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Hello All –

Another great set of links this week. Starting with the importance of a positive outlook, several pieces about the importance of design and development practices. Psychology and Behavioral Science are always important to explore and researchers like BJ Fogg, have done a lot of important work in this field. Finally several design links and tools for our UX Design tool of choice, Sketch:

Have a great weekend.


1. A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health
“‘See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.’ Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called ‘cockeyed optimists,’ can do far more than raise one’s spirits. They may actually improve health and extend life.”

2. Design Principles: KISS the Feature Creep
“This will be the first post of series of articles I will be writing on design principles. The idea is to share my perspective on timeless design principles that can be applicable across many mediums and contexts. It is aimed mainly at new designers and designers like me who tend to forget this stuff, and need a refresher. Let’s get started with the two design principles: Feature creep and KISS.”

3. The Death of Systems and the Agile Fallacy (From Kwan)
“Computer systems experience a life cycle that is not dissimilar to living organisms. They are created brand new and shiny, go through a youthful period of exuberance where everything seems possible, experience a middle age of slowly dawning realities, a maturity of resignation to the inevitable, a decrepitude of quiet fragility and ultimately they are no more.”

4. This tiny electric jet startup thinks it can reinvent regional air travel (From Dan)
“Flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles can be a huge pain in the ass. You can expect to spend over $200 on your plane ticket, plus another five hours of traveling door-to-door thanks to traffic, security, and other headaches. This is the type of hassle-rich trip — short but overly expensive and overly complicated — that a new startup called Zunum Aero is aiming to reinvent.”

5. What Causes Behavior Change?
“The Fogg Behavior Model shows that three elements must converge at the same moment for a behavior to occur: Motivation, Ability, and Trigger. When a behavior does not occur, at least one of those three elements is missing.”

6. How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons
“The company has undertaken an extraordinary experiment in behavioral science to subtly entice an independent work force to maximize its growth.”

7. How Designers Should Think About SVG
“The stunning things you’ll create with SVG, how it differs from other graphics, and why exporting requires new considerations.”

8. Switch To Sketch
“This is an 8-part video series covering Sketch design basics and design workflow—plus some advanced Sketch tips and tricks from the pros. Brought to you by your friends at Craft and InVision.”

9. Introducing Craft: Screen Design. Supercharged.
“Craft is a suite of plugins to let you design with real data in mind. Manage them via the new Craft Manager for incredibly easy updating.”

10. ‘Grammar vigilante’ secretly corrects Bristol street signs
“Anonymous crusader works in the dead of night using the ‘apostrophiser’ tool : “It’s more a of a crime to have the apostrophes wrong in the first place,” he said.”