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Issue 232


What should designers ship?
Design is not an outcome in itself, but rather a tool for producing results for business.

Weaponized Design: Dark Patterns in UX
Manipulating users diminishes trust over time, and puts your business at a competitive disadvantage.

Everyday Information Architecture: Auditing for Structure
Just as we need to understand our content before we can recategorize it, we need to understand the system before we try to rebuild it.

Soft skills in UX
The skills that make a mediocre designer great.

How to get promoted, according to Facebook’s Julie Zhuo
Things you can do to set yourself up for the next step.

Modes in User Interfaces: When They Help and When They Hurt Users
Poorly signaled modes can easily trigger user errors with disastrous consequences.


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Tools and Resources

Design Systems
Version 2.0 of articles and resources for building and maintaining design systems.

Team Values Toolkit 
A new way to design and align on work culture.

Avocode 2018 Design Report
A look into the state of design tools and trends from last year.


Leah Buley – DesignBetter Podcast
Leah shares the insights she’s learned from surveying thousands of companies to explore the relationship between design practices and business performance.

Linzi Berry – Design Details Podcast
Linzi talks about how to implement, maintain, enforce, evangelize, and roll out a design system.

UX Portfolio

Jakub Straka
A portfolio designed in Google Sheets.

Last But Not Least

Web Design History
A look back at the early versions of some of the most famous websites.

“Having small touches of colour makes it more colourful than having the whole thing in colour.”
— Dieter Rams

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