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Threads: The problem with being everything for everyone
Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers.
“However, if you do some quick math, you will see that 100M signups (defined by installing the app + click a button that says signup with your Instagram account) out of 3.8 billion monthly active Meta users is 3% of their users, i.e. 3 out of 100 Meta users did a low effort action (one-click signup) in the midst of a huge product news cycle. That’s definitely non-trivial, and if nothing, it shows how much pent-up consumer demand there is for a new Twitter-like product, but this by no means is a slam dunk.”
Bad data: what designers can learn from the history of the BMI →
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Strategic UX Research is the next big thing →
The discipline that has caught the attention of top executives.
How to reduce subscription churn →
A 10/10 example of knowing your audience and meeting their needs.
Why is Twitter paying creators? →
The momentum towards revenue sharing.
Branching out of the UI-verse →
From command lines to ambient computing.
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Make me think
AI and the automation of work →
“ChatGPT and generative AI will change how we work, but how different is this to all the other waves of automation of the last 200 years? What does it mean for employment? Disruption? Coal consumption?”
Trophy jobs →
“We’ve all heard of the trophy wife or husband — a partner that’s valued heavily as a status symbol, for superficial qualities over substance. Similarly, I’ve started to think about the idea of the trophy job — a job that people covet for its status more than its substance.”
Multi-layered calendars →
“Isn’t it ironic that, of all things, it’s our time machines that are stuck in the past? The essay at hand is an exploration of what calendars could be if they weren’t stuck in time. But before we discuss their future, we first need to analyze their present status and how they fit into the rest of the productivity stack.”
Little gems this week
Tools and resources
Figma now supports REM units →
Understanding the use and benefits.
Recent design →
The best of recent UI and interaction design.
Apple’s latest accessibility features →
What designers can learn from that release.
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