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

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 …

UX Design

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?

Finding good people is hard, hiring them is an exercise in gambling and salesmanship, and keeping them is both a joy and a constant stress.I’m often …

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> …

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

CEOs who are design thinkers now need to add 'design doing' to their toolkit.<p>"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 …

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? …

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.Empirical evidence that clickbait titles can still house good content.I …

Why designers should focus on KPIs

<i>How metrics shape product decisions, and why designers are uniquely positioned to help create better business and human value.</i>The Impact of Poorly …

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 …

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 …

Innovation

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 – …

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> …

Writing

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 …

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 …

UX Design

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 …

UX Design

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, …

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 …

Innovation

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 …