5 times “smart” copy swung into graveyard humor
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by Rita Kind-Envy
16h ago
What do tea, Fabulous app, Stravinsky, Italian pasta, and Grammarly have in common? Awkward English. freepik You’ve probably heard of the r/Engrish thread, where people collect awkward use cases of the English language. I’m one of these collectors. But instead of making fun of misspelled words, I collect UX copy gone wrong. Like in the Fabulous app (mental health and habit tracker coaching), where I found a button called “collapse”: They actually changed it later, BTW. I had beef with this button. Because: Who gives a button such a long name (or a name at all) in an app (m ..read more
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Don’t make “data-driven product decisions”—build a data-driven semantic environment
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by Pavel Samsonov
16h ago
Learning organizations can use data to determine whether they were wrong, while others use it only to prove their rightness. The true value of UX lies in transforming the latter into the former. Like “growth mindset” or “agile development,” data-driven decision making has snuck into the way almost every product org describes itself. The trouble is that it doesn’t mean anything — “data” is a suitcase word and every company making this claim usually means something different by it. In the formal sense, “data-driven” is not even possible. Data has no meaning, but must be transformed int ..read more
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What can designers learn from the most popular female health app?
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by Mary Borysova
1d ago
Analyzing the user experience of Flo chatbot. Source The healthcare chatbot market is expected to grow by over 23% yearly until 2030. AI chatbots are all the rage in healthcare these days as well— lots of the startups and established products I work with are considering adding or starting a chatbot. A few reasons why: chatbots can gather valuable data such as vitals, symptoms, and goals, and further “coach” a patient; chatbots simulate natural conversations and create a more engaging user experience; chatbots can reduce operational costs and provide round-the-clock support ..read more
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Control your vertigo — the unspoken rule for defending design decisions
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by Rita Kind-Envy
2d ago
Control your vertigo — the unspoken rule for defending design decisions How to keep UX maturity when discussing something that you stand for, and not slam the door after another useless meeting. Concert in the Egg by Hieronymus Bosch, 1561 A group of 8–10 people (most of them are men who have never taken any communication classes) is locked in a room for 3 hours. AC is working, but it’s getting hot nonetheless. An argument seems inevitable. On a projector is a concept my content design team developed. Let’s take a real-life example. The website's Arabian localization is not displayed ..read more
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How Notion drives product adoption with email
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by Rosie Hoggmascall
2d ago
A case study of B2B Saas emails, tailored landing pages and activation prowess Launched 7 years ago, Notion is now valued at $10 billion and is one of— if not the — leading Saas tools for productivity. Since the outset, Notion has grown fast. Very fast. Three years after its launch in 2017, Notion hit 1 million users. A year after that, Notion grew 5X to reach a $2 billion valuation, as reported by Forbes: The app quintupled its user base of knowledge workers, note takers and personal organizers in 2020 as the pandemic pushed more work online. With this shift, Notion saw adopti ..read more
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What if LLMs were actually interesting to talk to?
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by Adrian Chan
3d ago
Reaching “common ground” with conversational AI. “Thus, as Adam Smith argued in his Theory of the Moral Sentiments, the individual must phrase his own concerns and feelings and interests in such a way as to make these maximally usable by the others as a source of appropriate involvement; and this major obligation of the individual qua interactant is balanced by his right to expect that other present will make some effort to stir up their sympathies and place them at his command. These two tendencies, that of the speaker to scale down his expressions and that of the listeners to scale up their ..read more
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How to lay out your design portfolio to make your work stand out
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by Kai Wong
3d ago
Defining Goals, Problems, and Solutions help interviewers evaluate your portfolio in favorable terms Photo by Chastagner Thierry on Unsplash When I helped my organization hire a new designer, I was shocked at how many design portfolios went wrong at the first step. I’m not a hiring manager and don’t have access to all the criteria for specific design positions. Still, I noticed several designers make a critical mistake: they don’t define how they want their portfolios to be evaluated. They either follow a linear process, which raises red flags, or don’t do enough to clearly explain a ..read more
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Fall in love with the user, not the technology
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by Tom Green
4d ago
Photo by Lala Azizli on Unsplash A couple of weeks ago, I posted the phrase in the headline to a Figma group in response to someone explaining how AI and Design can work together. What prompted my response was the poster’s contention that: “AI tools can help understand, augment thinking, and cover blindspots in design processes—with designers acting as curators rather than generators.” Designers becoming “curators” is very dangerous thinking. Even more dangerous is the increasing number of posts claiming AI will solve our UX ills. They won’t. AI will reduce our “busy work” load by automat ..read more
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This is Futura, re-imagined in 5 ways
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by Faux Icing
4d ago
As the typeface approaches its 100th anniversary, let’s explore how type designers have reinvented Futura over the century, maintaining its status as a must-have font for many years. If you’re a Futura enthusiast, you’ll appreciate its simplicity and cleanliness. It effortlessly enhances every design project it’s used in, though you may find it difficult to articulate why. Is it due to its balanced geometry or its versatility, allowing it to be used in both sci-fi and comedy films? Whatever the reason, Paul Renner and those who utilised his fonts positioned Futura for great success ..read more
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Why it seems like the sky is falling for digital design
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by Jan Takacs
4d ago
And how to come out of the storm stronger. (Image: Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez, Pexels / jantakacs.com Illustration) If you are a designer and look around the internet now, it’s tough. It seems like it is all falling apart as our inboxes and feeds are filled with alarming headlines such as ‘UX is dead, we killed it’, ‘Designers are facing an existential crisis’, or even ‘The big design freak-out: Design leaders grapple with their future’, ‘All my friends are quitting design’ and more. It’s no wonder that many are second-guessing their career choices and their future in the industry. But is th ..read more
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