Adactio: Journal—Needs must
In Resilient Web Design, I documented the three-step approach I take when I’m building anything on the web: Identify core functionality. Make that functionality available using the simplest possible technology. Enhance! Now I’m wondering if I should’ve clarified that second step further. When I talk about choosing “the simplest possible technology”, what I mean is “the simplest possible technology for the user”, not “the simplest possible technology for the developer.”
10 New Principles Of Good Design
If 2017 revealed anything, it’s that good design has never mattered more; it’s just the parameters of “good design” that have changed. With a nod to Braun legend Dieter Rams–whose 10 principles for good design remain indispensable, though somewhat narrowly concerned with the particulars of industrial design–here are 10 new principles for good design.
Adele – Design Systems and Pattern Libraries Repository
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Want to Design User Behavior? Pass the ‘Regret Test’ First
The tech industry needs a new ethical bar. Google’s motto, “Don’t be evil,” is too vague. The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” leaves too much room for rationalization. I’d argue that what we ought to be saying is, “Don’t do unto others what they would not want done to them.” But how can we know what users do and don’t want? I humbly propose the “regret test.” If we’re unsure of using an ethically questionable tactic, “If people knew everything the product designer knows, would they still execute the intended behavior? Are they likely to regret doing this?”
We’re Changing the News Feed So You See More Posts From People Who Suck – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Research shows that more meaningful social interactions make us happier and less lonely. Common sense shows that, too, but we only trusted the research. The science was foolproof: if we changed the News Feed to increase the number of posts users saw by friends who sucked, then they definitely would be happier.
So no more news stories from non-meaningful sites, like the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the local paper whose staff has shrunk by 90 percent because of Facebook’s influence on online advertising revenues. Now, you’ll only get your news from that guy you met in college who was really into Nietzsche.