Is UX Really That Important?

One of the most oft-repeated criticisms of any design is that it’s “poor user experience”. UX is set up as the ultimate achievement for any design project. But is this an over-simplification of the designer’s role? Should everything be about user experience? To paraphrase Leonard Hofstadter: “UX is a ‘smart decision’; it is like a… Read More

4 Ways Vibrant Colors Boost UI Design

Color is one of the most powerful tools in the designer’s toolkit. It can draw attention, set a mood, influence users’ emotions, perceptions and actions. With the lingering presence of Flat and Material Design, color holds even more prominence in UI design today. Bright colors are equally well suited for both playfully cartoonish designs focussed… Read More

Popular Design News of the Week: June 12, 2017 – June 18, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however,… Read More

Creating a Design System Language

It seems like the current buzz word in the design industry and everyone wants one. But how exactly can a product benefit from having a living, breathing design language? I’m going to try break down the very basics so you can understand why it’s needed. Creating an underlying language will unite our design philosophies and… Read More

Why Evolution is Better Than Revolution in Product Design

Digital products will always need to be redesigned. Styles progress, hardware technologies advance, and development possibilities are ever-increasing. Just in the past year the potential for implementing microinteractions, and processor-intensive animations and graphics, has come along at a fair pace. Product teams are continuously looking to iterate and stay ahead of or pass the competition.… Read More

Giving Popular Apps the Brutalist Treatment

Every time someone talks about Brutalism, I have to ask, “Wait, that’s still a thing?” Brutalism is for people who think flat design is a bit too skeuomorphic, and as a community we seem to have agreed that Brutalism takes things a bit too far, and that prettier websites are usually better. I myself have no… Read More

Popular Design News of the Week: June 5, 2017 – June 11, 2017

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers.  The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however,… Read More

10 Sites Doing Vertical Navigation Right

The majority of web navigation menus flow horizontally across the page. This comes from a history of traditional monitors being wider rather than taller. But with so much screen space it’s now possible for websites to use vertical navigation menus instead. And many of them look fantastic. These 10 examples of vertical menus are perfect… Read More