving your date of birth it deals with that too.

Use friendly and helpful copy in a moment of failure

How errors are communicated can have a huge impact on the way someone experiences your website or app. If you aren’t explicit about the error, your users are going to have a hard time figuring out how to fix it. Often overlooked, an ill-constructed error message can fill users with frustration. A well-crafted error message, on the other hand, can turn a moment of frustration into a moment of delight.

A short sprinkling of humour is often a great way to diffuse the frustration of an error.

Brings delight

Injecting delightful details into your designs is a great way to  break the barriers that exist between man and machine.

Users like to interact with other people. If your product sounds human, it’s easier for people to trust you.

Yelp shows the humans behind the brand and encourages people to open up and leave an honest review.

Microcopy can provide a nice opportunity to convey personality to your designs. Good microcopy can turn a routine task into something memorable.

Each time you visit Flickr, the site welcomes you in a different language, which adds a quirky, playful touch.

OkCupid compliments your city when creating a new account: “Ahh, Paris.”

The secret to writing amazing microcopy

Writing microcopy takes more than good writing skills. Just because microcopy is small, doesn’t mean it’s easy to implement. There are multiple factors that play a role in designing great microcopy. Here are a few tips to make a little bit of text pay off in a big way.

Avoid technical jargon

Every company has its own language, which often sneaks onto the website and in the app. Don’t let it happen. What works for you not necessary will work for your user. You need to convey technical information in simple terms.

Use your user’s dictionary

Use natural language and talk to your user like a person.  Don’t write the vocabulary from the top of your head. Instead, get to know the user: research and reuse the existing language of your audience.

Keep it short and helpful

Users don’t want to read long instructions on how to complete a single task. When implementing microcopy use simple unambiguous language and short sentences. It’s supposed to be micro-, not macrocopy.

Be careful with jokes

It’s not always appropriate to use humour in your microcopy. First, not everyone shares your sense of humor. What might sound good on the paper, but in fact can be regarded as uncaring or rude.

Is it really funny or just rude?

Second, it really depends on the context. For instance, a user losing a significant amount of work—then saying “Oops! We can’t seem to save your data” is entirely inappropriate.

Pair microcopy with a picture

Whether it’s a photo, illustration, or a simple picture can sometimes be the perfect pairing for your microcopy. They work together to create a feeling of delight that’s more magical than words or pictures alone. As Dr. Seuss once said:

Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.

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Collective #346

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Bugsnag: The Modern Way to Monitor JavaScript Errors

Capture all handled and unhandled errors, get instant reports, and know which errors are worth fixing. Debug apps in a fraction of the time vs. traditional tools.

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8bit gaming room /w Nintendo & GTA

An amazing game implementation by Petr Urbánek. Watch the 3-hour and 6-hour video tutorials, too.

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Two ways to break CSS Grid and how to fix it

Dave Rupert found two interesting issues with CSS Grid.

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Free Font: Bulky

A cheerful hand-drawn typeface by Typemate with extended Cyrillic and Latin plus Open Type features.

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The CSS Grid Challenge: Build A Template, Win Some Smashing Prizes!

Smashing Magazine invites you to a little contest to explore the possibilities and features of CSS Grid.

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Switching Your Site to HTTPS on a Shoestring Budget

Christopher Schmitt’s step-by-step guide to switch to HTTPS in an affordable way.

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How to create a favorite animation with anime-js

Mikael Ainalem shows how to create a complex animation with anime.

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React-imgpro is a image processing component for React. It processes an image with filters supplied as props and returns a base64 image.

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Every Programmer Should Know

An opinionated collection of (mostly) technical things every software developer should know. By Alexey Migutsky.

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Y86 Emulator

A JavaScript powered Y86 pipeline CPU emulator made by Shu Ding.

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Mikeal Rogers implemented this new Node.js HTTP client library.

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A Gentler Introduction to Programming

An article by ‘Tosin Adesanya that captures what he teaches when he gets coaching requests.

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Little UI details from @steveschoger, in HTML and CSS

Tyrell Rummage’s demo showcasing a collections of little tips from @steveschoger to improve your visual design skills.

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Free Font: Millennium

A modern blackletter typeface by Mcraft for Pixel Buddha.

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A Sketch plugin that extracts a color palette from any layer that contains bitmap data. By Awkward.

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Useful plugins for instantly accessing the large icon library of Iconscout.

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Travel Icons (EPS, SVG, PNG, AI)

In case you missed this little icon gem: a high-quality travel icon set by Agente.

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A Guide To Virtual Reality For Web Developers

Ada Rose Edwards explores the current state of browsers in VR and the state of VR on the web via the WebVR APIs.

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RESTool – An open source UI tool for managing RESTful APIs

Daniel Sternlicht introduces RESTool, a tool that offers an out of the box UI that connects to your API with a simple configuration file.

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Production Ready Progressive Web Apps with vue-pwa-boilerplate

Jeff Posnick walks you through the process of getting started with the vue-pwa-boilerplate so that you can build your PWA on a solid foundation.

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Sketch Libraries from Beta 47

A video by Sketch Together that introduces the magical new Libraries.

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An online mathematics editor for a fast way to write and share mathematics formula.

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Fluid Dynamic Solver

Lingjia Liu’s JavaScript implementation of “Real-Time Fluid Dynamics for Games”.

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Grid Experiment No. 1

A great grid demo by Jules Forrest.

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Collective #346 was written by Pedro Botelho and published on Codrops.