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Design Brief #67: Libraries in Sketch, Misconceptions about UX, Chat Design and Progressive Loading

Welcome to the 67th edition of Design Brief, our weekly selection of news and tips from the design world.

Libraries, an In-depth Look

Last week, Sketch launched Libraries – their biggest and most anticipated update yet. Libraries are like ordinary Sketch documents that contain Symbols. However, they can be accessed and used across all your Sketch documents and even shared with other designers on your team. What can they do for you? Read more


Hey, Can You ‘Do the UX’ for Us?

UX is a very complex concept that depends on many factors. Many people fail to understand its purpose and the elements that shape user experience. That’s why there are many misconceptions about UX. What are they and how can you get the UX right? Read more


Quantitative vs Qualitative Usability Testing

Both quantitative and qualitative user research play important roles in an iterative design cycle. They complement each other by providing designers with information about the design process and data for benchmarking programs. What are the differences and what exactly can the two kinds of testing offer you? Read more


The Anatomy of a Thousand Typefaces

“The seemingly mindless choice of a font is a general problem with font menus: there are either too few or too many options.” Both situations can lead to a wrong choice. That’s why the author took a challenge to create a font database with opentype.js. What’s the outcome? Read more


Combining Graphical and Voice Interfaces for a Better User Experience

Text-only and voice-only interfaces are adequate in some situations, but they are not optimal for every use case. That’s where multi-modal interfaces come into play. “These interfaces use different channels for input and output and different mediums for different information types”. So how do you combine graphical and voice user interfaces to obtain a good user experience? Read more


Chart Design Automatization

“Charts, diagrams, and pies are crucial design elements allowing anyone to visualize data in eye comfortable manner.” In one of the latest Sketch updates, the team added Charts components to the master file to allow you to create data visualisations in a fast and convenient way. Read more


A Bone to Pick with Skeleton Screens

App performance is one of the key factors determining the bounce rate and conversions. An application that doesn’t load fast enough will lose traffic, especially on mobile. A design pattern known as progressive loading with skeleton screens has recently gained popularity, and it’s supposed to make apps feel faster by indicating that progress is being made. Read more

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