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A bi-weekly hand-picked grass-fed locally-sourced list of the industry articles our creative technologists are currently reading. Topics include customer experience, design, marketing, business, finance, technology, media, and storytelling.



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January 14, 2019

Resisting the Lure of Dark Magic in User-Interface Design


Magic is powerful, but as we all know, it also has a dark side. Could today’s trend toward magical user experiences that rely on gestures, voice, and chat spell doom for users?

Source: UX Matters

Consistency in Design is the Wrong Approach


Consistency in design is about making elements uniform—having them look and behave the same way. We often hear designers talk about consistent navigation, consistent page layouts, or consistent control elements.

Source: UIE

How do we know when a visualization is good? Perspectives from a cognitive scientist


How do you know which visualization is better? This seems like a simple question, but the answer is far from simple.

Source: Visualization Research Explained via Medium

JIRA is an antipattern


Atlassian’s JIRA began life as a bug-tracking tool. Today, though, it has become an agile planning suite, “to plan, track, and release great software.” In many organizations it has become the primary map of software projects, the hub of all development, the infamous “source of truth.”

Source: TechCrunch

The hottest branding trend of the year is also the worst


Is your made-up name rendered in a sans-serif type, with thiiiiiiiis much white space? Congratulations! You are a bland.

Source: FastCo. Design

PepsiCo. CEO Indra Nooyi on Design Thinking


Just a few years ago, it wasn’t clear whether Indra Nooyi would survive as PepsiCo’s CEO. Many investors saw Pepsi as a bloated giant whose top brands were losing market share. And they were critical of Nooyi’s shift toward a more health-oriented overall product line.

Source: HBR

Product Design: Expectations vs Reality (Part II)


When it comes to designing products in the 21st century, we tend to believe that there are new rules that must be learned. Fortunately, that’s not true. Why? Because humans are the same and our behaviour changes slowly.

Source: UX Planet

Why doctors are worried about the Apple Watch EKG


VIDEO: The latest Apple Watch features an advanced heart-monitoring technology called electrocardiogram (EKG) that can tell you if there’s something off about your heart rhythm. Good news for our health, right?

Source: The Verge

Why Workplace Culture Matters (And How to Build a Good One)


Culture is about creating an environment that makes it possible for people to work together to come up with innovative products and ideas.

Source: IDEO
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