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Issue 83


Product as Hero Storyboard
When trying to design a meaningful product customers will love and adopt, use this simple story structure to place your product or service in context of a real problem.

Why Showing Your Process is So Important
Showing your work as a UX designer can be challenging but Jonathan Bowman shows you how to make cataloging and documenting a part of your every day process.

Selling Design Systems
If you’re having trouble convincing your powers-that-be that a design system can come in handy for your organization, do a little legwork to really demonstrate where a design system can help.

Dark Patterns by the Boston Globe
A look into some of the sneaky tactics the Boston Globe uses to gain and keep subscribers.

Buttons in Design Systems
12 tips for defining buttons when setting up a design system.

Fresh Start Effect: How to Motivate Users with New Beginnings
Clean slates encourage people to pursue their goals. Designers can leverage this tendency by adjusting message timing and content.

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Tools & Resources

April Update of Adobe Experience Design CC
Adobe has updated Experience Design CC, the all-in-one prototype tool, for the first time since their public release with support for grids, text enhancements, support for embedded images, and more.

Character Deck: A UX Workshop Tool
A tool for facilitating communication between clients and designers at the very first step of building an app, available as a free, print-ready PDF file.


Interview with Executive Design Director at IDEO
An interview with Jane Fulton Suri about The Little Book of Design Research Ethics, how she was originally introduced to IDEO, and where she sees design heading in the next 5-10 years.

State of User Experience 2016 Survey
Take a survey by about the state of UX where you work. For background on why the survey was created, check out Lessons On Design From A Once And Future Analyst from Leah Buley.

Dollars to Donuts Podcast – Kate Lawrence
Kate Lawrence, VP of User Research at EBSCO Information Services talks about where to place user research in the organization, emotions in fieldwork, and empowering others to advocate for information literacy.

UX Portfolios

Adrian Zumbrunnen
Not really a portfolio but interesting use of a personal site where Adrian recommends you UX reads through conversation.

Last But Not Least

O’Reilly Parody Book Generator
Create your own O’Reilly book cover.

“Rule of thumb for UX: More options more problems.”
— Scott Belsky

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