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Issue 38


Modern Design Tools: Adaptive Layouts
Josh Puckett, Design Lead at Dropbox, writes that the age of pixel perfect design for a fixed size is over. The number of devices and sizes our designs will live on will continue to expand, and so too should our tools.

How Google Finally Got Design
A look into Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software in the mobile era.

Material Design: Why the Floating Action Button is bad UX design
An argument about why floating action buttons seem to provide good UX in ideal conditions but widespread adoption might be detrimental to the overall UX of an app.

User is the King Part 2
A series of articles dedicated to web product UX – this one looks into intro pages and tutorials. You can also read part 1 if you missed it.

Accordions on Mobile
Accordions conserve space on mobile but they can also cause disorientation and too much scrolling. Some easy design fixes can improve their usability.

Why Users Miss Form Buttons Placed in the Action Bar
The action bar is a good place for buttons that navigate pages, but not for ones that complete tasks. Placing your mobile form buttons in a fixed footer makes them hard to miss and meets user expectations.

The 22 Rules of UX
Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling adapted for UX .

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Tools & Resources

UI Oh My
Compare iPhone and Android screens side by side. Also see Mirror Images Part 1 for a look at similarities between designs.

A Free to-do app UI kit in Sketch or Photoshop
130 screens, 10 complete themes, and 250+ components – free from InVision.

Wire Flow Wireframe Design for Android
Wire Flow is a lightweight tool for designing wireframes on Android.

Cardboard Design Lab
Enjoy an educational and immersive journey through principles for developing virtual reality experiences. You’ll need a viewer that works with Google Cardboard.


UX Book Giveaway
I’m giving away a Rosenfeld Media book of your choice this month.

Tragic Design –
The True Impact of Bad Design and How to Fix It

Tragic Design features personal stories and interviews with people who have been affected by bad design. You can get 40% off the print pre-order or 50% off the Early Release eBook. Just use the code BWPRNT at checkout.

Design Tools Survey
Take a survey of the tools you’re using in your work.

UX Portfolios

Borahm Cho
Instead of designing a website, Borahm uses Medium to post select projects and case studies so he can focus on the content.

Have a UX portfolio you want to share? Contact me.

UX Jobs

User Experience Lead at Contently (New York, NY – Soho)
Contently helps leading brands build loyal audiences through premium, original content. They are looking for an experienced UXer that can deliver a consistent experience throughout the entire customer journey.

Google Design Jobs (Global)
Google is always looking for talented designers including UX Engineers, UX Designers, and UX Researchers.

Last But Not Least

A fun way to browse designer portfolio sites.

“Want to grow as a designer? Spend most of your time thinking about how it works, as opposed to how it looks.”
Josh Puckett

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