Newsletters > Issue #49: 🤖 A Designer’s Guide to The Future and 🍏 The Making of Apple’s Emoji

🤖 A Designer’s Guide to The Future and 🍏 The Making of Apple’s Emoji

It’s Blue Monday, the most miserable day of the year! Apparently, this is the day most people break their new year’s resolutions, so here we are with some design goodness to keep you going.

The Designer’s Guide to the Future in section 1 will teach you to love robots , and some pretty cool news in the tools section is Marvel’s new API for developers 🔧. Enjoy!

Top Reads This Week

7 recommended reads from our publication and beyond

1. A Designer’s Guide to The Future

Nat Cooper tells us how she learned to stop worrying and love the robots

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2. The Making of Apple’s Emoji: How designing these tiny icons changed my life

Angela Guzman tells the story of how she and her mentor designed Apple’s original emoji set.

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3. This 1 THING Helped Me Draw *Almost* Every Day in 2017

Christine Nishiyama tells us of the year she attempted to draw every single day.

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2. Use these top 10 tips when you design for forms

Chaymae Lougmani sets out some of the best practices when it comes to designing forms.

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5. Chinese shoe company tricks people into swiping

A Chinese shoe company tricks people into swiping Instagram ad with fake strand of hair.

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6. 9 Effective Tips on Visual Hierarchy

Tubik Studio provide us with some useful tips on creating compelling visual hierarchies for web and mobile products.

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7. A Year of Learning and Leading UX at Google

Catherine Courage, VP of UX at Google, gives us an insight into Google’s design culture from her experience leading things.

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Tools and Guides of the Week

7 tools and guides this week

1. Introducing Sketch Icons

Valentin Chrétien introduces Sketch Icons, a plugin that allows you to import a set of icons and automatically apply a color mask.

Grab the plugin

2. Marvel API

Marvel open up their prototyping platform to developers with an API enabling the creation of amazing tools and integrations for 1.5 million users.

Apply for beta access

3. Forma Sketch Library

Forma Library is a sketch file based on nested symbols to power designer with well organized kit to build easy and quick configurable web forms.

Get the Sketch file

4. Prototyping BBC iPlayer with Origami Studio

Chris Jacobs gives us the first of his series on prototyping interactions using Origami Studio, starting with the BBC’s Radio app.

Prototype in Origami

5. Sneak Peek: A New InVision

Clark from InVision gave us a sneak peek at the new InVision, which going out this month to those signed up for early access.

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6. 2017’s Best Web UI Kits

A Look Back At 2017 (I): Best Web UI Kits, Design Video Tutorials, and UI/UX Designers – by Linda

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7. Simple Mockups

Minimalistic devices mockup collection with awesome customization features.

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