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From FastCompany: When the New York Times’s plummeting homepage traffic numbers were revealed last week, the internet again declared the homepage dead. But that may not be so true.
From A List Apart: A style guide, also referred to as a pattern library, is a living document that details the front-end code for all the elements and modules of a website or application. It also documents the site’s visual language, from header styles to color palettes. In short, a proper style guide is a one-stop guide that the entire team can reference when considering site changes and iterations. Susan Robertson shows us how to build and maintain a style guide that helps everyone from product owners and producers to designers and developers keep an ever-changing site on brand and on target.
From Fast Company: Long dominant in online search, advertising and maps, Google has shifted gears from utility to beauty and is now more fearsome than ever. “In all of these efforts, Google’s aesthetic aim is clear: To disappear. The most beautiful Google experience is the one you never notice.”
From Fast Company: If you’ve searched anything on Google lately, you might have noticed something different. The company’s newly designed search results page has ditched the ugly yellow box around AdSense results (the paid advertisements that accompany searches), increased font sizes slightly, and, most notably, removed the prominent underlines that we’ve associated with hyperlinks since the rise of the web. (Underlined hyperlinks are so integral to historic web design, in fact, that web browsers underline links by default, meaning that designers have to add superfluous code to remove them.)