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Issue 21

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— Kenny


Designing Twitter Video
A long but good read on the design, prototyping and research process behind Twitter Video.

God is in the details
The details that take a product from good to great are time consuming, hard to define and scope but Buzz Usborne, UX Director at Campaign Monitor, offers up a few places where you can start looking for improvement in your own projects.

The Fold Manifesto: Why the Page Fold Still Matters
A study that shows the average difference in how users treat info above vs. below the fold is 84%.

To Make Tech Design Human Again, Look to the Past
Tom Lakovic writes that there is too much unnecessary technology and the future of interaction design will be about making it human again.

You Are Not Your User
A reminder that observing users and seeing where they work will allow you to design a more seamless user experience.

The Power of Minimalism: A Story of Redesigning Yelp
The folks at UXPin and UserTesting did some usability testing to see how they would redesign Yelp and the result looked a lot like AirBnB.

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Tools & Resources

User Interfaces IO
A daily delightful curation of user interface animations.

Balsamiq Mockups 3 Public Beta
Balsamiq released a public beta of their newest update to Balsamiq Mockups with a lot of new goodies.


Design sprint with Gimlet Media (Video & Podcast)
Google Ventures has design sprints down and gives a behind the scene look of a prototype they helped a company build and test. You can also listen to their podcast for more details about design sprints.

Animation basics: The art of timing and spacing (Video)
The smallest adjustments from frame to frame can make all the difference of a truly amazing animation.

UX Portfolios

Adham Dannaway
Adham is a UX/UI Designer & Front End Developer from Sydney, Australia. While not everything in his portfolio focuses on UX, I had to share it because his portfolio was so good that many “designers” have copied it over the years.

Chris Castillo
Chris is a UI/UX and Product Designer living in sunny Sarasota, Florida. His case studies are a great example of providing a background of the project, his role, process, and deliverables.

Last But Not Least

The Internet of Useless Things
A fun look at some useless ideas with some actual helpful principles for designing the Internet of Things.

“Confusion and clutter are the failure of design, not the attributes of information.”
— Edward R Tufte

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