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The Radar: September 29, 2016

September 29th, 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.

UI Movement

An interesting compilation of UI design inspiration.

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Kano

Kano is an education kit designed to help kids learn about computers and coding.

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Chrome’s Developer Console

Ten functions you can use in Chrome’s javascript console to make debugging easier. Some of these you can do with Chrome’s developer tools by clicking buttons and such. Others, like laying out a variable in a table, are exclusive to the console.

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React Components

A curated list of React components.

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UI Toolkit

A UI toolkit for react-native that is similar to the popular Bootstrap library.

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GitHub GraphQL API

Github added support for GraphQL, and open sourced some ruby gems they have used in the process.

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R for Data Science

A book about using the programming language R for analyzing data. Not available in print yet, but you can test it out online. It doesn’t seem to go over the basic syntax of R, so you may want to find a quick intro online before starting the book.

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Design for Relevance, then usability

Product teams shouldn’t misuse usability testing to infer relevance. Establish feature relevance first, and optimize for usability later.
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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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