Issue 72 - May 2016

May 2016

»If we want users to like our software we should design it to behave like a likeable person: respectful, generous and helpful.« — Alan Cooper

Hi there,

this week the whole internet freaked out as Instagram unveiled its new look (mainly because of the new app icon). But is it really as bad as a lot of people want it to be?

Food for thought: Bashing some big company's design decisions is a common practice these days. It's easy and convenient as you can do it from your computer at home and you don't need to deal with PMs, design co-workers and other departments. But always remember that there are other factors like restrictions, data and iteration processes that went into eventually making these decisions. It needs a huge amount of collaborative effort by a group of people to settle on certain changes that affect hundreds of millions of users.

Criticism as such isn't bad though. In fact, it's a designer's most powerful tool and it helps us to take a look beyond our comfort zone and improve ourselves and the way we work. So make sure to criticize right, ask yourself repeatedly why those decisions have been made, embrace change and just avoid jumping on some hate train.

Well, of course I also read some other non-instagram articles this week. So, let's jump right in with some additional reads that I want to share with you:

That's it for this week. Thanks for reading and remember to hit me up on Twitter if you want to chat.

See you next week

Published on May 15, 2016