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Avoid the Feature – and other UX links this week

What’s hot in UX this week

Avoid the Feature →

It’s right there, like a glittering lure in a dark sea. An email from Apple. They want to feature your app when it launches in the App Store. This is it. Fortune will follow fame. You’re set.

No, you’re not.

A funny thing has happened on the way to the iPhone going mainstream: the App Store has gotten really, really big. You often hear about the app discovery issues now with over a million apps in the store. What you don’t often hear about is the flipside: when Apple does bestow a coveted featured spot upon your app, you get to rise above the noise, but the end result of that is a lot of noisy would-be users.

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via @fabriciot

Axure’s Ridiculously Useful, but Overlooked Features →

A UXB member recently asked…”How do you make links in Sketch?” The simple answer is you can’t. Due to the popularity of Photoshop and Sketch — which are dedicated UI design tools — prototyping tools like Axure get overlooked.
via @fabriciot

Design Thinking Comes of Age →

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.
via @giuvicente

The Language of Modular Design →

As many of us move away from designing pages toward designing systems, one concept keeps cropping up: modularity. We often hear about the benefits of a modular approach; modules are scalable, replaceable, reusable, easy to test, quick to put together.
via @giuvicente

Building Creative Teams without Your Gut →

The risk of any organization growing fast is that it grows incorrectly. This can mean failing to welcome and culturally assimilate new hires, which can degrade company culture. It can also mean hiring the wrong balance of people. In nature, good growth is called adolescence; bad growth is called cancer.
via @giuvicente

Design Sprints: What Are They For? →

A design sprint can encompass a specific aspect of a product. It’s a highly collaborative and budget friendly way to spike on an idea. Design discovery is a holistic approach to goals and strategy for a product.
via @fabriciot

The Cognitively Biased Designer →

As a product designer you constantly have to make decisions about the product. Those decisions can be based on data, feedback or on the designers own experiences. The interpretation of feedback, data and experiences should be objective but often it is colored by the designers own believes and thoughts.
via @fabriciot

The UX Moment: A Weave Digital Panel →

In mid-January 2015, Weave reached out to a number of librarians who are doing user experience work with the hope of instigating and documenting the conversation they might have with one another.
via @fabriciot

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via @gaitha

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