Ali Dark

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Ever wonder why the most popular apps are starting to look the same? It might be a good thing

Open Instagram, Airbnb, Apple Music, Twitter, Dropbox or Lyft and at first glance it might feel like it’s hard to tell the difference between which …

UX Design

Three decades worth of raw photographs exploring the streets of NYC uncovered

Late last year, photographer Carrie Boretz successfully funded the release of a book through Kickstarter.<p>Titled, <i>STREET, New York City, The 70’s,</i> …

Street Photography

A list of must

Yay! You just landed your next gig. Permanent or temporary contract, in-house or freelance, doesn’t matter. There are a bunch of boxes to tick. As …

UX Design

Agile Isn’t Supposed To Be UX Hostile

Design teams frequently struggle when their development organizations adopt an Agile process like Scrum. These processes seem to leave no opening for …

Project Management

How I used crowdsourcing to help Kerala floods rescue operations.

Overnight, I made a website that let people discover urgent requestsIn August 2018, floods decimated the state of Kerala. One-sixth of its population …

Floods

Runway UX Case Study

A whole UX Research for a runners´ App<p>Initial Aproach<p>I made this work at my course for UXUI Designer at Ironhack. The breafing was clear: “Create a …

Marathons

Fake UX Jobs and how to Spot Them (and avoid them)

In this article I’ll share some advice and tips on how you can spot and avoid fake UX jobs and proceed with confidence with your next move. But first …

Re-learning how to talk about Design

How a single design decision shapes everything that follows.<p>Even in low-stakes, self-driven work, there are innumerable design decisions—aesthetic, …

Should you hire a junior designer for your startup?

I’m often approached by founders who want advice on who their first design hire should be. You usually have two choices: hire fast and cheap (junior …

UX Design

The explosion of design tools has come at a cost

Sketch, Framer, Figma, Adobe XD: Design tools are proliferating, but they don’t always simplify the design process. Here are five ways toolmakers can …

The ‘UI and UX Design’ Pocket Guide (Volume One) 📘

11 Valuable Hints & Tips for Designers from a…erm…Designer!<p><b>Volume One of the UI & UX Design Pocket Guide is a little ‘Hmm, I could take away some</b> …

Revamping a digital agency — a UX case study – UX Collective

Mango Concept is a digital agency dedicated to app and website development through UX research, UI design, and business strategies. As of 2017, the …

UX Design

Affinity Designer is 'Adobe Illustrator for the iPad'

This full-spec vector art and graphics app is the latest iPad app from Serif that aims to not just match desktop software, but be better.

What Every CEO Needs to Know About Design

"To personalize an experience in the context of the moment--to understand what makes a customer human--Reinventors don't just plumb lots of data, though they do that well. They're design thinkers. They approach problems with a sense of empathy for their customers, which helps them explore and …

Design

Figma 3.0 (!) – Figma Design

Desktop-based design can come with a hefty price. Teams spend their days managing a Frankenstein workflow: Which prototype has stakeholder comments? …

Prototyping

Sam Ramji on leading the modern IT organization in an open world

<b>Hardy</b>: Or Denver. How do I really stay on top of all this and should I?<p><b>Ramji</b>: You should stay on top of it in the sense that hiring developers is a …

How I changed my life with one Medium post

Exactly one year ago, I published my Apple Music Case Study on Medium.<p>I remember trembling with excitement (and a tinge of fear) as I hit the publish …

UX Design

Why designers should focus on KPIs

The Impact of Poorly Defined KPIs<p>Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are generally used as quantitative signals of “product health” by …

Product Management

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> …

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 …

UI Design

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 – …

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 …

UX Design

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> …

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 …

Customers

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 …

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 …