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Issue #64 — 02 Mar '16

Design convergence is not a dirty word

While many designers are dismayed at the convergence of design solutions, Paul Boag extols the virtues of tried and true approaches and the benefits to users.

IF IT AIN’T BROKE

Reactions: Not everything in life is Likable

Geoff Teehan reports back about the year long process to develop more nuanced reactions in Facebook. More interesting than the feature itself is the insight into designing carefully and considerately for millions of users across cultures, the research and data, and tireless iterations.

SWEAT THE DETAILS

State of connectivity 2015: A report on global internet access

Facebook’s report looks at the bigger picture of global connectivity and emerging trends.

SEE THE STATS

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Design research kit

The Medium design team share their tips and approaches to research, explain Strategic vs Tactical research, and when to use each method.

LEARN MORE

The curse of a Mobile Strategy

“The problem with a mobile strategy is it’s about the medium of delivery, not what is being delivered… It doesn’t ask, what’s the best experience for the customer?” Good advice for anyone having the web vs app debate.

STRATEGIZING

Made for mobile

Masters of type, Hoefler & Co., present annotated app typography samples with tips and tricks for beautifully selecting and setting type.

NICE TYPE

The new web typography

An in-depth essay on the role of typography on the web, how we interact with information, and suggested guiding principles for the new web typography.

A NEW FRONTIER

Slack, I’m breaking up with you

Slack’s value proposition as a product is about increasing productivity. As well-loved as it is, has it actually turned workdays into “one long Franken-meeting”, or are users at fault?

TROUBLE IN PARADISE

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