As you might imagine from a head of content, I spend a whole lot of time trawling the web for great stuff to read and share. Here’s some of the best stuff I found this month.
Note: I'm 100% certain I've left off a whole bunch of great stuff. If you feel like sharing your favorite web news from October, feel free to comment!
If you’ve ever been cruising the web and come across a series of empty boxes where you expected text, it was because the site’s font didn’t support characters from the language the text was written in.
Those boxes? They’re called “tofu.” And Google wants you to never see tofu again. Hence, Noto, the first font to ever support over 800 languages.
Want to use it in your next Webflow site? Awesome.
If you want to support languages in any of the following languages/scripts, you can simply add it to your site from the Fonts tab in your Site Settings:
Otherwise, you’ll want to download the right set from Google’s Noto Fonts page, then upload from the Custom Fonts area of the Fonts tab.
And yes, I know the format’s creators would disagree. I also enjoyed that Hillary does not refer to “the cyber,” as her competitor has done on more than occasion.
DevTips’ Travis Neilsen has launched a series of videos capturing his first experiences of Webflow as he builds a new landing page for his podcast. So you get to watch his travails and triumphs as he experiences them. And maybe learn a bit about Webflow too.
(Oh, and there’s a chance you could win a free Webflow Pro subscription for 1 year, so be on the look out for the next installment early next week.)
Fewer mantras are more well-known or powerful in the world of digital design than Luke Wroblewski’s “obvious always wins.” And know you can watch his 3-hour seminar on how to create obvious designs for mobile. It’s an obvious must-watch.
Part 1. And part 2:
When you think of high-quality design, you might not think of Microsoft first. Or second. But there’s a lot to click around and check out on Microsoft Design’s site, but if you’re interested in building accessible designs, you’ll definitely want to grab the PDF of their inclusive design toolkit.
I was personally super-happy to see that their Design Language section includes basic voice and tone principles. IMHO, Microsoft has made great strides in their content over the last few years, so it’s worth checking out.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe or Sketch for desktop design work, Serif has a solid alternative in Affinity Designer, which just got a few UI-focused updates. Oh, and if you happen to be a Windows guy or gal, they’ve got a beta version of Designer for Windows that you can download for free.
When I'm writing, I like to think that silence shapes my words. And the same goes for space in design. Nathan Curtis of Eight Shapes offers a detailed walkthrough of the role of space in design systems.
Whether or not you’re a fan of iOS 10’s new lockscreen, you might like Shankar’s critical analysis of the iOS 10 lockscreen on uxdesign.cc. Or as he puts it:
iOS said, “Ok clarity, let’s not be friends anymore.”
Master the basics of flexbox in 28 increasingly challenging — and fun!— levels, without writing a line of code.
While the holidays might mean a bit of relaxing for most people, marketing goes into overdrive around this time of year. Thankfully, MailChimp’s got a whopping 40 tips on how to do it right.
So head on over, and maybe sit down with some of your clients to start planning that next bit campaign, eh?
The United States has a tendency to get a little wrapped in itself, especially around presidential election race time. Which makes it a perfect time to see what the rest of the world thinks about this pivotal (and quite possibly historical) election.
This year’s Material Design Award winners include big tech names like Asana and Airbnb, but some lesser-known properties get the nod as well.
At first Kevin Marks wondered if he was losing his eyesight. Then he realized: the web’s become unreadable … by design.
LaBlacklist offers a curated list of great links, without all the usual razzle-dazzle.
Google launches Material.io, a one-stop shop for all things Material design — and sneaks in a couple “new product coming soon” announcements, too.
Whatever you feel about emoji, there’s no doubt they’ve become a new form of visual language. Guess that’s why the Museum of Modern Art has added the original emoji set to their collection. Though, to be honest, I’m super relieved that 23 fonts joined the collection first (in 2011).
If you’ve never heard of the role "hairy arms" play in graphic design and illustration, you’ll want to check out this quick NPR interview with graphic designer Jessica Frease.
Khoi Vinh shares some much-needed critical thinking about how to think about design writing on the web.
Oh, and I guess there was something about two new new computers from these two really big companies. Not sure what all the fuss is about. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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