Here's our weekly set of design news links that we read and loved and hope you do too.
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Master these, and you'll be in a much better position to defend your work.
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Starting a new project but coming up empty on icons? It’s cool. Our friends at Vexels have you covered.
These 50 (!!!) free icons are basic enough that they can be used in any project, but they’re styled in a way that will add a professional touch to your app or website.
Inside the ZIP file, you’ll find each icon in PNG and SVG formats, along with an .ai file and preview image for every icon. Vexels hopes designers use these icons to save time when they’re working on and developing new projects. So with this icon set, you can hopefully shorten your to-do list and focus on other parts of your project.
These icons are universally styled, but if needed, you can adapt or modify them in Illustrator to fit your current design system.Check them out now!
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We’ve hit 5 cities on our international InVision Studio Demo + Drinks tour—New York City, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Boston—and we’re wrapping up this week in the Emerald City, Seattle. Here’s a quick recap of the Studio tour highlights, and a preview of what you can expect on our last stop.
What will InVision Studio cost? Nothing, it’s free.
Whether you’re a student, an individual designer, or part of an enterprise team, InVision Studio is free for everyone. It’s our hope that Studio empowers ALL designers to create the next generation of digital experiences, faster, easier, and better than before.
Also, it’s multi-platform. Equality for PC and Mac users!
There’s a native platform for both Mac users and PC diehards. We firmly believe your tools should work how, and where, you do.
At each of our tour stops we shared a hands-on demo of Studio, capturing reactions—and feedback—from the local design community. Some of the key Studio features and functions highlighted included:
For some, it’s the typographical equivalent of pineapple on a pizza, and this weekend, Ryan Gosling championed the cause on Saturday Night Live, decrying the use of Microsoft Office’s second most-hated font in Avatar 2’s title design.
The offending font, designed by Chris Costello, takes its inspiration from the Bible, but even design sites for churches hate it. Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools had this to say about a WordPress designer using Papyrus for one of its Church Themes:
“Kriesi is a professional website designer and he knows what’s good and what’s bad. So why did he use Papyrus for a church theme? Because the church and Papyrus have somehow become linked with one another. This problem is no longer internal.”
For those interested in further calling out Papyrus non-proliferation, consider this blog your Font Offender Registry. Open for debate, however, is the question of whether Papyrus truly is worse than Comic Sans, the ridiculously childish font chosen by Cleveland Cavs owner Don Gilbert for his rant at LeBron James. Sadistic designers needn’t decide—an ungodly mashup of the two fonts can be purchased for a mere $50 here.More recent news
In early 2017, releasing the new SendPro C—an all-in-one device for office mailing and package shipping—gave our UX design and research team at Pitney Bowes an opportunity to reevaluate how our clients unpack and install it.
With our previous product, users sometimes struggled to install the printhead, but they were still able to eventually complete the installation. So we never really paid much attention to that process.The DM200, the predecessor to the SendPro C
Times have changed. This device is Pitney Bowes’s new flagship product and the embodiment of our entire business model: to reinvent the way people think about sending.
We wanted them to have a great experience using it—right out of the box.The new device
So, we grabbed this chance—early in the design process—to fix some legacy installation issues. Our research told us that the installation for the printhead and ink cartridge could use some attention.“Products should have great UX right out of the box—not just after set up.”
Nonprofit organizations work to solve the worst problems in our world. They’re the most in need of high-quality design and marketing, but the least likely to be able to attain it. They can be limited by small budgets, little technical expertise, and grant restrictions.
As the founder and director of Make a Mark, an organization that hosts 12-hour design and development marathons benefiting nonprofit and humanitarian causes, Sarah Obenauer has so far completed 59 projects worth over $300,000, with 150 unique volunteers.Sarah Obenauer Tell us about Make a Mark and why you created it.
When I was working at a nonprofit that helped reduce teen fatalities on the road, I saw the power of design for a nonprofit organization—more engagement, more grant funding, and more lives saved. But I also saw the difficulties faced by organizations that can’t afford to hire someone or pay a staff member.
After several years, I started talking to other creatives and technologists. I was hearing from these people that they wanted a way to use their strengths to better the community. They could donate some time at a food drive or a marathon benefiting a cause, but they had certain skills that they could use in a more powerful way....
Designers are cracking the system. The resistance to invest in design is fading thanks to successful pioneers like Airbnb and Uber that proved design has a tangible impact on the bottom line. While a recognizable logo looks great, deeper insights into human behavior is what makes great visual and user experience design key in driving sales and building brands.
Now, designers are also working across user interfaces like text and voice—forcing a deeper understanding of how to craft these new experiences for delight and conversion. Arguably, the direct correlation between design and sales is easier to see, as design becomes necessary to execute an omni-channel brand.
Collaboration is also essential between marketing, tech, and design teams to share user personas, language, and strategy that places the customer first.Photo by Indratno Pardiansyach Great aesthetics equal trust
Studies show that attractive things work better. According to the study Do “Attractive Things Work Better”? An Exploration of Search Tool Visualisations (opens PDF), user perception of how pleasing a brand aesthetic was directly correlated to the perceived usability of their product. The findings stressed the importance of aesthetics in design, as it not only...
Burnout doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about your level of experience, what role you play in the design ecosystem, or what design title you hold. Burnout is simply another part of the challenge we face as designers.
If not dealt with correctly, burnout can have a drastic effect on your creativity and growth as a designer. I hope that after you’ve read this post, you’ll have a better understanding of burnout and how you can overcome it.“Burnout doesn’t care about your level of experience.” Diversify what you’re working on
One of the easiest ways to become burned out as a designer is constantly producing results for the same project or client. You only have so many designs in the tank.
To ensure you can stay fresh, you need to change things from time to time. If you work for a company, ask to see if you can work on another project or join another team. If you’re a freelancer, consider outsourcing a few projects for a while to allow yourself to focus on something new.
Diversifying what you’re working on doesn’t just keep you motivated, it also allows you to challenge yourself and try on a few different hats in the process.Change your environment from time to time
Looking at the same 4 walls or seeing the office from the same point of view is simply uninspiring. Whenever I find myself feeling uninspired or bored, I change my scenery. I may work from a...
Remote work is one of our passions here at InVision. Our team is scattered all over the world, and we like it that way. But having a remote team comes with its own set of challenges. Last week, we talked about how to help your team excel at remote collaboration. Now we’re going to take a look at 10 steps you can take to set yourself up for remote work success.Develop and follow a routine to eliminate decision fatigue and procrastination
The first step towards eliminating distractions at work happens before you set foot in the office. Having a regular routine and schedule can help reduce decision fatigue and procrastination.
If you always write in the mornings and always answer emails in the afternoon, there are 2 fewer decisions to make when you start your work day. Wake up, get coffee, and sit down to write. Eat lunch, come back to the office, and open your inbox.
Once you’re worked remotely for a little while, you start to recognize when you’re most productive and when you’re easily distracted. If you have more energy and focus in the mornings, use that time to tackle the big, important tasks in your day. If you know you’re more likely...
For us here at InVision, 2017 was our most exciting year yet—thanks to Freehand, the Design Forward Fund, DesignBetter.co, the announcement of Studio (coming soon!), and so much more. We’re pumped to see what 2018 brings for both our own organization and the entire InVision community.
We started the InVision Blog with the intention of it being a resource for designers, developers, marketers, project managers, founders, and students. It’s made us really happy to see it grow into a publication with 3 million subscribers in such a short amount of time, and we couldn’t have done it without all of our amazing guest contributors. Check out the biggest posts of 2017 below—and be sure to click through to read any you missed.7 ways to design for the new iPhone X
Our own Joseph Angelo Todaro on taking advantage of more impactful color, minding the new aspect ratio, and more.
UX Designer Chris Thelwell has 2 big reasons you should stop using personas.
One of my earliest and most valuable lessons in design consulting was the importance of embracing ambiguity. During college, in thousands of blog posts and in countless conference talks, design is often framed as an elegant solution that perfectly satisfies a set of constraints.
But in real life—especially when it comes to work with clients or different teams within a company—these constraints are rarely packaged and tied with a bow. Boundaries are rarely clear, and, especially when it comes to consulting, design often stretches into new territory.
As individuals, we sometimes find it difficult to differentiate what we need from what we want (as we’ve all learned in Rolling Stones 101), and an outside perspective is helpful in clarifying the situation. Many of the organizations I’ve worked with are no different.“Embrace ambiguity.”
I’ve seen clients who know they want to grow their customer base, but think they need to do this by releasing a competitive new product, which isn’t always the case. As consultants, my colleagues and I help clients realize they’re better off achieving their goals by making changes to their existing offerings, instead of putting resources against that big product creation. But getting those gears to switch isn’t always an easy thing to do. This goes to show that working through a certain amount of ambiguity at the outset of a project is par for the course in consulting.
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One summer semester in college, I flew to Costa Rica to study Spanish and finish my degree minor. When I got off the plane, my program director informed me that I wasn’t allowed to use my native tongue. That would force me to pick up Spanish.
My host mom, despite having walked through a nasty thunderstorm, met me with a radiant smile. As the rain subsided, we walked between distant volcanoes to what would be my home for the next 3 months. She gave me my own set of keys and welcomed me into the living room. There we sat together over coffee—she stared at me and I stared at my coffee—in awkward silence.
I’d studied Spanish for years in high school and college, but only a childish, stumbling collection of words spilled out as I tried to speak with her. I panicked and the next thing I knew I was speaking a Spanish-Italian hybrid language. Frustrated by the grammar tables running through my mind, I felt like there was some barrier I couldn’t get past.
Over the next couple of days, as I listened to the family speak with one another, my mind adjusted. I stopped thinking in translations. One morning, walking into the kitchen, I decided to go for it...