Newsletters > Issue #11: 📱 Facebook’s UX Is Killing the “Home” Button, and 💎 Why Sketch Is Not (Yet) the Killer Software for UX

📱 Facebook’s UX Is Killing the “Home” Button, and 💎 Why Sketch Is Not (Yet) the Killer Software for UX

Design, Prototyping and Inspiration

Welcome to Issue #11. It’s been an interesting week! Here’s the 3 sections we’ll cover this issue:

  1. 3 on usability
  2. 3 prototyping updates
  3. 3 top reads from our publication

🔗 We’ll finish off with a list of more great links from the week gone by.

☝️ 3 on Usability

Facebook’s app updates have brought a lot of discussion on usability in app design this week, so here’s 3 on usability:

1. Chatting About UX failures — Facebook Messenger

Sarah Gleeson has found it hard to use Facebook’s Messenger app because of the bunch of new features Facebook have introduced as they take aim at Snapchat.

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2. How to Analyze Usability from Motion

Issara Willenskomer has been analyzing motion in user experiences for around 15 years – in this article he analyzes the hell out an app designed by Mr. Charles Patterson.

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3. Facebook’s UX Is Killing the “Home” Button

Avi Ashkenazi discusses how Facebook have choosen to use the bottom navigation for promotion of their own new features – which are far from the main use case.

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💎 3 Prototyping Updates

Here’s 3 new bits in prototyping this week:

1. Nested Button Symbols: The Complete Guide

Niels Flindt Koelmeyer updates us all on Nested Symbols in Sketch, stating that they’re powerful because they enable us to manage symbols across an indefinite number of artboards, from a single source.

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2. Why Sketch Is Not (Yet) the Killer Software for UX

Alberto Minelli at UXchange explains why Sketch might not be the best tool to use during a prototyping phase that is still in process. He questions the need for different tools based on phase of prototyping.

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3. Flinto, Principle or Kite Compositor?

Vitaly Dulenko explores 3 tools for prototyping motion. To find out which is best for him, he created the same animated prototype in all three apps: Flinto, Principle, and Kite Compositor.

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💥 3 Top Reads

3 more great reads from the Prototypr publication:

1. Want to Design Better Mobile App Onboarding? First, Understand a User’s Active Intent

Robert Sens, Senior interaction designer at frog, shares some frustrations on the current state of onboarding patterns, offering a framework for creating user-centric onboarding experiences.

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2. IA. The Most Important Part of Design.

Designer Jacob Ruiz reiterates the importance of having a strong Information Architecture as the foundation for any app or website you design.

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3. CSS-Only Multi-Color Backgrounds

Kedar explains how vibrant colors now play a major role in all modern designs, so provides us with an alternative use of CSS background gradients to take advantage of colors.

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🔥 More Links this Week

More great articles we came across this week, both in the prototyping publication, and from the rest of the web:

It starts with words — why copywriting matters – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

Someone once told me they didn’t see the value in copywriting.It didn’t surprise me. They were just airing aloud what I imagine lots of people think.After all, words are just words. Most of us use them everyday. And most of us write in some form everyday.You don’t have to know how to code. You don’t have to be artistic. You don’t need to know how to use Photoshop.And what’s more, why would you ask someone else to write about your business? Who …

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The Top 9 Resources For Color Schemes – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

Creating a color scheme is essential to great design. I’ve gathered the best tools to help you make the right color choices.Research suggests that 90% of a consumer’s assessment of a company or brand is made by color alone. So, choosing an appropriate color scheme to represent the brand is an important first step in any web design project.Choosing the right color scheme for a project can be one of the most challenging aspects of website design.Finding colors that work …

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How Sketch is helping me back into code. –

Coding my first Sketch PluginWhen I began university, I had never expected to graduate as a UX Designer. During the majority of high school I was focused equally on technology and fine arts. As predicted, when I began university, I was drawn to the more traditional courses in the design curriculum.Throughout my four years, however, I became more and more interested in the practice of Human Centred Design (HCD) and during my final year, the majority of my studies revolved around this …

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Empathy is Not a Part Time Job: Part 1 – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

“When creating content, be empathetic above all else. Try to live the lives of your audience.”– Rand Fishkin, Founder at MozIf you’re in a career that involves designing for people, you’ve probably been lectured on the importance of empathy. You’ve extracted data from tools such as surveys, empathy maps, and scenarios to ensure the design process incorporates empathy and meets the user’s needs. In the midst of all of this, the meaning of …

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My design process of the ‘User Experience Revolution’ book cover

Cover details for the User Experience Revolution BookOne of my favorite projects to work on is designing book covers. They’re always a very rewarding challenge. It’s often an opportunity to express my creativity at its full potential which makes it fun. I recently designed two book covers, and for one of the books I also did the entire layout.The other one is Paul Boag’s second Smashing Magazine Book called ‘User Experience Revolution’. Today I would …

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How to price a logo design – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

The following is a guest article from The NuSchool.So you were asked to give a price quote for a logo design. How hard can that be?, you wonder.I’ll just look it up on the internet, you think.Nope.Searching Google for “how to price a logo design” is like dealing with my soap-opera-addict-93-year-old grandma after I turn off her TV and take away the remote.It’s a don’t try this at home kind of experience.I mean, many great posts were written on the …

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When Design met Data – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

Can two different fields pair up to build better user experience?This is a transcript of a presentation I gave few months ago in a local Dribble MeetupHi I am Ce. I am from the Product Development Team of Deal Grocer and I agree with Mr. Norman when he said that,Everyone is a designer. Yes. You and me. Everyone. I know it’s quite hard to believe especially if all your career life you’ve grown to be otherwise. Like me.I started out as a backend developerand along the way I …

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Unleashing The Full Potential Of Symbols In Sketch

No matter whether you are designing a whole design system or just a couple of screens, symbols in Sketch will help you keep your file organized and will save you a lot of time in the long run. In this article, I’ll share with you a few best practices and tricks to help you unleash symbols’ full potential. But first, a bit of a backstory. I started using Sketch a few years ago, as a replacement for my favorite design software back then, Fireworks, which had …

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Polaris, Shopify’s design system
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