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Issue 116

I’m taking the next two weeks off so this will be the last issue for the year. Happy holidays and see you in January!
– Kenny


The Best User Experience Design Links of 2016
I went back and looked at the past year and pulled the best UX links from 2016.

Design words with data
Should it be Log In, Log On, Sign In or Sign On? John Saito gives tips on using data to inform choices and to help us think more objectively about what we write.

10 things I wish I knew as a UX research team of one
Helpful tips if you’re the only one doing user research. If you’re doing international research, check out Embarking on International Research.

Reading Content on Mobile Devices
Readers can understand short, simple text content on mobile devices just as well as on computers, but they slow down when reading difficult text on mobile.

How Creating A Design Language Can Streamline Your UX Design Process
Thoughts and experiences on how lean thinking helped to instill efficiencies within a digital agencies UX design process.

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self
The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves.

The Current State of Adaptive Design
Although we’ve seen improvements in tools for adaptive design, we still have a ways to go.

Tools & Resources

Inspect for Photoshop
Previously only available for Sketch, InVision has released Inspect for Photoshop to allow easier handoff between designer and developer.

VR Resources
Stories and resources from the VR team at Facebook

Adobe Experience Design CC on Windows 10
The first public beta release of XD for Windows 10 is now available for download.


Advocating for the User — Users Know Podcast
Kate and Laura talk about picking the right users and advocating for them. Also, they explain why this is not entirely the designer’s job.

GV’s Daniel Burka on design leadership – Inside Intercom
Daniel Burka talks about designers being the key to solving your startup’s fundamental business problems.

Weaponize Design
Coming in early 2017, Jared Erondu and Bobby Ghoshal will launch a limited-series video podcast on design, leadership and design-thinking.

Big Web Show: Giant Paradigm Shifts and Other Delights With Brad Frost
Brad Frost talks pattern libraries, mobile versus the real web, and his new book on Atomic Design.

Resilient Web Design
A web book on the history of web design.

UX Portfolio

Justin Turner
Justin is a product designer at Tradecraft that recently posted a case study on IFTTT.

Have a portfolio you think I should feature? Contact me.

Last But Not Least

The A-B-C’s of UX
With so many terms in use across the industry, it’s probably a good idea to set the record straight on some of the basics.

“Your old site is the best prototype of your new site.”
— Hoa Lorangers