The All-Powerful Sketch

Sketch is such a massive player in the screen design tooling world. Over on the Media Temple blog I take a stab at some of the reasons I think that might be.

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“a more visually-pleasing focus”

There is a JavaScript library, Focusingly, that says:

With Focusingly, focus styling adapts to match and fit individual elements.

No configuration required, Focusingly figures it out. The result is a pleasingly tailored effect that subtly draws the eye.

The idea is that if a link color (or whatever focusable element) is red, the outline will be red too, instead of that fuzzy light blue which might be undesirable aesthetically.

Why JavaScript? I’m not sure exactly. Matt Smith made a demo that shows that the outline color inherits from the color, which yields the same result.

a:focus { outline: 1px solid; outline-offset: .15em;
}

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Building Flexible Design Systems

Yesenia Perez-Cruz talks about design systems that aren’t just, as she puts it, Lego bricks for piecing layouts together. Yesenia is Design Director at Vox, which is a parent to many very visually different brands, so you can see how a single inflexible design system might fall over.

Successful design patterns don’t exist in a vacuum.

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“almost everything on computers is perceptually slower than it was in 1983”

Good rant. Thankfully it’s a tweetstorm not some readable blog post. 😉

I think about this kind of thing with cable box TV UX. At my parent’s house, changing the channel takes like 4-5 seconds for the new channel to come in with all the overlays and garbage. You used to be able to turn a dial and the new channel was instantly there.

You’d like to think performance is a steady march forward. Computers are so fast these days! But it might just be a steady march backward.

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