This week we’ve gone the extra mile to bring you a lot of relevant info. News from Firefox, tips on writing your fall newsletters, tons of inspirational material, and helpful guides related to marketing, design, and SEO.
Firefox Will Automatically Block Website Notifications in 2020
Time: 1 min
Firefox (or as I prefer to call it — Red Panda, which, coincidently, could be a super hero’s name or even a villain’s, like a communist panda set out to destroy capitalism) is being awesome again.
I’ve long been a fan of this browser and recent news only strengthens my feelings.
In 2020, the Firefox browser will automatically block website notifications — you know, those pesky, annoying, pop-up notifications that ruin your experience and, sometimes, your day.
Nothing else to add. I’ll just drop my mic and wait till 2020.
Quora Marketing: ~1 Million Views Generated. Here’s How to Replicate Our Success
Time: 10 min
Now, some of you may read this title and think: “Quora Marketing — what’s that?”
Well, you could type this question on Quora and find your answer, but you can also read this article and learn how to generate 1 million views on Quora.
And, just so you know, in terms of audience, Quora is on par with giants like Twitter, Reddit, and Pinterest with over 300 million monthly users. So be sure to check this guide.
Examples of Great Fall Email Newsletters With Tips and Tricks
Time: 8 min
You call it autumn and I call it fall, but before we call the whole thing off, we have to agree that this season is full of special days. Halloween, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the first day of school and even the start of the sports season.
These are prime opportunities for a great email newsletter campaign. Get the best tips and tricks regarding fall newsletters.
What Newspapers Can Teach Us About Web Design
Time: 17 min
“My father taught me…” and “My grandpa would always say…” are just something we say to convey the wisdom passed to us by our more experienced elders.
Not unlike our human elders, our technological predecessors, such as the plain old newspaper, still have much to teach us.
Learn more about how newspapers influenced web design, and what else they can teach us.
How to Use Emojis and Symbols to Improve Your Marketing Strategy [Infographic]
Time: 5 min
I hate emojis in emails. I hate them in general. Bring back the good old emoticons in the occasional text message and leave it at that. 🙂
Apparently, emojis enhance your marketing and social marketing stats.
If emojis are here to stay, you might as well learn how to use emojis and other symbols in marketing.
You know what they say: if you can’t beat them, 😇.
Designers at Apple, MoMA, and More Share the Podcasts They Never Miss
Time: 3 min
What inspires those who inspire us to inspire future generations? Is a sentence that sums up half of the script for the movie Inception.
But, in all seriousness, who influences the influencers?
Well, this article offers you the answer by looking into what podcasts inspirational designers at big firms listen to, to get their inspiration.
Here’s how one gentleman put it, describing the feelings he gets from his favorite podcast: “[It’s] like having nutrient-rich peanut butter rubbed on my brain and then licked off by a telepathic dog who translates all the smart stuff into creative inspiration.”
Finding Ideas for a Video Series or Podcast - Whiteboard Friday
Time: 6-7 min
Coming up with good, original ideas can be difficult, doubly so when it concerns videos — I mean, just look at how often Hollywood defers to rebooting old ideas.
But here’s how you can find ideas for video series and podcasts, with ease, and hey, if this helps you, send this article over to the Hollywood bigwigs.
Designer Confidential: Design in an Agile Environment
Time: 6 min
From the makers of L.A. Confidential and Shrek, maybe, comes the new autumn hit — Designer Confidential, or, you know, they might not be related.
The guys at Invisionapp have come up with a new column — Designer Confidential. The new column offers practical advice to your toughest challenges.
The very first question to be discussed is: “In an Agile-driven project, how does a UX professional fit in where time is scarce and product development is usually started right away?”
4 Best SEO Tools for Web Designers
Time: 9 min
4 SEO tools 4 web designers. See what I did there? I know, I know, it’s terrible, but I have nothing funny to say about this topic. SEO is a Serious, Essential and an On-demand, topic.
Well, that’s as good as it’s gonna get. So, without further imposing excruciating jokes, here’s a great article that offers coverage of the 4 best SEO tools for web designers; their weaknesses, benefits, and strengths.
Boosting Conversion Rate Using Design — UI/UX Case Study
Time: 10 min
Case studies are cool. They are helpful, give you real-life examples, and teach you lessons.
So, take a look at this great case study on how design can boost your conversion rate.
But, I have to say that the protein coffee thingy sounds weird.
Top 13 SEO Keyword Research Mistakes You Should Avoid
Time: 8 min
Why do people insist on adding a negative connotation to the number 13? I personally love it!
Here, however, are 13 SEO keyword research mistakes that you should avoid.
Take a look at them and learn to avoid these mistakes. But, for the love of everything unholy, don’t take it out on poor number 13, it’s not its fault.
Why Some Designs Look Messy, and Others Don’t
Time: 6 min
Boxes — that’s why.
That’s the short answer. The long answer will also bring you to this conclusion, but it will also explain why.
So, take a look at this article, learn why people love boxes and how to use it to your advantage.
Also, if for nothing else, you should read this article because the author uses the term “wiggly-ass”.
Tool Tips: How Our Design Team Switched to Figma
Time: 10 min
“Make sure that you always have the right tools for the job. It’s no use trying to eat a steak with a teaspoon, and a straw.” – Anthony T. Hincks
Indeed there isn’t. You need the right tool for the job, even, and perhaps especially, when it comes to design.
Read this article to learn more about why a design team switched to Figma, and what benefits this change brought.
Side Projects — Minimalist Movie Posters
Time: 3 min
If you saw this and thought: “Detective Pikachu”, then you are wrong, but if you thought “Kill Bill”, then you are absolutely correct.
Take a gander at these amazing minimalist posters, that will, at best, inspire you, and the very least make you say: “Ooh, this is cool”.