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Atom Bank makes Grasp for digital design firm
Gamification. Digital-only bank Atom has acquired IT development business Grasp - a company more used to designing user interfaces for the video games industry.
Amazon Echo will soon control your house’s temperature with Nest
Alexa will be able to talk to your Nest soon!
Limiting Your Tools Makes You A Better Designer
The greatest ideas are often born out of struggle, never out of comfort.
The Product Hypothesis Kit
Everything you build - from a 6 month redesign to a single postcode lookup function - should be thought about in a focused way.
Native App vs. Mobile Web App: A Quick Comparison
I am often asked which option is better so this article is a perfect compliment to my rationale.
Talking psych to non-psychologists - part 1
An important topic because it's easy to forget you're the expert and may think in a different way entirely.
Don't design what users want
Don’t try to figure out what the user wants - figure out why they want it.
Tools that have interested us
Ready-to-print device templates for UI & UX designers.
Web Font Test
Quite a handy site for testing out some open source web fonts.
Videos we've been watching
Type - Craft
Principle For Mac
Principle is an animation, interaction and prototyping tool for user interface designers. Get it at PrincipleForMac.com
Podcasts we've been listening to
Where UI guidelines come from: An interview with Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson, author of “Designing with the Mind in Mind” talks to Gerry Gaffney about user interface design guidelines, zombie processes and more.
UX: A client perspective
Catherine D’Elia talks to Gerry Gaffney about how UX contributed to the design of a new Jury Management Service. She says that explaining UX and getting buy-in are crucial.