How to (properly) break your design system

Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers.

“In the early days of my career in digital product design, I saw a lot of designers around me getting frustrated. They saw themselves as artists, as creators. As if design was about channeling a higher force to generate ideas — that may or may not see the light of day. But what the work was asking them to do was quite different. Ninety percent of the job of a digital product designer is to think systematically about how a product will work: the rules, the requirements, the edge cases, the annotations, the hard work.”

How to (properly) break your design system
Talk by Fabricio Teixeira for Adobe Max. The video player has a closed-caption (cc) option, but you can also check the visual transcript if you prefer.

The UX Collective is an independent ad-free design publication that elevates unheard design voices, reaching over 400k+ designers every week. Curated by Fabricio Teixeira and Caio Braga.

Editors’ picks

UX design isn’t killing creativity, money is
How a limited view of UX research can be detrimental to design teams.

The problem with “click here” and “learn more” links
3 great ways to write helpful hyperlink text.

Design edge cases and where to find them
Why designing against edge cases is everyone’s job.

Accessibility Maze: a game to open your mind about other ways of browsing the web.

Make me think

Some thoughts on interfaces
“One of the great myths of interface design is that all interfaces must be simple, and that everything should be immediately intuitive. But these aims are often contradictory - just because something is simple in its visual layout does not mean it will be intuitive.”

Photoshop's journey to the web
“The idea of running software as complex as Photoshop directly in the browser would have been hard to imagine just a few years ago. However, by using various new standardized web technologies, Adobe has now brought a public beta of Photoshop to the web.”

Prioritize quantitative data with the Pareto Principle
“Prioritize the 20% of your website or app responsible for 80% of a critical metric to generate substantial improvements for less effort.”

Little gems this week

Designing with ketchup: What tools do designers use?

Diversity in design: Inclusion alone won’t fix a broken system

The start of a new era for Responsive Web Design

Tools and resources

UI & UX micro-tips
The ninth volume of the series.

Lottie for Adobe XD
Bringing the magic of motion to Adobe XD.

Disability checklist
How to get your sh*t together as a designer.

Stolen stories: videos ripped from rich people’s Instagram that you can reuse to look fancy.

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