Measuring Websites With Mobile-First Optimization Tools — Themes Affair

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Lighthouse audit tab
Performance on mobile can be particularly challenging: underpowered devices, slow networks, and poor connections are some of those challenges. With more and more users migrating to mobile, the rewards for mobile optimization are great. Most workflows have already adopted mobile-first design and development strategies, and it’s time to apply a similar mindset to performance. In […]
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From Fireworks to Framer: Is Software Choice Good For Design?

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From Fireworks to Framer: Is Software Choice Good For Design?
With a huge variety of software options available, the industry is fragmenting and collaboration is becoming increasingly hard for freelancers. It wasn’t all that long ago that web and product designers were presented with a choice: Fireworks, Illustrator, or Photoshop. All owned by Adobe, they represented an industry that was dominated by one company. You […]
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Lessons Learned In The Trenches — Themes Affair

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Code shared in multiple projects
About a year ago, we came to a crossroad that changed the way we build software today. Like many other teams, we were working on a few things at a time, developing different projects for our web and mobile applications, with shared ingredients in the form of common Node.js code between our back-end repositoriess and […]
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How Designers And Developers Can Communicate To Create Better Projects — Themes Affair

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Nadieh Bremer
Among the most popular suggestions on Themes Affair’s Content User Suggestions board is the need of learning more about the interaction and communication between designers and developers. There are probably several articles worth of very specific things that could be covered here, but I thought I would kick things off with a general post rounding […]
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Meet SmashingConf Freiburg 2018 — Themes Affair

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Browser News, KRACK and Vary Header Caching — Smashing Magazine
Summary Table of Contents Quick Summary Join us at SmashingConf Freiburg and explore failures as well as lessons learned from real-life web projects. With Mina Markham, Andrea Drugay, Josh Clark, Seb Lee-Delisle, and many others. Happening September 10–11: Mark your calendars! Everybody loves speaking about successes, but nobody can succeed without failing big time along […]
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Redesigning A Digital Interior Design Shop (A Case Study) — Themes Affair

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Redesigning A Digital Interior Design Shop (A Case Study) — Smashing Magazine
Good products are the result of a continual effort in research and design. And, as it usually turns out, our designs don’t solve the problems they were meant to right away. It’s always about constant improvement and iteration. I have a client called Design Cafe (let’s call it DC). It’s an innovative interior design shop […]
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What You Need To Know To Increase Mobile Checkout Conversions — Themes Affair

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Reasons why m-commerce doesn’t convert
Google’s mobile-first indexing is here. Well, for some websites anyway. For the rest of us, it will be here soon enough, and our websites need to be in tip-top shape if we don’t want search rankings to be adversely affected by the change. That said, responsive web design is nothing new. We’ve been creating custom […]
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An In-Depth Tutorial — Themes Affair

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An In-Depth Tutorial — Smashing Magazine
React Native is a young technology, already gaining popularity among developers. It is a great option for smooth, fast, and efficient mobile app development. High-performance rates for mobile environments, code reuse, and a strong community: These are just some of the benefits React Native provides. In this guide, I will share some insights about the […]
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Which Podcasts Should Web Designers And Developers Be Listening To? — Themes Affair

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Syntax
We asked the Smashing community what podcasts they listened to, aiming to compile a shortlist of current podcasts for web designers and developers. We had what can only be called a very strong response — both in number and in passion. First, we winnowed out the podcasts that were on a broader theme (e.g. creativity, […]
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How To Improve Your Design Process With Data-Based Personas — Themes Affair

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Hypothetical Personas
Most design and product teams have some type of persona document. Theoretically, personas help us better understand our users and meet their needs. The idea is that codifying what we’ve learned about distinct groups of users helps us make better design decisions. Referring to these documents ourselves and sharing them with non-design team members and […]
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