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Issue 119


Using science to make truly tappable user interfaces
The optimal button size to confidently create user interfaces that will help your customers reduce errors and get things done faster.

Turning amateur users into experts
When someone signs up to your product, you’re guaranteed nothing. Real success comes when you get new users to progress from novice to expert.

A Designer’s Guide to Perceived Performance
A slow, beautiful site will always be less satisfying to use than an inelegant fast site.

Ideation for Everyday Design Challenges
Improve your UI design solutions by considering many ideas before settling on any one of them. A solid ideation methodology broadens your idea-generation capacity.

The Archetypes of UX Design
7 types of archetypes of UX design and where they best fit.

Automation of Design
Thoughts of how automation has affected design, why it matters and what designers can do to address automation.

The VR Landscape: A Medium In Review
A look at virtual reality the past year and where we are headed.

Tools & Resources

Apple UI Design Resources
The Apple UI Design Resources include Photoshop and Sketch templates, and other UI materials for quickly designing iOS apps.

How Super Mario Run Onboards New Users
Super Mario Run had over 50 million in its first couple weeks but didn’t convert as many trial players into paying ones. See how their onboarding may have hurt them.

The ‘Credit Card Number’ Field Must Allow and Auto-Format Spaces (80% Don’t)
Allowing users to type spaces and auto-formatting their card number with spaces can greatly improve users’ accuracy.


Abstract: The Art of Design (Trailer)
A new Netflix original documentary series out in February. See the creative process and work of some of the most creative thinkers in design and art.

UX Portfolio

Luca Orio
Luca is an Italian designer based in San Francisco whose portfolio shows his workflow, selected works, and articles.

UX Jobs

Product Designer at Recurly (San Francisco, CA)
As a Product Designer at Recurly you’ll be part of a small but impactful team helping evolve the next generation of the product.

Interaction Designer at SecureAuth (Reston, VA)
Help design and ship the best authentication and identity management experience in the industry.

Last But Not Least

The End Of User-Friendly Design
As emotive, verbal AI colonizes our world, “user-friendly” doesn’t mean what it once did.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
— Scott Adams