Zac Halbert UX Designer
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  1. Why I Joined a Non-Profit Startup

    A few months ago, I left my job at Recurly to join a non-profit startup. Why did I leave the stability of a well-paid tech startup job?

    “Anything done purely for yourself empties very quickly.”

    A designer whose name I can’t remember said this, and it stuck with me even if their name didn’t. It’s an excellent summary of my current attitude towards tech work.…

  2. Refugees United Global #HackForGood

    A few weeks ago, I participated in my first hackathon for Refugees United (supported by Ericsson). This organization “…aims to directly help families reconnect with missing loved ones through a safe, secure search tool that allows for full anonymity and is free of charge.”

    Refugees United is doing awesome work and has already reconnected more refugee families this year than the entire Red Cross averages over a full year.…

  3. A Rapid Prototyping Toolbox for Designers with Jekyll and Foundation 4

    Learn how to rapidly prototype marketing websites or blogs with a simple set of tools–Jekyll and Foundation 4. This isn’t necessarily the fastest way to build a prototype, but this is the most extensible way I’ve found that allows you to move seamlessly from prototype to production. I built WelcomeMat.co in order to test these tools in a somewhat-real-world environment.

    Check out the site (and make sure to resize the browser to notice how responsivey it is).…

  4. Masking Complexity through Progressive Disclosure

    Many of the “less is more” arguments sound great, and the sentiment comes from the right place. However, the reality is that some tools need to provide a lot of functionality in order to really solve a customer’s problem.

    In cases where you can’t remove complexity, try masking it. Progressive disclosure gives you the best of both worlds by showing less, but providing more.

  5. JPG Images with PNG Transparency

    JPG images provide small file sizes, but don’t give you the flexibility of transparency. PNGs provide you with transparency, but don’t compress visually complex images very well. I have been experimenting with a technique to get the best of both worlds.

    Before we begin, let me first say that the best solution is to set overflow: hidden on a parent element that contains a compressed JPG, as in the case of round avatars.…

  6. Auto-blog Your Dribbble Shots to WordPress

    Want to know how to auto-blog your Dribbble shots to WordPress? My portfolio is entirely populated by my Dribbble feed which makes it significantly easier to maintain my website.

    It’s quite simple, thanks to some awesome work by Tammy Hart. There are quite a few “Dribbble shots to WordPress” auto-blogging plugins that will help you do it, but I found that I either couldn’t get them to work as expected, or they didn’t give me the flexibility that I needed.…

  7. Learning to Ship Quicker

    The redesign of this site has been a really long time coming. What I mean by that is I’ve been stalling for over a year. I’ve been learning to ship quicker however, and I’m going to share a bit about what inspired me.

    For context, I’ve been building websites since I was 13. I can crank out a site like this in a few weeks for a client.…

  8. Joining Recurly

    Good news, everyone! I got a job.jobland

    I’ve joined the awesome team at Recurly as Senior UX Designer. Look forward to some sweet new usability in the best subscription billing platform out there.…