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Productivity Tools for Creatives

If you are working in a creative industry (design, advertising, technology, media, entertainment, architecture etc.) chances are that you are working remotely. You don’t sit desk-to-desk with the people you work with every day. Your co-workers and clients sit on other floors, in other buildings, other cities and even in other countries. You cannot just roll over to your colleague…

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What You Need to Know about Designing Information Dashboards

We come across information dashboards everyday in various applications we use. Have you seen a dashboard that looked plain ugly? Have you come across one that didn’t inform you, the viewer, but confused you about what it’s trying to say? Or have you seen one that you were drawn to because of how visually appealing, and how informative it is?…

Creating an Origami Style Vector Swan in Illustrator

Creating an origami-inspired design is an easy feat when you know the technique. Follow the quick tutorial steps below to learn how to bend your digital paper to create a fantastic design. We’ll be using Adobe Illustrator, but you can adapt these techniques to other vector or vexel programs as needed. Tutorial: Origami Style Vector What You’ll Be Creating Step…

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Exploring Social Design Patterns For the Web

Although many people are designing mobile products that are social in nature, few understand what that really means, how it works, or why it’s important. While social features are becoming increasingly important for many reasons, they require careful thinking about the identities and respective communities impacted by them, and how the nature of the product changes with this kind of…

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Free Ebook: The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation

Design documentation is much more than a pile of papers for occasional browsing. It is product narration, a formalized vision, and a compass for when things become unpredictable. Smart documentation brings people together and gives form to ideas. Documentation should inspire, not dictate. The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation by UXPin looks at real-life examples of design processes…

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The Importance of Navigation Design Patterns

In this article we discuss the importance of navigation design patterns using examples from some of the hottest websites and web apps. Once someone starts using your website or web application, they need to know where to go and how to get there at any point. If they can’t navigate through your your application easily, you’ll quickly lose them. Thus,…

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10 Massively Successful Minimum Viable Products

Today, lean startups and tech titans alike are increasingly using the minimum viable product (MVP) as a starting point for building successful software products. In the article 4 Reasons MVPs Fail we looked at the major risks you face in getting your product to market and how to overcome them. A successful minimum viable product helps you start the learning…

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Creating Native HTML5 Dialog Windows

The dialog window is one of the most commonly used elements in a website’s user interface design. It is used for multiple purposes, including displaying notifications, carrying a subscription form, alerting of errors/warnings, and drawing a visitor’s attention to vital pieces of information. When dialog windows are designed effectively and used right, they can ease the user’s task. Previously, creating…

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Building Minimum Viable Products at Spotify

Many companies face the paradox of wanting to build a delightful product without knowing if people actually want the product until it’s released. Spotify’s vision was to give people the right music at the right time while incentivizing artists by paying them based on number of shares their music received. A tall order, no doubt, when you consider how hard…

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Humorous Collection of Uninspiring Quote Posters

Scottish illustrator Linzie Hunter has recently created a humorous series of completely, as she calls them, ‘uninspiring posters’. Now when we say ‘uninspiring’, we’re not saying that the unique design of her posters are uninspired, actually it’s the complete opposite – they are inspiring, but the message they convey is categorically not inspiring. ‘Give Yourself an A for Average –…