Nordic Design

Thoughts and ramblings by Alex Lillo, a front-end developer and designer.

These are some of my ramblings, mainly about web design. Maybe the odd one about my hobbies. You may want to find me on Mastodon.

Prototyping with CSS grid

Last week I finally took a deeper look at CSS grid, the new way of creating layouts supported by all major browsers since early 2017. Until now I had just used it for very simple grids, the image gallery kind of ones. An hour of reading later, I was [...]

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How to deal with good UX

We’ve all been there, presenting some work only to find somebody defending an alternative as it’s good UX, or best practice. Equally disheartening and difficult to deal with if you don’t know what it means. It normally happens when somebody [...]

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3 rules of crisis management

High on my list of designers’ sins, probably next to “good design sells itself”, is the lack of ability to reflect on your own acts and accept when you have fucked it up. As professionals (you get paid for your work right? Then you’re a [...]

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Git for designers

In recent years I've seen many designers prototype in code, but very few of them used any kind of version control. This is dangerous as the wrong change to your page structure or CSS may break something that was working, and make you lose a lot of [...]

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Design agencies and continuous deployment

In this short podcast, UX Advantage Podcast with Karen McGrane: Shifting To Continuous Deployment, Karen talks about the challenges of User Experience in the era of continuous learn-design-iterate cycles. It’s an interesting topic, but what [...]

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It's sad to see you going, Mixture

I had Mixture on my radar for a long time, but it was only until last year that I started using it. It's been a really useful tool as interaction designers tend to be scared of the command line. Its GUI made it easier for a few colleagues in the [...]

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Thanks for 20 years of sharing your thoughts

Jeffrey Zeldman’s site was 20 years old yesterday. His blog and his book helped me start a career as web designer, about 13 years ago. Disillusioned with university, I learned about visual design, html and css. I remember how his work blew my mind. [...]

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Improving your design process

I’m a big fan of learning from other disciplines to improve my design process. This week I found an interesting article on UX Booth: Engineering our design teams. If you’re a digital designer go and read it as you’re likely to find something to add [...]

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Bye bye Foursquare, or how to save battery on your phone

I'm not sure if this is a Nexus 4 issue, or happens to every Android device. But from time to time mine decides to stay awake, even if I'm doing nothing with it. Stopping Foursquare put the phone on sleep mode again, so if you have this issue try [...]

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