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Issue 19

Big news from Microsoft this week as they announced Windows 10 and HoloLens – a pair of holographic goggles. Holographic computing is a space to keep an eye on in the future that will have all sorts of interesting experience design problems. As Jared Spool would say, it’s a great time to be a UX Designer. Have a great weekend.

— Kenny


Showing Passwords on Log-In Screens
Microsoft, Adobe, Twitter, LinkedIn, PayPal, Amazon and more show passwords on their log-in screen. Luke Wroblewski writes about why and how to show passwords and what’s coming next.

Iterative Sketching
Sketching is great because it’s fast and can produce a lot of different ideas. Here are a few tips to make your sketching sessions more productive.

Facebook’s UX Master Offers Some Must-Reads
Facebook’s director of product design, Margaret Gould Stewart shares her must-read books and articles about design and designing at a global scale.

30+ Top UX Conferences of 2015
Ready to get your learning and networking on? A nice comprehensive list of the top UX conferences going on this year.

How Duolingo Onboards New Users
Last week’s guest curator and user onboard champion Samuel Hulick breaks down Duolingo’s onboarding and rates it as one of the best.

Design the user, not the experience
Here’s a take about designing user behavior and how improving our users will result in better experiences.

Adventures in Japanese UI design: Sharp Konbini Printer
It’s always interesting to see interfaces in different countries/languages. This is for a printer but the folks at Mono also looked at a sushi ordering machine and a modern vending machine.

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Tools & Resources

User Flow Patterns
A nice, growing collection of short user flow videos.

Movie FUI
See screenshots, videos, who the designers were and more about the cool user interfaces found in your favorite movie and TV shows.

TETHR for Sketch
I shared this free template a few months ago for Photoshop but now there is also a version for Sketch featuring 138 templates and over 250 common UI elements.

A prototyping application designed to bridge the gap between static mockups and high fidelity protptypes.


Interviewing Users: Uncovering Compelling Insights
A presentation by Steve Portigal about how to interview users to mine the most useful and accurate information for your design.

UX Portfolio

Adrienne Hunter
Adrienne Hunter’s portfolio shows her personality as well as some of her work with case studies that show her role, process and deliverables.

Cyril Secourgeon
French UX Designer (and UX Design Weekly subscriber) Cyril Secourgeon breaks down his work by identifying the challenges, his approach and deliverables, and the end result.

Last But Not Least

The Interfaces of Star Wars: A New Hope
All the moments in Star Wars: A New Hope where characters interacted with machines, doors, screens, levers, knobs and buttons.

“Want your users to fall in love with your designs? Fall in love with your users.”
— Dana Chisnell

This is the last week to enter for the chance to win a Rosenfeld Media book of your choice in this month’s UX Book Giveaway Contest.

Are you a junior level UX designer looking for a mentor to help improve your skills? I’m offering free mentoring to a few individuals with priority to those in the Southern California area – just contact me and let me know about yourself.

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