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net April 2019

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Future Publishing Ltd
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editor’s note

For anyone who might have missed the memo – not to mention a decade of chin-stroking think pieces – mobile is the future of web design. According to figures compiled by Statista, the statistics portal, the proportion of global web pages served on a mobile topped 50 per cent for the first time in 2017, rising to 52.2 per cent last year. Unless you want to miss out on more than half of the world’s browsers, it’s pretty clear mobile has to be a priority. However, with the mobile web evolving at breakneck speed, it’s not always easy to know where you should focus your efforts. Fortunately, we’re on hand to help: Nick Babich has laid down the golden rules for future proofing your mobile site designs And with greater disparities emerging…

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Send your questions to netmag@futurenet.com THIS MONTH FEATURING… LILLIAN AYLA ERSOY Ersoy is a designer and creative director with 14 years of international experience. She is currently working at Hyper in Oslo, Norway. w: lillayla.com t: @LillianAyla JON YABLONSKI Yablonski is a product designer who’s currently working on design systems at General Motors. He’s also director of digital experiences for AIGA Detroit. w: jonyablonski.com t: @JonYablonski QUESTION OF THE MONTH In your article on agile development, you speak about the need to avoid discussions being dominated by extroverts. Do you have any tips for how to do so in practical terms? Riya Goldsmith, Kentucky, US LAE: I’m a huge fan of facilitated ideation discussion in conceptual phases or retrospectives where each person is first given time to write down their thoughts, then to share those thoughts with a partner or a group of…

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3 simple steps

Can you recommend any books or blog posts about ideation, whether that’s in the arena of web design or just to do with business generally? Fight groupthink LAE: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant is one of my favourites and strongly recommended. It examines how people can champion new ideas – and how leaders can fight groupthink. Diverge/converge Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel is a lovely book showing the classic diverge / converge ideation methods you can adapt to your life as well as your projects. Really wonderful for self reflection on what is important for you and how it is that you see your life moving forward. Stick to it Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath and This is Service Design Thinking by Marc Stickdorm and…

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cool stuff we learned this month

FACEBOOK IMPROVES UPLOADING IMAGES Facebook’s new tool, Spectrum, is an image processing library for Android and iOS that aims to improve the reliability of image uploads, while simultaneously making them less demanding on mobile phone data plans. While the core of Spectrum is written in C++, Facebook has also released Java and Objective-C APIs. https://netm.ag/2sWzhsU GOOGLE TACKLES PLAY STORE SPAM REVIEWS Google has created an anti-spam system powered by machine learning to get rid of fake reviews from its Play Store. The company claims its new system was able to remove millions of false reviews in just one week. https://netm.ag/2RXDgEy MICROSOFT AND KROGER JOIN FORCES Microsoft and Kroger announced a collaboration to equip retail stores with Kroger Technology products that run on Microsoft Azure. They say the technology utilises the Internet of Things, connectivity, the cloud and data…

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how do you find the majority of your freelance work?

From our timeline What web development tech trends are you most excited about for 2019? I really hope that HTML & CSS skills will be valued more highly alongside JavaScript too this year. I’ve seen many poor quality results because devs haven’t understood them properly. And why would they if it’s not a priority when hiring? @muzzlehatch_ Automation. With advances in machine learning and connectivity, automation will be at the forefront of technology trends, with fintech making the most use of it! @neilpearce AMP pages, mobile first indexing and PWA @SamBakesSalmon More focus on #accessibility! @web_instructor More use of monochrome in web design @YesIMaDesigner If Apple adopts Android’s approach for downloading PWAs to your device we could see a big exodus of ‘native’ and a big surge in inclusive development – native will always have its place, but for the 80% it…

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SIDE PROJECT OF THE MONTH Tell us what RunJS does. It’s a desktop application that acts as a scratchpad or playground for JavaScript. It evaluates code as it’s typed and displays the resulting output line-by-line. It includes Node and Browser APIs and supports modern JavaScript and TypeScript via Babel. It’s particularly useful if you want to experiment with a bit of code without the hassle of setting up a project or if you want to try out an NPM package. Why did you create it? I wanted a standalone application I could use outside the context of a project with zero setup and that could handle modern JavaScript. I also wanted something for when I just needed to play with a quick idea or see how a particular feature of a library worked. After searching for…