Newsletters > Issue #44: 😻 Product Design Lessons from Cats, and 😾 Things I Hate About Design Recruitment

😻 Product Design Lessons from Cats, and 😾 Things I Hate About Design Recruitment

Hopefully CryptoKitties hasn’t been too much cat for you this week, because in this issue we’ve got some design lessons from our furry friends 😻 (see section 1).

Section 2 has the usual design tool updates, including an awesome guide to VR prototyping πŸ––πŸ½.

Enjoy ⛄️!

Top Reads This Week

7 recommended reads from our publication and beyond

1. What My Cat Taught Me About Product Design

A company took the time to understand what motivates Keaton Herzer‘s cat, leading to an awesome product. The lessons from this story are transferrable to humans πŸ˜‰.

Read the story

2. Messengers of the Future

Cuberto look into the next generation of mobile chat, such as messenger apps powered by the uber-popular Blockchain.

Read the post πŸ’¬

3. How Stripe Designs Beautiful Websites

Lee Robinson examines the tips and tricks used to make Stripe’s website design a notch above the rest.

Design like Stripe

4. 6 Things I Hate About Your Design Recruitment

Matej Latin runs us through some of his recruiting peeves, suggesting actionable advice for recruiters to more effectively approach designers.

Read the post

5. Official Sketchnotes from Clarity Conference 2017

As the Clarity 2017 conference sketchnoter, Cindy Chang captured some insightful talks from leaders in the design field through some awesome visual notes.

Read the post

6. Onboarding: Building a First-Time Experience That Makes Users Stick Around

Emile Ledure gives us 3 tips and some popular examples on how to make onboarding experiences gold.

Read the post

7. How Changing Your Mindset Will Make You More Creative

Christine Nishiyama tells how making things isn’t always about the final product. It’s about the process.

Read the post

Tools and Guides of the Week

7 tools and guides this week

1. VR/AR Prototyping for Everyone

Pavel Laptev gives us a history of VR, and then gives practical advices on prototyping for VR with tools like Framer, A-Frame and AR.js

Prototype for VR

2. Why Designers Use Plant for Version Control

Plant recently became publicly available. Here’s how Plant differs from the tools designers already have.

Read the post

3. Everything You Want To Know About Prototyping

Jamie shares his experiences and advice on how prototyping can help you work on a wider variety of projects much faster.

Read the post

4. Better Screen Design

An all-new, seriously powerful version of Framer is coming soon. Here’s the teaser article, where you can win a free year of Framer.

See what’s coming

5. Flawless 2.0

Flawless App have released a new version to help make your apps look exactly like the expected design on every iOS device.

Read the guide

6. Zeplin For Developers

Jonathan Speek digs into the features of Zeplin to see what it has to offer developers.

Read the post

7. Merge Duplicate Symbols

A Sketch by oodesign plugin to merge symbols with the same name.

Grab the plugin πŸ’Ž

πŸ‘‹ Thanks for reading

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