20+ Best Adobe XD UI Kits + Templates 2019

Today we’re bringing you a collection of some of the best Adobe XD UI kits and templates. With these templates, you can create more professional-looking designs using Adobe’s stellar UX design tool. Adobe XD took everyone by surprise when it was released with a free plan. It wowed many user experience and user interface designers as it served as a great Sketch app alternative. Something that was much needed by the Windows users. Adobe XD app itself has many features that make it a great tool for UX designers. However, with third-party templates, you can create so much more amazing designs. All the Adobe XD UI kits and templates in our list are proof of that. We’re also sharing a few tips for using a UI kit in Adobe XD to get you off to a quick start. Top Pick Think Mobile UI Kit – 120 Screen Templates This is Read the full article…

Designers, Get Your Custom Domain at Hover

Looking for a way to make your design portfolio – or any other website, for that matter – stand out? A custom, top-level domain is the start. Hover is a leading provider of domains and mailbox services for you or your small business. You can snag a new domain or transfer an existing one to their platform. Not sure how to get started? Here’s everything you need to know about Hover and the services and tools they provide for individuals and businesses. What is Hover? Simply, Hover is a domain registrar. The Canadian-based company has been around for more than a decade and serves customers all over the world. (It’s actually the second-largest domain registrar in the world.) The company is dedicated to privacy Hover has built a company on the belief that buying a domain name should be a quick, intuitive, and honest process. Rather than a complex process, Read the full article…

Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users

Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users Barry Rueger 2019-11-04T13:00:59+02:002019-11-05T10:36:59+00:00 With the single exception of my 94-year-old mother, I don’t know a single person over the age of 65 who doesn’t have a smartphone, computer, or tablet, and usually all three. I’m well past sixty, and have worked my way through punch cards, a C-64, many versions of Windows, Apple and Linux. I know at least a few people over seventy who have a programming background or who have spent a lot of time doing graphic design and computer music composition on various machines. That’s why I’m always amazed to read comments like these: “Amazon Echo has been particularly popular with the older generations, as it allows them to interact with technology and the Internet in a natural, personal way, rather than via a computer.” We are the generation Read the full article…

New York’s ERA invests in esports org Gen.G

Esports are the Wild West right now. There’s clearly a huge potential for the industry to become incredibly lucrative, but everything from the infrastructure of competition to the overall culture isn’t quite ready for prime time. This introduces a huge opportunity for the tech world to get in on the action. We’ve seen traditional VC money start to sniff around esports in ways big and small. Bessemer Venture Partners has invested in Team SoloMid, while Sequoia has invested in 100 Thieves. Today, Gen.G has announced that it has accepted investment from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, a longstanding New York City-based accelerator program. Gen.G started as KSV (Korea plus Silicon Valley) in mid-2017 with a debut in the Overwatch League. In 2018, after expanding to other games, including Heroes of the Storm, PUBG and League of Legends, KSV eSports rebranded to Generation Gaming (Gen.G) and launched a Clash Royale esports team. Read the full article…

Twitch’s top streamer exodus continues as CouRage announces YouTube Live deal

Photo: Matt Shouse / YouTube Twitch is losing another major streamer: Jack “CouRage” Dunlop — one of the most popular Fortnite streamers on the site with over 2 million followers — has announced he’ll now exclusively stream on YouTube Live. Dunlop’s first YouTube stream will start tomorrow on November 5th. As has become the tradition with big streaming platform changes, Dunlop announced the move in an elaborate video featuring fellow 100 Thieves members Matt “Nadeshot” Haag and Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter that also makes it clear that Dunlop will still be saying with the e-sports organization. The Next Chapter… CouRage x YouTubehttps://t.co/StYfTG6UEE pic.twitter.com/CyYB6gcnHc — Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 4, 2019 “I’m very excited to… Read the full article…

Mobile Dark Patterns

By Steven Hoober In addition to the misuse, misunderstanding, and bad implementations of perfectly good UX design patterns, we’ve long understood the concept of anti-patterns. These are things that we know don’t work well for users. We’ve clearly defined and documented them so we can avoid using them. However, as much as I’ve studied the concept of pattern languages and libraries, as cynical as I am about how businesses use and abuse product design, I simply didn’t expect the rise of dark patterns. Dark patterns are design patterns that are effective, but evil. When they succeed, they drive users to make accidental or uninformed decisions against their best interests. During the creation of dark patterns, there’s typically much argument that they are positive for the business, that they expose ideas and encourage behaviors that the average person would do. I don’t think I need to convince you that businesses often Read the full article…

Artificial Intelligence, Supervised Learning, and User Experience

By Robert M. Schumacher and Gavin Lew For machine-learning (ML) scientists to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems and algorithms, they need data. They collect many of the datasets they use to build AI systems from human behaviors and people’s interactions with the technology they use in their everyday lives. Whether the data comprise a set of liver-disease diagnoses and outcomes, come from a consumer survey on attitudes toward marijuana usage, or derive from active/passive data collection of spoken phrases, AI systems always need training data to ensure their algorithms produce the right outcomes. Such data can frequently be hard to come by. And even once ML scientists have acquired a dataset, how can we be sure that it includes what an AI system needs? Read the full article…

Molding Yourself into a Leader, Part 1

By Jonathan Walter Many articles about UX leadership focus on what managers do or target those who have direct reports. Such articles typically cover building a UX culture, hiring the right people, developing people, and of course, selling the value of User Experience to the C-suite. While these are all valuable pursuits that are vitally important to building a user-centered culture in your company, leadership does not end with directors, managers, or even team leads. Leadership extends to individual contributors, too. In fact, depending on your company’s UX maturity level, leadership arguably begins with individual contributors—perhaps you, the UX designer. Unfortunately, UX designers are often in short supply in large enterprise environments, in comparison to people in information technology, engineering, and marketing roles. This, in turn, perpetuates scenarios in which UX designers must be, in equal parts, practitioners, evangelists, and presenters—roles that together exceed the scope of what most UX Read the full article…

45-Minute Super Smash Bros. Livestream Will Showcase Terry Bogard

Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai is hosting a 45-minute livestream on Wednesday, November 6 at 5am PT/8am ET/2pm BST to show off Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, the next character to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The livestream was revealed via Nintendo Versus on Twitter, who also confirmed that there will be “no announcements regarding any unrevealed fighters.” Read the full article…