3 DESIGN ARTICLES
- Google Maps may hold 80% of the market share, but according to writer Michael Grothaus, its obsessive treatment of location pins often comes at the cost of basic usability.
- From choosing obscure photos to insistently displaying sponsored pins, the cluttered interface of Google Maps, the article argues, makes it difficult to complete simple tasks…like knowing what street you’re currently standing on.
- "Google knows I’m middle-aged and get up early to work. When I’m just browsing the map, can it really think I might care about the nearest club where patrons normally don’t leave until well past midnight?"
- Slack’s new design update is slowly rolling out over the next few months, and offers a thoughtful take at simplifying an often cluttered and overwhelming experience.
- Tired of feeling disorganized or overwhelmed with notifications? The new interface offers solutions for these problems, and more.
- Get distracted much? “At the heart of Slack’s new design are dedicated views to help you focus your attention and maintain momentum on your work.”
- Threads might have made headlines with its explosive launch, but there are marked trends towards users preferring to hang out in smaller, more intimate communities.
- Two key reasons why these communities tend to house a positive, friendlier vibe than other social channels: smaller size and privacy.
- What’s the ideal size for a thriving mini online community? Discord data shows that 90% of its servers have less than 15 people.
PORTFOLIO INSPIRATION 💜
Emine Cavuslar, a UX Academy graduate, adds helpful summaries beneath each of the case study thumbnails on the homepage, and makes a point of highlighting the often-neglected soft skills. Overall, the effect is an extremely well-thought-out, intentional, and very personable portfolio.
INTERESTING STUFF ...
- Why we’re obsessed with the letter ‘X’
- …but why is Musk also obsessed with the letter ‘X’?
- Japan’s user-centric food packaging
- Nature-based design strategies
Quote of the day:
Good design is honest. - Dieter Rams
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