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.

Flare Real Time Animation

Bring Your Apps and Games to Life with Real-time Animation.

The primary goal of Flare is to allow designers to work directly with assets that run in their final product, eliminating the need to redo that work in code.

Public facing design files are great for inspiration.

Learn more here.

 

 

Pantone Color Finder

Feeling blue? Green with envy? Whatever color you’re in, Pantone Color Finder has a hue for you. Pantone, the global color experts, offer hundreds of shades and formats whether you’re a Fashion Designer, Interior Designer, or Product Designer. From gentle Marsala browns to sweet Rose Quartz pinks, these colors will enliven creativity, innovation, and inspiration. Choose from a variety of undertones and a beautiful rainbow of shades will be displayed. Select a color, and the RBG, HEX/HTML, CMYK, and Pantone values will show; it is a bewitching world of color to explore and enjoy. I promise you this awesome tool isn’t just a pigment of your imagination – discover it 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

Google’s Smart Compose Feature

Wow, Google’s Smart Compose Feature (while creepy) is super useful to complete emails faster. To use the suggest text (showed here greyed out) just click the tab button, and it fills in. Truely amazing.

Here is some description from “The Verge” regarding the feature:

Google unveiled Gmail’s new Smart Compose feature at its annual developer conference this week, and it’s now available to try out as an “experimental feature” on desktop. Smart Compose builds off the idea of Smart Reply, predicting what you’ll write next as you type in the body of an email.

To turn on Smart Compose, make sure you’re using the new Gmail, then click on the Settings tab in the top right corner. Within this panel, click the box next to “enable experimental access,” and then save your changes at the bottom. Once turned on, you should see a prompt the next time you begin a new email that tells you about Smart Compose and prompts you to press the tab key whenever you see a prediction you’d like to accept.

Check it out.