100 design lessons for 2021

Things are not ok. We are in the middle of a global pandemic that has taken the lives of more than a million people. Those of us who have been able to keep our jobs in the economic crisis have been working remotely, leaving us feeling isolated and struggling to remain productive while the world burns outside.

As if that wasn’t enough, state violence against marginalized populations has escalated, while the gap between the rich and the poor has widened. Across the world, we are seeing the rise of authoritarian regimes fueled by the manipulation of truth and the dissemination of alternative facts on social media.

The things that are happening all around us shouldn’t have come as a surprise. If we all have listened more, we could have acted sooner.

So in this year's State of UX report, we decided to listen. To reflect on the lessons we can take on making an impact beyond our products, on collaborating beyond Zoom calls, on organizing ourselves beyond our bubbles, and on improving our craft beyond artboards.

100 design lessons for 2021 →

The UX Collective is an independent design publication that elevates unheard design voices, reaching over 399,800 designers every week. Curated by Fabricio Teixeira and Caio Braga.

The D2C aesthetic: how minimalism obscures our identities →

The era of UI unification →

What I learned browsing 100+ brutalist websites →

This MVP madness must stop →

How learning UX helped me deal with my depression →

News & ideas

Spotify stories →
They're coming. But do they add any value?

Maps colors →
Exploring the use of color on Google Maps.

Bar or not →
Breaking your bar chart habit.

Identity crisis →
Facebook's struggle to balance civility / growth.

Tools & resources

Spline →
Figma, but for 3D.

Motion principles →
A guide to motion design principles.

State of CSS →
CSS in 2020 looks quite different.

Figma motion →
Making ultra-smooth animations in Figma.


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