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💥 Design Brief #37

Welcome to the 37th edition of Design Brief – a weekly selection of inspiring content that will keep you up to date with the UX/UI and product design buzz. Have a nice read and see you next week!

Designing Conversational Chatbot User Interfaces

Chatbots pretend to be genuine people who can have real natural conversations. They are still quite far from real human beings. However, with the right skills, you can design one that will mimic human-like conversation quite well. Read more

I wanted to see how far I could push myself creatively. So I redesigned Instagram.

Awesome case study from a self-taught designer. The author tests her creativity in a challenge of redesigning her favourite app, Instagram. It’s a great experiment to evaluate her own skills and learn much more about design within a short period. Read more

Scott Belsky on the importance of your product’s first mile [podcast]

“Your product can get millions of signups or downloads, but it counts for little if you can’t get new users past the first few hurdles.” Scott Belsky, the co-founder of Behance, calls this your product’s “first mile”. It is considered a crucial part determining if everything goes right with the project. Read more

For the Love of Food, People, and UX

More case studies! The author critically analyzed existing problems in Eat24, the food delivery app. The goal was to detect sources of these issues and find potential solutions. Not only did her experiment help her polish skills as a designer but also allowed her to discover solutions to enhance user experience in the future. Read more

How Stack Overflow Redesigned the Top Navigation

Stack Overflow has got a new look last month as a part of their core mission: “Make developers’ lives much better”. What’s changed and how does it actually influence user experience on the platform? Read more

Collect user feedback or die

Customer insight is an essential part of constant improvement in user experience. Here’s a bunch of useful tips on how to effectively collect feedback using a chatbot. All their comments will help you build an app that perfectly reflects their needs. Read more

The Evolution of UI Design on Dribbble

Since the foundation of Dribbble in 2009 the platform has evolved significantly. The author focuses on three major paradigm shifts in style when it comes to UI design shots on Dribbble.  Read more

Typography, Branding, and Value

Fonts matter. Free typography might work in certain areas, but it should not be a part of professional brand identity. Design identify should be a sign of distinction and differentiation, so it deserves a unique and quality solution. Read more

Design research at Dropbox

“Making research actionable and influential is a problem we all share”. Design Researchers at Dropbox go an extra mile to constantly improve customer experience with their product. It all starts with people and good relationships between them. Read more

The magic of microcopy

Tiny details very often don’t bring any significant difference to products or their features, but can substantially improve user experience. Especially in design, one microscopic detail, when used in the right place, can make the customer journey unforgettable. Read more

10 Steps for better Onboarding Experience

Onboarding can determine whether a user will continue using an app. That’s why it is the most crucial element in designing applications. The author describes the onboarding process using some interesting examples, to give you valuable insight into how it should look like. Read more

Zara: A Usability Case Study

The author of this case study tests usability of the Zara mobile app in order to detect potential pain points in user experience and to find solutions to fix them. Results show that there are still many areas in which the app could be improved. Read more

A Step-by-Step Guide for Starting a New App Design Project in Sketch

Starting your design journey in Sketch? Check out a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for starting a new design project in the app. Tips and techniques delivered by Jon Moore from UX Power Tools. Read more

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