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An organizational tool, not a workflow tool
A site map is a list of pages on a domain's website. A site map can be one of three types: a plan designers use in the layout of a website, human-readable lists of a site's pages in a hierarchical order and structured listings for search engine web crawlers.
A snappy, stand-up meeting that doesn't put us to sleep.
Scrum is a way for developing, delivering, and sustaining software products in a complex environment. It’s also used in other fields including research, sales, marketing, and advanced technologies.
A method for getting a decent sample size so we can quickly draw conclusions about user behavior or expectations.
A survey is a set of questions designed to gather specific data from a group of individuals in human subjects research. Surveys can be performed via the phone, by mail, on the internet, or on the street corners, or at shopping malls.
How pages are written doesn't have to reflect the way they're displayed.
The underlying mark-up that users rely on to navigate and access content is the source order of a web page.
'Less' and 'more' can coexist in responsive web design.
Skeuomorphism is the idea that developers and designers use lifelike elements in their designs. The goal is to make sure people have a similar online experience as they would if it were offline, with everything from colors to textures mimicking those of an actual object or person's appearance.
A design method that helps us quickly get ideas out there, work through problems, explain interaction, and build products.
A sketch is a quick and rough drawing that provides a summary or broad outline of something. Sketching is a short freehand drawing that isn't normally intended to be a final product, but it's a fantastic tool for designers to quickly conceptualize various design possibilities.
Sharpies: Our greatest communication tools
The sharpie marker is a low fidelity tool to sketch and visualize screen interfaces without having to focus on element details.
Shaders Add Depth and Volume to Your Sketches
Shaders are professional-quality markers that are highly regarded for their smooth application. Shaders can be layered and blended, they're streak-free, and they're permanent, which makes them a wonderful tool for designing.
Make more elaborate CSS faster and easier.
Sass is a cascading style sheet (CSS) extension, which is a language for defining the layout and formatting of HTML documents. Sass also allows developers to build more efficient code by supporting nested rules. Sass is an acronym for "Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets."
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