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Issue 453


How (not) to get people to download your app 🫣
Reddit’s strategy of canibalising their own web experience, and blocking third party apps, might not be working.

How Spotify’s Design System Goes Beyond Platforms
How a need for more cohesion led Spotify’s design systems team to take a cross-platform approach to components.

Dark Mode: How Users Think About It and Issues to Avoid
Users like dark mode but maintain similar behaviors without it. They think about it at the system level, not the application level.

When you start to doubt yourself, design from the inside out
Hard times force hard questions about the value of your work.

Always Show the Number of User Ratings in List Items (5% Don’t)
The number of ratings a review average is based on is key information for users in product lists.


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

Explore the best new design systems, visual identity introductions and rebrand videos.

Explore real-world designs from the best products.

UX Portfolio

Perry Wang
Perry is a designer at Discord and based in Toronto.

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Last But Not Least

Letter to a mid level designer. A few lessons to push your performance
An open letter to all the folks still in the middle ground between junior and senior.

“Design is as much an act of spacing as an act of marking.”
— Ellen Lupton

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