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UX Design: Top 5 tips from our designers

So what you’re going to see in this article is us asking some of our top designers what they use to level up their UX skills and what sort of things they would do if they were teaching someone who is junior? You know like what way could you level up your UX skills, so what sort of resources would you use or what sort of things would you do so hope you find this useful and do let us know in the comments what resources are, what tips you have For becoming better UX designer or what sort of questions you have for a design team here at ageyn, smart all right, let’s go hi, I’m Alma and I’m one of the UX researchers on the Sprint team, and I have two tips for you today to become a Better UX and product designer, so tip number one is to subscribe to an awesome newsletter called product habits by a guy called Heaton Shah.

This guy has designed and released the Q products that you’ve probably heard of like KISSmetrics and one more that I’m forgetting at the moment, but he’s a very smart guy and his newsletter is awesome. He pulls articles from the web about product design and stuff. That is always a really really good read. So that’s my first tip and my second tip is actually not so much related to one specific person, but more of a process that you can follow.

So the way that I actually find inspiration and my design work is that I go and look at apps that I really love and I think, are really well designed and then I look for the developer that make them and then see if they talk about their Design process and their thought process somewhere online, so it could be on Twitter, it could be a podcast, it could be a blog anything and so like for me. It’s following Marco Arment following Marc Edwards and Jared Sinclair, but you no longer post about these stuff, but regardless of the people that I follow, you should just go.

Look at the apps eula look at look for the people who make them and then see. If they talk about their thought process, because it’s really helpful to see how they arrived at the design decisions that they made – and I think that will make you a better designer by doing so so when I meet someone who’s trying to figure out how to just Get better at being a UX designer or a UI designer, and I guess my answer is kind of going to be a bit more boring and tactical than everyone else’s.

What I get them to do is look at the guidelines for some of the biggest platform, so, for example, iOS so for any Apple device like iPhones Apple, has their own human interface guidelines. In fact, there’s a whole webpage dedicated to all the different interactions. All the different animations, all of the different kind of rules for designing products on that platform and the cool thing is there, are really just two platforms right: there’s iOS and there’s Android, and both of these platforms have really excellent documentation.

Both iOS and Android. Google has material design and Google’s material design. Documentation is beautiful. It’s really amazing. It’s really clear, and I think that one really big problem that I see with a lot of designers, is that they’re sort of learning, UX design in an abstract way or they’re learning like UX and UI design from apps that are on the market or from dribble And these apps are already breaking the rules because they’re you know, the people who are designing these things are often so good at understanding the basics that they know how to break the rules, whereas I think it’s super important to know the basics and even some of The best designers, I still sometimes see them using like a you, know, modal pop-up, when it doesn’t make sense having a back button when it doesn’t make sense.

I think it’s important for a designer to know when, when you tap on something, how do you know whether it should come up over the screen, and how do you know when it should slide in from the right – and I think things like that are super important To understand and to understand those things, look at the guidelines for iOS, look at the guidelines, the material design guidelines and, honestly, I think, that’s like it really.

It seems like a really basic tip, but I checked the guidelines every so often when I’m when I’m stuck and I’m wondering Oh like, should this be an overlay or should should this be? Should I have the tab party and I think those sort of things are easily answered when you go and look at the systems and the design systems for in these larger platforms and the documentation is really really great. So that’s my advice.

Hi I’m Dee. I’m a product designer designed to infer Scylla, Teta and designs for an educator at AJ and smart and my top tip for progressing your UX product design. Career is a bit left field and it is volunteering at events, meetups conferences, volunteering to even just do really simple things like helping like run the event move chairs around get coffee all the things that seem like you have more important things to do.

Volunteering for stuff, like that, will just expose you to other really cool and probably more senior people in the industry who are running these kinds of events. You have probably very interesting careers because they’re choosing to run a conference or run an event of random eat up. So that they can share this knowledge and their passion for their industry to the rest of the world into the design community.

So exposing yourself to tons of senior people who really care about what they do and you’re, probably exposing yourself to a ton of information as well. You’re, probably getting a free ticket to the conference being able to meet all the people that come to the meetup and just exposing yourself to to more opportunities in your career and more passion excitement in your work, but there’s one caveat I have for this tip.

Is it will not work if you’re just using it as a little hack, and you don’t actually care and you’re not actually enthusiastic, but if you’re super enthusiastic to get into the industry and super enthusiastic about in your field about UX design or product design or whatever It is if you’re really excited about it. This will work for you. This is this work for me from the very beginning of my career, I’ve been doing this volunteering and also running events, and I love it, and it’s made a huge impact on my career.

I’ve met people who have offered me jobs, then from these kinds of things, so it will work as long as you’re excited about it. My name is Rob. I am a product design director here at AJ, smart and my top tip for becoming a better UX designer is to just be really aware of new products that are coming to market, and you can gain a lot of inspiration and you can also learn a lot From how like new UX problems have been solved, but also, why would I’d like to add to that point? Is that you don’t have to be kind of restricted to what’s been done, always questioned whether something can be made more streamlined, more intuitive or just more easier to use so use those as a benchmark and then feel free to kind of do anything to them? I try and do download an app a day and it’s just good to kind of really broaden your horizons with using your apps and there’s so many.

Obviously this needs so many apps. You can never keep up with them, but it’s just good to kind of keep your hand in that and there was becoming the benchmark for best practices within designing mobile interfaces. Hi. My name is Tim. I am the product design director at agent, smart and I’ve been in the design industry for over 10 years. Now I started off as a: u accent your eye designer for agencies, so one piece of advice that I would give is to find really really good mentors to learn from.

I really liked working with people who have a clear attitude or towards the work that they’re doing for clients and who didn’t just treat it as this kind of like random thing, allergic they’re, just kind of like doing their magic, and nobody really understood what the job Was so they had a very, very good like like a clarity to them, how they conducted themselves in their job, and they could also very clearly tell you why they were doing things in a specific way, and I would recommend everyone was starting out to look for People like that and ask them a lot of questions and working with people who already had like a long track record, definitely helped me because I think, especially in the beginning, you were feeling kind of lost, because it’s very overwhelming you know doing like working in your First job and some company and realizing that you were a little bit out of your death, so yeah.

I think if you just find one or two persons like that and you get to you, get them to share their experience with you and almost like. Take you under their wings and work with them. More often, it can really help, and I mean usually when you have a relationship to people like that they will also be the first one who approach you would ask you to work on something with them, because they know that you’re, a person who is actually really Interested in doing great work with them, and you really have to to show that you – you want to do these things and that’s super empty, but that’s my so.

I really hope you like reading this article and I hope, there’s a few things in there that you can take away. Do let us know in the comments, if you have any other questions or if you’ve any other tips for us and give this article a like. If you enjoyed it now, if you’re interested in learning more and more and more about product design, we do have a weekly podcast. Every Monday morning called the product Breakfast Club podcast also check that out ton of free stuff.

We’ve got some really great guests on the podcast, like Jason freeze like Kim’s, got lots and lots of other guests. So if you’re interested in the product, design or tech world definitely check that podcast out and have a great week bye bye because it makes us feel popular. Oh I’m sorry is us a Jane smart at office.


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Learn UX & UI Design for FREE (Our Favourite Courses – 2019)

That’s right! No money, no problems, because this is all for free, so this article is going to be really great if you’re, just starting out in the UX UI product industry, I’m going to actually take you into my laptop and show you around 10 to 15.

Amazing resources that you can use literally right now, you can start today to learn UX UI product design to get a little bit of inspiration. These are going to be some really nice resources that I’ll just kick you off in the right direction: they’re, all free! You can start them all right now and I’m not talking about you, know, articles and articles, I’m talking about like full-blown courses and really needy needy resources that will help you learn.

I have so many resources to share with you guys today, I’m going to stop talking and start showing, so, let’s dive into the first one. We have a free online course from Udacity. Now Udacity is a is a platform that has tons and tons of online courses, and actually a lot of them are for free to start, and the thing is, you can then move into the paid program if you’re really enjoying it or you find you’re getting a Lot from it, so this one is called product design, it’s actually instructed by people who work in product design at Google.

So you know that it’s you know legit. Basically, the whole idea is it’s about validation and UX through design sprints funny enough um here at age, 8. Smart. We do a lot of those, so it is free. It’ll. Take you about two months um, so it’s a pretty robust course, which is nice and the skill level is intermediate. So I think that this would be nice for someone who is actually, you know knows what UX is knows what product design is but needs to get a little bit more of those hands-on basics.

All you have to do is how you sign up you sign in to get started. It’s super easy, and actually it’s the you know the free courses, of course, leading into the nanodegree program. Your course leads here. Our crisp sadden and amir Chevette great names. Both of you guys and here’s the cool thing, you have these four kind of key lessons, so you’re learning, ideation and validation, you’re, learning, UX and UI here, so you’re, actually learning how things should look.

What’s kind of a standard in the industry, you’re learning about the design sprint, which you know we happen to know a lot about, so you could learn that on our blog as well, but they’ll go into kind of the basics behind that, as well as key metrics. So how to actually identify metrics for websites and apps relating to you know, traffic, customer satisfaction and engagement. So this is a really nice course that you can just get started and see how you like it, and then you can move on further from there.

Okay, let’s jump into the next tab. I have here this one is from envision. I really like this because it’s a it’s called design talks and it’s actually webinars and kind of online talks about product design, UX design, thinking all these kinds of things and they’re all coming from experts right. So you actually have people from you know this guy is from Airbnb Dan Howard, Dane Dane Howard from Airbnb and he’s actually running one of these talks about the future of UX design.

These are the kind of thing that you can really like get really needy needy. I really love that word today. You can get really great advice from these people they’re, actually working within the industry and, what’s really cool, is there’s tons of them that you can read. Look at all of these they’re all open, free and really just like you’re, going to get some really in-depth insights through these, and then you can sign up if you want to read them live as well.

So that would be our second resource from envision. Very, very great okay. Moving along this is one of my favorites that I found. Actually, this is a design better and it’s called the principles of product design. So this is a little bit more of the basics, but it’s super in-depth and I’m really like nice to look at easy to read. You’re actually talking about you know the core best practices that are going to help you build a design better, faster and more collaboratively.

So it’s you can download the whole thing, but then they also have it outlined and all and all these chapters so like I really liked this one. This chapter two is all about. Let me just go to chapter two here: it’s all about story, storytelling! Oh, that’s! Actually happened one time before, or maybe it’s a problem with the site? Okay, so this is chapter number two that is all about like storytelling and how to actually do that, and it’s not just like this very kind of you know ambiguous talk about how storytelling is important.

It’s actually going into super detailed of like how to actually use a narrative framework for your products super great, and then we also have this guy here, who is Kevin, Chang from incredible labs and he kind of walks you through how he uses storytelling in his daily Work so it’s really high, like really high production value, which I kind of appreciate. I like that, when I’m learning I like to be entertained as well, but, what’s really cool, is they talk about creating user journey max-width through storytelling? Also down here? There’s some really nice.

Visuals tons of nice articles, so the whole thing is really nicely laid out for you. It makes a lot of sense. You know what I mean like you can go through this whole sort of chapter and you really feel like just getting some really great insights. So it’s going to be really really helpful for you. There’s tons of nice little articles that pop up there’s even down here when we talk about personas, there’s, like kind of like a little worksheet that you can actually go through to help you.

You know just get that started if you’ve never done it before it might be something that is a little bit new to you, creating an actual user persona for this product that you’re making so really highly recommend this one it’s from InDesign better, which is actually from Envision as well so those envision guys they’re on it in terms of education right good, so the next one that I want to bring up is actually a Coursera.

So Coursera is obviously an online if you might already know about it, but it’s an online platform that has tons of courses on it and a lot of them have sort of a free start. Like a you know, free chunk at the beginning, and then you can upgrade if you, if you want to a lot of times with these online platforms, they’ll give you the the kind of mini course for free. They just won’t, provide you with this certificate.

So if you’re, just at that point where you’re curious about you know how UX works and you want to see if you’re really interested in it or you want to get that nice boost at the start of your career, these are some really great ways to do That so Coursera has introduction to user experience design. That would be a really great one to start with, it’s going to give you the basics. This focus of this course is to introduce the learner to use her experience, design pretty straightforward, just describing what actually UX is they go into some nice details as well? You can see here, there’s also tons of other, very similar courses.

So once you finish the intro, you can then move into talking about information design, maybe user experience, research and prototyping. That’s a really big one for us, especially the design principles. So you can even get into the nitty-gritty of like visual design as well so Coursera. I would highly recommend checking that out as well, not as visually nice to look at have to say, which is a bit of a downer in terms of you know, design courses, but oh well, okay, this is another one, so this one is called a future learn Future learn calm.

They have tons of courses as well. This one is a user experience course. So you’re going to learn about why user experience and UX is important. The research and design basics and the tools and testing techniques used in UX you’re getting a little bit more detail in this one, and what’s nice about this, is they kind of have laid out? You know your studies and how you should actually do it. So the course will last about three weeks and the the idea is that you would do about two hours per week.

So this is great if you have another job, that you’re doing full-time, because really committing two hours per week for a course is doable with a full-time job as long. So this one is really nice. You have these nice articles as well, so they go through what topics you’re going to actually cover by the week so week. One is why is user experience important so you’re learning the foundation and actually looking at what good usability really is week, two you’re going through user experience, basics, so the importance of user research super important user journeys, visual design, structuring your site, wireframes and interactive prototypes.

So in a lot of ways, they’re taught they are going to be focusing on web design. For this, but also super I mean when it comes to user research journeys and visual design, it will be very similar and then week three is tools and testing. So you’re going to talk about user testing, interaction, design and the importance of analyzing data, so actually a pretty robust course for just three weeks and is full free.

So right, how can you not love it? They also have other courses as well that you can check out tons and tons. You can look them all up here. Short courses, they’ve got in-depth programs and they have online degrees. So you can definitely start here and then take it from there. Okay, the next one that I really like. Actually there I have a couple of these kind of similar ones. Coming up, this one is called hack design and it is a design course, but actually really great for people who are maybe a little bit lazier like myself.

So this is actually you sign up with your email address and you get on a weekly basis. You get delivered the course, so it actually kind of eases you in to the the actual content and basically it’s you have all of these instructors as well. So these are people who are actually working in the industry, which is so important. I absolutely hate it when you’re learning from someone who used to work in design you know years ago, and they aren’t actually, they have no idea what’s going on in the current landscape.

So super important and a variety of opinions and an instructor’s which is also important to get out of your you UX design education. So you sign up with your email address. You get curated lessons every week and you’re learning at your own pace. You can, you know, have your other job and your life, which is important, so hack, design, highly recommend checking that one out, okay, the next one, is from envision.

It’s called principles of UX design and this is another one where actually you’ll sign up with your email address, and you will get one email chapter per week on the guiding principles of good UX design. Doesn’t that sound, lovely, so you’ll receive the following chapters? There’s nine chapters here: what is you user experience UX as a practice and the roles that make it up project planning and process? So this is really good.

Actually, if you are good planning on going into a company to work, so you’ll actually get a good idea of what it’s like working on a product team which you know before you actually go into your first job. There’s really not a lot of ways of finding all that out: what’s user research, what are the persona, what are personas and why they’re important information architecture, visual design, presenting and participating in UX reviews and then beyond UX, which who knows what that is right? I have no idea I like that they keep it in big ewis.

It’s really good. Okay, let’s move on to kind of one that you might actually already know about. It’s called lynda.Com, so this is from LinkedIn. You might already know it now. Actually, the Lynda courses are not for free, however, you can get a free, so it’s like you know you can have a free month trial. So why not make the most of it right sign up for a free month, trial and then just like enroll yourself and tons of courses? Maybe just do one or two just would make you actually make sure you actually do it.

But there’s really like look at this practical UX weekly. You have UX design for developers, that’s great sketch for UX design. This is really cool. Actually, so you can actually learn these hands-on tools. Let’s see what an experienced designer or someone who’s just getting into UX or product design sketch is an amazing tool. It has all the features you need to design for digital devices and screens, and it’s easy to use.

No matter your level of experience. Doesn’t she sound excited to teach you? I actually think this is really great, though, because not often do you get these like free courses that are about a tool, and you don’t have to flood through, like all of the YouTube blogs, to try to find someone who’s? Actually explaining it well, so that’s really nice and there’s tons of them. I mean. Let me just go back.

My computer’s failing me today, so become a UX re, become an easier experience, designer UF’s research Photoshop for UX design, figma for like its endless on Lynda. Actually, this is really really great, so if you can just try it for a month, see how you like it and then maybe you can even sign up for for a little while longer just to kind of improve your skills. I have so many nice courses and tools here, so the next one is very, very cool.

This is all about material design and now. Material design is, of course, Google’s design, guidelines and they’ve released this. To give you a really nice overview and deep dive on material design, how it should look, how it should feel you’re going to talk. Colors typography shapes interaction, it’s really a nice nice resource, so it also looks really nice. Thank you, google. So the next one I’m going to show you is Envato now Envato is a market place for a lot of different things.

You can find graphics, you can find themes you can find like basically anything for kind of media and design. So thanks so have a lot of really nice bite-sized courses, so you can actually look up in this category. You can click. I want you X courses. I’ve had already clicked a lot, but here is all of the UX kind of based courses, and, what’s really nice is they’re like 43 minutes long, you know 37 minutes long and they’re about all kinds of things so like this.

So why the secret of good UX design is saving users time everything you need to learn about. Customer journey mapping, um, there’s even one from our friend Dan ski about Adobe XD, Daniel white. It has a really nice YouTube blog check it out. We’ll put the link. Is below if you want to learn anything about like Photoshop, he is just a really nice visual designer so and vados. Definitely one to check out if you want just like little bite-sized pieces of content or little courses.

If you don’t want something, as like, vague and robust as what we looked at before so now, I’m actually going to show you something that is quite cool. This is just on medium. The UX collective is is basically a publication on medium, but this guy – I love this, so he calls it his ultimate Start Guide for beginner UX UI designers in 2019. He’s been collecting all of these things that have helped him in his career over the past 5 years and has put them all here for you, so this resource is going to be really great for someone who’s a true newbie write to the industry.

He talks about how to you know, get in touch with your community, how to like the actual basics, behind design and and some nice tools that he’s used throughout his career. So really it’s a nice easy and it’s just full of links. I love it when people just pump their articles full of links and that’s the reason why I actually showed this because I didn’t want to show just articles, but he shows so many nice nice articles.

He even talks about like design companies that he’s following, and you know their blogs and you can find all those here. So Bravo, sir, let’s see Johnny vino well done, sir. I really enjoyed this and I think that you guys will find it really helpful as well. Ok, the last two are actually just magazines that I think are really really great to stay in touch with design principles and to learn a little bit more about the industry in general.

The business behind design Smashing Magazine is really great, so I mean every day. Basically, there’s new articles about UX about product, about strategy, I mean these are things that even if you’re a dinner in this world, you need to know about the business behind the product and like what the strategy is behind the business in order to really contribute. In a real way, so I think that it’s really important to read, I mean yeah.

These are really great. Some are a little bit more intricate than others like design and lead gen landing page for mobile. That converts that’s a little bit like you know, pretty! That’s pretty detailed. We also have things about like UX privacy even have like sketch versus figma, Adobe, XD and other UI applications. So you can really get a good idea of what people are kind of thinking. What they’re saying what they’re talking about right now in the industry and that’s the same same goes with this mueslix magazine, which is also on medium measly, is really really great.

It publishes all kinds of articles for all kinds of different people, but all around you X, design – and you know, product design, so you’re going to have things from like things about typeface Helvetica. You know you could also have things about more kind of like strategy. Deep-Diving yeah like what I learned from trying to redesign the online craft market experience. This has really detailed stuff, but learning these kinds of things are going to be able to help you to talk about UX, more fluently and be able to actually like pull from different things that you’ve read and learned.

So I think it’s really important to always stay updated, so things from you know just simple design stuff to more like talking about. Let’s see here like a cake, like really nice case studies, Beasley is actually really great about it. Oh look. This is Johnny vino again he’s popping up again but yeah. He has some really nice case studies and everybody loves the case study that gives you a really nice look through the process of design from initial concept to actually delivering to the App Store, for instance.

So that is a whole bunch of free resources that you can use everything from actual, like thought-out, specific courses to little bite-sized pieces of content. If you just have a few minutes – and you want to learn something really fast. All of these things, though, that I’ve shown you are going to help you get a really nice overview of what UX is what design actually means. It’s going to show you some of the tools that are sort of standard in the industry, and then it’s also going to be able to show you.

You know some best practices behind how you know the industry is currently working, and that is a really really great start if you’re interested in learning a little bit more about UX design. Thank you guys so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you did like it, I would love if you hit the little like button and if you haven’t subscribed already, you definitely should we have tons and tons of articles on our blog, as well as new articles coming out weekly about UX design, product design, product strategy, The business behind design, it’s really we’re working really hard to make some nice content for you guys they subscribe.

Also, if there are some resources that you’ve found that I didn’t mention, I would love if you mentioned them in the comments. That’ll be really really helpful for all of the viewers as well. So thank you very much for reading. If you want a little bit more from us and you’re, just like I’ve, readed everything on YouTube and a lot more, what you can do is follow us on Instagram. We have daily vlogs.

Is it a vlog, its own Instagram, daily stories? We have daily stories about? What’s going on in our agency, and we also are always sharing valuable stuff there. We have a Facebook group called innovation, hackers, it’s excellent, it’s a bunch of people who are sharing innovation, practices, UX design principles. It’s a really really nice group, that’s very, very active. We also have a podcast if you’re into podcasts and product design, then you should definitely be listening to our podcast.

It’s called the product Breakfast Club, it’s featuring Jake map, the author of sprint and Jonathan Courtney, our CEO, and they are talking all things products I’m so definitely tune into that one. Thanks again so much for reading. You guys we’ll see you in the next article have a great great day, alright guys, what’s up I’m Brittany from AJ and smart, it’s what’s up a little bit. Did you like it yeah, I don’t know.

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Design Trends (for UX/UI Designers)

My name’s Brittany bowring, and this is digital design trends for 2019. How was that was a pretty good reporter, not bad. I’m going to take you through what I’ve found in all of my research. I was you know just up all night long. You know just studying, reading everything so that you don’t have to isn’t that great. I talked also to all of our head designers here at AJ and smart got their opinions and what they think is going to be important, basically in the coming year, so jumping into 2019.

After reading this article well you’ll have all the information you need right right. So, let’s just get started. Basically I’m going to take you through I’ve got all these tabs open of the things that I found that I think are really important and of course it’s not just this one person who I’ll show you, as mentioned the trend. It’s probably come from various different points, but I’ll show you kind of what I think are the the big ones that just kind of kept popping up so the first one that is also, I think for me most interesting, is the minimalism trend.

So this kind of actually crosses into a lot of different categories, but the basic idea actually I’ll, show you here on my page. I have this kind of vlog, it’s just all about minimalism in design, and they talk about minimalism actually is which I think is important to define when you’re actually telling someone it’s the trend, so the Webster dictionary defines it as a styler technique. That is characterized by extreme sparseness or simplicity, so I think this is really interesting because a lot of times I mean in the past years, what has been like the most common kind of issue in product design or something that we’ve been trying to solve is engagement.

We want to engage people, we want them to spend a long time on our apps. We want them to. You, know their screen time to them to increase and now really making a pretty conscious shift into basically the opposite, so people are talking a lot about. You know making sure that you’re not actually engaging the user when you don’t need to be. You know making sure that when you’re asking them for things or when they’re moving through your product, you’re, not just like throwing unnecessary notifications at them or pop-ups, and all these kind of annoying things, people are even more like anxious and busy and overwhelmed as it is In this modern world, so I think it’s important that we as product designers and in this industry are just kind of being mindful of that.

So another thing from this anethe messier he talks about like time-saving design features like people are really really busy. So you want to actually make sure that the time that they spend using your product or your service is for good reason or you know, you’re actually providing value for them. So you know talking about designing with common use and user navigation patterns context. Specific features.

That’s interesting gentle nudges. He calls them, which I think is kind of interesting. I hate that he says the word pop-up, though, because I think the world would be a better place with less pop-ups, but it’s kind of interesting. You know he’s just sort of talking about how we need to kind of keep the user in mind a little bit more going forward, and what are the common issues that they’re facing in their lives, which are very often like anxiety and overwhelmed? He also down here talked about like getting rid of common annoyances.

This is an interesting article. He talks yeah, I mean people are using an average of 30 apps per month and about 10 a day, which is a lot actually interesting that he talks about 2019 could be the beginning of the end of passwords. So actually, just using like verification codes and not having to think of all these passwords constantly, it’s going to be kind of helpful, so talking about here, page load times, storage, space transitioning from one device to another.

That’s interesting, making sure that you know you’re. It’s a cohesive experience for the user, so I think that I mean I did talk about minimalism before, which was which I kind of got out of that I got out of that sock there, but the point that I think is really important is that you know We I mean apples talking a lot about it. I think Google, as well just about actually like reducing screen time, I’m getting pop-up messages on my phone.

All the time telling me how much screen time, whether it was more or less than more or less than last week, and I think that is important to be conscious of moving forward into into 2019. So first one minimalism, the second one is the Internet of Things. So more specifically in that realm is voice. I mean, I know that. That’s also like a common thing that everybody’s talking about, but you know, there’s a huge rise in smart home devices like things like nest, things like Google assistant, obviously like Siri as well.

This photo is just I can’t look at this photo without thinking that it’s like just a little bit, there’s just something weird about it. I don’t know it’s not a good photo. Let’s just say that so this person cata Cadabra studios – I would I would have put another photo in there. If I were you but super interesting, I mean by 2030, 30 percent of searches will be done without a keyboard or screen. I think that’s something really to be conscious of so how can your product or service actually interact with these voice assistants, and how can you make that a streamlined process and actually delight your user with that? It’s going to be really really interesting, yeah so pop about this time when ecommerce here yeah so combining voice technology and preset commands, so customer sim can simply ask for what they want and get it.

I mean a good great example of this is how Google assistant has actually integrated with uber. Basically, what they’re doing is you can actually say to your Google assistant order me an uber to go to work and Google assistant knows where you work. They know where you live, and they can just order it instantly without you having to put in all that extra information. It’s a really good example of integrated voice interfaces, so that is definitely going to be a big one.

The third one, which is cool for me because I work a lot in this sort of category – is the third kind of trend that a lot of people are talking about. Is content focused experiences, so this is coming from like a prediction. Upcoming UX trends from Academy X, I yeah it’s super interesting they’re, talking about how you need to make sure that the content that you’re actually showing the user and the way that you’re guiding them through it is like a delightful experience and isn’t you know you’re not Giving them too much you’re, not confusing them you’re, not overwhelming them, so it’s like 2019.

One of the biggest trends would be the ability to tell compelling stories around a digital experience. I think that’s really really important to think about they’re talking about like live article and article ads, so that’s more like the marketing around your product, but also super important to keep in mind, I mean we talked about it all the time how UX design and product Designers should know more about the business more about the marketing of their products.

It’s really important to keep that in mind when you’re building them yeah. I think that, in summary, for the content focused experience is the idea is just that. It’s important that people have a nice Pleasant time, interacting with your product or your service. So in you know, it means that, like words, actually matter a lot, the content, whether it’s article or animation or just text, it’s important that you think a lot about that and that shouldn’t be a second step.

It shouldn’t be, you know, even the content writer, the copywriter should actually be involved in sort of more in the development phase. So I think that’s really interesting. Moving forward into 2019. The next one is talking about it’s down here. This one was also from a NASA Nasir and he’s talking about making personalized experiences for the user and how you know, making them a little bit more more streamlined.

So you know whether it’s in the form of emails based on knowledge of previous website interactions or text messages. You know it’s important that your UX is actually personalized to the user. It’s going to be pretty big in 2019. He’s talking here about chat BOTS. I find that interesting because I kind of think chat. Bots are on the outs, but that’s just me personally. So don’t you know, don’t don’t look too much into that, but I think the voice is on this way in and I think chat.

Bots are kind of a thing of the past. I know myself. I hate I just hate, interacting with a chat bot. I really find it super impersonal, which is interesting because Facebook, of course they’re popping up all the time. Do you want to see like if I’m running ads or something on Facebook? It’s always like your I’d performed like this. Do you want to see more information, and I guess it’s interesting that they can? You know quickly do that in the form of a conversation.

It does create a little bit of this personalized feeling, but I think that, just in general, we can use a lot more of that – let’s see here, just yeah paying. Okay, this is cool so based on trends see today. This means paying attention to things like transparency and security. Now we live in Germany, which, like security data protection, is really really big, but I think it’s really cool that it like this is going to kind of transcend into the rest of the world.

I mean it makes sense right like like with what’s going on politically right now, people are really into transparency, they’re really into you, know, honesty and they don’t want their data used. For you know weird creepy secret stuff, so I think it’s important to think about that. You know think about the political space what’s happening and then like actually seeing how that translates or figuring out how that translates into product design, and you know the things that you’re building yeah, so that’s kind of a really cool one.

I think that’s that’s quite interesting to think about. He also goes into talking about in more detail about that. So definitely will have all the links for these articles down below. So you can read them all yourself in depth. If you so choose now, the next one that is kind of interesting is just more of a like. An industry focused trend, and we’ve talked a little bit about this in the past articles and like two articles ago, I think we talked about this John did just about how the way that we define UX as an industry and the way that the actual positions are Called and what your actual job title and role will be, is going to change a lot.

So what’s interesting right now, it’s not really an article, actually it’s more of a report, but it’s a state of the UX and 2019. I think it looks really nice. I really like the way it looks so we’ve seen quite a lot this year at your curating and sharing 2239 links with these are the amount of people. I guess who have read them. 260,000 designers they’ve isolated these trends. Basically, coming from that, so that’s kind of interesting.

This is a really cool one. I would I would suggest reading it, but one thing that I thought was really cool. Was this like everyone is a lead, so you’re all excited I’m in design levo and then you look around you’re like oh everybody is a design lead right now, which is you know a little sad but interesting to know in the year. You know coming up, so this, I think, is like pretty much sums it up quite well, this this little animation here, like you’re two months into your career and you’re, a lead designer right or senior UX, and that’s actually kind of interesting, because John, our CEO straight Out of university was the like senior UX designer at like a really big German company, and I think it’s kind of funny it’s very telling for where the industry was at back then.

So we are seeing a bit of a shift. But what’s interesting is based on based on like a scan at the market. There’s like everybody’s looking for senior UX designers. It seems like that is sort of the base level for what you need on a product team, and I think that that is going to maybe shift a little bit. You know going forward because we’ve got a lot of entry-level UX designers coming in and they won’t have the knowledge or experience to be seniors.

So I think that’s really something kind of interesting, so they kind of sum up. Doesn’t you start looking at seniority through new lenses, so be proud of your lead title? You know that’s cool, but if you consider seniority from the perspective how much impact you’re able to make, then you have a better sense of where you are along in your career. Trajectory that’s really interesting. So then they kind of go on to talk about actually strategy and making sure that you can be bigger part of the business other than just you know.

Creating you know the visual design or the even they. You know the experience design. So that’s kind of a cool article that I would definitely recommend reading it’s really insightful cool. Let’s move on to ba ba ba ba ba the last thing. Actually that was like five trends that we just talked about the last thing, which I think is kind of interesting and we were having some pretty heated debates here at AJ and smart about this is a flat design versus material design.

So there are some designers who are predicting that material design is going to kind of take over flat design. I would be really curious to know what you guys think about that. It’s yeah, it’s basically kind of a debate right now in our office, so yeah I’d like to know what you guys think and then we can kind of tell you what we think. Oh I’ll show you mine. If you show me yours, was that too much.

Maybe it was too much sometimes. I am too much okay, good, so yeah I’ll put this link down here as well, so you can kind of actually learn what the difference is between the two things yeah. Maybe we can just go through really quickly flat design, so yeah entirely opposite of side design, absence of details so flat design, absence of eight details, simplified and faint colors, so think of super simple streamlined material design.

So this is so they call it like semi flat. That’s funny or flat design. 2.0. It’s a little bit more paper. Ask yes, you can see here. So it’s like things, look like almost like a piece of paper, but still in a flat way, so it doesn’t have that real look either and people are thinking that that’s actually going to be taking over a little bit more than flat design coming in 2019. So we’ll see we’ll see, you’ll be interesting good, and the last thing that I want to talk about before I let you guys go is one of our design leads here.

At AJ and smart Tim Hoffer wrote an article in 2009 19, what in 2016 that, I think is just super relevant. He just was talking about like design trend reports and how it’s kind of useless and read a bunch of reports and look into these kinds of things, because you can never really tell like he says here determining the trends of next year is like reading a reading. Tea leaves it’s pretending to speculate about what might matter soon, but it’s always based on what the authors already know about them now, which I think is just very insightful.

Thank you Tim. It’s very true. I mean there could be a new technology that just jumps up in the next few months and that will just change everything so we’ll see. But I think that that is really yeah just kind of interesting to remember. Like I’ve just told you a bunch of things that I found across the internet, it might mean nothing, it might mean something, but I like to be informed, so I think it’s important.

You know to just be informed about these things, so that was my first ever trend report coming from AJ and smart Brittney reporting from aging and smart on the trends for 2019. If you like, this kind of article, definitely give it a like, if you would like to subscribe, that would be even better. I have to say no, not even better. It would be just as good, so thanks so much for listening. I hope that you enjoy this.

I hope you learned something I’d love to know what you think is trending what you think in 2019 is going to be really cool, and it’s going to you know, take the design world by storm so pop those down in the comments, and we can have to Start a little discussion, yeah thanks, so much for listening have a great day bye guys. My name is Brittany. Bering, and this is my digital trends report. You know my name.

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