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Design Hacks – More Color Hacks

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Last time in the series, I highlighted some really nice hacks others shared to up your color game. This time, I’d like to share a few of my own design color hacks for UI design. Avoid Intense Neutrals Just because white on black is the best contrast you can get and great for web-to-print, some […]

Design Hacks – Easy Color Theory

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Every so often I come across a set of resources that are incredibly helpful. This week I’m on kid duty again, so I figured I’d share one of my favorite resources of the year. DesignerUp shares easily accessible methods for using color well. It also has some very cool practical applications for design system theming. […]

Scaling Design – UX for UX slides

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I recently had the opportunity to speak at Boston’s UXPA 20th anniversary on the power of Design Ops on September 24th, 2021. It was a great time and glad I had the opportunity to speak. This could be habit-forming. In any case, the slides from the talk were added to the Sched site where the […]

That Design’s Not Done

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Another short one this week, as my UXPA talk is getting closer, and I’m on kid-duty as I write this. Figured I’d try something a little different this time, talking about a design that’s not done. Your design looks fine, the design looks great, and you may think it’s time to celebrate, but hold those […]

Startup Versus Enterprise Design

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One of the things I’ve been thinking about this week as I’m preparing for my upcoming UXPA Boston 2021 talk is this… What makes a successful Enterprise Designer? Is it different from a Startup designer? Having done both, I figured I’d share my experience about the differences. Startup Design I started my career in a […]

Windows 11 Quick Design Impressions

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If you haven’t heard, Microsoft recently announced Windows 11, a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. After seeing the event, here were my Windows 11 design impressions. Aesthetic It’s clear that they’ve spent a ton of time redesigning the core look, but it also feels like the natural (or ‘borrowed’) result of recent design trends. […]

Uncommon Design Tokens

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If you’ve worked on design systems at all, more than likely you’ve heard of design tokens. If you haven’t heard of design tokens, they are the essence of what makes your system feel unique, often stored as variables in some sort of tech-agnostic format like JSON. Even this site uses a form of design tokens […]