I got invited to talk about Electron at QCon San Francisco in November and the video and transcript of the presentation are now available. Electron gives you the power to write a single application for Windows, MacOS and Linux. But Electron apps can easily feel out of place among other applications, exactly because you have so much freedom in designing your UI.
We can define easing curves for the transitions and animations on our websites to give them a more natural and subtle feel. But it’s not just animations that benefit from easing curves. Any time there is a transition between two states an easing curve will make that feel more natural and less harsh.
One term that keeps coming up in the design community as a stand-in for layout is “box model”, for example in “Why don’t design tools have the box model?” The CSS Box model is a well-defined term though, and it does not do layout.
If we keep referring to our imaginary perfect layout system in design tools as “box model”, we risk getting the wrong thing.
Having a design system is like having a super power. It takes away all the small decisions you have to make about a design and lets you focus on the higher level goals you have for your design. But creating a design system is a labour intensive process usually only worth it for product teams at large companies or startups.
Starting with MacOS 10.14.5, all signed applications by ‘new’ developers will need to be notarized or they will trigger Apple’s Gatekeeper software and prevent users from installing your app. That means that aside from signing your application, you will need to notarize it as well. This is how to successfully notarize your Electron application.