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Inside AMD's Quest to Build Chips That Can Beat Intel Inside AMD's Quest to Build Chips That Can Beat Intel

There are few gambles in the tech world as big as spending billions to build a new computer processor from scratch. Former AMD board member Robert Palmer supposedly compared it to Russian roulette: “You put a gun to your head, pull the trigger, and find out four years later if you blew your brains out.” Six years ago…

Expose Evil Design Tricks at the Asshole Design Subreddit Expose Evil Design Tricks at the Asshole Design Subreddit

You open what looks like a bill, but it’s just junk mail. You click through a donation process too fast, and they turn your one-time donation into a monthly contribution. A snack’s packaging makes it look bigger; an opinion poll is obviously one-sided; when you copy-paste a line from an article, the site adds a “read…

Learn Some CSS, 30 Seconds at a Time Learn Some CSS, 30 Seconds at a Time

If you’re learning CSS, or you want a friendly introduction to some of its terms and concepts, try 30 Seconds of CSS. Each entry on this site shows a different bit of code, demonstrates the result, and explains how each part of the code works. Here are some entries you’ll understand even if you’re not a designer or…

I'm WhatsApp Product Designer Charlie Deets, and This Is How I Work I'm WhatsApp Product Designer Charlie Deets, and This Is How I Work

As the lead product designer at WhatsApp, Charlie Deets makes decisions that affect over 1.5 billion users each month. That means solving some unusual challenges, like building a chat interface that even illiterate users can navigate. It also means distinguishing WhatsApp’s visual “stories” feature from similar…

Organize Your iOS Apps by Color Organize Your iOS Apps by Color

A few years ago, I decided to organize the apps on my home screen by color, creating neat little columns of green, blue, red and grey. Over time, as apps updated their designs or disappeared entirely, my meticulously crafted system devolved into randomness, but a recent Twitter thread has me thinking about the beauty…

Someone Created a MagSafe Connector For the Rest of the Plugs In Your Home

As much as USB-C is a vast improvement over the USB connectors of yesteryear, we’re still bummed that it replaced the MagSafe connector on the recent generation of Apple’s MacBooks. We’re not getting any less clumsy, but these magnetic breakaway plug adapters look like they could ease the fear of tripping over our…

What to Know About the Waterproofing on Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL What to Know About the Waterproofing on Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Your new smartphone might be missing a headphone jack, but it’s probably got a cool new feature to make up for it: water resistance. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are the latest smartphones from the search engine giant that ditch the 3.5mm jack (boosting the effectiveness of its water resistance efforts)…

How to Use the Magic Mouse as Apple (Presumably) Intended How to Use the Magic Mouse as Apple (Presumably) Intended

For many years, I’ve found it pretty easy to just ignore the Magic Mouse—whose sleek design is strangely missing a few parts that Apple, an ergonomically-minded company, must’ve meant to include to support a user’s palm, thumb, and pinky finger. But now that I’m working at a real desk inside a real office at a company…

I'm Nicole Conniff, Design Manager at ScareHouse, and This Is How I Work I'm Nicole Conniff, Design Manager at ScareHouse, and This Is How I Work

ScareHouse, one of Pittsburgh’s most famous haunted house attractions, has earned national press, and praise from fantasy-horror director Guillermo del Toro. Our sister site Jezebel has written about Margee Kerr, designer of ScareHouse’s attraction “The Basement.” We talked to another leader at ScareHouse: design…

I'm Jonah Becker, Fitbit VP of Design, and This Is How I Work I'm Jonah Becker, Fitbit VP of Design, and This Is How I Work

In his two and a half years at Fitbit, Jonah Becker has helped the company outrun (pun!) industry giant Apple. As VP of Design, he oversees UX and industrial design teams for Fitbit’s line of health-tracking wearables. Before that, Becker spent fifteen years running design studio One & Co., which HTC bought in 2013.…

iOS 11 Is Full of Tiny Design Inconsistencies iOS 11 Is Full of Tiny Design Inconsistencies

Over at Hacker Noon, designer and iOS 11 beta tester Ryan Lau has detailed the myriad design errors he’s noticed in Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

Drawing Newbie? Start With These Fundamentals to Build Confidence Drawing Newbie? Start With These Fundamentals to Build Confidence

If you’re the type of person who shies away from sketching anything more involved than googly eyeballs or a stick figure on the back of a napkin, it might be more due to a lack of confidence in your artistic ability than some fundamental lack of talent. But nailing the basics can change your outlook on the seemingly…

Reddit's Terrible Volume Controls Teach Good Design Reddit's Terrible Volume Controls Teach Good Design

Over the past three weeks, the /r/ProgrammerHumor subreddit has reinvented the on-screen volume controller hundreds of times over. Starting with one user’s sideways slider, users have created funny volume controls based on laptop screen angle, fidget spinners, battery power, latitude and longitude, and the digits of pi

How to Opt Into YouTube's New Look, Including the New Dark Mode How to Opt Into YouTube's New Look, Including the New Dark Mode

A while back we showed off a little trick to enable YouTube’s secret dark mode. Now, there’s an official way to opt into the new look.

I'm Ven Lai, Creative Designer at Chevrolet, and This Is How I Work I'm Ven Lai, Creative Designer at Chevrolet, and This Is How I Work

Building something as complex as a car is an expansive collaborative effort calling on people with diverse backgrounds. There is, of course, the engineers designing the actual mechanics, but there are also the aesthetic and tactile elements that affect how you experience the car, each carefully chosen by designers.

See the Basics of Motion Design With This Simple GIF  See the Basics of Motion Design With This Simple GIF 

Motion design is complex and requires a lot of little details to make it look right. Below, you can see many of the key concepts in animation on display that you can use to improve your work.

Avoid These 10 Photoshop Faux Pas to Make Your Images Look Better Avoid These 10 Photoshop Faux Pas to Make Your Images Look Better

There are a lot of really cool things you can do in Photoshop. Just because you can, though, doesn’t mean you should. This video demonstrates ten techniques that are common, but probably shouldn’t be.

Photoshop Fix, the Simple Photo Retouching Tool, Comes to Android Photoshop Fix, the Simple Photo Retouching Tool, Comes to Android

Last year, Adobe released a super simple, yet powerful photo retouching tool called Photoshop Fix for iOS. Now, Android users can use the same app to edit their photos right on their phone.

Simple Ways to Transform Your Bedroom into a Stress-Free Getaway Simple Ways to Transform Your Bedroom into a Stress-Free Getaway

You want your bedroom to be a relaxing retreat that you return to at the end of the day that encourages deep, restful sleep, and shields you from the blinding sun. We’ve talked about how to do this before, but this graphic wraps a few of those tips into a simple, easy to follow package.

Get Hex and RGB Values For Any Color With a Google Search Get Hex and RGB Values For Any Color With a Google Search

Want to convert an RGB color value to a hex code in a hurry? Don’t bother firing up Photoshop. You can do it directly from Google by simply searching “RGB to Hex.”

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