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Weekly inspirations: December 23, 2013

As the year draws to a close the sites are awash in year end and best of lists so here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

 

The 17 Most Amazing User Interfaces Of The Year

Fast Company did a nice round up of the 17 best user interfaces of the past year. I have covered a few of them here throughout the year but there are a few new ones that innovative and really interesting. Read the article and see the interfaces here.

The 15 Best Design Essays Of 2013

Fast Company and it’s satellite design sites are consistently among my favorites every week. This article it a round up of the 15 best design essays they published over the past year.  It is Apple heavy but during a year in which Apple completely changed the look of its popular iOS operating system, it’s probably natural that they spent as much time talking about the Cupertino as they did. See the list and read the articles here.

10 Meticulous Design Style Guides

Over the years I have built a lot of brands and created a lot of design style guides so I have a deep appreciation for seeing a design style guide done well. This is a great collection of 10 of the best examples of this guides I’ve found. See the guides here.

Building a Better Nest: Inside Twitter’s Continuous Redesign

Despite its success this year, Twitter’s user base grew more slowly than it hoped. At the time of its initial public offering, Twitter had 215 million monthly active users, compared with 1.19 billion for rival Facebook. Twitter’s challenge from the start has been familiarizing new users with its core conventions — following, @ replies, hashtags, retweets — and helping them continually discover content that keeps them coming back. This article looks at Twitter design philosophy and how they are continuously working on redesigning their products. Read the article here. 

Have a Creative Wrapping Christmas

This time of year everyone is always looking for ways to put a unique spin on gift wrapping. This video has some of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long while for how to make your gifts stand out. Watch the video here.

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