Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 26 November 2014

The day’s best and most im­por­tant design- and de­sign business-focused ar­ti­cles, tu­to­ri­als, and re­sources hand-picked by Pariah Burke.

  • Tablets Aren’t Killing Laptops, But Smartphones Are Killing Tablets

    Tablet sales growth is de­clin­ing, and Apple is sell­ing few­er iPads every quar­ter. PC sales are im­prov­ing. Ever-larger smart­phones make great con­sump­tion de­vices. Microsoft has even re­al­ized Windows should be a desk­top op­er­at­ing sys­tem, be­cause PCs aren’t go­ing any­where.

    Tablets used to seem like the fu­ture. Everyone would aban­don lap­tops and desk­tops — or, at least, every­one would have a smart­phone, a tablet, and a PC. But tablets are now look­ing more like a niche prod­uct.

  • A lit­tle late? 6 Reasons to Combine Content and Community on Your Website

    Visit any web­site to­day and they’re much the same as those in the 1990’s. They’re en­tire­ly one-way: the pub­lish­er of the web­site pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to vis­i­tors. The vis­i­tors, on the oth­er hand, have few op­tions to in­ter­act, save for a “con­tact us” form or a hand­ful of so­cial shar­ing but­tons. Those same vis­i­tors are af­ford­ed no op­tions to en­gage with one an­oth­er.

  • UX Sketching: Why is it nec­es­sary?

    In the be­gin­ning It’s just about brain­storm­ing. I list out a jum­ble of words and draw tiny sketch­es re­lat­ed to what I’m work­ing on (and find the par­al­lels lat­er). Personally, I pre­fer pa­per with a grid so I can con­vey things re­spon­sive­ly. Most of the time per­fec­tion isn’t an is­sue and the sketch­es are just for me.

  • UX Sketching: Why is it nec­es­sary?

    In the be­gin­ning It’s just about brain­storm­ing. I list out a jum­ble of words and draw tiny sketch­es re­lat­ed to what I’m work­ing on (and find the par­al­lels lat­er). Personally, I pre­fer pa­per with a grid so I can con­vey things re­spon­sive­ly. Most of the time per­fec­tion isn’t an is­sue and the sketch­es are just for me.

  • Cisco Developing Cloud-Based Virtual Meeting Rooms

    Sixty-six per­cent of the 200 event or­ga­niz­ers who par­tic­i­pat­ed in Meeting Professionals International’s second-quarter Meetings Outlook sur­vey this year in­di­cat­ed they ex­pect­ed a year-over-year in­crease in vir­tu­al at­ten­dance, and more than half of the re­spon­dents in­di­cat­ed their or­ga­ni­za­tions were us­ing vir­tu­al and hy­brid tech­nol­o­gy to en­hance in-person meet­ings or in­cor­po­rate on­site and re­mote event el­e­ments. 

  • Designers: 7 Ways To Be More Prolific

    Clients are look­ing for de­sign­ers who can not on­ly ex­ceed their ex­pec­ta­tions, but do so in record time. Here’s how to get more de­sign done in less time, earn­ing your­self more mon­ey and loy­al clients in the process.

  • 3 Rules to Follow When Someone You Live With Works From Home

    Work was now home, and home was work. Not to men­tion, shar­ing our small space be­came a whole lot more com­pli­cat­ed.

    Over time, we’ve man­aged it bet­ter, but look­ing back, here are three things I learned that helped us nav­i­gate the tran­si­tion.

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