design

User Testing from a Tradeshow Booth

There is nothing more rewarding than watching people use your app and seeing how they interact with it. User testing is a lot like making dinner for someone; you choose a recipe, ingredients, and...

Use Flexbox to create a sticky header and sidebar with flexible content

While re-designing the CanJS website, I ran into a few issues coding the new layout.  I needed a way to create a fixed header and a fixed flexible sidebar that would adjust its width based on its...

4 Reasons to Use High Fidelity Designs Early in a UX Process

Most UX processes value low-fidelity design early in a project’s life: simple, hand-drawn sketches, basic wireframes, and even boxy prototypes. It isn’t until later in the process, as the details get...

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

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...

The 4 Values That Make Bitovi’s Design Team Different

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

10 Best Practices for Usability Testing within Agile Teams

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...

Designing Configurable Interfaces

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...

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

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...

Embrace 7 Principles of Universal Design for Better Website Design

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...

3 Steps to Mobile First Modules in LESS

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...