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The Radar: February 10, 2016

February 10th, 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.

Introducing Operator

A new monospace typeface from Hoefler & Co specifically designed for developers to help with code readability.

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Stripe Update

Stripe now supports ACH payments and two additional features: built-in support for micro-deposits and optional instant verification.

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Silicon:Safe

Silicon:Safe created a hardware device to help prevent bulk password theft.

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Comic Strip for Developers

Intel created comics that propose how good Sherlock Holmes, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo DaVinci would have been as software developers.

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Craft by InVision Labs

Design with real data in real time. This new plugin integrates with Photoshop and Sketch to accelerate your workflow.

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Twitter Feed Update

Twitter is unveiling a new timeline which shows recommended “missed” tweets based on user interactions, instead of the most recent.

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The Radar: January 27, 2016

January 27th, 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.

TinyLab Prototyping System

A small box with 20 I/O and storage options, compatible with Arduino. TinyLab makes it possible to connect almost anything to anything including wireless connections and rotary input.

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Browser Push Notifications

Roost provides a Javascript plugin to send out notifications to your readers.

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Firefox also released user authorized push notifications.

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The Executive Computer

An article from 1985 extolling the limitations of the laptop computer.  My, how times have changed.

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RIP Tech Products & Services

A summary of the tech services that died in 2015.

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Voxel.css

A lightweight 3D CSS library with very simple implementation.

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Designing GIFs

Some tips to creating awesome animated GIFs.

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The Radar: January 6, 2016

January 6th, 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.

Learn about PostCSS

A nice write up on what PostCSS is and how it can improve your workflow.

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Simple Poll

Simple Poll offers a quick and easy way to poll your coworkers via Slack.

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Create Custom 3D-Printed Insoles

It’s interesting to see useful things being made with 3d printers.  In this case, custom insoles.

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BitBar

Bitbar is an OSX app that puts the output of a script / custom plugin into your menubar.

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ServiceWorker Cookbook

Mozilla’s Service Worker Cookbook, a collection of “recipes” for the new Service Worker feature that modern browsers now have. Service Workers allow sites to save their content offline and be useable without an internet connection.

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3 Ways to Strengthen Your Discovery Phase

Some important tips on the discovery phase of the user experience process.

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The Radar: December 30, 2015

December 30th, 2015 - 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.

SpeedRead.io

Really cool speed reading software. I tried it out and was able to increase my reading speed quite a bit. Try it out by reading some classics for free.

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How to Run Your Company Based on Metrics

Using metrics to run a company removes a lot of guesswork.

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Top 10 UX Articles of 2015

Most read UX articles on NN/g’s website for the 2015 year.

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Trump Filter

A Chrome extension that removes any content that might mention Donald Trump from the websites you are viewing.

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Pre-Commit

The pre-commit project is an tool for enhancing your git pre-commit hooks. It basically has a lot of built-in checks so that you don’t have to write them all yourself.

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Swagger UI

There’s an interface called Swagger for showing different API calls available for an application. The link below is an example of a project that uses Swagger. It also allows you to try out sample API calls and see what the response would be, which is not included in this example. Different request types are color-coded. It’s much more readable than the usual list of API calls.

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DocumentCSS

This live style guide tool allows you to include things like transitions and animations in your style guide.

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The Radar: December 23, 2015

December 23rd, 2015 - 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.

UX Mill

A curated list of resources for UX and UI designers.

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Decorating the Web with CSS Border Images

A good tutorial on how to use new css to create borders from images.

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Introducing Shrine

Shrine is a new file upload handler for Ruby based on Refile. It focuses a lot on performance, and it uses upfront processing for your files, like carrierwave.

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EaselJS

Simple JavaScript library that makes accessing and working with the canvas easy.

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Pattern Lab

A collection of tools to help define, design and develop a suite of UI components, patterns and standards for a project or system.

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PHP 7 ChangeLog

PHP 7.0 has been released

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Managing features in Bootstrap

A little geeky, but @mdo explains how he and his team selects which features to build.

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Rediscovering MVC

A thorough (yet understandable) explanation of the Model-View-Controller concept, without talking about a specific MVC framework.

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