Monthly Archives: March 2015

The best icon is a text label

Before you choose icons for your UI, have a look at real-world cases of what works and what doesn’t


Thomas Byttebier is a freelance web designer creating minimalist and easy to use websites and user interfaces. Thomas lives and works in Gent, Belgium.

He writes: Of course I can see why icons grew popular in user interfaces. Firstly, they make the UI more graphically pleasing. And when done right, they can certainly give your app visual personality. That’s two good things.

Moreover, an icon can often replace a long descriptive group of words. As screens get smaller, this is much welcomed. But herein lies the design trap, because most icons are unclear. They make people think. What good has a beautiful interface if it’s unclear? Hence it’s simple: only use an icon if its message is a 100% clear to everyone. Never give in.

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Boosting JavaScript Performance – A Google Experiment

Google’s proposes “use strong”; a subset of JavaScript that will allow V8 to enjoy some significant speed boosts


Like the restrictions in Strict Mode, Strong Mode aims to boost JavaScript performance. Some of the dynamic aspects of JavaScript hold back VM speed. Instead of “use strict”; it would be “use strong”; Strong Mode is actually a subset of Strict Mode.

The changes are still in the proposal stage but could have a bright future.

Restrictions in Strong Mode include accessing missing properties throw exceptions, arrays cannot be sparse, all scoping errors are static, and classes are immutable.

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The Web’s Grain – A View on Designing for the Web

Step back from web design, art, and visual beauty and journey with Frank Chimero to explore what makes responsive design so unique and powerful


Think about it. A web site must look good on many different screen sizes. A simple description of the web as a design medium:

“an edgeless surface of unknown proportions comprised of small, individual, and variable elements from multiple vantages assembled into a readable whole that documents a moment”

Frank Chimero continues: “The size of what we’re making is unknown until we know what we’re putting there. So, it’s better to come up with an arrangement of elements and assign them to a size, rather than the other way around. We need to start drawing, then put the box around it.”

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