<![CDATA[Mark Boulton]]> / markboulton.co.uk Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:10:00 +0000 en-us mark@markboulton.co.uk Copyright 2018 3600 <![CDATA[Design Better Forms – UX Collective]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:10:00 +0000 I love this type of design advice. Simple do/don't guidance on the most basic of things that many people either don't consider or wilfully ignore.

Whether it is a signup flow, a multi-view stepper, or a monotonous data entry interface, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design. This article focuses on the common dos and don’ts of form design. Keep in mind that these are general guideline and there are exceptions to every rule.

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<![CDATA[The Design Sprint Canvas]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Sat, 10 Nov 2018 12:40:00 +0000 Useful template from Clearleft for design sprints.

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<![CDATA[FontBase — a Free, Beautiful, and Fast Font Manager]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:20:00 +0000 For years there has been a gap for a bloat-free font management tool. I've used a few over the years: Suitcase, Adobe Type Manager, FontBook... Almost without exception, they've ended up bloated or expanding into font sales and marketplace-type offerings. So it's refreshing to see a slim, professional solution here with fontba.se. However, slightly concerned that it's free. For me, that only ever ends up in one place if the software is actually any good: acquisition. And we all know how those th...

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<![CDATA[Re-approaching Color – Lyft Design]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:10:00 +0000 The Lyft design team document their colour usage – and new tool they've built, Colorbox – for their design system. A detailed walkthrough and some great accessibility features.

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<![CDATA[Australian Government Performance Dashboards]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:20:00 +0000 Interesting take on KPI performance visualisation. Simple KPI's tracked over time and measured across several services. That I like about this it's easy to cross compare. What I don't like is this feels like showing justification rather than being a useful tool for delivery teams.

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<![CDATA[Change is hard but not impossible - Gerry McGovern]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000 This rings very loudly in my ears today.

That’s where you come in: helping your organization catch up. It won’t be easy. You’ll have to be careful. You will become the enemy of those whose career depends on maintaining the status quo. And even when things go well, they won’t go perfect. And there will be so many setbacks.
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<![CDATA[Building what’s useful: governance and agile delivery]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:10:00 +0000 This is a great, older post from the Co-op on governance principles. How do you do governance in an agile team?

Picking the right things to measure, at the right time helps motivate and focus the team. Trust teams to monitor their own performance. Make sure what you’re measuring can be verified independently. This helps build trust and confidence in what the team is doing.
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<![CDATA[Dense Discovery]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:10:00 +0000 A newsletter for the discerning web worker with fresh apps, accessories, and food for thought.]]> <![CDATA[We’ve added user research guides to the design system]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:10:00 +0000 Presenting guidance in this way means that instead of individual researchers writing a strategy for a team now and then, we can give more general advice.We want to make sure people are doing good, useful research in the right way and we can now add value to any digital team by giving them a ‘best practice’ resource.]]> <![CDATA[The Bezos way: sleep, puttering, and three high-quality decisions a day]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:30:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Only One Deliverable Matters]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:20:00 +0000 Some good stuff from Josh, as always.

Just as we get developers involved earlier in the design process, we also get designers contributing to development. In traditional process, designers deliver corrections and updates to developers in the form of redlines. These are marked-up comps showing where spacing, font size, border radius—you name it—needs to be adjusted. Instead of using redlines, we enable designers to handle those changes themselves. Depending on the project, we use either a design token platform or a simple SASS variables file to create a single place where all design values are held. It’s where all the hex colors, typefaces, paddings, margins, and the like are defined. With little to no coding know-how, designers can get in there and edit the variables, which go straight into the build process to update the design—no redlines needed.
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<![CDATA[We are Oxvik]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:20:00 +0000 This is fantastic. Two of my favourite web folk – Brian Suda and Jon Hicks have formed Oxvik, a creative cooperative. I am expected great things.

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<![CDATA[One Small Step for the Web…]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:10:00 +0000 Tim berners-Lee launches Solid. An open-source project to 'restore the power of agency and individuals on the web'.

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blockquote>Solid changes the current model where users have to hand over personal data to digital giants in exchange for perceived value. As we’ve all discovered, this hasn’t been in our best interests. Solid is how we evolve the web in order to restore balance — by giving every one of us complete control over data, personal or not, in a re...

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<![CDATA[Form Design Patterns Book by Adam Silver]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:30:00 +0000 One of the first projects I had in my first job was designing a form. It had to fit on a single piece of A5 paper and included a lot of fields, instructional notes, and explanatory text. To this day, I think it was one of the most valuable design exercises.

This new book from Adam looks like a superb addition to any web designer's library. Looking forward to the release!

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<![CDATA[Trix: A rich text editor for everyday writing]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:30:00 +0000 Compose beautifully formatted text in your web application. Trix is an editor for writing messages, comments, articles, and lists—the simple documents most web apps are made of. It features a sophisticated document model, support for embedded attachments, and outputs terse and consistent HTML.

Trix is a really good looking text editor from the folks at 37signals. If you really must have a WYSIWYG editor (and, actually, my experience is that a lot of editorial users expe...

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<![CDATA[Use the words normal people use]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:30:00 +0000 Oh. This.

I'm no fan of over-complicating simple things. Words, especially. For a long time now I think we've fallen foul of this in the web industry. Particularly around design or UX. By selling methods with fancy names we somehow legitimise our practice. This is particularly strong in the science or academic fields where design has yet get a foothold.

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<![CDATA[The Complete CSS Demo for OpenType Features - OpenType Features in CSS]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:40:00 +0000 An invaluable, easy to read reference on all OpenType features available in CSS with associated browser support.

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<![CDATA[Design from Code by UXPin]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:10:00 +0000 This is interesting from UXPin. Designing from code, with code. A real-live representation of design patterns in a repo. Really useful to design alongside existing mature code. Not so useful for starting afresh unless your organisation has managed to do what so many fail: synchronous design, development and deployment.

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<![CDATA[Introducing Spectrum: How Adobe Is Building a Design System at Scale | Adobe Blog]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Mon, 21 May 2018 08:20:00 +0000 If anyone can reap the benefits of a large scale design system, then it's Adobe. But I wonder at what cost to product brand differentiation and diversity. Time will tell.

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<![CDATA[Letters from Sweden]]> 0b8ebb06-7604-46c9-8aa9-0102cc0ff212 https://markboulton.co.uk/ https://markboulton.co.uk/ post Tue, 08 May 2018 18:20:00 +0000 Lovely looking design for the type foundry.

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