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State-Switch Controls: The Infamous Case of the “Mute” Button

On–off controls that switch between two different system states need to clearly communicate to users both states.

The Map

A short documentary about a revolutionary redesign of New York City's iconic subway map.

My chatbot is dead · Why yours should probably be too

An honest take on chatbots in the web and how they’ve become a distraction of what we should be focusing on.

The 3 qualities of a great product

There are 3 main qualities that make a great product, according to the Kano model.

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Designing the Ada Lovelace hashflag emoji

On Ada Lovelace Day we celebrate the work of women in STEM. Jenny Brennan writes about how she designed a hashflag for the occasion.

Using object-oriented user experience for software development

The increasing complexity of software, app, and website interfaces has driven a chaotic narrow specialization trend among web designers.

How to create a UX writing portfolio

It may seem like UX writing is in a perpetual grey area. Like a lot of design disciplines, the field is having an identity crisis.

The Guide to UX Research

The Guide to UX Research includes everything you need to know to run research, featuring expert tips from researchers at Sketch, Figma, Shopify, etc.

Introducing the 2020 UX Designers to Watch

For the second year in a row, we’re highlighting impressive, up-and-coming UX design talent from around the world in our UX Designers to Watch series.

Bidirectional scrolling: what’s not to like?

Bidirectional scrolling on sites like Netflix and Disney Plus organise programs into rows of categories.

The Psychology Behind TikTok’s Addictive Feed

This TikTok case study shows you the psychological principles that make their video feed so addictive (and how that could be made more humane).

Adobe introduces Liquid Mode for PDF

Manifesting the future of PDF, Liquid Mode delivers a breakthrough reading experience that enables a much easier way to read documents on mobile.

Wikipedia is getting a new look for the first time in 10 years. Here’s why.

Multi-year project aiming to create an experience that feels similar to long-time users, yet straightforward and intuitive for new folks.

How to solve design problems?

A step towards the solution isn’t always a step forwards.

What’s More to Design in a Chair

Will UX designers get automated by AI as we standardize our patterns and systems?

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Practical training for creating more usable products. Articles, free courses, interviews and best practices from experts.

Figma Community: the Github for designers

An appreciation piece on how well modelled the Figma Community feature is and how it can possibly change the way the world designs digitally.

Removing barriers: This plugin is empowering designers in the face of disability

The Liliane Canvas Control plugin helps those with physical disabilities design efficiently and effectively with Adobe XD.

Web Brutalism, Seamfulness, and Notion

How a tool for sensemaking reconciles two distinct software design ideologies.