Storytelling your designs & career sustainability

Articles, ideas, and news about UX/UI design and related spaces.

Team Designlab
Team Designlab
May 24, 2024
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📰 3 Design Articles

UI Density: What It Means and How to Design for It 

  • Matthew Ström, Design Lead at Stripe, illuminates the importance of balancing visual appeal and functional complexity in UX/UI, offering strategies for designers to optimize screen space without overwhelming users.
  • Various types of “densities” are explored, from the visual density of how much is physically on a screen to temporal density, or how much time a design takes to load. 
  • “Speed, usability, consistency, predictability, information richness, and functionality all play an important role in this equation. By taking account of all these aspects, we can understand why some interfaces succeed and others fail. And by designing for density, we can help people get more value out of the software we build.”

The Next Generation of Design is Inclusive

  • Take a deep dive into how the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Interaction Design program weaves inclusive design principles into its curriculum, preparing designers for creating products that cater to a diverse user base and thinking through complex questions related to making more accessible design decisions.
  • The program champions inclusive design as a means to serve communities and consider varied lived experiences, forcing designers to reconsider their perspectives, conduct extensive research, and collaborate towards an end goal of making accessible rather than ableist designs. 
  • “People with disabilities hold about $490b in purchasing power in the United States, while 68% of Gen Z prioritizes sustainable shopping. With these two groups holding consumer power, organizations have come to understand that corporate sustainability means social responsibility.”

Brand Building in the AI Era

  • Jessica Rosenberg, creative director at Jasper AI, provides insights on working in branding and design specifically within the AI sector, highlighting the importance of collaborative environments, championing the value of design, and providing advice for career sustainability in a rapidly changing tech climate. 
  • In all aspects, open communication is key: promoting open cross-functional conversation on your team will help to instill the tangible impact of design, while expanding your network and truly finding your voice as a designer will create more opportunities long-term. 
  • “It's a secret and powerful weapon if you lean in, experiment, and start not caring what other people think of what you put out there.”

💜 Portfolio Inspiration

Christine Carroll, a UX Academy graduate, brings her passion for empathy and connection to her design work. An end-to-end app called Travelparty creates a user-friendly experience for solo travelers to find each other through a highly intuitive interface. Mindful Moment, a mobile-first design for promoting daily mindfulness, creates a sense of accessibility and calm through intentional UI choices like color palette, iconography, and more.

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💡 Interesting Stuff...

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. — Dr. Edwin Land (scientist and inventor)

🧪 From the Lab

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