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Issue 65


Good Design
What makes a good design? Julie Zhuo writes about an early design lesson and something she still thinks about all the time.

Don’t Be a User Research Robot
Giving recommendations that the team should focus on and being personal when doing user research are two tips Chuck Liu thinks you should always do.

Why UX Designers Don’t Need More UX Design Tools
Alexey Ivanov writes about what we need instead of more UX design tools.

Goal Challenges and Tool Challenges
By studying the best game designers, we can learn how to improve the productivity tools we’re designing.

Design, White Lies & Ethics
Dan Turner talks about designing with false affordances and why a little white lie is sometimes what the user wants.

What UX Roles You Need and Why
UX roles that teams need and soft skills that all UX professionals need to succeed.

Ignorance Beats Empathy
In the latest Dear Design Student, Mike Monteiro gives advice about how to be more empathetic towards the users you’re designing for.

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Tools & Resources

Pixate 2.0
Pixate, which was acquired by Google earlier this year, has announced a big update to their free prototyping tool.

Material Design Awards
The best-in-class designs in applying material design in the creation of engaging user experiences. Apple also came out with their design awards for 2015.

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UX for Predictive Machine Learning in the Consumer IoT
Mike Kuniavsky discusses the importance of predictive behavior to Internet of Things products and services, UX challenges to creating such behavioral systems, and patterns for addressing those challenges.

The 11 Most Inspiring Usability and User Experience Talks
A list of eleven great UX and usability talks.

Q&A with Project Comet Product Managers
Members of the Project Comet team answer questions about the first all-in-one solution for UX designers.

Fundamentals of User Interface Designs
A presentation tailored for people who have minimal or no exposure to design covering the fundamentals of UI design and how they’re used to build a simple interface element.

UX Portfolio

Dayn Wilberding
Dayn is a digital product designer for Sonos and previously Jawbone. His portfolio shows early sketches and his process for different projects.

UX Jobs

Lead UX Designer at Krossover (New York, NY)
Krossover is a sports analytics company that is changing the way coaches and athletes analyze game film. They are looking for a Lead UX Designer that wants to design delightful experiences for teams that use their product.

Last But Not Least

2015: The Year in Product Design
A beautifully presented summary of links on product design this past year.

“Clutter is the official language used by corporations to hide their mistakes.”
— William Zinsser

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