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Our selection for January is a mix of practical advice and inspirational reads. From improving your forms for better interactions to how to approach your next creative project, we hope you click on all five and enjoy them.
"We need to do everything we can to get the form out of the way as quickly as possible ... To do that we have to make the form easy to use."
- Adam Silver, Interaction Designer
Forms are pivotal elements of the user experience; it’s the start of a conversation with your users. In Form Design Patterns, Adam Silver explains what makes and breaks these elements through the analysis and redesign of a real-world checkout journey.
"Before you build that software as a service idea you have, first test the market and check there is a demand."
- Paul Boag, UX & Digital Transformation Strategist
New year, new adventures. Maybe it’s time to get that SaaS project off the back burner.
Software as a Service (SaaS): How to Be Sure of Success contains excellent advice you can use before diving into the development of your SaaS dream.
"Being intentional about our designs means knowing that our job is to solve user needs, not to keep developers busy."
- Caio Braga, Product Designer
Doing more rarely feels like a bad idea, but it can be. Rendering Intentionality is an invitation to pause and reflect on your product’s original value proposition and question if it’s still focused and solving the problems your users hired it for.
"Unlock ideas that you may have never realized or been able to explore within normal project constraints."
- Jon Rundle, Product Designer
“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” Einstein said. Designing Your Digital Product Like a Concept Car is proof that letting your imagination take you outside of the limits of what’s currently sensible is a powerful exercise to foster innovation.
"The public awareness of our digital wellbeing is a signal that people are hitting their digital capacity."
- Jacky Li, Senior Product Designer
The success of digital products is directly proportional to how much they can stand out in an increasingly crowded landscape. 3 Practical Tips for Product Builders When Designing in an Era of Digital Exhaustion shares interesting ways of approaching the limited attention of our audience to improve our chances of success.
Will you share your favorite articles of January? Add them in the comments.
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