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net March 2020

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1 min.
editor’s note

You can add the most innovative functionality and harness the most dynamic frameworks but a site is nothing without a well-designed user interface. Your latest project may have powerful, efficient engineering under the hood but if the dashboard is more Ford Model T than Tesla, you can’t be surprised if users would rather take someone else’s site for a drive. Good user interface design is fundamental to effective web development and yet it can be easy to overlook. For that reason, we’ve dedicated this issue to covering the guiding principles and latest developments in UI. Kicking off our ultimate UI design guide, we look at how you can get the best out of elements like typography, colour palettes, buttons and links and turn them into consistent, reusable components. Then, as your…

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featured authors

DANIEL SCHWARZ Schwarz is a UX and UI designer, web developer and maker who creates content for brands like InVision, UXPin and Adobe. Who better then to show you how to master UI design over on page 58? w: http://uxtricks.design NICK BABICH Babich is a UX designer and he runs the user experience blog called UX Planet. On page 66, he shows you how to organise your design system, like a digital Marie Kondo. w: http://babich.biz t: @101babich BRETT HARNED As director of education at TeamGantt and founder of the Digital PM Summit, Harned is pretty much project management royalty. He shows you how you can get started managing your first project on page 18. w: brettharned.com RICHARD MATTKA Mattka is an award-winning designer and developer specialising in VFX. On page 76, he shows you how you can add video effects…

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Send your questions to netmag@futurenet.com QUESTION OF THE MONTH The subtitle of your book, ‘Building Products with Confidence and Clarity’, seems like the opposite of the maxim ‘Fail fast, fail often’. Is it and, by extension, is that old slogan past its sell-by date? Digby Baird, Christchurch, New Zealand JC: The concept of ‘fail fast, fail often’ isn’t expired. It has been misunderstood or, at the very least, taken too literally. And it’s not at all in opposition to building with clarity and confidence. Too many people interpret ‘fail fast’ to mean pursuing ideas with recklessness because failure is okay. Some even celebrate spectacular failures as a form of progress. That way of thinking is a disaster. What people should be doing is running lots of little experiments to see what works. If something works…

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3 simple steps

How can I estimate the best UX-writer-to-product-designer ratio on a product design team? Jagoda Patel, Mumbai, India TP: There’s no single ratio that will be perfect for applying to every team, every product or every situation. If I needed to estimate and staff to a ratio for a particular product team, I’d start with what needs to be done and what resources exist. 1 Interface To design an interface, I’ll need both graphic design skills and content skills. This tells me I need those talents but doesn’t give me the ratio. 2 Graphic design system If there is no existing graphic design system (colour, layout, typography) or if the current system has to be adapted to meet the new needs, I’ll require more of my designers to have graphic design skills. 3 Content strategy If there is no…

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cool stuff we learned this month

HOW NETFLIX USES PSYCHOLOGY TO PERFECT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE Ever feel like Netflix is so well designed that it’s reading your mind and predicting your actions? The site has such a good user experience that 15 per cent of the world’s web traffic heads to Netflix and this article takes a deep-dive into how it has perfected visitor satisfaction by studying its psychology.https://netm.ag/2SJAVN1 GOOGLE ASSISTANT CAN TRANSLATE ON YOUR PHONE If you’re struggling to cross the language barrier, Google Assistant’s new Interpreter Mode for iOS and Android could be for you. Unlike Google Translate, there’s no app to download and it even translates languages in real time.https://netm.ag/39ownBA MICROSOFT UNVEILS REBRANDED WINDOWS WITH NEW LOGO & ICONS When it comes to designing for the web, logos are a sticking point with users. However, everyone appears to have…

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from our timeline

Ohh, I’ve had a few of these but these two are my favourites… “I don’t want to scroll” “Can you make everything white with black text?” @matchboxhero Upon sending a PDF over of screen mockups of a homepage, the client replied: “None of the links work on the stuff that you’ve sent over, can you send me them again?” @DAN5HAW “I didn’t realise that circle graphic would be so round”. The strangest part of that is we knew what they meant. @CreativoDesign I was once asked to resize a series of posters right before sending them to the printer, because the client didn’t understand that I could just design and produce them at their intended size: @makeyourownmark “Can you move the text so it’s 3mm closer to the Outer Hebrides?” @kierweb One time a client asked for my team to save the…