The Objective Blog

The Radar: September 21, 2016

September 21st, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Why We Should All be Data Literate

This article explains why designers should be data literate and proposes simple habits of critical thought and mathematical practice which enhances data literacy.

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Google Ups the Ante on Web Encryption

Google will soon mark all unencrypted sites as “insecure”.

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A Nerd’s Guide to Color on the Web

A good explanation of how colors work on a computer and some different ways to use them on the web.

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Github Universe

Github has released several new features recently to improve code reviews and better manage projects.

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Adobe Stock

Sell your stock images to Adobe and get a 33-35% commission.

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The Radar: September 14, 2016

September 14th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Boosting Your Rates with Psychologically Validated Principles

Interesting read on the psychology behind different marketing and conversion techniques.

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The Death of Localhost and the Rise of Cloud Development

Cloud IDEs are gaining favor among developers.

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Web Developer Checklist

A checklist for Web Developers to go through before deploying a site.

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Awesome Design

A fairly comprehensive list of resources for UI/UX designers.

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Rust

A language that boasts to “write like Python, but run like C”.

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Idris

A compiled, functional programming language. The syntax is similar to Haskell, although it uses eager evaluation instead of lazy evaluation.

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Is your Project Pointless?

Here are three questions to ask yourself to decide. Don’t focus on your budget or what you want to build. Instead, focus on the problem you are trying to solve.

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The Radar: August 31, 2016

August 31st, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic

The quick summary, the IEEE 754 standard for rounding says that you should “round half to even” (e.g. 11.5 rounds to 12, and 12.5 rounds to 12).

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Postleaf

An open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious. The best feature is inline editing, which LaViska believes is the future of content management.

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Hunting for Great Names in Programming

Sometimes it is really hard to find a name that fits, but it’s worth doing the research to find that almost-perfect name.

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I Peeked Into my Node_Modules Directory

Dependencies, especially in the node community, can have some surprises.

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Ntfy

A nifty utility for sending mobile/desktop push notifications from the comfort of your terminal.

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Dealing with UX Disagreements

Your top priority as a UX designer must be addressing the “user” part of “user experience”. If your design process isn’t driven by user needs, your product’s success will be limited.

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The Radar: August 24, 2016

August 24th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Practical SVG

This is the coolest router we’ve ever seen … and it’s not for your wireless network.

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Product Pages

Need inspiration for your next website marketing a product? Here is a curated list of the best product pages.

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Redesign vs. Realign

This article talks about the difference between redesigning, which is focusing purely on the aesthetic issues while ignoring the root of the problem, and realigning, or purpose-driven design.

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Level up Your Security in Rails

A good overview of a few security vulnerabilities and what we can do about them in rails.

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Thyme

Track which applications you use and for how much time you use them.

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Hack Physics and JavaScript

A great intro/refresher to vectors, acceleration, and velocity with Javascript and an HTML canvas element.

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Reimagining Single-Page Applications With Progressive Enhancement

A good look at some of the ways to do a single-page application without relying on large Javascript frameworks.

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Apple’s Update Subscription Model

Check out the changes for iOS subscription apps. After a subscriber accumulates one year of paid service, your revenue increases from 70% to 85% of the subscription price. This is some good information for those of you looking into how to monetize your application.

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The Radar: August 17, 2016

August 17th, 2016 - by Michelle Mann - Salt Lake City, Utah

Keeping up with design and technology is a lot of work. Luckily, we enjoy wading through the noise just to find the gems of awesomeness sprinkled throughout. The Radar is our gift to you, Current or Potential Client, so that you can enjoy all of the awesome without any of the drudgery. Unwrap it each week, and know that you’re loved by the geeks and pixel-pushers at Objective.

Practical SVG

Great article on how to work with SVG sizing.

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Monitor your site with Google Docs

A lot of website monitoring tools use the freemium model. Use Google Sheets to create your own website monitoring tool for free.

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RSpec Expectations Cheat Sheet

A comprehensive cheat sheet for RSpec expectations.

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Picking SQL or NoSQL

An opinion piece on how to choose the database(s) for your application. This piece focuses on using “the right tool for the job”, even if that means using multiple types of databases for one application.

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10 Tools from Design to Development

Some tools to help your work flow from design to development.

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