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Wes Bos

Full Stack JavaScript Developer. Creator of really good web development courses. BBQ enthusiast.

Scott Tolinski

Web Developer, Creator of Level Up Tuts, Bboy, Robotops Crew and Youtuber

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Aug 22nd, 2018

Design Tips for Developers

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In this episode Wes and Scott dive into designing for developers - tips and tricks for improving your designs, and how to up your game in small ways that will have a big impact on your projects.

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Show Notes

6:18 - General Design Tips

  • Spacing is important
  • Using patterns and textures

  • Use subtle gradients

  • Use subtle drop shadows

    • Multiple shadows on one element can have a nice effect
  • Don't use true black and white (e.g. #000 or #fff) - use softer variation of black and white

    • Use CSS Variables for custom blacks and whites
    • CSS default colors are almost always too harsh
  • Default browser UI is almost never the best UI

    • Select elements, radio buttons, checkboxes, etc. can all be styled - it's no fun, but way better than it’s ever been

40:22 - UX Design & Animation

51:30 - How To Get Better

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