UX Design Weekly Digest: Issue #11
Oct 18-Oct 25
Latest news from UX design world:
Figma introduced Community — a public space where designers can publish live design files for people to inspect, remix, and learn from.
Adobe released their own design system called Spectrum. Spectrum provides components and tools to help product teams work more efficiently, and to make Adobe’s applications more cohesive.
Alita Joyce from NNGroup discusses how to measure learnability. In short, you need to determine your metric, gather your data, and plot the averages on a line curve. Analyze the learning curve by looking at its slope and its plateau.
Matej Latin shares his process of finding a proper font for any project.
Sketch 59 has a couple of features that should make a big difference to typography in our designs — better support for OpenType features and new variable fonts controls. On top of this, Sketch team introduces a new data plugin in partnership with Pexels, and a new API for plugin developers.
As variable color fonts are fairly new, there is much to explore. This article will give you answers on the most important questions related to the variable color fonts. Variable color fonts, how do they work? What can you do with them? Are they going to change the web?
Justin Baker wrote an excellent guide that will help you design touch experiences that drive the next generation of interactive products.
Hiroo Aoyama on how Medium improves calculating writer’s earnings.
Dropdowns are one of the default fields in the form design toolkit. But far too often, the dropdown is used in a way that makes user input more difficult. In this article, you will read about the advantages and disadvantages of using dropdowns, learn how to pick a better input method, and how to improve the usability of your dropdown inputs when there’s no other alternative.
Kim Flaherty of NNGroup provides recommendations on how to use exit intent popups to make them provide a good customer experience and offer benefits to users who are about to leave a website.
Icons8 released an excellent tool for creating engaging custom illustrations.
Pablo Stanley shared a library of sketchy illustrations of people free for personal and commercial use.
Color contrast is an important aspect of accessibility. Good contrast makes it easier for people with visual impairments to use products, and helps in imperfect conditions like low-light environments or older screens. With this in mind, Stripe team recently updated the colors in their user interfaces to be more accessible.
Bryan Mortensen shares the process of using Abstract to systemize the way they practice design.
n.k. feinberg shares tips on how how his team at The New York Times brings UX copywriting into the design process to make their products stronger.
A nice playground that allows you to customize typography and colors to generate a design system theme you can use in your projects.
The ability to get into and remain in flow is absolutely critical for creative teams. When flow is interrupted, the whole team suffers. Deadlines are missed, clarity is lost, and momentum grinds to a halt. Working with thousands of creative teams, Daniel Codella identified five roadblocks that sabotage creative collaboration.
An interactive map of popular screen sizes illustrating the responsive and adaptive device landscape.
UX practitioners associate the term “service blueprinting” with an artifact, framework, or collaborative tool. Those surveyed used service blueprints early on or near the end of the product-design lifecycle.
Saptarshi Prakash tells the story of how the item-listing of Swiggy Daily was designed.
This August, Loupe returned for a second year and was bigger and better than ever. Over 300 top-tier designers and developers converged in Amsterdam at the Muziekgebouw for two full days of insightful speaker talks, practical workshops, and valuable community time. Photos, videos, and a full rundown of everything that happened at Loupe 2019.