Is the Google UX course any good?

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“Because it’s Google, they aren’t teaching you UX, they are teaching Google UX. In a way, it’s their way of training their next generation of future employees. Not mentioning iOS design patterns in the course at all can be misleading, because people may assume all apps for all platforms are designed exactly the same — using Material Design. They are not.”

Is the Google UX course any good?
A review by a senior designer.

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Editors’ picks

Problems of tomorrow
Are designers today equipped to solve the problems of tomorrow?

Women in UX: Susan Kare
One of the first graphic designers to make computers user-friendly.

Software for artists
Empowering artists to use computation in their own work.

A data visualization project about your geographic music bubble.

Food for thought

The problem with design is designers
“There will, of course, always be an umbilical connection between process and craft; there are ways of doing things which are connected to incontrovertible truths about nature, materials, time, and other aspects of the universe. But design is about bringing into being a desired future state, not just making a desirable object.”

PM and UX have different views of their responsibilities
“Some of the biggest misunderstandings surrounded research, namely who should do discoveries, ideate on new designs, and determine task flows in the UI. Deciding what work UX should do, like which features the UX team will research and design, was also a point of misalignment. And communicating design, such as explaining the design to leadership and getting buy-in from stakeholders, were other areas of disagreement.”

Stop trying to raise successful kids
“If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. (…) But when you ask children what their parents want for them, 81 percent say their parents value achievement and happiness over caring.”

Little gems this week

Design analysis: The first encounter in Ghost of Tsushima

The software architect fallacy

Ideas I copied to help steal more ideas

Tools and resources

Sketch updates
Sketch is now $99/year and is investing in real-time collaboration.

Design for reading
Tips for optimizing content for Reader modes and reading apps.

China vs. West
Key differences between designing for China and the West.

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