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Sketching for UX Newsletter Issue #13 (August 2023)
My favorite design & visual thinking resources I discovered in August
Before sharing my favorite resources, here are some of my achievements:
#1 Becoming a social media partner of the George UX Conference
This is a conference “designed for designers by designers”. They invited speakers from banking & fintech.
📍Date: 19th of October
📍Location: Vienna, Austria & online
The George UX Conference organizers offered a 15% discount to my followers, use the code “SKETCHINGFORUX” at the checkout.
#2 Completing my The 100-Day Long UX Visual Library Building Challenge book
My book is finally finished, as I mentioned in the previous newsletter issue, it is going to be available very soon: the physical (soft cover) copy on amazon.com, while the digital format via my Lemonsqueezy shop (on a pay-what-you-want basis).
Until then, grab a copy of my Sketching for UX Designers Workbook :)
#3 My favorite UX design workbooks - article in progress
I’m working on an article that showcases my favorite design workbooks. Learning design theory is great, but it won’t make you a better designer unless you put the things you’ve learnt into practice. I’m going to publish it later in September.
+1: All the course material of my upcoming Udemy course, “How to train your designer eye” is completed, now I “just” need to record it :) Stay tuned!
Here are my favorite discoveries of August, 2023:
#1 Wise: UX without borders
Yet another great design case study by
#2 Framer University
Nandi has finally started uploading his great content to the Framer University website. Join the waitlist of his free course. Do you need more resources? Check out my Framer Study Guide.
#3 365 Design Tips
Get daily bite-sized design tips, from color theory to layout hacks, right in your browser. Perfect for designers and enthusiasts. A project by
#4 Taste - On subjectivity, gatekeeping, and the risk of leaving words undefined.
”Taste is in the observer, quality is in the object. The concept of taste becomes more productive when framed objectively around quality, and in ways that are measurable or at least comparable.” - a nice design essay by
#5 Collected - new web design inspiration on every visit
Collected is a web design gallery which shows only eight sites from a pool of currently 2937 breathtaking sites, shuffled on every visit. The sites are collected by Jonas Pelzer.
#6 Mastering the pillars of great visual design - Dive podcast episode
Two of my favorite designers in one podcast episode - do I need to say more? :)
#7 Free Books For Interface & UX Designers
#8 How you can create non-obvious UX research insights
As a former research team lead, I really appreciate this article. Sharing truly valuable and surprising insights with your stakeholders is a great feeling - but how can you design your research in a way that increases your chances of getting such insights?
#9 The Psych Framework - How to Visualize User Experiences
If you are a long time subscriber, you know that I love the case studies of growth.design. In this short piece, they explain how they visualize the variations in a user's motivation and ability to take action. It is similar to Fogg’s behavior model (see my sketch about it). It also reminds me of Steve Krug’s Reservoir of Goodwill - he described it in his famous book, Don’t Make Me Think.
#10 What’s the right font size in web design?
In this article, Oliver Schöndorfer gives you a detailed guide on how to choose good font sizes for different viewport sizes. “A font is only as good as it’s being set. You can choose the best typefaces ever for your web or app design, and still f*** it up big time (pun intended) when setting it so small or in other ways inappropriate.” Btw., here is a nicely visualized report on viewport sizes.
+1 How to write case studies for your portfolio
”Case studies are the foundation of your portfolio. But writing great case studies is as daunting as assembling that Swedish shelf that’s also a bed that’s also a bicycle.” The Semplice guide to case studies makes it easy. This article might also be useful for you: NDA: How to show confidential work in your portfolio
Favorite posts [LinkedIn & Twitter (X)]
#1 A guide on howwould restart his UX career
Great advice by Thijs on what steps you should follow to kickstart your design career.
#3 How to analyze a font’s energy - Erik Kennedy’s tweet
A short video by Erik that explains how you can analyze fonts. Think about “how much energy would your hand have to use to draw these letterforms?”
#4 A nice discussion started byabout collecting design inspiration.
“What do you do with the resources you discover and save?” Btw. my upcoming Udemy course, “How to train your designer eye” is going to explore this topic in great detail!
#5 A generously shared live design review by
”Everyone loves a look behind the scenes. We've got a new one for you. Here's a recording of a live design review between three people from a couple days ago.”
My newest UX Knowledge Piece Sketch: The Labor Illusion
My newest sketch is about a bias called the labor illusion (or labor perception bias):
Check out my sketch & detailed article here soon. (As a newsletter subscriber, you not only get my newest UX Knowledge Piece Sketch directly to your inbox each month: you get early access to it, too.)
Coupon codes for my Udemy courses & other deals
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Being part of the 10x designers community has been one of the best experience in my professional life as a designer. Join me on this learning journey, let’s grow together! (Launch sale: $99 instead of $129 for 3 months)
As you know, I find collecting and analyzing design inspiration a very important skill, and I became an advocate of Mobbin, join with my link to support me with a couple of dollars, I’d really appreciate it!
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Thanks for reading my newsletter, I hope you enjoyed it! 💙
P.S.: Have you written or found an interesting design / visual thinking article or other resource lately? Please send me a DM on Twitter! I might feature your resource in the next issue!