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Issue 86


The UX of Learning UX is Broken
Dan Maccarone and Sarah Doody explain what’s wrong with today’s UX education and why you can’t become a UX designer in a week, or even twelve.

The Future of Design: When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It
Don Norman writes that whether it is design as a craft or design as a way of thinking, core principles underlie the power of all design.

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer
A long essay on the human brain that Alan Cooper wishes every IxD would read.

UX Reality Check: 14 Hard Truths About Users
Things you should know about the people who use your websites and applications.

Needy Design Patterns: Please-Don’t-Go Popups & Get-Back-to-Me Tabs
These two overly demanding website design patterns aimed at driving engagement are in conflict with how people utilize browser tabs.

When Websites Won’t Take No for an Answer
A look into dark patterns and how design decisions fall within the persuasive-to-manipulative spectrum.

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Tools & Resources

Library from InVision
Cloud-connected design assets for your entire team so changes you make automatically apply to your whole team’s design files.

Material Design for Wearables
Another section added to Google’s Material Design guidelines, this time on wearables.

Marvel Explore
Discover Marvel prototypes created by the community.

Daily Framer
A 30 day email resource to help you build proficiency with Framer.


7 Ways To Hack the Mind of the Online Shopper eBook
The consumer psychology that drives the digital customer experience and e-commerce conversions.

Maintaining Design Systems
Another chapter in Brad Frost’s book on Atomic Design – this time on managing living design systems.

UX Portfolios

Sheta Chatterjee
Sheta is a Product Designer at Uber that has a simple portfolio of case studies that present her work and process.

Last But Not Least

The Worst Portfolio Ever
How not to get hired by a designer.

“People’s behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs, and motives.”
— Thomas Mann

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