We're back with our second 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.
One of the biggest things holding designers back from doing great work is the fear of making something lame. Many great projects go through a stage early on where they don't seem very impressive. You have to push through this stage to reach the great work that lies beyond. But many people don't. This essay covers the framework and mindset you need to do great design work.
Inventing a new product from scratch is really hard. Inventing a new product from scratch that generated the buzz, reception, and love Hey got in 2020 is really, really, really hard. Lucky for us, Jonas Downey, the lead designer for Hey documented the entire evolution of the Hey product from the early days to launch. It's a masterclass in product design and strategy.
Sparkbox asked 376 designers their biggest priorities, challenges, and objections to using design systems. The key themes of the survey revolved around 3 areas: encouraging adoption, engaging contributors, and overcoming debt. Check out the survey results to see how teams are handling these key areas.
The Stripe design team breaks down their process for designing a new color system that is predictably accessible, uses vibrant hues, and has consistent visual weight. In true Stripe fashion, they went above and beyond and created their own internal tool to assess these color parameters.
Have a great weekend!
Molly & Jake at UI Prep