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Issue #67 — 23 Mar '16

Managing User Expectations

Benjamin Brandell writes about disconnect between expectation and reality, and how a misalignment between your design, writing and development can ruin everyone’s hard work.

KEEP IT REAL

In Defense of Homogenous Design

“Digital product design isn’t abstract visual expression. It’s a conversation framework between a human and a computer.” Yaron Schoen takes to the stand as the voice of reason in the seemingly endless debate about the perils and merits of the homogeneity of design. 

DECIDE FOR YOURSELF

HONORABLE MENTIONS

What makes a good notification?

We’re all swimming in a sea of alerts and notifications, most of which feel poorly timed and devoid of value. Nick Babich makes the case for taking a step back and being more considered about how we’re approaching notification design.

TAKE A STEP BACK

Design beyond stats

When is the time to submit to the stats, and when should we fight for what we believe in? 

GET YOUR GLOVES ON

Level up your communication skills

Zurb provides an always-relevant reminder of how design leaders need to hone their communication methods to bring their teams together. 

SHARPEN UP

RICE: Simple prioritization for product managers

Once again Intercom bring us back to the staples, this time giving us RICE - a tool for simplifying prioritization. 

TUCK IN

Design in Tech Report 2016

The latest Design in Tech report paints a vivid picture of how the role of design has changed. From the staggering acceleration of design-firm acquisitions, to the surge and success of designer-founders, this report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is well worth a look.

FILL YOURSELF IN

NEWS FROM ATOMIC

The next chapter of Atomic

What is: beautifully crafted, easily shared, completely reusable, fully interactive and always up to date? Next week we’ll be starting to share what’s coming very soon in Atomic. 

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