Waverley UI/UX Digest #13

News


We’re waiting for the Awwwards results to learn who won Site of the year 2019:
https://annual.awwwards.com/categories

Fans created the unofficial archive of Apple’s commercials
https://www.applearchive.org/
Top UX research conferences to attend in 2020
https://uxdesign.cc/top-ux-research-conferences-to-attend-in-2020-7194bb878a8c

UX Research and User Patterns


The 10 laws of simplicity
https://uxdesign.cc/the-10-laws-of-simplicity-f7c468417bb
John Maeda’s book stays true to its nature being quite compact and the fact that the author was able to fit such a broad subject into a 100-page limit proves his mastery of the topic.

Mental models for designers
https://medium.com/dropbox-design/mental-models-for-designers-7c03d5e4a092
Read how the DropBox team makes decisions while designing products.

Design Systems and Guidelines


Design system checklist
https://designsystemchecklist.com/
This is a useful tool for UX/UI architects, designers, and other specialists building design systems.

The Ultimate Guide to Dark Mode for Email Marketers
https://litmus.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-dark-mode-for-email-marketers
Last time we told you about designing for the dark mode. This time, Alice Li collected a lot of info to help you create an email that would be easy on your eyes.

Software and Plugins

https://www.createwithplay.com/
A team of developers created an app to enable mobile app development on any smartphone.

Adobe XD will convert designs to Flutter applications natively
https://theblog.adobe.com/xd-flutter-plugin-generate-dart-code-design-elements/

Also, the January XD update brings an auto-layout feature and several minor improvements. Read more about it here: https://theblog.adobe.com/xd-january-2020-content-aware-layout-plugin-apis/

Find out the latest trends and tendencies in UI/UX design. Stay up to date, grow and learn with our great selection of useful design resources.

Sketch 62
New save dialog and minimum width for smart components (max. coming soon)

Also, Sketch reminded us of some plans for 2020. Among them are:

  • Developer Handoff
  • Assistant
  • Better Prototyping
  • Coediting and more

Sketch plugins:


Vectornator Pro – a free vector app is available for Mac now
https://vectornator.io/

Trends 2020


Metal, liquids, illustrations, 3D, neumorphism (soft UI) and much more. Everybody tries to keep up with the hype this year. Read more about this via the links below.

Visual Aesthetics

Monochrome designs
One of the trends in 2020 is the monochrome design. Monochrome color palettes add a sense of vintage and a bit of nostalgia to the visual design. This technique has been trending for many years now and it still gains its momentum this year as well.

100 days of motion design or how to teach yourself to create 50 pieces of animation in 100 days
https://uxdesign.cc/100-days-of-motion-design-463526af852f