Loads of great links this week! Six more for the weekend.
1. Stop. Using. Periods. Period.
“Seriously. Stop it.”
2. Design Insights for Virtual Reality UX
“Daily interfaces follow a common pattern that allow us to engage, cultivate our identities, accomplish our goals, and disengage. These may be deep, prolonged sessions or momentary fly-bys.”
3. Top Seven Sites for UX Inspiration
“We asked our UX team for their favorite websites for UX inspiration.” What sites inspire you? Please send them my way!
4. Improving Your UX Process – Five Strategies for Making Order Out of Chaos
“There are a lot of examples out there of “ideal” UX processes. A few popular methods I’ve seen recently condense the UX process into a five-day sprint going from ideation to prototype, like the buzzy Google Ventures product design sprint. As a disciplined process, it’s valuable to absorb. Unfortunately, it requires five days of uninterrupted work and full-time participation from everyone from developers to C-level stakeholders, which means it’s near-impossible to pull off if your office is anything like mine.” Sounds familiar.
5. Drawing for Graphic Design: 6 Exercises to Sharpen Your Skills
“When talking about drawing for graphic design projects, we’re very often talking about a digital process. We’re so used to sitting in front of our computers, plugging away at pixels in Photoshop and Illustrator, that we sometimes forget to step away, grab a pen or pencil, and just draw. Here, we provide six simple drawing practice exercises that revolve around drawing for graphic design.”
6. Comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps
“Former Apple cartographer Justin O’Beirne is writing an extensive, detailed and even-handed comparison of Google Maps and Apple Maps. The first part is online now and it’s a fascinating read. In surveying what cities, roads and places each product displays at given zoom levels, O’Beirne shows that the two systems, whose visual presentations might be easily confused with one another, are in fact not very similar at all.”
“It’s clear that Google thinks transit is important, while Apple thinks that airports, hospitals, and landmarks are important. Two very different views of the world!”