Using the Chrome Inspector to View CSS Animations

Recently google added a nice new feature to the Chrome Inspector. If you’re not familiar with the inspector it is an indispensable tool for web development included with the Chrome browser (all browsers have one form or another of it). With the Chrome Inspector we now have the ability to inspect CSS animations. This can...

Why Design Mentorship Matters

Recently I’ve been reading a book about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. And while I am impressed with his fascinating character and personality, what has resonated with me the most are the incredible opportunities and mentorship he received. This got me thinking about how powerful mentorship truly is. But, why? Because mentorship feeds the...

CSS Filters for Quick Effects without Image Manipulation

CSS filters offer a variety of simple effects you can add to an image, saving you the work of having to manipulate the actual graphic files. We can easily apply filters to an image using the following available properties. Here is what the syntax for some pre defined functions looks like. filter: blur(10px); filter: brightness(0.6);...

Diving into WordPress Taxonomy

WordPress offers a few ways for you to organize your content using built in taxonomies. One common question we get is “Should we use tags or categories to make our posts easy to find”. To answer this it’s probably best to get a brief understanding of the history of WordPress taxonomies. Initially WordPress only offered...

A Summary of the Design Leadership Summit

Last month I had an incredible opportunity to attend the Design Leadership Summit in Toronto. After a quick flight out of Newark, I landed in Canada and spent the next few days exploring the beautiful city and enjoying an excellent conference. The Design Leadership Summit was hosted by the Toronto chapter of the DesignX Community....

Gamification in Design

Today, the gaming industry in the United States and across the world is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are conferences, competitions, and communities everywhere you look. From Mario Kart to Fortnite, the global interest in games is obvious and intriguing. Given the stunning success of this hobby, how can other industries model the same? How...

What’s Inspiring Me Right Now

I love learning. Whether it’s online classes, podcasts, or documentaries – I simply cannot resist an opportunity to increase my knowledge and open my mind. This year I have dedicated significant time and energy to learning from an eclectic array of sources; it has undoubtedly benefited me. I can attest to the inspiration, information, and...

Introduction to Web Animation: Part One – CSS

CSS animation is a good way to quickly animate your web pages and add some nice visual interest. Here in part one of our animation series we will show you a very simple animation using only CSS that will give you a few of the basic concepts to hopefully get you inspired to learn more....

Don’t Reinvent the Can Opener

The other day I had a funny experience – I was at a friend’s house and couldn’t figure out how to use their can opener. Yup, you read that right – can opener. It was a beautiful, minimalist design with sleek, modern curves and smooth edges. However, I couldn’t figure out how the Helvetica it...

Visual Regression Testing: Automate UI QA

If you are a designer for the web, you may, or may not work directly with engineers who implement your designs. If you do, you know that things can change. CSS classes can be disrupted and shift alignment. Font sizes, colors, and positioning can change as new elements are added. In the past, the only...