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Issue #124 — 10 May '17

Design principle: IKEA effect

Y’know that sweet feeling of satisfaction you get when you finally finish assembling a piece of IKEA furniture? Anton Nikolov discusses how design can evoke similar emotions. 
I DID IT

The Path to Design System Maturity

“Avoid pedantic debates on what defines a design system. Instead, define the goals of your system, its target audience, and your MVP.”

WHICH PATH WILL YOU TAKE?

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Product Illustration for people who don’t know anything about product illustration

Meg Robichaud from the Shopify design team shares when and where to use illustration throughout your digital products. 

WHERE?

It’s not you, it’s your form

A case study that highlights key tips and insights into designing a well structured form.

SUBMIT

Minimum Viable Products

There are many differing definitions for what an MVP should or shouldn’t be. Andrew Crow shares his take.

AN MVP IS...

I Built That “So-and-So Is Typing” Feature in Chat and I’m not sorry

An amusing look back at the birth of the typing indicator – originally designed for MSN Messenger(!). Includes a wonderful throwback to 80’s chat tools.

BLAST TO THE PAST

Stop Shaming Your Users for Micro Conversions

We’ve all seen it – those shaming “No I don’t want to lose weight!” manipulinks we see in subscription modals. Does this kind of persuasive design actually work, and at what expense?

READ IT IF YOU WANT

Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li discuss the promises of artificial intelligence — and how to diversify the field.

How Gates and Li are on a mission to diversify the voices in the AI industry to avoid bias in the future of AI. 

READ ON MEDIUM

FROM ATOMIC

New: Page Switcher

The new Page Switcher in Atomic lets you easily switch pages without having to toggle back and forth between the Pages and Layers tab. Choice 😎

CHECK IT OUT

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