{ Design snippets }

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

🔥 One small design detail that new designers often overlook is letter-spacing. Tricks like making headlines slightly condensed or giving small uppercase text a bit more space can go a long way towards giving a design that final level of polish. https://t.co/9Ed60pNf4p

Adam Wathan

Adam Wathan @adamwathan

🔥 Because Unsplash is powered by imgix under the hood, you can apply lots of image transformations directly in the URL! For example, here I've colorized an image by desaturating it, adding a colored overlay, and multiplying the overlay with the image, all using query params: https://t.co/4GNUB9mt9f

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

My favourite visual design trick at the moment: Reduced opacity on overlapping elements. It's subtle but it's a nice touch that looks great on marketing page sections like this testimonial 😍 https://t.co/5l7N0709Fm

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

🔥 One way to make a boring form look more interesting is to draw inspiration from how the output of the form is designed. Here are a few ways you can reuse your existing design decisions to make a form more exciting: https://t.co/URoBGyC1LE

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

I think the most important thing to consider when positioning buttons is consistency. If you think one button should be be right aligned, then right align ALL of the buttons on your application. Same for left alignment. https://t.co/pWWvm3Pa6G

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

My preference to right alignment comes when workflow buttons (next/previous/cancel) are introduced. Typically, their place in the hierarchy would look like this: - “Next” as the primary action - “Previous” as the secondary action - and “Cancel” as the tertiary action https://t.co/wYnhSZwgV8

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

When you have a next/previous button, it feels weird (in the Western world) when the the next button (primary action) is on the left. So I always align the button grouping on the right so the “Next” button is on the right outer side. https://t.co/hx5Ketpezf

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? When designing a chart, using a variety of colors might seem like a good idea at first but it can make it a lot harder for people with color blindness to interpret the data. Instead, try using multiple shades of the same hue — it's more accessible and looks better too ? https://t.co/6nUWZ6BMUv

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? The most frequently asked question I get is how to choose colors for a dark theme. I simply use darker shades for dark themes and lighter shades for light themes. Here is an example that has both dark and light elements. Every color is sampled from the swatches below it: https://t.co/WCa1SFeXse

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? Deeply nested sidebar navigation can quickly become complex and overwhelming. A great alternative is to split your layout into sections and give each section its own navigation. https://t.co/TC5JAZLjSI

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? If you're working with images that sometimes bleed into the background, try using a subtle inner shadow to create some distinction instead of a border. Borders will often clash with the image, while most people will barely realize the shadow is even there. https://t.co/4sq7SyVcQu

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? Achieving an accessible contrast ratio is very difficult when using white text on a colored background. Using dark colored text on a soft colored background is much easier to make accessible, and usually looks better to boot ? https://t.co/LXNTS01Ay0

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? Ever wonder how to produce this duotone color treatment to photos as seen in apps like Spotify? You can achieve this in Photoshop or Affinity Photo by using Gradient Maps. Looks great when applied to portraits ? https://t.co/yqTjvJTslG

Steve Schoger

Steve Schoger @steveschoger

? Get creative with radio button interfaces — don’t be limited by the typical list-of-options approach. For example, using selectable cards gives you the freedom to present the options in a more exciting way: https://t.co/fl5xcprVue

Derrick Reimer

Derrick Reimer @derrickreimer

? For a little extra polish, add a background color to your <body> and different background color on your content wrapper to reveal a surprise splash of color when over-scroll happens. ? https://t.co/k6uCV9AyKT