💥 Design Brief #44: Our First Anniversary, Tips for Sketch and Inbbbox Release

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Dawid Woźniak

Apr 27, 2017 • 7 min read

It’s been exactly one year since the very first Design Brief landed in your inboxes.

Over the year, we’ve sent 44 newsletters, shared around 300 articles with you, and the community of design enthusiasts has grown to over 1,000 subscribers. Thank you for being with us!

In this week’s Design Brief, we will share a few pieces about Sketch and its capabilities, point out some Facebook Messenger UX failures and dive into the app design evolution. Enjoy.

Painting with Code. Introducing Our New Open-source library React Sketch.app

The gap between designers and engineers has always caused some communication issues and problems in pushing projects forward. Airbnb took a challenge of bridging this gap and released a library that facilitates writing React components that render to Sketch documents. Meet React-sketchapp. Read more

A Design Lesson 3.5 billion Years in The Making

How to strike a balance between adding tiny changes to design and redesigning the app completely? What approach is best to keep your product alive but at the same time not to kill it? A great story about product design evolution. Read more

8 Sketch Tricks that Will Increase Your Productivity

Eight smart techniques presented by Jarek from Netguru that will take your productivity in Sketch to the next level. The author shares tried and tested tricks with easy explanations and visuals that will help you save time spent on mechanical, uninteresting work, so that you can focus on good product design. Read more

Information Architecture. The Most Important Part of Design You’re Probably Overlooking

“If you want clean and focused design, you have to start with clean and focused Information Architecture.” But what’s Information Architecture and why is it so important in design? The author describes the concept with easy-to-understand examples and points out what you should pay attention to. Read more

Unleashing The Full Potential Of Symbols In Sketch

Unlike many design software suites, Sketch is straightforward and simple to use. It offers features that help design much faster – one of those features are symbols. In the article, you’ll learn how to take the most of them. Read more

How a Design Sprint Helped Us Create a Newsletter Theme in a Week

An interesting case study from Revue about how design sprints helped them in developing a newsletter theme feature that users have long awaited. The author describes the journey, their wins and the biggest challenges. Read more

Chatting About UX Failures — Facebook Messenger

Even though Facebook Messenger is trying to follow the “less is more” approach, it seems that they have forgotten about it in certain aspects. Sarah Gleeson, Senior UX & UI Designer at Strata3 will walk you through UX failures in the popular chatting app. Read more

4 Research-Backed UX Tips For a Conversion-Optimized Design

Whereas you can probably get away with an ugly design based on UX principles, a beautiful interface that breaks all of the UX principles can kill your business. The author shares four UX tips based on research to create a conversion-oriented design that will bring you business, instead of only thumbs up on Dribbble. Read more

Modal & Nonmodal Dialogs: When (& When Not) to Use Them

Definitions, pros and cons, guidelines, and recommendations for modal and nonmodal dialogues. Both are useful and request or encourage user participation. However, when deciding between the two, you should consider the user context and the workflow first. Read more

Inbbbox for Android, the Streamlined Dribbble Experience, Is Launching Today. You Can Get It on Google Play!

It’s finally out! You can now download the long-awaited Inbbbox for Android from Google Play. Inbbbox offers a personalised and uncluttered experience in Dribbble – “a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design”. If you’re an Apple user and haven’t got the app yet, it’s available on App Store too. Read more

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