Skip to main content Jump to list of all articles
The Smashing Cat exploring new insights, at Smashing Workshops, of course. Email Newsletter

Useful front-end & UX tips, delivered once a week.

With tools to help you get your work done better. Subscribe and get Vitaly’s Smart Interface Design Checklists PDF — in your inbox. 🎁

On front-end & UX. Trusted by 190.000 folks.

See All Latest Articles

Latest Posts

When To Say No To Freelance Projects

by Becca Kennedy

For hungry freelancers, it can be hard to turn work away. But in the long run, saying no to a project that’s a bad fit will make you a better freelancer. This article will help freelancers and consultants think critically about when to decline an opportunity or request and how to do so assertively but kindly.

Read more

How We Improved SmashingMag Performance

by Vitaly Friedman

In this article, we’ll take a close look at some of the changes we made on this very site — running on JAMStack with React — to optimize the web performance and improve the Core Web Vitals metrics. With some of the mistakes we’ve made, and some of the unexpected changes that helped boost all the metrics across the board.

Read more

Using Grommet In React Applications

by Fortune Ikechi

In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to use Grommet as a UI library for React applications. We’ll use Grommet as a UI library of choice to create a pricing component, this would help us have a better understanding of how to use Grommet.

Read more
The Smashing Cat exploring new insights, at Smashing Workshops, of course.

Join 1,916 Smashing Members

A friendly community for people who design and build the web. With books, workshops, goodies and early-birds — for just 1 coffee a month. Take a look around.

Join the community ↬ Already have an account? Sign in!

Read more

Web Design Trends 2021: The Report

by Suzanne Scacca

2020 was anything but normal. Consumers had their lives shaken up and many businesses experienced new challenges as well as opportunities thanks to the novel events of the year.

Read more

Integrating A Dialogflow Agent Into A React Application

by Nwani Victory

When it comes to building a conversational chat assistant that could be used at a small or enterprise level, Dialogflow would most likely be one of the first options that would show up in your search list. But apart from its console that is provided to design and manage an Agent, how can we create a chat assistant that can be used within our built web applications, too?

Read more
Read more
Read more
Read more
June 2020 • Shipping Now

Meet “Click!”: Encourage Clicks
Without Shady Tricks

Our new book on how to boost business KPIs, build trust and address doubts effectively — without alienating people along the way. By Paul Boag.

Jump to table of contents → The Smashing Cat peeking behind the book.

Our Guides

A Smashing Guide to JavaScript & Frameworks

React, Vue, or perhaps the lightweight Alpine.js? Whether you are an experienced JavaScript developer working with one of these frameworks, or just starting to learn, our authors have created some tutorials for you.

Explore JavaScript & Frameworks

A Smashing Guide to CSS Layout

CSS Layout has been transformed over the past years. We have you covered with all you need to master this new world. If you want to understand the technical details, or learn how to use new CSS creatively, these guides can help.

Explore CSS Layout

A Smashing Guide to Web Performance

Ensuring your site loads quickly is important. The subject touches almost every part of web design and development, from your choice of images to the performance of your web server. In this guide we bring together information that can help you build a fast site, and keep it fast.

Explore Performance
Smashing Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter

Every Tuesday, we send an email newsletter with useful techniques on front-end & UX. Subscribe and get a freebie: Smart Interface Design Checklists PDF — right in your inbox. 🔮

Front-end, UX and design. 1× a week.
You can always unsubscribe with just 1 click.
Featured Smashing Book

Design Systems

Meet Design Systems, a recent Smashing book in which Alla Kholmatova explores how to set up an effective design system to create great digital products. With common traps, gotchas and lessons learned.

Jump to table of contents ↬
Design Systems, a new Smashing book

Community Links

Person Of The Week

Luke Wroblewski (@lukew) is currently a Product Director at Google. Before that, he co-founded Polar and Bagcheck and worked at NCSA, eBay, and Yahoo. Luke is the author of three popular web design books (Mobile First, Web Form Design, and Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) in addition to many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a co-founder and former board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Thank you for everything you do for the community, dear Luke!