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Robin Good's insight:
A valuable curated selection of fourteen different online resources which provide web design, UI and user onboarding inspiration, examples and best practices to their readers.
Kudos to Danny Schreiber on the Zapier blog for curating this excellent set of resources.
If you are into web design, web marketing or in learning rapidly from others what works on the web, you must bookmark this stuff and share it with your networks.
Very valuable. 8/10
Robin Good: If you have not noticed yet, the next design trend is all about “undesign”.
"Undesign, a minimalist, tablet-friendly approach to website design."
It's not, like Dylan Tweney writes on Venturebeat, that design has become less important, but rather that it is receding in the background to leave space for direct access to content.
"Instead of pages crowded with links, buttons, and display type of all different sizes, designers were simplifying their layouts. The smartest designers stripped away the nonessential elements of their designs, leaving clean pages that let the eye focus on whatever images or words had been put there by writers and editors.
Because if the designers didn’t simplify their web pages, readers were going to use utilities like Readability and Instapaper to do it for them."
"One of the first apps to embrace this sort of rectangularity was Flipboard, which launched in mid-2010. It transformed the process of browsing RSS feeds into a magazine-like experience by putting stories into a boxy, more readable layout.
Last year's big fashion trend was the color block, and this year's tech trend follows suit: It's the square. More precisely, it's the big, colorful rectangle filled with a solid color (like Windows 8) or a photograph (like Pinterest)."
Right on the mark. 9/10
Robin Good: With the free Keynotopia Mockup Bundle, you can draft, edit and sketch highly-detailed elements of a user interface while using only Apple Keynote (but don't fret. There are libraries and themes also for PowerPoint and other presentation tools).
The Keynotopia Mockup Bundle includes:
"Keynotopia is the largest collection of user interface design templates that enable you to prototype and test your app ideas in 30 minutes or less using Apple Keynote, Microsoft PowerPoint, or OpenOffice Impress.
The templates include thousands of wireframe and high fidelity vector UI components, meticulously designed from scratch in Keynote, Powerpoint and OpenOffice, and fully editable and customizable without needing additional design tools."
The Keynote Mockup Templates Bundle is available in exchange for a simple tweet (normally they are $49).
Find out more: http://keynotopia.com/keynote-mockups-templates/
Templates and Themese Gallery: http://keynotopia.com/themes/
Robin Good: I have just run into this excellent curated collection of minimalist icon sets. It contains some very elegant and clean icon collections that can be used in many different applications.
In total there are 16 free icon sets.