The Shots widget will now allow you to upload a sequence of images, instead of a video. This can be used to control animation frames more precisely or to create transparent Shots (with the help of transparent PNG images).

The frame order will reflect however the files were sorted on your computer. Images will retain their original size and resolution. You can upload PNG and JPEG files.

It’s very important for designers to push their eye and awareness, to see more than they thought possible. This is certainly true with color. It’s also very important to practice putting yourself in the shoes of other people. Like any form of exercise, the more you do it, the stronger you get. In this article we offer four creative exercises practiced by renowned design teachers and originally mentioned in our Design Almanac.

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“Your clients may not be good at noticing, but you should notice on their behalf. There are millions of ways we can improve life for each other, but…

For the Mobile version of Readymag projects you can now choose from three types of mobile layout:

— Auto layout (arranges all widgets in a single column, each will fit the viewport width with 20px margins and 20px spacing between widgets).

— Fit to mobile (resizes all widgets proportionately to fill the mobile viewport).

— Desktop layout (everything looks as it would on a desktop display).

Note that these options can also be set for any selected widgets or widget groups, allowing you to lay out mobile variations with only a few clicks. Simply select the relevant layout type for each widget or group.

Learn more in our Help section.

If you’d like to try out new Readymag features before everyone else, apply to become a beta tester.

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These two updates will help protect your Readymag account.

First, you can now enable two-factor authentication for your account. Enter the Settings menu from your Profile page, toggle ‘Two-factor auth’ and follow the instructions. You will be prompted to download a security token app for your phone.

Important note. Don’t forget to save emergency codes: they will help you avoid being locked out of your account in case you lose your phone.

Another new feature is session control. In your profile, you’ll now see a full list of your sessions, together with login location and browser data. …

The checkout flow in our e-commerce widget has changed. Store owners can enable Google Pay and Apple Pay, set up promo codes, change delivery settings and support recurring billing. Users will be now redirected to Stripe to complete their purchase instead of the sidebar checkout.

Dark patterns are online user experiences that are intentionally designed to trick users into taking unintended actions. These actions rarely benefit the user, but rather serve the owner of the site or app — almost always for financial gain. This article by graphic designer, artist and art educator Eileen MacAvery Kane will explore different types of experiences, the role and responsibility of designers, the confusing online landscape created by dark patterns, and what actions can be taken to prioritize users in the online design process.

The term “dark patterns” was coined in 2010 by UX specialist Harry Brignull, describing online…

We have released two new features that allow to fine-tune user mobile experience.

— Select from a list of mobile devices in Preview mode. This feature allows users to view the mobile version of their page as it will appear on a variety of devices.

Use this feature, for example, to make sure that your project’s most relevant details fit the first screen of all devices.

— You can now change the width of mobile layouts in the Editor using the Guides menu in the mobile viewport.

This will help you fine-tune your project for a particular device version…

For decades we’ve been taught that user-centricity is the key to good design. But now the philosophy is showing vulnerabilities. We need approaches that are less narrow, less transactional, and more able to cope with the diverse, systemic challenges the 21st century has in store. Designer and futurist Cennydd Bowles elaborates.

In those toddler days, when the connected age was still taking its first tremulous steps, digital design was slow to find its identity. …

As designers, we are not set apart from systems of inequality, acting from the outside in. We shape and mold; we create cause and effect. Immy Robinson, an Innovation Lead at British charity Shift Design, speaks on what can be done to generate and multiply power through community relationships. From this article, you will learn how to design with communities and not just ‘for’ them.

2020 was a year of many reckonings. A global pandemic amplified and exacerbated the many forms of inequality we see in our communities — racial, economic, health and cultural. We saw, with renewed clarity, the…

Fraser Morton, a mixed-media journalist, filmmaker & founder of Far Features, an independent media production company, talks about using times of disruption as a springboard for creative experimentation.

Now is the time

There has never been a better time to invest in independent, experimental, creative, socially-oriented work. If you have a project you have always wanted to get done — now is the time.

The interconnectedness of people and global economies, our broken relationship with the natural world, racial injustice, health inequality — the list of realisations is endless. This is a time of radical awakenings for many, what professor Otto Scharmer describes as…


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