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UX designer Asbjørn Mejlvang shows how to use Dall-E, an AI system that generates realistic visuals from a description given, to reach your design goals.

AI as an ideation tool: Dall-E outdoor baby carriage
  • The author gives a brief example of how to use Dall-E, an AI system that can produce art and realistic visuals from a description given in plain language, as a tool in the brainstorming process.
  • According to the author, the process of AI ideation is as simple as that:
    • Write a sentence.
    • Go through generated visuals.
    • Choose a direction to get the most accurate realization of your idea.
    • Receive generated variations from the selected output.
  • Traditional ideation process versus AI ideation process – the article covers how to combine them to get the best result in the most efficient way.
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Becoming good when you’re interested in everything

Mastery for Generalists
  • Generalists are people who love variety, connecting the dots, and curious. In contrast, specialists usually focus and go deeper on a certain practice.
  • In his article, the author identifies how to grow in your craft in a generalist role.
  • The author gives advice on how to become a better generalist:
    • Be an expert at learning
    • Understand every role
    • Build connective skills
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Everything you need to know about what makes a button great.

Designing the Perfect Button
  • Buttons are one of the main UI elements in interactive design and most businesses measure their success by button clicks.
  • The author covers the principles for a good button design at Wix:
    • Making a button clear
    • Making a button findable
    • Making a button identifiable
    • Maintaining clear, predictable and simple text
    • Using single icon buttons with caution
    • Minding hierarchy and emphasis
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5 techniques to minimize the support load of your design system

Reducing the Support Load of Your Design System
  • This article covers some techniques to minimize the support load of your design system that’ll also reduce the natural contact frequency with your consumers.
  • There are a few techniques we use to lower our support load:
    • Improve Documentation
    • Open Office Hours
    • Community Channels
    • Support Hub
    • Train System Advocates
  • These techniques might help you build a more informed system, have stronger advocacy from your consumers, and prevent some support issues altogether.
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Reducing the Support Load of Your Design System

When less is usually — but not always — more

 

Balancing Cognitive Load and Discoverability
  • The author explains how reducing cognitive load helps user interfaces seem easier to use.
  • The article covers:
    • Information Architecture & Cognitive Load
    • Staggered vs Flat Information Hierarchies
    • The case for a flat hierarchy
    • The case for a staggered hierarchy
  • Balancing cognitive load and information density requires a lot of skill and deep knowledge of your customer.
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Tips on how to champion HCD and design research to stakeholders and get them on board with all of your UX processes.

How to Champion HCD and Design Research to Stakeholders
  • The article covers:
    • The importance of stakeholder management
    • Challenges to overcome with research resisters
    • Common objections to doing user research and how to respond
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How to Champion HCD and Design Research to Stakeholders

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