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

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 …

UX Design

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 …

Design Thinking

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

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

UX Design

The subtle art that differentiates good designers from great designers

Five differences between good & great designersComparisons can be difficult. The concept of relativity, by which we ascertain that a particular …

UX Design

You fired your top talent. I hope you’re happy.

I recently read a story here titled “We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.”Lets have a seat, you and I. We need to talk. If you …

Tyrion Lannister

Designers solve problems, they don’t push pixels – Muzli -Design Inspiration

How designers use objective-driven UX design to solve business and customer problems<p>“If only I moved that column 5 pixels to the left.. then that …

UX Design

100+ Million members. 125+ Million hours watched per day. Hundreds of microservices. Hundreds of thousands of instances. Less than 10 Core SREs.

At Netflix, the principle of Freedom & Responsibility is deeply woven into the fabric of our culture, and much follows from this. On the one hand, …

Management

5 Ways to Stop Cognitive Overload From Killing Your UX

Image: PexelsSmartphone users quickly realized that running too many apps at the same time makes the phone slow down or even freeze. Well, pretty …

Usability

The cult of conversational design and why forms aren’t dead yet

2016 was the year of the conversational interface.Everywhere we looked, conversational UIs were breaking out of messaging apps and into the products …

UX Design

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

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.

“You will never be able to understand any<b></b> of what I’ve created. I am<b></b> Albert F***ing Einstein and you are all monkeys scrabbling in the dirt.”And so …

Albert Einstein

Google logo sparks 'correct design' debate

Back in September 2015, Google waved goodbye to the serifed logo that had served it well for years. In its place was a chunkier, sans-serif typeface, …

Graphic Design

8 UX Advice For Beginners UX Designers (From My Experience)

<i>“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” ― Albert Einstein</i><p>I read a lot about UX before getting my first UX Designer job, I was …

UX Design

What I do on a daily basis to “feel” like I’m becoming a better designer

Always sharpening my design sense & skills<p>There are plenty of tools, concepts, design systems, trends and more that are related to design which we …

UX Design

Machine Learning Overlapping UX Design

In its origins, UX design was traditionally based on designer intuition and empathy, with research and design techniques guiding the way. However, …

Machine Learning

5 things every designer should probably stop doing

Hello world.<p>I think the title explains what you can expect from the write up below. Stereotypes exist for a reason, patterns exist for a reason, …

Creativity

Fantasy vs. reality: design lessons learned on the job

It wasn’t until I began working at Facebook that I started to understand the challenge of designing products to solve problems for people.<p>I’ve …

Designing innovative digital services for government

This is why so many of our sprints produced working code when mockups might otherwise have sufficed: the code was created to demonstrate technical …

Mockups

Toward a value-centered design

My late father-in-law, an avid horse trader always said, “What goes around comes around.” I never knew what he meant, but then again much of what he …

UX Design

Hey, UX designers—empathy isn't enough

Recently, a team of consultants at my Arlington-based firm, Excella Consulting, decided we wanted to use our free time in the evenings and weekends …

Study: Clean Design Really Is Better

EyeQuant used machine learning to show just how impactful uncluttered design can be.<p>You’re looking for rental cars, concert tickets, or shoes online. On some websites, you stick around and look for awhile; on others, you can’t get away fast enough.<p>In all likelihood, the websites you were drawn to …

Web Design

Minimize Cognitive Load to Maximize Usability

<b>Summary:</b> The total cognitive load, or amount of mental processing power needed to use your site, affects how easily users find content and complete …

Usability

How to Refresh Your Brain to Restore High-Level Thinking

Mental clarity can escape anyone.<p>Surely even Einstein and Shakespeare had their moments. It happens.<p>It’s your ability to recover that matters.<p>You can …

How Design Thinking Builds the World’s Best Business

Design Thinking is how designers create desirable solutions to complex problems. It is often considered an exclusive tool for designers and other …

About Alistair

Design practitioner from Brisbane, Australia, working to solve human problems in digital mediums.<p>My story is not special. I think you’ll be more …