net November 2016 Issue 286

In this issue, the perfect way to plan your site. 
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So what have we got for you this month? 

Designing a perfect site isn’t just about letting your creative juices run free. In the new issue of net, Anna Stout, founder of Nashville-based agency Astute Communications, shares five critical steps for planning your site. Complete them before you start designing to ensure a site that is easy to use and will convert users. Nail your research and planning, Anna argues, and your site is guaranteed to be better for it. 

Once you get to the design stage, how can you be sure your design is the best it can be? In the second feature of the issue, Michel Ferreira takes a deep dive into A/B testing – or as he presents it, ‘the science of good design’ – and shows you how to gather figures that prove your design is (or isn’t) working. 

You’ll also find out how IBM is rolling out its new design ethos across its 400,000 employees, Andy Budd explores what happens when we get rid of UX specialists, and we go behind the scenes on Resn’s interactive game for a US bakery, based in a mouth watering edible world. 

What’s more, this issue all readers will receive a free 148-page WordPress guide ebook (worth £9.99), jam-packed with expert tips, tutorials and techniques covering the best themes and plugins, how to craft perfect themes and make them responsive, switch from CSS to Sass, and much more. 

Elsewhere in the mag:

  • Shikhar Kapoor, an UI engineer at Flipkart, India’s biggest ecommerce company, explains how to build a progressive web app with Service Workers
  • Phil Garnham, type design director at Fontsmith, show you how to master accessible web typography
  • Create the grid system you always wanted with a small but powerful PostCSS function
  • The 5 React.js mind shifts you need to understand to get the most of this popular JavaScript library
  • Build an app that blends the best of web and native with new JavaScript framework Astro