Are digital services becoming the new utility companies?

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“Now, it seems that internet services increasingly feel similar to utilities; consider music and video streaming services, news and even games. Most of the internet giants are beginning to offer entertainment within utility bundles for the home.“

Are digital services becoming the new utility companies?

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Food for thought

Neat and scruffy work in digital tools
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Will kids in the near future refer to virtual study as ‘school’?
“We know that most of the time, fastly-taken decisions usually become long-lasting solutions, and this is the time to ask ourselves: What are the real impacts of these fast changes on systems of education? What is the role of UX to ease this traumatic experience for a plethora of potential users?”

Three simple ideas for better election poll graphics
“There are multiple organizations that produce election polls, and the results often differ significantly. And sometimes, a pollster may just get it wrong, without any political bias involved. Political polls are not an exact science after all.”

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Tools and resources

Skip links
Why skip-links are important for accessibility.

Adobe XD
Building micro-interactions in Adobe XD.

Pairing fonts
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