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Weekly Inspirations: April 29th, 2016

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

6 THINGS THAT TAKE YOUR UX FROM ABOVE AVERAGE TO WORLD CLASS

Many parts of applications are rarely experienced, yet we have to consider how the presence or absence of these states affect a user’s experience. It’s the UX designer’s job to go beyond visual design and make the best experience possible—including all the parts of the experience that nobody thinks to design. This article does a nice job of detailing out those 6 things that can take your design to the next level.
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Bots won’t replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.

Lately, everyone’s talking about “conversational UI.” It’s the next big thing. But the more articles I read on the topic, the more annoyed I get. It’s taken me so long to figure out why! This recent “bot-mania” is at the confluence of two separate trends. One is agent AIs steadily getting better, as evidenced by Siri and Alexa being things people actually use rather than gimmicks. The other is that the the US somehow still hasn’t got a dominant messaging app and Silicon Valley is trying to learn from the success of Asian messenger apps. This involves a peculiar fixation on how these apps, particularly WeChat, incorporate all sorts of functionality seemingly unrelated to messaging. They come away surprised by just how many differently-shaped pegs fit into this seemingly oddly-shaped hole. The thesis, then, is that users will engage more frequently, deeply, and efficiently with third-party services if they’re presented in a conversational UI instead of a separate native app.
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Street art with a message of hope and peace

What does this gorgeous street art say? It’s Arabic poetry, inspired by bold graffiti and placed where a message of hope and peace can do the most good. In this quietly passionate talk, artist and TED Fellow eL Seed describes his ambition: to create art so beautiful it needs no translation.
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Your Chief Design Officer Is Not A Savior

Doubts about the business value of design are evaporating. Look at investments companies ranging from Google to GE have sunk into design. But methodologies on how to measure and improve design’s effectiveness are virtually nonexistent. To close that gap, we created the Design Maturity Survey, a tool that helps organizations evaluate their design maturity and, in doing so, devise strategies to strengthen the impact of design across the organization. Since September 2015, when we launched the survey at the Design Management International Conference, people from more than 300 organizations have taken the survey, representing 36 different industries. And while it is too early to draw definitive conclusions about how individual industries compare, some patterns are starting to emerge, giving us unprecedented insights into how design is perceived across different seniority levels in organizations both large and small.
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Adobe XD update brings a ton of new features

Adobe XD has been updated, and gives designers and developers a host of new tools, all of which have been sourced from community feedback. This article walks you through all the new features that were added with the latest public preview release.
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5 Key Trends In Design Leadership

General Electric, the nation’s largest industrial company, recently announced it will relocate its headquarters from suburban Connecticut to tech-centric Boston. Intriguingly, of the 800 employees going to the new headquarters, only 200 will be top executives. The other 600 will be “digital industrial product managers, designers, and developers,” according to the New York Times. Talk about design having a seat at the table. It’s the latest sign that corporations are shifting from engineering-driven to design driven, product-centric to customer-centric, marketing focused to user experience focused. Whether they’re selling cars, phones, or lightbulbs, companies have made design integral to their business. Now what? How do you get ahead when design is no longer the competitive edge but the barrier to entry? Here, I’ve identified five trends at the intersection of design thinking and leadership—and how to make the most of them.
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