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Lela Kodai

3 Ways Knitting and Web Design Go Hand-in-Hand

posted in Design on January 11, 2017 by Lela Kodai

After a technology-filled day at work, one of my favorite ways to relax is to sit with my dog and knit something. I love the tactile qualities of fiber. I can create something both appealing and functional (much like the interfaces at work), but without hunching over my laptop.
Tom Greever

The 4 Values That Make Bitovi’s Design Team Different

posted in Design on February 15, 2016 by Tom Greever

Lots of design teams can create attractive and functional apps. So what makes Bitovi's design team special?
Adri De La Cuadra

10 Best Practices for Usability Testing within Agile Teams

posted in Design on November 4, 2015 by Adri De La Cuadra

While doing usability test on a project is a no brainer, it can be challenging to make it part of a fast-moving Agile environment. To overcome this challenge here are 10 best practices you can start using today.
Atom Groom

Designing Configurable Interfaces

posted in Design on August 26, 2015 by Atom Groom

When designing web and mobile apps, we aren’t fully delivering experiences that allow the user to control the interface in a way that makes sense to them. We talk about delighting the user and having empathy, but more often than not, we tend to miss the mark and deliver a frustrating experience. It's time that we consider giving the user more control with how they prefer the interface to function.
Adri De La Cuadra

Style Guide Driven Development: A How To Guide To Improve your Development Workflow

posted in Design, Development on July 8, 2015 by Adri De La Cuadra

Style Guide Driven Development (SGDD) is a fairly new term I first heard from Nicole Sullivan’s talk about her experience on a project for Pivotal Labs. But thinking about some more, I realized SGDD is, at a high level, a practice many are already doing: developing components and documenting them in a style guide.
Lela Kodai

Embrace 7 Principles of Universal Design for Better Website Design

posted in Design on July 2, 2015 by Lela Kodai

People have been studying design for ages, but we rarely see much crossover in the design fields. For example, using web design principles are not the only way to design websites. In fact, we web designers can learn a lot from other design approaches to create stronger, more inclusive experiences, on a strong foundation for lasting products.
Julia Poladsky

3 Steps to Mobile First Modules in LESS

posted in Design, Development on June 30, 2015 by Julia Poladsky

When I first started mobile first design I used a pretty rigid template for my LESS files. All my designs were split across 5 or so LESS files named: mobile.less, tablet.less, desktop.less, etc. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but I quickly created a mess of impossible to maintain rubbish. I realized, I needed to embrace modules. Here is how I tackled the challenge of creating a maintainable UI library that was mobile first, responsive, and modular.
Jan Jorgenson

Live Style Guides for Teams, Powered by DocumentJS

posted in Open Source, Design, Development on May 14, 2015 by Jan Jorgenson

A team with both designers and developers needs a simple resource to share a project's styles and best practices. DocumentCSS generates a Live Style Guide so style documentation evolves along with the project. This project was built with the belief that a united team goal does not change the needs of individual roles. Whether you're an engineer, a designer, or somewhere in-between: we're building this for you.
Atom Groom

Combining Documentation with Prototypes

posted in Design on December 29, 2014 by Atom Groom

Designers have long used documentation as a means of communicating functionality and interaction for digital products. It has been successful for a long time and thousands of digital goods have been delivered using this process. As our industry continues to evolve, so does our process and tools. In this post, we'll look at how Bitovi combines documentation and prototypes into an interactive experience for both clients and internal teams.
Tom Greever

The On-Going Benefits of Having a UX Designer

posted in Consulting, Design on November 20, 2014 by Tom Greever

This is a follow-up on my post from last week on the value of having a user experience designer on every project from the perspective of our own process at Bitovi.