UX factory, spatial thinkers, Figma color variables, no one wants simplicity

UX factory, spatial thinkers, Figma color variables, no one wants simplicity

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“Considering the availability of modern tools and recent advancements in governance (design systems), one might think designers could relax and enjoy some leisure time. That’s not the case. In fact, it feels like designers have even less time than before. As we’re frantically pushing towards an auto-governed future, we ought to stop and think about our purpose as designers.”

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Make me think

  • No one actually wants simplicity
    “A lot of developers want simplicity in the same way that a lot of clients claim they want a fast website. You respond ‘OK, so we can remove some of these 17 Javascript trackers and other bloat that’s making your website horribly slow?’ — no, apparently those are all critical business functionality.”
  • Optimizing for taste
    “A/B Testing fosters a culture of decision making without having an opinion, without having to put a stake in the ground. It fosters a culture where making a quick buck trumps a great product experience.”
  • Why the internet isn’t fun anymore
    “Instagram’s feed pushes months-old posts and product ads instead of photos from friends. Google search is cluttered with junky results, and S.E.O. hackers have ruined the trick of adding “Reddit” to searches to find human-generated answers.”

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