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💥Design Brief #102: UX Design Methods and Deliverables, Design Systems at GitHub, Tools and Design Research

Welcome to the 102nd edition of Design Brief – our weekly selection of news and tips from the design world.

UX Design Methods & Deliverables

What does a User Experience Designer do from 9 to 5? Well, a lot of stuff. The article aggregates the most common methods used and deliverables produced by UX Designers as they craft amazing experiences for other people. For each item on the list, you’ll see additional links with some of the best practices in the industry. Read more


Design Systems at GitHub

The author shares a brief history of how the GitHub team grew, what they’ve been working on, and what’s coming up in the near future. As the company is continuing to invest in design systems, they want to share their successes and failures along the way. Read the story and see how the design systems have become core to the way they design and build things at GitHub. Read more


What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Design Tools

We’re seeing so many new tools being produced because the cost for building a digital tool is lower than ever, but also because someone decided the tools that already existed didn’t fulfil their unique needs. In addition, we’re seeing more articles and videos covering design tools almost every day. How to choose the right ones? Read more


How to Add Product Features Without Making It More Complex

Adding a new feature to your existing product is easy. It gets much harder to add it without also making the product more complex. Adding functionality whilst reducing complexity often requires some very drastic changes beneath the surface. And your job as a designer is to make that happen. Here are some basic design principles that will help you in your struggles in choosing between better and simpler. Read more


Designing for Differences: Lessons from Going Outside Silicon Valley

Billy Roh, a designer at Opendoor, talks about his experience of going out of the “Silicon Valley bubble”. Having only worked at a large company before, he hadn’t realised how much he took for granted. People who don’t make software day to day don’t have the vocabulary to describe what they want out of the software they use. And here are some lessons learned and tips from Billy on how to communicate with stakeholders. Read more


Better Research, Better Design, Better Results

Over the years, one thing we have consistently seen is how little insight from digital marketers is used at the planning stages of a web development project. Data from Google Analytics and/or Hotjar are all resources that can be used to provide valuable insights ahead of the first line of code being written. Learn about effective content research and creation, and how user intent affects the process at every stage. Read more

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