It’s incredible to imagine that poor workplace policies can result in premature death, but that’s only because in the United States we’ve yet as a culture to develop a clear link between working days, stress, and longevity.
Felix would press his hands and feet tightly together, holding his breath for 30 seconds, then taking slow, deep breaths until the anxiety passed and he was ready to proceed to the next step of his routine. Instead of feeling anxious when it came time to put on the helmet, he was calm, and if his anxiety r…
…ed longer, and they moved on to sessions with the whole suit as Felix learned a new way to breathe. When the positive mantras weren’t enough, when the rational reassurances from the prefrontal cortex were no match for the primal responses of the amygdala, Felix concentrated on taking deep breaths. This triggered the parasympathetic nervous system, a counter-response to fight-or-flight.
Felix was using a CBT technique called the “coping statement,” which had been demonstrated to help people overcome their fears. In laboratory experiments, these statements had even been shown to increase people’s ability to tolerate physical pain. Gervais kept repeating the positive statements so that they became mantras that Felix could tell himself whenever anxiety started to build. The more that Felix heard them and repeated them, the more credible they seemed. The suit was special. When he tried on the suit and looked in the mirror, he started thinking, Hey, it’s pretty cool.
Working with only few fixed grid configurations makes it easy to miss problems while you’re working. Either the developer will find them during implementation — necessitating a lot of annoying back-and-forth — or the broken layouts will end up in your final product.
This works fine for print. The designer knows that their publication is going to use, say, the A4 paper size. But what happens in digital, when you need to simulate a different device size? Changing the artboard dimensions means that the grid either is either too big or too small:
75% of interface designers primarily use Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch. Each of these tools was created around the metaphor of the page, not the screen. Unsurprisingly, the methods for working with grids in these tools are also based on the print tradition. For digital product designers, this leads to some big pain points in everyday use.
ot just in… Android’s ConstraintLayout, Flexbox, and even grid-specific frameworks like the upcoming CSS Grid. But layout decisions should be made by designers, not delegated to developers. They’re critical to the form and function of an interface. Designers must be able to explore the consequences of grid layout decisions visually, not just in c…