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Issue 214

Articles

Vital UX skills that few designers have, and how to develop them
Actionable insights for critical skills few designers have.

Reimagining the Morning Briefing
How the New York Times understood their readers to make a successful product better.

The User Experience of Chatbots
Today’s chatbots guide users through simple linear flow and they have a hard time whenever users deviate from such flows.

Redesigning the Office App Icons to Embrace a New World of Work
How Microsoft evolved their visual identity to reflect the simple, powerful, and intelligent experiences of Office 365.

Conditional Logic In Phase 
Making if/else visual in prototypes and why it matters.

Voice User Interfaces (VUI) — The Ultimate Designer’s Guide
The fundamentals that empower us to converse with our devices.

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Tools and Resources

A mega list of UX writing resources
Books, articles and podcasts to feed your UX writer mind.

Hue
A collection of hand-picked color palettes, available as a free Sketch file.

Montage
App prototyping tool with user-generated component library.

Media

Manuel Lima – The Business of Design
The complexity of data brings new challenges that can’t be understood using the visual metaphors we’ve been using.

UX Portfolio

Rockstar Product Design Portfolios to Learn From as a Student Designer
Inspiring portfolios for student designers or anyone trying to get into product and UX design.

Simon McCade
Simon is a designer based in Bristol, England that designs.

Last But Not Least

How to balance full-time work with creative projects
A guide to finding the right day job, protecting your time, and building creative habits.

“Your products run for election every day and good design is critical to winning the campaign.”
— A.G. Lafle

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