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The iPhone’s original UI designer on Apple’s greatest flaws
In an interview with Imran Chaudhri, the iPhone interface’s original designer says Apple knew the phone would be distracting and attention-soaking—and chose to bury the controls to make it less so.
Consider the Beer Can
In 1964, John Updike bemoaned the arrival of the modern beer can, offering food for thought to designers who would disrupt familiar experiences.
Toy Story Lessons for the Internet of Things
Dan Gärdenfors ponders how to handle “leadership conflicts” in IoT devices.
AI First—with UX
AI assistants have trouble understanding user context, Mike Loukides writes, and that’s a tasty UX problem.
Making Software with Casual Intelligence
Evan Prodromou observes that artificial intelligence may have the most impact in jillions of incremental little interventions and improvements, not just moonshot projects.
Designing for Touch—in French! And Chinese!
Josh Clark’s book Designing for Touch is now available in French, Chinese, and the original English.
Airlines Redesigning Uniforms Find Out How Complicated It Is
The New York Times considers the commitment, iteration and heavy testing that goes into the design of airline uniforms.
Microsoft’s unconventional Surface Studio PC emerged from design process that is equally unconventional (but shouldn’t be).
So We Redid Our Charts…
Video analytics provider Mux overhauled their data visualizations and shared the process.
A Working Pattern Library
Ethan Marcotte on tailoring a pattern library to the habits of the people who use it.
On Design Systems: Dan Mall of Superfriendly
Dan shares insights about building design systems like true products.
The Future of AI Needs To Have More People in It
UC Berkeley’s Anca Dragan says algorithms need to get better at understanding human needs and behaviors.
MVP: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means
“Minimum viable product” somehow got corrupted to mean ”the crummiest thing we can get away with taking to market.” Use the
MVP to make better products and reduce risk.
The Future of the UX Designer
Designer Anton Sten ponders the future role of digital designers in a world of more and more Alexas, Siris, and other non-visual interfaces.
Plainness and Sweetness
Frank Chimero mulls the beauty of the plain and the normal in design.
Algorithm-Driven Design: How AI is Changing Design
Designer Yury Vetrov collected a wide-ranging set of design projects and tools where bots are the designers.
Notification System Design (99+)
Quora designer Henry Modisett shares perspectives on the unique challenges of designing effective, respectful notifications.
No Share Buttons on Mobile Sites (Except This One Weird Case)
Only 2 out of every 1000 mobile web users
tap a custom share button. Don’t even bother including them in mobile sites except when users are coming from a social network.
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