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Issue #140 — 07 Sep '17

Why you should ‘read’ a product like a book

Active reading is a skill you can hone and repurpose to better analyse and understand apps and products. Well worth checking this out. I also love the word ‘Syntopical’ now.

ACTIVE READING

50 Things you [probably] forgot to design

As we sit back and bask in the warm glow of our latest work, the ice bucket of “have you done…” lurks above the exit. Prepare yourself, here’s an annoyingly useful checklist to remind you what still needs to be finished.
SCORE YOURSELF

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UI sounds: From zero to hero

From helping an interaction feel more responsive, or personal, to crafting notification tones that try not to annoy, to adding greater depth to your brands identity … there’s a lot that crafted sounds can brings to our work.

DESIGNING SOUND

Stop using design research as a safety net

Jonathan Courtney puts forward an argument for not using your up-front research as too much of a crutch, you still need to be making assumptions, building something, testing it, and iterating based on real user feedback.

FOLLOW YOUR GUT

The state of the web

Or, the web is in a state, really. Karolina Szczur provides a well put guide to impactful performance improvements. There are so many available options to help us improve.

CRAFT PERFORMANCE

Flat UI elements attract less attention and cause uncertainty

We can always rely on the NNGroup to sober us up. Have a look through their ultimately unsurprising but well articulated and conditional findings on flat UI elements.

FIXATIONS

What about ethics in design?

What we do can make a big difference and differences can come with consequences. What are we comfortable with? A worthy consideration for any industry and it’s individual craftsfolk.

SO WHAT?

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

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The state of UX according to autocomplete

There are lots of important questions in our line of work and it’s important to know that we’re asking the right ones. Fabricio Teixeira uncovers the biggest questions out there on UX, Usability and Interaction Design. He also uses the word ‘zeitgeist’, so 10pts to Gryffindor.

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN

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