Ali Dark

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Don’t Start With an MVP – Love the Problem

It’s been a little over 18 months since Steve quit his day job and ventured out on his own. Even though, his savings ran out 6 months ago, he has hit …

Product Management

Introducing

Today, we’re excited to launch the Figma Platform, a way to improve design workflows by connecting Figma to other tools, scripts and even web apps.</b> …

Software Development

12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech

Tech is more important than ever, deeply affecting culture, politics and society. Given all the time we spend with our gadgets and apps, it’s …

Bringing Back Skeuomorphic Design

1730 days<p>It’s been 1730 days since iOS 7 was announced at WWDC in 2013. That’s 1730 days since the design community first reeled from what they saw …

Sprint 18: talking about the future of transformation

On 10 May GDS will be hosting Sprint 18. This will be an event to celebrate all the great work that has been done so far to transform government – …

Income Tax

Developing a new site structure for dta.gov.au

We ran the first test very early in the project, on version 0.1 of the new information architecture (IA). This version featured level 1 categories …

Offscreen Magazine Interview

<i>In late 2017 I was interviewed by Kai Brach for Offscreen Magazine. Many thanks to him and Martin Holtkamp, who photographed me with good humor, for</i> …

Profit

Coffee & Ethnography – Muzli -Design Inspiration

<i>A step-by-step guide on how design professionals can orchestrate research to the tune of coffee.</i><p>Wait, what is Ethnography?<p>Ethnography, or …

Discreet Photos of NYC Subway Riders in the 1970s Show an Era Before Smartphones

The era before smartphones represented a very different time for subway patrons. If you didn’t bring a newspaper or ride with someone you knew, you’d be forced to quietly contemplate your own thoughts rather than stare at an entrancing screen. Photographer Helen Levitt discreetly chronicled these …

My UX beginner mistakes

A short reflection on coming to terms with UX designhttps://dribbble.com/madziamccMy storyWe all have our own story of how we have come to understand …

UX Design

A beginning consultant brings skills, an experienced consultant brings value.

A beginning consultant brings skills, an experienced consultant brings value.<p>Early in a good career, you establish that you write the best code on …

Designer, close Sketch!

<b>Designer, close Sketch!</b><br>Knowledge of UX/UI does not guarantee a successful careerLast summer I set a goal to improve my design skills and to prove …

Design Like a Teacher

In 2014, the clinic where I served as head of communications and digital strategy switched to a new online patient portal, a change that was mandated …

How Ernest Hemingway Became an “Overnight Success”

In late 1921, a young Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Hadley, took off and moved to Paris.<p>They settled into a tiny apartment with no running water, …

Self-improvement

Think Tank by Adobe

Leading organisations are discovering that the people doing the work are most effective when given freedom to determine how the work gets done. It is …

Design in the Age of Anxiety

To create a better future, understand the now<p>Recently, I gave a research workshop on a rainy Sunday in Prague. Following a tram ride across a bridge …

UX Design

Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles

Rony Abovitz talks with Glixel about the tech and ambitions behind new MR Goggles<p>By Brian Crecente<p>Magic Leap today revealed a mixed reality headset …

What’s Working Online in Web Design (2018 Edition)

This year, I noticed 8 emerging web design trends that are poised to go big in 2018. I recommend you read all 8, but be on the look out for the 1 …

UI Design

When AI gets in the way of UX

Don’t let your fascination for AI get in the way of your fascination for solving real problems from real people.Interest for “Artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Work Smaller (Even If It Makes No Sense)

Why do some teams fail to meet their sprint “<i>commitments</i>” (hate that word) sprint after sprint? In this post I argue that the cure is working</i> …

Project Management

The Future Of Creativity & A New Challenge

At this point, “design is a competitive advantage” is an understatement. As new interfaces transform the way we work and live, designers, and …

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor’s world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars — and hopefully find love …

UX Design Will Never Be a Solo Job – Muzli -Design Inspiration

Teamwork is a skill we often don’t think about as something we need to work on. In fact, it could seem more of a hindrance especially when we have …

How to write products

Photo by Dustin Lee on UnsplashA toolkit for when copy becomes designWriting is no easy thing. It’s something product designers do all the …

UX Design

How AI has started to impact our work as designers

There is a lot of conversation happening around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and using algorithms to shape the future of Design and the …

Artificial Intelligence

In defense of design sprints

I like design sprints. In Alan Cooper’s mind, I’m now a fake designer.<p>But I like them, when used correctly, in the correct context. Design sprints …

UX Design

The Quintessential Guide For Building An Unforgettable First-time User Experience

You only get one chance to make a good impression.<p>I speak often on the difference between building an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and what I like to …

Product Management