🖐 Friday Five (How to be great, Color accessibility, Designing Hey, and more)

Hi friends!

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.


1) How to be great? Just be good, repeatedly

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.


2) Deep dive into the early design decisions that defined Hey

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.


3) Tell us how you really feel about Design Systems

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.


4) Got 99 problems, but color accessibility ain't one

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.


5) How small UX decisions make or break products

We've been enjoying UX breakdowns on popular products from Built For Mars blog. Two of our recent favorites have been YouTube Shorts vs TicTok and Improving Apple's Airtags.


Have a great weekend!

Molly & Jake at UI Prep