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Issue 449


John Maeda on Creativity, AI, and the Human Pursuit of Uphill Thinking
Thoughts on designing with artificial intelligence, and why we should embrace uphill thinking in a world optimized for shortcuts.

What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Designer Founder
Best practices drawn from a decade of investing in founders who value design.

On subjectivity, gatekeeping, and the risk of leaving words undefined.

Accordions on Desktop: When and How to Use
While accordions can simplify long content pages and minimize scrolling, they diminish content visibility and increase interaction cost.


The New Research Landscape: A Research Maturity Model for User-Centric Organizations
Elevate your organization’s research practices with Maze’s new Research Maturity Model. See where you fall on the scale and how to grow research to advance strategic company goals. Get the report.

Tools and Resources

A color contrast checker featuring newer color formats like Oklch, Oklab, and the Display P3 color space.

User flows
Discover inspiring user flow videos to improve UX design and research process.

UX Portfolio

Roman Tesliuk
Roman is a Product Designer based in Berlin, Germany.

Looking to find your next UX gig? Join my UX talent collective and check out the UX job board.

Last But Not Least

Unravelling The UX/UI Magic Of Threads App
Exploring the key aspects of Threads App’s UX/UI, from the onboarding process to the application of UX and UI principles.

“All that matters is that you are making something you love, to the best of your ability, here and now.”
— Rick Rubin

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