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Issue 459


The secret formula for Apple’s rounded corners
Apple follows the “closer to the human, the rounder the object” pattern.

A checkout designed for impulse purchases
Horrible retention rates, dark patterns and incentivizing people to abandon their carts.

Dan Mall’s 10 Principles for a Worthy Design Career
10 pieces of advice for tackling complex tasks, preventing burnout, and fostering continuous learning.

Defining UX-Career Progression: What Practitioners Say
UX career progression is not singularly defined, though it typically involves a mix of measurable signals and gut feelings.


Work faster in Figma
Figma saves you time with powerful tools that cut down on manual tasks and leave you more time and brain power for creativity. Spend more time actually designing, leaving you space to create your best work. Get started for free.

Tools and Resources

An inky color scheme for prose and code.

Use Firefly’s Generative Match to generate images in your style
Adobe’s Firefly has been upgraded to produce imagery that combines both your text prompt and your reference image.

UX Portfolio

Minh Pham
Minh is a Design Lead for Fantasy Interactive.

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

Last But Not Least

Navigating change: a UX designer’s odyssey in an era of uncertainty
Navigating industry shifts for lasting success.

“ It’s not that I’m blocked. It’s that I don’t have enough research to write with power and knowledge about that topic.”
— Sebastian Junger

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