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Give me gif, Slack – case study

The aim of this case study has focused on creating a contemporary design concept that would solve the issue of poor accessibility to gifs on Slack.

Emoji and animated messages have become a part of our writing culture. Sceptics might have thought that it is a step backwards in evolution (back to the time when people use hieroglyphs, perhaps?), but there are a lot of positives about this change. Using emoji can lighten the overall mood of the text, is understood across different languages and adds the ability to quickly express thoughts or emotions. According to Contactually, “your brain processes what it’s seeing on video 60,000 times faster than it processes text.” Sending a gif or a meme can also help improve communication between co-workers and is a great way to tighten the relationships.

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2020: the summary

Another year has gone by and what a year it’s been! Hell of the rollercoaster 🎢 ride for most of us, right?
As every December, I like to pause for a minute, create a list of things that were awesome that year, and also some resolutions for the year ahead.
It’s really cool to look back in the past and see how we, and everything around has changed, so let’s look into my last year’s resolutions:

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Create a simple toggle switch in React

Dark themes have become really popular in the recent years, and a lot of websites have given their users the ability to choose between light and dark mode. This personalisation also increases accessibility, as some people struggle to read black letters on white background, and prefer to switch to light letters on a dark background.
Toggle switch is, in my opinion, the best way to incorporate light/dark mode feature. Today I’m gonna show you how to create a simple, yet effective toggle switch.

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October reads

I haven’t done the monthly reads for a really long time, but as I’ve recently purchased a kindle ebook reader, and along with new uni year, I have made through quite a lot of good books this past month. I guess they might be worth sharing.

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My top tips to stay on top of your life and don’t go crazy

Hello, beautiful people of the internet. How’s the life going?
Mine, as you can probably deduct from lack of posts in the recent months, is very busy, engaging and demanding. New job, second year of uni, very active 4 year old and a global pandemic on top of all that!
But I don’t write that as an excuse or for someone to pat me on the back.

If you’ve ever thought how on Earth I am able to manage working, attending full-time uni and taking care or a child… the truth is- sometimes I don’t. You can’t give 100% of yourself to all of those things at once. (Ok, maybe a Wonder Woman could, but I’m definitely not her.) You need to choose where you need to be most, but sometimes things slips through…
It’s so easy to feel like there is too much going on around, and a cartoony steam will go out of your ears any minute now… Instant access and constant flow of various information adds up to the mix.
And that’s why I’ve written down my go to solutions to reduce stress-load to a minimum. I hope it will be helpful to someone.

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Lockdown: for me

Lockdown slowly eases, so I thought I will reflect on those last, really weird 3,5 months.

As everyone remembers, on March 23rd almost everything closed down and it seemed like the world is coming to an end. It has been a very stressful time for a lot of people, including myself. Workplaces shut, shelves in the grocery stores emptied, and all you could hear in tv was the constant news about more people dying from Covid-19… it was a lot to take in. I was worried whether or not we have enough food, money to pay bills, and what would happen with my daughter in the extreme case when both I and my husband catch the virus and end up in the hospital (as we have no relatives living in the UK who could take care of her).

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Raspberry Pi scroll bot- soldering, building, coding

Although I am a frontend developer with all my heart, I was always fascinated by how to build robots or wearable technology.

I haven’t done anything about it until I’ve seen a post on Twitter about some guy who has built a little display unit to show his family whether he has a meeting or is free to bother (anyone WFH and with kids out of school will understand the need for stuff like this :D) Anyway, the display looked really cool, I retweeted, and my good friend sent me a link to a Raspberry Pi shop (PiHut) and encouraged me to buy something and start building.

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