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Issue 51

Congrats to Yiding Wang for winning the August UX book giveaway. Yiding chose Practical Empathy by Indi Young. On with the best UX links of the week!


One of the Biggest Mistakes Iā€™ve Made in My Career
Former Lead Designer on Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign, Andrei Herasimchuck, reflects on the age old question – should designers in tech learn how to code? For the other side of the argument, check out Designers Should Design, Coders Should Code.

Designing Live for Facebook Mentions
I love write-ups like this where we see design decisions, challenges, and iterations when designing a feature – especially for a product like Facebook, with such a large user base..

How to Write a Great Error Message
The best error message is the one that never shows up but if you do need one, makes sure it’s actionable and understandable. Also check out Improving Error Messages.

Avoid ‘Quick View’ Overlays
Baymard Institute found severe usability issues with Quick View overlays during testing and propose some design alternatives.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ontology
It’s crucial that we understand what we mean when we say what we say – the language used may mean something to some people and confuse others.

Evolving the Google Identity
The big news this week was Google’s brand new identity. While it’s not necessarily user experience related, their case study on their redesign at such large scale was a nice read.

Tools & Resources

Empathy is Everything
A collection of research, articles, stories, practices, exercises and other resources on empathy by Whitney Hess.

How Skype Onboards New Users
A look at how Skype gets users past registration and making calls. For more on onboarding, check out Design the Beginning by Julie Zhuo.

Frontify Style Guide
A tool to create a web-based style guide in just a few clicks.


2015 IA Summit
Podcasts and transcripts from the 2015 IA Summit.

Android Material Design – Udacity Course
A free course by Google on material design elements, surfaces, transitions and graphics. While it’s geared towards developers, there’s a lot of useful tips for designers – just skip the developer specific lessons.

UI/UX Animations with Principle & Sketch
A look into creating prototypes with Sketch and Principle.

UX Portfolios

Tom Haynes
UX designer (and UX Design Weekly reader), Tom Hayne shares his portfolio with case studies on his process, deliverables, and lessons learned.

Have a UX portfolio you want to share? Let me know.

Last But Not Least

Telephone Keypad Design
Do you ever wonder why are the numbers on a telephone keypad arranged the way they are?

“As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.”
— Norman Foster

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