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Design Digest #36: Icons Usability, Home as the New Creative Space & Intercom + AI

This digest was collected by Oleh Idolov, Pavlo Sidash, Mirona Zulgarina, Angelica Yefanova, Nika Kosmina and Awesomic.

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🦄 Product and UI/UX Design

Articles & Case Studies 

Maintaining a design system in Figma | Lukas Oppermann

A design reset (part I) | Linear

The Essential Guide to matching icons with typefaces | Icon University

Top 10 Cognitive Biases in Product Design | UX Planet

Zero UI: What it is and its modern use cases | Eric Chung

Unlocking Icon Usability: Insights from Cognitive Psychology | Dr Maria Panagiotidi 

How to design AI interfaces to improve user choices | UX Planet

12 Design Recommendations for Calculator and Quiz Tools | NN Group

5 design system examples (and what you can learn from them) | Paula Tienza

A good image tells a good story | iA

Designing the new era of Teams | Microsoft

UX Design Is Rapidly Changing — Can You Keep Up? | Punit Chawla for Muzli

AI UX-Design Tools Are Not Ready for Primetime: Status Update | NN Group

Design systems 102: How to build your design system | Chad Bergman fro Figms

Rethinking personas: Empathy and inclusion in UX design | UX Collective

The Wizard of Oz Method in UX | NN Group

Planning Research with Generative AI | NN Group

Iconography In Design Systems: Easy Troubleshooting And Maintenance | Smashing Magazine

Projects

Intercom – The new age of customer service is AI-first

Limitless AI – Personalized AI powered by what you’ve seen, said, and heard

Qudrix – your personal office space that meets all needs. In one place | O0 Design

RayRaylab is a one-person agency from Republic of Korea | RayRaylab

TERRA is a companion for mindful wandering

Flareum – Design System Builder | Glyph

SCRIB3 is the cutting-edge marketing studio serving crypto and web3 companies | Studio Freight

100 years of Columbia Pictures | Watson Design Group, Inc. PRO, Exo Ape PRO

Wright's Ferry Mansion is a historic house museum located in central Pennsylvania | Bom Bom

Harbour App – UI/UX Design for British neobank | LEAGUE Design Agency

Patrick David Creative Studio

👀 Visual Communication

Articles and case studies

Dazed and Ikea’s zine explores what home means to young creatives | Creative Review

All you need for good design is a pencil and your brain | The Brand Identity

Elizabeth Goodspeed on how signs remind us of design beyond the screen | It’s Nice That

Salome Frenzel on why entering the industry as a freelancer was the perfect choice | The Brand Identity

Audio Erotica traces the evolution of hi-fi brochures | Creative Review

Does the design have an ego problem? | It’s Nice That 

Airbnb gives you the chance to stay in Disney & Pixar's most iconic home, and it floats | Creative Boom

Turning a complex document into a thing of beauty: Codea Studio designs UCLG’s Pact for the Future | The Brand Identity

15 of the Best Book Covers of the Month: April 2024 | Print Mag

Nature is an artist! Inside AKQA’s design for mammoth Spotify and UN project, Sounds Right | It's Nice That

Projects

Venice Biennale stunt reminds people of the daily reality of war | Bickerstaff.734

The identity for the New York Times’ staff conference balances motion and legibility | CC Studio

Headspace overhauls visual identity to become mental health all-rounder | In-house

Jesús López rebrands a boutique Mexican hotel to reflect its local history and landscape | Jesús López

Floow Tennis Club’s Branding and Visual Identity Redesign | Studio sch_

Branding and Visual Identity in Ostraka’s Pottery Art | In-house

Crafting a Modular Identity: BONELESS Branding Deconstructed | Han Gao

Thick Pickle | Studyhall

Barnardo’s | The Clearing

Casa Llimona | Atipus

Project Restore | Christopher Doyle & Co.

Mesura | Carlos Mayo, Sara Pinilla

Swiss Museum of Games | Hymn Design

Aruba Conservation Foundation’s rebrand gives nature a voice | How&How

Whirl | Good Habit Studio

Unlocking Creative Potential: Inside Dropbox’s ‘Blank Space’ Design Summit | Print Mag

Build the Tiny Food Village of Your Dreams with Cafe de Papa’s Street Kiosk Packaging | The Dieline

Apple Juice Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This Stylish Norwegian Design | The Dieline

🔠 Typography

Exploring Waffle Typeface: Typography Blend of Sans and Serif | Abduzeedo

Type knitter Rüdiger Schlömer makes fonts for screens and jumpers | It’s Nice That

Arthur Teboul Zaïane on incorporating data and diagrams into the design process | It’s Nice That

Proto-typography: how type is dictated by the surface it’s written on | It’s Nice That

The Art & Science of Typography in 100 Principles | Print Mag

The Daily Heller: A Big Hand for Arthur Szyk’s Lettering and Calligraphy | Print Mag

Typeface release: Tegner | Linda Hintz

 Polymath | OH no Type Company

In The Name Of Typography | Max Shirko

What does a head of typography do? | Tim Brown, Adobe

🏇Motion Design

Articles and case studies

Never Sit Still shakes up self-promotion with an animated anti-showreel | Creative Boom

Guide to UI Animations, Micro-Interactions and Modern Tools | Elizabeth Alli

How ChatGPT Can Spark Animation Creativity and Improve the Customer Experience | The Lab @ Apply Digital

Projects

Gemin i– Launch Video 

The Art Department festival shows us the beauty of creative mistakes | Form Play Studio

Inner State| Kyifornia

👩‍🚀 Productivity, Career Growth, and Design Management

How to reframe your frustrations | SCOTT BERKUN

Our journey into complexity via Service Design | IBM Design

One simple way Apple could improve your sleep habits | growth.design

Visionary Leadership — and How Not To Bungle It: The Case of Emperor Maximilian | Jaime Martínez Bowness

Engineering Better Workplaces: Bringing Systems Thinking to the Human Capital Challenge | Carin-Isabel Knoop (on Humans in the Digital Era)

Top 5 Learnings After Mentoring 100 Startups | Daniel Rizea

How to Keep Your Team’s Morale High | Vinita

🚀 Products and Tools

Figma

Meet multi-edit: Editing as it should be | Figma

At Framework, Figma’s design systems event, they launched Code Connect and other new features to empower teams to drive design systems adoption.

100 Figma Design Tips | Figma Blog

Other

Meet Subframe – The best way to build UI, fast 

Framer components inspired by Dieter Rams' design principles | Framer

Top 15 Free AI Animation Tools To Bring Your Animations To Life | Emmanuel Crown

Fable Prism – Control of Generative AI

Deblank Colors – Inspirational color palettes 

Also

"I'm not talented enough to do art..." | Sam Hardacre

Intranet Feedback Features (video) | NN Group
Just show up. | Joan Westenberg

🤪 Memes

Awesomic is an open-minded team of people who are changing the way of getting design done. It’s the right place for professional design growth and a great spot for motivated individuals. And for humor, of course!

Join if you feel the same – we have various open positions.

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This digest was collected by Oleh Idolov, Pavlo Sidash, Mirona Zulgarina, Angelica Yefanova, Nika Kosmina and Awesomic.

Discuss the digest in the comments, and sign up for the updates!

🦄 Product and UI/UX Design

Articles & Case Studies 

Maintaining a design system in Figma | Lukas Oppermann

A design reset (part I) | Linear

The Essential Guide to matching icons with typefaces | Icon University

Top 10 Cognitive Biases in Product Design | UX Planet

Zero UI: What it is and its modern use cases | Eric Chung

Unlocking Icon Usability: Insights from Cognitive Psychology | Dr Maria Panagiotidi 

How to design AI interfaces to improve user choices | UX Planet

12 Design Recommendations for Calculator and Quiz Tools | NN Group

5 design system examples (and what you can learn from them) | Paula Tienza

A good image tells a good story | iA

Designing the new era of Teams | Microsoft

UX Design Is Rapidly Changing — Can You Keep Up? | Punit Chawla for Muzli

AI UX-Design Tools Are Not Ready for Primetime: Status Update | NN Group

Design systems 102: How to build your design system | Chad Bergman fro Figms

Rethinking personas: Empathy and inclusion in UX design | UX Collective

The Wizard of Oz Method in UX | NN Group

Planning Research with Generative AI | NN Group

Iconography In Design Systems: Easy Troubleshooting And Maintenance | Smashing Magazine

Projects

Intercom – The new age of customer service is AI-first

Limitless AI – Personalized AI powered by what you’ve seen, said, and heard

Qudrix – your personal office space that meets all needs. In one place | O0 Design

RayRaylab is a one-person agency from Republic of Korea | RayRaylab

TERRA is a companion for mindful wandering

Flareum – Design System Builder | Glyph

SCRIB3 is the cutting-edge marketing studio serving crypto and web3 companies | Studio Freight

100 years of Columbia Pictures | Watson Design Group, Inc. PRO, Exo Ape PRO

Wright's Ferry Mansion is a historic house museum located in central Pennsylvania | Bom Bom

Harbour App – UI/UX Design for British neobank | LEAGUE Design Agency

Patrick David Creative Studio

👀 Visual Communication

Articles and case studies

Dazed and Ikea’s zine explores what home means to young creatives | Creative Review

All you need for good design is a pencil and your brain | The Brand Identity

Elizabeth Goodspeed on how signs remind us of design beyond the screen | It’s Nice That

Salome Frenzel on why entering the industry as a freelancer was the perfect choice | The Brand Identity

Audio Erotica traces the evolution of hi-fi brochures | Creative Review

Does the design have an ego problem? | It’s Nice That 

Airbnb gives you the chance to stay in Disney & Pixar's most iconic home, and it floats | Creative Boom

Turning a complex document into a thing of beauty: Codea Studio designs UCLG’s Pact for the Future | The Brand Identity

15 of the Best Book Covers of the Month: April 2024 | Print Mag

Nature is an artist! Inside AKQA’s design for mammoth Spotify and UN project, Sounds Right | It's Nice That

Projects

Venice Biennale stunt reminds people of the daily reality of war | Bickerstaff.734

The identity for the New York Times’ staff conference balances motion and legibility | CC Studio

Headspace overhauls visual identity to become mental health all-rounder | In-house

Jesús López rebrands a boutique Mexican hotel to reflect its local history and landscape | Jesús López

Floow Tennis Club’s Branding and Visual Identity Redesign | Studio sch_

Branding and Visual Identity in Ostraka’s Pottery Art | In-house

Crafting a Modular Identity: BONELESS Branding Deconstructed | Han Gao

Thick Pickle | Studyhall

Barnardo’s | The Clearing

Casa Llimona | Atipus

Project Restore | Christopher Doyle & Co.

Mesura | Carlos Mayo, Sara Pinilla

Swiss Museum of Games | Hymn Design

Aruba Conservation Foundation’s rebrand gives nature a voice | How&How

Whirl | Good Habit Studio

Unlocking Creative Potential: Inside Dropbox’s ‘Blank Space’ Design Summit | Print Mag

Build the Tiny Food Village of Your Dreams with Cafe de Papa’s Street Kiosk Packaging | The Dieline

Apple Juice Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This Stylish Norwegian Design | The Dieline

🔠 Typography

Exploring Waffle Typeface: Typography Blend of Sans and Serif | Abduzeedo

Type knitter Rüdiger Schlömer makes fonts for screens and jumpers | It’s Nice That

Arthur Teboul Zaïane on incorporating data and diagrams into the design process | It’s Nice That

Proto-typography: how type is dictated by the surface it’s written on | It’s Nice That

The Art & Science of Typography in 100 Principles | Print Mag

The Daily Heller: A Big Hand for Arthur Szyk’s Lettering and Calligraphy | Print Mag

Typeface release: Tegner | Linda Hintz

 Polymath | OH no Type Company

In The Name Of Typography | Max Shirko

What does a head of typography do? | Tim Brown, Adobe

🏇Motion Design

Articles and case studies

Never Sit Still shakes up self-promotion with an animated anti-showreel | Creative Boom

Guide to UI Animations, Micro-Interactions and Modern Tools | Elizabeth Alli

How ChatGPT Can Spark Animation Creativity and Improve the Customer Experience | The Lab @ Apply Digital

Projects

Gemin i– Launch Video 

The Art Department festival shows us the beauty of creative mistakes | Form Play Studio

Inner State| Kyifornia

👩‍🚀 Productivity, Career Growth, and Design Management

How to reframe your frustrations | SCOTT BERKUN

Our journey into complexity via Service Design | IBM Design

One simple way Apple could improve your sleep habits | growth.design

Visionary Leadership — and How Not To Bungle It: The Case of Emperor Maximilian | Jaime Martínez Bowness

Engineering Better Workplaces: Bringing Systems Thinking to the Human Capital Challenge | Carin-Isabel Knoop (on Humans in the Digital Era)

Top 5 Learnings After Mentoring 100 Startups | Daniel Rizea

How to Keep Your Team’s Morale High | Vinita

🚀 Products and Tools

Figma

Meet multi-edit: Editing as it should be | Figma

At Framework, Figma’s design systems event, they launched Code Connect and other new features to empower teams to drive design systems adoption.

100 Figma Design Tips | Figma Blog

Other

Meet Subframe – The best way to build UI, fast 

Framer components inspired by Dieter Rams' design principles | Framer

Top 15 Free AI Animation Tools To Bring Your Animations To Life | Emmanuel Crown

Fable Prism – Control of Generative AI

Deblank Colors – Inspirational color palettes 

Also

"I'm not talented enough to do art..." | Sam Hardacre

Intranet Feedback Features (video) | NN Group
Just show up. | Joan Westenberg

🤪 Memes

Awesomic is an open-minded team of people who are changing the way of getting design done. It’s the right place for professional design growth and a great spot for motivated individuals. And for humor, of course!

Join if you feel the same – we have various open positions.

Want to stay updated on what’s going on in the design community? Sign up for our email subscription 😉

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