Newsletters > Issue #45: Face-Controlled Apps are Here, and The Ultimate Guide to Learning 3D 🌟

Face-Controlled Apps are Here, and The Ultimate Guide to Learning 3D 🌟

With all the hype about new tools, is it worth pausing to wonder if design tools could be missing the point?

Whatever your thoughts, being aware of what’s coming next can’t be a bad thing. This week saw a new tool for crafting imaginative UI Components, as well as tonnes of useful apps – just see section 2.

πŸ“š Section 1 has more top reads including 2017’s most unusual fonts, and even face-controlled apps!

Happy holidays ❄️

Top Reads This Week

7 recommended reads from our publication and beyond

1. 7 Unusual Fonts Created in 2017

PaweΕ‚ Rosner explores one-of-a-kind fonts that are hallmark of 2017. Some are made with new technologies in font engineering, whilst others push the boundaries of β€œregular” font developing processes.

See the fonts

2. The Ultimate Guide to Learning 3D

Joanna Ngai of Microsoft lists her top resources and links for all things 3D/AR/VR design.

Get the resources

3. Face-Controlled Apps Are Here

Brad Dwyer outlines the prospect of using our faces as devices for input (instead of our thumbs).

Read the post

4. Design Thinkingβ€Šβ€”β€ŠThe Cognitive Science Behind User Experience

Sidharth Malhotra tells us how understanding the mind of our users can help us create better products through reducing cognitive load.

Read the post

5. 9 Β½ Plausible and/or Absurd UX Industry Predictions for 2018

Craig Phillips makes 9Β½ predictions for 2018. Some are safe, some are far fetched, and some may speak to your inner shadow monster.

Read the post

6. Creating Circular Economies

Daniel Christian Wahl explains what circular economies are, how they differ from linear economies, and what they’re leading us to.

Read the post

7. 3 Ways to Evaluate Your Design Using Data

Providing evidence of why one design is better than another helps people trust your work. Nazli shows us how best to go about it.

Read the post

Tools and Guides of the Week

7 tools and guides this week

1. Motion Design for the Web, iOS & Android with Haiku

Nad Chishtie introduces Haiku, a modern design tool empowering designers and developers to build imaginative UI components powered by motion.

Check it out! πŸš€

2. Elements by Sketch

Elements is a free iOS UI kit brought to you by Sketch and containing 5 different themes, 35 templates and more than 175 symbols.

Grab the UI kit πŸ’Ž

3. Sketch 101 Email Course

Designlab launch their brand-shiny-new (and free) Sketch 101 email course that guides you, day by day, how to design a web layout.

Learn Sketch

4. The Colorbook

A timeline of the trendiest color palettes from Dribbble.

Check it out! 🎨

5. Design Principles

An open source repository of design principles by Ben Brignell.

Check it out

6. How to Build a Style Guide with Figma

Based on Figma Team Libraries, Milan Tailor explains why and how to create a styleguide or component library in Figma.

Read the guide

7. Purple, a New UX Collaboration Tool Review

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

Read the review

πŸ‘‹ What next?

In the coming week, be sure to keep an eye out for Framer’s newly improved design tool dropping on the 20th. How will it compare to what InVision have coming with V7 and Studio? We’ll have to wait and see!

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