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I remember last year, when I had lunch with the wonderfully thoughtful and talented Max Guwanan, who’s aesthetic I deeply admire, and he showed me his latest product prototype. I at first wasn’t sure what I was looking at and he proceeded to explain it’s a light but also a speaker. Fast forward to this […]
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This emergency safety system is like an air hostess that helps you evacuate during a fire! Safety devices don’t usually focus on the form because their purpose is to serve emergencies and therefore function reigns over everything. But the winner from the...
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These photographs of Swiss houses by Patrick Lambertz stopped me in my tracks. Having grown up in Switzerland, this architecture is so deeply familiar and comforting. (The series is called Swiss Chalets, but I disagree, these are not chalets.) (via)
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The new MTA Live Subway Map is a real-time digital map designed to help riders navigate New York City’s ever-evolving transportation network. The Live Subway Map is a web-based application that works across a range of devices. It’s a pro bono collaboration between the MTA, the Transit Innovation Partnership , and design and technology company […]
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I’m not going to pretend it makes obvious sense, but famed former Apple designer Jony Ive will soon be working for Airbnb. Yes, the company that primarily makes it easy for you to rent someone else’s home needs design help, and they’re going to the man best known for turning consumer tech on its head — as well as the occasional all-diamond diamond ...
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Illustration by Valerija Trane Positive influence of improved product accessibility was proven 15 years ago, but came to the spotlight in the last few years by Apple’s and Microsoft’s effort to focus on it in recent two years. The global market of people with disabilities is over 1 billion people with a spending power of more than $6 trillion. Acce ...
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“Ordinary isn’t the enemy but instead something nourishing and unavoidable, the bedrock upon which the rest of experience ebbs and flows. Embrace this — the warm water, the pruned hands, the prismatic gleam of the bubbles and the steady passage from dish to dish to dish — and feel, however briefly, the breath of actual […]
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Three Things in Human Life Are Important. The First Is To Be Kind. The Second Is To Be Kind. And the Third Is To Be Kind — Henry James
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Keep your collaborative design efforts organized to avoid insanity. What Is Design Version Control and Why Does It Matter? The days of designers working alone in their respective silos are gone. Now creators are able to work in hyper-collaborative environments where multiple parties can be working on the same project at the same time. As with any i ...
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Set-up design principles with your team to have a clear baseline for designing a product. I’ll help you set up your design principles (DPs) Google ‘Design Principles’ (DPs), and you will find countless articles. Basically, Design principles express your shared vision for great products & services. This article will not explain what DPs are in a bro ...
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There are hundreds of Figma plugins available as of today, yet the Figma plugin search functionality is pretty basic and at times it can be very difficult to find the right plugin for a certain task. This article will take an in-depth look at several plugins that can speed up your design workflow.
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Drawing and brainstorming are for everyone, not just designers or “creatives.” 2 people drawing boxes, lines, shapes, etc. to describe ideas on a whiteboard. Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash What is ideation? Ideation is a process of generating many ideas in an open-minded environment. In the design thinking process, we ideate once we have completed ...
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Edward Tufte is a seminal figure on how to design visual displays of quantitative information. In this book, he introduces two interesting graphical heuristics, the data-ink ratio and chart junk. First, what’s a heuristic? A heuristic is a process or rule that is meant to guide you in decision making. Is by definition not known to be optimal or per ...
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What nobody told me about the ‘Etiquette’ Recently I’ve been interviewing a lot of junior UX designers for roles in London and Paris. Some are clearly ‘in the know’ — I can tell that they’ve been coached by their family, school, or network. Others are quite clueless about how to get hired. I totally relate to this second group of people. I started ...
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UX research is essentially a study of human behavior. User experience research as a discipline attempts to understand subtle nuances of how people are wired, how they approach products and services, and what eventually draws them to things they use. To achieve this understanding, UX research makes use of many different methodologies, tools, and fie ...
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What not to do — The beauty of bad product design For good reason, the bulk of design literature expounds on the principles and practices of great design, yet there’s much to be learned from bad design. Absurdity accentuates the elegance of logic. Perhaps no one does this better than French poet, artist, and inventor of the world’s worst products, ...
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Image by author Today’s world entirely relies on the web. Users are on the web all the time for googling every small unknown thing or doing online shopping. Interactive and engaging design is what every website owner needs. Earlier marketers used to worry about generating traffic to the content, but now the entire battle lies in holding users’ time ...
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Photo by Amélie Mourichon on Unsplash User experience or UX is the art of making your website simple, user-friendly, and easy to use. UX focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what information they are seeking, and what are their requirements, what they need, what they value, their ability, and also their limitations. UX designer does not ...
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Image: Adobe Adobe is building live-streaming into the iPad versions of Photoshop and Illustrator, letting you start a broadcast and film yourself from right inside the app. There is one big caveat, though: the apps only stream to Behance, the Adobe-owned social design platform. To start streaming from Photoshop or Illustrator on an iPad, you’ll ju ...
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Adobe is releasing Illustrator for the iPad today, delivering a streamlined version of its desktop vector graphics app that’s been redesigned to work with touch controls and a stylus. Just about everything you’d expect from a mobile version of Illustrator is here, from the pen, pencil, and brush tools, to layers, properties, and grid options, to ba ...
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