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Issue 20

Congrats to Melissa Hui for winning this month’s UX book giveaway contest. Stay tuned next week for another contest to win a free book. Have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s top UX links,

— Kenny


The Experience Makes the Product, Not the Features
Focus on your app’s core experience and user needs and not adding features to create a compelling user experience.

Marissa Mayer’s New Rule For App Design
Three rules from Yahoo’s CEO that anyone can use to make their app better – the two tap rule, the 5-point rule, and the 98% rule.

How to Create an Award-Winning UX Designer Portfolio for Hire
Here’s some good tips in creating a UX designer portfolio to help find your next UX job.

Thoughts of a UX mentor
A two part article on some themes and thoughts of a UX mentor. Part 2 is here. Want more? Here are 7 tips for finding the perfect UX mentor.

Card Sorting: A Quick And Dirty Guide For Beginners
A nice guide on card sorting to help understand how users make sense of your architecture.

Cinematic Continuity in User Interface Design
Creating films and creating UI has a lot of similar rules and principles. Claudio Guglieri writes about how continuity plays a key role in UI Design.

The Smart Details That Make Twitter’s New Video Feature Easy to Use
Twitter released a video feature this week and much of it was first prototyped and tested using Framer. Here’s a look at some of the design details.

UX Designer is the #14 Best Job in America
User Experience Designer was #14 in CNNMoney/PayScale’s top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

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Tools & Resources

UX Recipe
A checklist where you discover, choose and estimate your next UX project tools & techniques.

Use Your Interface
A growing library of transitional interface and interaction design patterns to help you inspire and communicate your UI ideas with people.


The UX Reader
An ebook from Mailchimp’s UX team of their most popular articles along with some exclusive content. It used to be a $5 donation but now they have made it free.

Thoughts on motion driven UI
This video runs over 90 minutes but gives an interesting look at how animation principles are being applied to some of the best motion driven apps.

UX Jobs

Senior UX Designer – Weebly (San Francisco, CA)
Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites, Weebly gives everyone a surprisingly easy way to create a unique site.

User Experience Researcher – Bloomberg (New York, NY)
Bloomberg connects influential decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. Bloomberg is looking for a senior UX Researcher.

UX Design Jobs
Check out the hundreds of user experience design jobs available.

Last But Not Least

The new Sonos logo
If you scroll up and down through the new Sonos logo, it vibrates like a set of speakers.

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.”
— Mark Twain

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