Design & UX Reads

By Ali Dark | Gems on design for digital. Ali Dark is studying design in Brisbane Australia, always loving the intersection of design, usefulness and business. www.AliDark.com, @alidark3000

24 Ways to Look Like an Awesome UX Designer

1. If a colleague asks you to look at a website, open it up and straight away inspect the element<p><b>Boom! This makes you look like a ‘what’s under the</b> …

Design Thinking

Why I Prototype

(and why you should too)<p>I can single out the moment that made me stand up seriously and decide to focus on design as a career. It was at Google I/O …

Product Management

On the road with GDS | Government Digital Service

The relationship between citizen and state can only transform if we create and maintain meaningful relationships with government departments.<p>That …

Budgeting

Old is New: Why Desktop UX still inspires

My conversion from Mac to Windows last fall had an unexpected bonus: by shifting from Mac conventions to Windows ones, I was forced to rethink many …

Digital Design

8 lessons in UX writing

I’m a UX writer, though one could also call me a product copywriter or a content designer. We go by various names and often wear a fair number of …

UX Design

A Step-by-Step Guide for Starting a New App Design Project in Sketch

Sketch Tutorials<p>A Step-by-Step Guide for Starting a New App Design Project in Sketch<p>And why I never, EVER start them from scratch.<p><b>I’m a firm believer</b> …

Introducing 'Design Thinking' to the Australian Tax Office

Shaping a New Social System<p>The client was the Australian Tax Office (ATO), and the events took place during an extended consulting period from the …

Design Thinking

20 Years of Research on Experience Design

An interview with experience expert Christian Jantzen<p>Christian Jantzen is a professor of Experience Design, at Aalborg University, in Denmark. He has …

What matters for the Design Practice

Design jobs are not Design Practice A quick experiment.Continue reading on uxdesign.cc – User Experience Design »

Design Thinking

Best Practices for Flat Design

Flat design can be seen as the more sophisticated cousin of minimalism —all design elements are centered on idea of simplicity. However, the …

Digital Design

Leaving Our Mark

we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of …

UX Design

The 10 Best Data Visualization Articles of 2016 (and Why They Were Awesome)

2016 was an astounding year for insightful, informative data visualization articles — here were the top 10 I saw all year (in no particular order), …

Data Visualization

Medium’s Best Design Writing of 2016

Creative, insightful, helpful, and actionable; we’ve curated and categorized 75 of Medium’s best design posts from the past year. Enjoy!<p>See Medium’s …

UX Design

Why Every Software Team Needs an Anthropologist

Short answer: Understanding people, users, is key to building better product<p>A few months ago I had the honor to appear on Design Details with hosts …

The Mixed Reality Revolution is here, and it’ll change your world forever

The past 30 years have set the stage for technological and cultural change at an unprecedented scale. The rise of Personal Computing, Internet as …

Augmented Reality

Introducing Gomix

Build the app or bot of your dreams, in minutes.<p>Everybody has good ideas of things we want to make on the Internet. But honestly, it’s gotten too …

Software Development

I Sat Through Hours of User Testing Sessions. Here’s What I Learned.

It can be challenging to get good feedback from your customers. User testing sometimes feels like a daunting and costly task. But the pay off is a …

UX Design

What HealthCare.Gov Can Teach Us About Urban Design

Over the past several years, the civic technology movement has begun to change the relationship between governments and the public. As new models …

Urban Design

User Experience and the reason I’m an idiot

User-centered design. UX experts. Design Thinking. All the freaking portfolio… and you still can’t get your stakeholders or your team to walk a mile …

UX Design

The Irrational User – Startup Grind – Medium

The human mind is a wonderfully complex thinking machine. We’ve developed written language, built skyscrapers, and discovered quantum physics through …

Psychology

The New Revolution Will Be Physical, Not Digital

Most Popular<p>Every company, brand, agency and individual wants to talk "digital" and be perceived as digital. Digital is the new normal. Yet, the most …

Know & understand the bloody brief

As one of the first assignments in «Creativity and Design» at Hyper Island’s master program we are to document our process through the entire course …

Design Thinking

Why Business Strategy and Design Need To Work in Tandem.

Many companies treat business strategy and design like the baton handoff in a relay. Instead, it should be a sustained collaboration.

UX Design

Tackling the Top Challenges for Creative Teams

Agile can protect creative minds from tedium while building results-driven marketing organizations<p>37.2% of Marketers say their biggest challenge is …

Design Dogs – Furry Thoughts

It all started with two words that would make a great name for a design firm, possibly even my future, hypothetical firm… “design dogs.”<p>The more I …

Dogs

How Board Games Became Fun

A new exhibit examines how board games transformed from upper class educational tools to fun pursuits for everyone.<p>Board games are hotter than ever. In the past four years, U.S. board games sales have risen, on average, between 25% and 40%, and there are more people designing and playing board …

Game Design

Logo Design: Creative Stages.

Logos are perhaps as vital and crucial for marketing success of a brand or company as appearance is important for the first meeting with a client or …

UX Design

NYC Government x Design

Dear Design Community,<p>It's time.<p>NYC is a global hub for innovation and design expertise. Through Government x Design, the City is ready to work with …

Design

The Rise of the Hand-Written Typography Trend on the Web

First impressions are often lasting ones. This applies to the world of web design just as much as it does to our “real” world. A hero image on a …

Typography