Laws of UX Website

As designers, there are many best practices we consider every day. Using various methods and maxims, we are able to create in the most efficient way possible for our users. Perhaps the most important of these are the laws of UX. Although informal, the laws of UX typically include popular principles such as the Law of Proximity, Occam’s Razor, Hick’s Law, etc. Just recently I discovered a beautiful website that allows readers to interact with visualizations and descriptions of 19 of these principles, in addition to downloading posters, and exploring more research on each subject. Looking to dive deep into UX laws? Surf the website now: https://lawsofux.com/.

 

Image Source: Screenshot from https://lawsofux.com/

Tinkersynth Generative Art Machine

While we all love having art in our homes, art that we make ourselves is all the more special. There is something uniquely wonderful about creating something we can display and share with others. Now, this can be done with water-color, acrylics, and the like. But it can also be done digitally – with software! Tinkersynth, a self-proclaimed “experimental art store” hosts a website application allowing users to “tinker” with values such as noise, shape, and height, to create fascinating slope designs. I love playing around with this tool and seeing all the variations I can come up with by turning knobs up and down. Best of all? You can download or purchase your designs as prints! Time for you to be tinker! Try it out today at https://tinkersynth.com/slopes.

 

Image Source: Screenshot of https://tinkersynth.com/slopes.

Humaaans Illustration Library

Mix-&-match illustrations of people with a design library. Create your own remix.
Change the hairdos, tops, and pants.

Design the humaaan body. Rotate and position the elements in your humaaans however you like. They’re like legos made out of flesh… and vectors. Bring in background elements for ambiance.

Discover more here.

BLOKK Font

Have you ever had clients or coworkers confused when they start reading the “Lorem ipsum” text in your mockups? Sometimes people misunderstand the use of this language in early designs. Well, there may be a solution to that! Recently, I discovered BLOKK Font. This font, which uses blocks of varying lengths to simulate words, adds visual appeal and communicates text placement exceptionally well. It does all this without distracting people with Latin gibberish! Say “Vale!” to Lorem ipsum and  try out BLOKK Font today! 

 

Image Source: Personal screenshot from blokkfont.com 

Sharpen Design Generator

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a creative rut? Have no fear! Sharpen is an online design challenge generator offering millions of prompts for you to explore and enjoy. This tool, created by the team at Vault Labs, is a quirky way to get your creative juices flowing and freshen up your problem-solving skills. With branding, marketing, and product categories, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Feeling like a dull designer? Sharpen up today!

 

Image Source: Personal screenshot from sharpen.design

Muzli Browser Extension

If you’re like me, you enjoy starting the day with a fresh dose of design inspiration. Say hello to Muzli! Created by the designers at InVision, Muzli is a website featuring daily stories about the latest and greatest in design and technology; sourced from all the web’s best content hubs. From colorful illustrations to inspiring photography, there’s something for the creative in all of us. To ensure you don’t miss anything, download the browser extension today!

 

Image Source: Muz.li

ShutterStock’s Similar Images Feature

One of the more helpful features on stock photo sites is the “Similar Images” feature, which suggests related images based on pre-defined parameters. ShutterStock does a particularly good job with this feature, matching not only content but also style. I frequently find myself browsing for a particular type of subject matter, but rely on “Similar Images” to refine the viewpoint, model stance, lighting etc. This is super helpful when working on design projects that touch multiple deliverables where you may want various angles of the same model.

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Realtime Board Mind Maps

RealTime Board is a great way to collaborate with team members remotely with a shared work environment. Create workflows, idea maps, navigation structures or mind maps easily and quickly. You don’t have to be a designer to have your mind map look amazing. And, with one central location, team members will always have the latest version.

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Infinite Plasma Fractal Visualization

The diamond-square algorithm is a method for generating heightmaps for computer graphics. It is a slightly better algorithm than the three-dimensional implementation of the midpoint displacement algorithm which produces two-dimensional landscapes. It is also known as the random midpoint displacement fractal, the cloud fractal or the plasma fractal, because of the plasma effect produced when applied. Jason Davies created this Infinite Plasma Fractal using the diamond-square algorithm.

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Bit.ly’s 404 Page

One would expect a brilliant 404 page from Bit.ly. This cute creature floating in a sea responds to mouse movements and fits the bill.

Check it out.