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Issue 114


Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum
Silicon Valley’s biggest failing is the distinct lack of empathy for those whose lives are disturbed by its technological wizardry.

Design Thinking: Empathy Maps
Tips on how to build an empathy map.

Alternatives to Placeholder Text
Common bad practices with placeholders and alternatives to improve form usability.

Shallow Experience Design
Removing distractions will make it easier to focus and create more incredible and unique experiences for users.

I’ve run my first design sprint and it’s been awesome
A look into one company’s experience running a design sprint.

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Tools & Resources

Framer Flows
Framer has always been great at micro-interactions. Now they have made it easier to design screen to screen interactions.

Human Friendly
A Chrome extension with design inspiration in every new tab.


How a Facebook Designer Thinks
Julie Zhuo, VP of product design at Facebook, describes how the development of new features starts with three questions.

Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries
Steve Portigal shares some of his best user research stories at this year’s Amuse UX Conference.

Making the User Map — Users Know Podcast
Kate and Laura plug their new book, Build Better Products, by discussing how the User Map was created.

Icon Design Guide
Everything you need to know about icon design to get started.

ConveyUX 2016
Some videos from the 2016 ConveyUX conference featuring Christina Wodtke, Indi Young, Jakob Nielsen, and more.

UX Portfolios

Davy Baker
Davy is a UX researcher who uses his portfolio to show his approach and results.

Last But Not Least

The user experience digital advent calendar is back this year. Enjoy a delightful little treat from some of the world’s leading UX specialists each day.

“People ignore design that ignores people.”
— Frank Chimero

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Interaction Design Foundation