Discovery Process, Plants, Git, & Chat bots

An overview of what was Creating Zeal this week!

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Take a look at what's been Creating ZEAL this week:

🎙️ Podcast

In the latest episode of the Creating ZEAL Podcast, Adam Cuppy chats with Sparkbox co-founder Rob Harr about his workshop "Awesome Discovery Projects," and why at the end of the day, projects are really about people experiences.

Listen in as Rob goes through the process of discovery, from setting expectations and problem-solving, to goal setting and project timelines, and discover how putting people first is more important the tech we use.

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Throughout the season, we’ll be talking about personal growth in the lesser-known edges of software. Fun stuff like unique uses of tech in production, DevRel, product management, and so much more ZEAL goodness.

✍️ Blog

While solutions to the challenges of navigating the new (perhaps imposed) conditions of your working-from-home life are not necessarily simple, there are small things you can do to bring some calm to the storm. One back-to-nature solution: buy a plant.

Check out the latest blog post, just in time for Earth Day! 🌎

📹 YouTube

Branching in Git

At the heart of working with git is branching. It's an essential piece to collaborating with other developers and ensuring that the only code in your master branch is stable, production-ready code. In this video, Amy demonstrates how to create a branch and merge new code into master.

This is part of an entire series about git:

  1. Git Part 1: What is git? Why use it? How to install it.
  2. Git Part 2: How to use git in the Terminal and in a Graphical User Interface, like Tower
  3. Git Part 3: Fixing Bad Commits

🖥️ Twitch

Creating a channel chat bot!

Erik continues working on creating a Twitch chat bot for the Creating Zeal stream. Our first command is !podcast. What commands will be up next?

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🤔 Zeal Interestings

A collection of cool stuff the ZEAL team found interesting this week.

4 Reasons Warm-Ups will Fundamentally Change Your Work

Warm-ups are a critical part of the collaborative design process. They're a strategic way to set individuals, the team, and the work up for success. And if you do them consistently, you'll build your team’s awareness muscles. You'll become more self-reflective, tuned-in, empathetic, and intentional about the work you are setting out to do.

The Baymard Institute: A Glorious Evidence-Based Trove of UX Best Practices

The Baymard Institute is an "independent web usability research institute."

The organization was founded on the central thesis that design decisions are often made subjectively or politically, and that a more evidence-based approach is possible.

Baymard has published 250 of their reports for FREE. Each of these contain plenty of evidence based UI recommendations.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Always Explain Why the ‘Phone’ Field Is Required (58% of Sites Don’t)
  2. Product List UX: The Number of Products to Load by Default (52% Get it Wrong)
  3. Where to Send Users after They ‘Sign In’ or ‘Reset Password’ (34% of Sites Get It Wrong)
  4. 9 UX Requirements for Designing a User-Friendly Homepage Carousel (If You Need One)
  5. Search UX: 6 Essential Elements for ‘No Results’ Pages

Front End Challenges

Sometimes the best way to learn, or at least solidify what you know, is to actually do it and put it into practice. This is a list of round-ups for frontend challenges where you can put your dev skills to the test.