How to improve your Responsive Design process

Responsive Design — or designing in a multi device world- is very challenging, but also very exciting and rewarding when it works well. However, agencies are finding that they need to change the way that they approach build and design because otherwise designing for a multitude of screen sizes becomes extremely painful (and expensive).

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Viewing local MAMP sites in connected devices

I recently wanted to start using real devices more as I  develop web sites locally, using MAMP as my web server,  so I can see how they respond to my code changes almost immediately. My starting point was to try out Adobe’s Edge Inspect, but I quickly came across the same problem that most people have: it doesn’t understand the local vhost configurations and so the page is not displayed in your connected device. What to do?

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Memories of Itaipu

Had to bid farewell to one of my favourite T-shirts today, I think it was a birthday present aquired visiting the colossal Itaipu damn in South America – one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.

Good memories from South America.

How to make a burger

2 very minimalist approaches:

(original source: http://kottke.org/13/09/the-ernest-hemingway-burger)

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My favourite MP3 player of all time

Sleek, light, shiny perfection.

It worked, stored almost 4GB of songs, didn’t get updates that slowed it down to a crawl, and didn’t require your facetime all that much.

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wtf gmail contacts?

So this probably got implemented awhile ago, but how the blazes are you supposed to know that contacts are found by clicking on the Gmail word with the tiny arrow?

This is an example of trying to minimise the interface at the cost of usability, with negative results.

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Ready for liftoff?

This washing machine looks like you need a degree in rocket science to start a wash cycle!

Seriously, if you had to guess at which buttons and dials you needed to operate, in which sequence, and the logic behind some of the groupings is, how would you fare?

Coffee anyone?

I know this is an established design, but I bet most people don’t understand the affordance in this lid for getting liquid out and into your cup.

Going down?

This was in a shopping mall elevator in Turku, Finland. Can you figure out how the buttons relate to where you need to go?!