Welcome to the inaugural issue of Being Designerly - a newsletter to help think, feel, and act like a designer.
The squiggle in the header is representative of going from mess and uncertainty to a clear design direction, through a process involving research, insights, concepts, testing and iteration.
In the spirit of being designerly, this issue is short and will be iterated over time based on feedback from readers (yes, you!)
What is User Experience?
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” - Steve Jobs. To make designs work, we first have to understand what encompasses the user experience. This post is a high level introduction to User Experience, User-Centered Design, and the different aspects that go into designing a good user experience.
HelloFresh rebrand is a triumph (but there’s one big problem)
It is a more contemporary look, but users have pointed out a rather glaring problem with the logo and app icon: the grungy style doesn't exactly scream 'fresh'. Other quotes: "...something that's been in the fridge too long", "looks dirty," while one was reminded of mold. That's not something I want associated with food!
Can design help win an election? Experts duke it out
The experts agreed that design for politics is still young, talk about the thin line between between design and propaganda, and recognize that design of a single campaign may not be able to change age-old beliefs.
If you haven't already, go vote!
A screen sizes map for responsive design
A browser-based, interactive map of popular screen sizes, illustrating the responsive and adaptive device landscape. You can visually compare screen sizes in device-independent pixel (DP), filter sizes by popularity, and hide & show device classes
Walmart testing new ways to operate by turning some stores into "innovation" labs
"To increase the speed at which we learn, product and technology teams will be embedded in the stores to prototype, test and iterate solutions in real time, scaling what works and scrapping what doesn’t, creating a true rapid prototype environment."
- John Crecelius, SVP of Associate Product and Next Generation Stores, Walmart U.S.
Updated Google logos - Twitter conversation
G Suite was rebranded Google Workspace, along with new icons for popular services like Mail, Calendar and Meet. The new icons have a more consistent Google look, but at the cost of clarity, especially those for Docs, Calendar and Mail...twitter.com