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By Peter Presnell | Red Pill Now's coverage of the latest news and trends in the world of software design

Meet Fluent, Microsoft's New Design System

At the 2017 Microsoft Build Conference, the company announced the <b>Fluent Design System</b>, Microsoft’s new design language. Fluent was no secret. …

Microsoft launches the Fluent Design System, its take on Google’s Material Design

At its Build developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft today announced Fluent Design, its design system for building user interfaces across devices. In many ways, the ideas behind Fluent resemble those of Google’s Material Design language. The main purpose here is to give developers access to a …

Microsoft

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design Thinking

Your Organization Can't Afford to Ignore Good Design

Your customers will reward you for it.<p>Last week I wrote about, what makes a design-led or centered organization different from other organizations. Thank you for all the interest the article generated.<p>I had a selfish reason for the article. As a designer I want to make the value of design apparent …

Design Thinking

Stop using device breakpoints

I see it all the time. Designers, and developers alike, setting breakpoints according to their favourite device. When will we learn from our past …

Web Development

The Time-Saving Design Trend and How to Use It

A functional website is no longer enough to set a brand apart from competitors. To stand out, digital assets need to look beautiful, function …

UX Design

New Google tool helps developers pick the right colors for their apps

With its Material Design guidelines, Google set out to create a unified set of ideas for how it wants developers to think about all the different aspects of their applications’ design, ranging from the basic layout to how to use animations effectively. As part of those guidelines, it also offered …

Digital Design

Creating Usability with Motion: The UX in Motion Manifesto

The following manifesto represents my answer to the question — “As a UX or UI, designer, how do I know when and where to implement motion to support …

Reactive Web Design: The secret to building web apps that feel amazing

In the last year I’ve observed <b>two subtle techniques</b> being used by some developers that take a web app from feeling slow and janky to highly reactive …

The Complexity of Simplicity in Web Design

The experience of a simple and brilliant web design is seamless. Users easily move from one piece of content to the next with confidence and comfort. …

Web Design

Designer vs Developer: how Google is trying to bring them together

Kurtuldu has been working in digital design since 2001, during which time, he says, he has seen a lot of friction between designers and developers, …

Design Thinking

IBM head of design wields $100M and 1,300 designers to bring design back to IBM

Phil Gilbert is the GM and head of design at IBM, leading an organization of over 1,300 designers. In this episode, he discusses creating IBM’s proprietary design thinking methodology, their own design school for new graduates, and what he’s going to do with the $100 million that IBM has entrusted …

Design Thinking

Poor Management and Mediocre UX Design Go Together

<b>Summary:</b> Weak management support for UX and lack of UX leadership and role models correlate with unexceptional designs, according to data from 360 …

UX Design

7 UX tools to try in 2017

With each passing year, we see a surge in new tools and technology to make our marketing and creative lives easier. Just five years ago, 100 pieces …

UX Design

5 Reasons Why UX-Led Companies Are The Future

User experience design is much more than just a visual aesthetic or a popular term for good old web design. A study by the Design Management …

Where has the creativity gone in web (and UX) design?

Take a moment to think about the sites you’ve visited today. Have any of them stood out to you as being <i>unique</i> in their design? If I had to put money …

Web Design

UI Animation: Please Use Responsibly

The explosion of prototyping tools in the past few years has given designers an opportunity to create detailed interactions. Designers are spending …

Natural User Interfaces – What are they and how do you design user interfaces that feel natural?

User interfaces that you interact with using modalities such as touch, gestures or voice are often referred to as Natural User Interfaces (NUI). We …

Interaction Design

How to create and maintain a strategic approach to design thinking

Design has evolved beyond making objects – organizations now want to learn how to think like designers, and apply design principles to the workplace itself.<p>One company at the forefront of this methodology is Philips.<p>Few globally reaching product companies have a 126-year history, and even fewer …

Design Thinking

The Research-Backed Impact of Not Using UX Patterns

Most people are creatures of habit. We love doing the same thing, the same way, day in and day out. Research tells us that we’re hard-wired for …

UX Design

Inspiration for Search UI Effects

View demo Download sourceToday we’d like to share a couple of ideas for search interaction effects with you. Mainly, we’d like to provide you with …

Inspiration

The UX Audit: A Beginner’s Guide

Imagine you run an eCommerce website. You know that visitors find you in search engines and that they interact with your homepage. They even get …

Usability

The State of UX Agile Development

<b>Summary:</b> New research shows UX making strides in infusing user-centered design approaches into Agile development processes.<br>Agile product-development …

Agile Development

Thinking Beyond The Interface

Designers have largely shifted their skill sets toward interface design, prototyping, and code. Are writing and art direction getting left behind?<p>Around 2010, designers the world over proclaimed Photoshop was dead in web design. We moved away from static comps, learned to prototype, and invested …

5 top UX design trends for 2017

2016 brought some great innovations to user experience – from anticipatory design to personalisation. So with the growing advancement of technologies …

UX Design

Creating a Design System Language

It seems like Design System Language is the current buzz word in the design industry and everyone wants one.But how exactly can a product benefit …

UX Design

Best Approach to UX this 2017

Things come and go with the passage of time, but user experience will always be paramount. The evolution of UI and UX design is something to behold, …

UX Design

How to design responsive and device-agnostic forms

Whether it is a signup flow or a multi-view stepper, forms are one of the most important components of digital product design – so you need to design …

Web Development