Syntax - Tasty Web Development Treats

In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about design foundations for developers — tips to follow that will make your designs better!

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Show Notes

6:35 - Our backgrounds in design

12:41 - Foundations

Consistency makes a big difference Use “training wheel” tools until you are confident Always work within a system Less is more - subtle is better

19:39 - Color

Color theory Complementary colors and shades Stick to color pallet generators until you are good enough

28:51 - Spacing

More spacing than you think you need Vertical rhythm Letter spacing: -1px Consistent margin and padding

34:47 - Typography

Sans vs serifs Finding fonts Use proven combinations until you know your way around

41:49 - Interaction

Design for all states (e.g. standard, visited, active, hover, etc.) Animations should be quick Interactions should make sense

45:04 - Concerns beyond visuals

Accessibility via color contrast Thin fonts and light grey are awful Think about the poor Windows users

48:47 - Inspiration + Resources

Take inspiration from the best — you’ll find your own voice after enough work Go easy on trends - blobby characters with purple hair Take a trip around the world wide web Stripe


Site Inspire


Refactoring UI


Designer Starter Pack - Andrea Crofts


Colour Lovers

Syntax 142: Travis Neilson on Skills Gap, Design, Focus and Working at Google





Figma - Google Font Pairings

Type Scale

Creative Market

Radnika Next



Syntax 72: Accessibility


Site Inspire


Refactoring UI

Adam Wathan

Steve Schoger


Scott: Reelgood

Wes: Magnesium

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