🖐 Friday Five (Design governance, Simple color systems, New project kickoffs, and more)

Hi friends!

We're back with our 11th issue of Friday Five, a weekly email with our top 5 finds to help you level up as a designer. Here's what we want to share with you this week.

This week's Finds:

  1. Open Ended: Exploratory design briefs at Khan Academy

  2. Governance: How to manage design systems changes

  3. Work Editor: Kicking off a new design project

  4. Designing Software: Principles behind useful design

  5. Back to Basics: How to design your next color system


1) Designing open-ended activities for online platforms

Khan Academy published its research on the best approach to designing open-ended activities to help students build better complex reasoning skills. It's equal parts research paper and design strategy that shows the great arch of going from a key design question to answering it with a functional product.


2) Deep dive on design system governance process

Brad Frost describes his detailed process for governing design system changes when users can't find a component that does what they need. The component gets them 90% of the way there, but not 100% or they have questions or concerns about the design system.


3) Unique approach to kicking off new projects

Everybody has a text editor. But have you heard of a work editor? Ryan Singer shares his internal app for shaping new projects and how he approaches this phase of work.


4) Breakdown of fundamental design principles

A dense and thorough exploration of core design principles using "informational software" products as a case-study. This resource is a doozy. Bookmark it and study it in chunks. It's a classic for a reason.


5) Simple 5-step process to designing your next color system

Working with color can be difficult. To make it easier, Ridd shared his fool-proof process for creating simple and flexible color palettes to use across your brand and product.

Have a great weekend!

Molly and Jake at UI Prep

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