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Issue 242

The big news this week was the announcement that Jony Ive is leaving Apple to start an independent design company. What will this mean for Apple’s design in the future? Only time will tell. Enjoy this week’s links…


Great products do less things, but better
When feature bloat can hurt more than help your business goals.

Six Principles for Designing Any Chart
Google’s new data visualization guidelines.

7 deadly sins of a design leader
A selection of actions and behaviors witnessed in design leaders as the root of team members’ frustrations.

Accot-Zhai Steering Law: Implications for UI Design
Optimal design for dropdowns, hierarchical menus, sliders, or scroll bars should consider the Steering Law.

7 pitfalls that hold back UX designers
Learn what the common mistakes are so you can avoid them.


Recruit Test Users for User Interviews and User Tests with PingPong
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Tools and Resources

Artboard Studio
Design, collaborate and present all in the browser.

Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites
A large-scale study from 11,000+ shopping websites to characterize and quantify the prevalence of dark patterns.

EVA Design System
A free, customizable design system in Sketch easily adaptable to your brand.

Paper Illustrations
Free illustrations library for personal and commercial use.

2019 Product Design Hiring Report
Insights from 1,635 product designers, design students, and managers responsible for building design teams around the world.


Josh Ulm: The role of design in business – DesignBetter
A conversation ranging from where the connected workflow is most broken, to the one critical question to ask executive sponsors when starting a project.

UX Portfolio

Amelia Lewis
Amelia is a product designer at The Wall Street Journal.

Last But Not Least

How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want
A reminder that design is not inherently human-centered

“One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.”
— Grace Hopper

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