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There are some great debates and articles in the UI/UX designer world about “Should we use <i>hamburger menus</i> in our products?”.<p>If you are interested in …

9 Top Designers On What Every New Grad Should Know

Designers at Ideo, Autodesk, Huge, Sagmeister & Walsh, and more provide pearls of wisdoms for the next generation of design talent.<p>‘Tis the season. Caps are flying all across the country as the latest generation of design graduates collect their sheepskins. Soon, they’ll hit the pavement, looking …

Remarkable Woman Quit Her Job in New York to Build Sustainable Bamboo Homes in Bali

In 2010, Elora Hardy left her successful fashion career in New York and returned to her childhood home in Bali, which is where she decided to build bamboo houses for a living. Over the course of the last five years, Elora and her team at Ibuku have revolutionized bamboo construction, believing that …

TED Talks

Medium Is Shifting Focus

The publisher/publishing platform is rejiggering itself as a social network for readers and writers — and reconsidering some of its publications and ideals in the process.<p>Late last night, Medium CEO Ev Williams published a blog post about the company's future. As is often the case when discussing …

iOS Apps

Slack’s $2.8 Billion Dollar Secret Sauce

How Slack stole a multi-billion dollar market by becoming everyone’s favorite sassy robot sidekick.<p>“So what’s the secret behind Slack? What did you …

Inspired by Ben Barry – Facebook's Little Red Book | Hook Agency

Incredible designer Ben Barry created Facebook’s Little Red Book – and it left a strong impact on me. So much so that I decided to create our own – …

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The Next Big Thing In Design? Less Choice

In the future, the design around us will sweat the small stuff, writes Huge CEO Aaron Shapiro.<p>Choice is overrated.<p>Recently, I decided to buy Monopoly to play with my son. What I was sure would be a quick decision on Amazon turned into a learning experience for both of us. Did you know there are …

How To Build A Brand In 5 Days

After Hillary Clinton’s logo broke the Internet, Moving Brands considered a new, logo-less approach in a five-day design sprint.<p>When Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the 2016 presidential election, the Internet freaked out–mostly over her campaign logo. Rumored to be designed by Pentagram’s …

How To Change User Habits With Interaction Design

As Duhigg suggests, here’s a simple framework for designing new habits:<p>Find the cue and the reward<br>• Don’t modify the cue or reward. Create a new routine.<p>For example, let’s look at Groupon as an example. Before the company came along, if users saw a product they liked (cue), they would need to scour …

UI Design

Google Contacts Gets A New Look

Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service. Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a …

A Brief History Of User Experience Design

Look to the past, whether 1430 or 1930, for clues as to where user experiences are heading.<p>Think about the last time you ate at a restaurant. What cuisine did it serve?<p>What made you to choose that particular restaurant? What was your first impression as you walked in? Were you asked to wait until …

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Introduction - Material Design

Material is the metaphor<p>A material metaphor is the unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion. The material is grounded in …

Fibonacci number

In mathematics, the <b>Fibonacci numbers</b> are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the <b>Fibonacci sequence</b>, and characterized by the fact …

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

The curious case of Microsoft's Metro, a design language that cannot be spoken

Microsoft's Metro design language has gone through a name change of late. Used to describe the company's design principles around typography and minimal graphics, Metro is now referred to as the "Microsoft design language." At Build today, Microsoft's Will Tschumy took developers through the heart …

What's the ideal number of friends?

<b>The more friends you have, the more you earn, says a study. But modern life can allow little time to maintain meaningful relationships, so what's the optimum number of friends?</b><p>It's widely accepted that friendships are invaluable to the soul but few of us were aware that they could also boost the …

The False Memory Trap: How Our Brains Are Constantly Distorting The Past

Of the many stunning feats the human brain achieves on a daily basis, memory is definitely one of the strangest. As we chip away at the future, just …

The Hidden Psychology Of Why Customers Come Back

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Nir Eyal is the author of the national bestseller,</i> <i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products</i> <i>and blogs about the psychology of products at</i> <i>NirAndFar.com</i><i>.</i><p>Psychological factors affect the decisions we make every day. Of course, most of us are blissfully unaware of the tendencies that …

Texting Is Familial Glue For The 21st Century

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Nic Denholm is a content consultant for SMS marketing platform</i> <i>FireText</i><i>.</i><p>Communication is one of the bedrocks of human civilization. The tools we use – voice and face muscles, smoke signals, quills and ink, emojis – start out as delivery systems for existing ideas. Without exception, …

Classroom Redesign Challenge! Think Like a Designer

For those of us who love to see spaces transformed, this series of videos and articles called Remake Your Classroom hits the spot.<p>The crew at …

8 Things Really Great Problem Solvers Do | Inc.com

Life is full of problems and challenges. Most people become proficient at working through small issues or at least skirting them. But those who are exceptionally good at solving problems have a distinct advantage on the path to success. They often become leaders among their peers. The bigger the …

Management

What’s The Difference Between A Logo And A Symbol?

And does the distinction even matter? Experts Michael Bierut of Pentagram and Brett Wickens of Ammunition weigh in.<p>The misuse of the word “logo” is one of those things that gets many design-minded people practically purple-faced with anger (a sibling to debate over “fonts” v. “typefaces”). A logo, …

Graphic Design

Obama Campaign Designer On How To Create A Winning Political Brand

<i>Co.Design has partnered with the Brooklyn design studio Hyperakt to bring you Lunch Talks, a video series of conversations with smart, creative people.–Eds</i><p>Matt Ipcar worked on the Blue State Digital team that created President Obama’s 2012 campaign design–the matte blues and 2012 Obama-Biden logo …

Why Fender’s Interactive Design Team Wireframes Its Site By Hand

At Fender, new interactive designers receive both a laptop and a pouch with pens and paper. They use the pens and paper more.<p>In the early stages of conceiving a site, web and UX designers will create wireframes–a digital blueprint which lays out the structure, priority, and hierarchy of a website …

This Tiny Apartment Is Built Inside a 30-Year-Old Storage Unit

When most of us think of housing shortages, we think of the micro-apartments of Hong Kong or New York. But Stockholm is in the midst of its own …

How Pentagram Rebranded The World’s Largest Book Publisher

When two publishing giants merged last summer, they tapped Pentagram partner Michael Bierut to design a brand identity that would honor their individual legacies–and those of the 250 imprints within them–while still celebrating the new union.<p>When two of the world’s biggest publishing houses, …