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The Rise of Brauncore
Beyond the touch screen, there’s a new trend rising.
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Superlist Review – Part 2
A Review of the Wunderlist Successor, – the bad & the ugly
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I Switched to Superlist so You Don’t Have to
A Review of the Wunderlist successor, Part 1
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Search in UX
More People have been to the top of Mt. Everest than to page 10 of Google’s search results – summary of Smashing Magazine's Vitaly Friedman talk
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Creative Events that are Worth Attending in Spring 2024
Here’s a list of design events you should not miss in Spring 2024 in Berlin (and other cool cities).
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The Return of Tech Brutalism
This is not a review – it is an explanation why the Nothing Phone (1) is such a hype. And who is behind it.
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Mobile Design Trends in 2020
UX Design is ever evolving. In today’s global and restless society, technical and social changes trickle down into product design very quick. Almost daily.
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Getting Started with UX in 2019
What you need to know when you want to become a UX designer
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What Mike Monteiro Taught me About Feedback
Working with long-form feedback doesn’t have to be painful – here’s a lesson from the designer who calls his boss an asshole.
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The 5 Best Design Events
Photo by Norman Posselt. Dusty meeting rooms, smelly carpets, cheap coffee – conferences are lame. Here are 5 events that definitely are not!
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Books for Designers, Vol. III
5 books that inspired me and changed the way I design.
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Manage your day with Todo Tiles
Here is a simple and effective method to get an overview over your daily tasks.
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Interview with Erik Spiekermann, Part II
«We want to see how we can use the old machines and bring them into the present» – in part 2 of our interview, Erik speaks about creative limitations, city planning and poaching eggs.
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Interview with Erik Spiekermann, Part I
«Make sure you have a good idea that can survive, even badly designed» – Design legend Erik Spiekermann talks about travel, design challenges and not getting killed over beer.
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Are Designers Important?
What skills does a designer need to have in 2019? What is really important? How has the discipline changed?
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Access over Ownership
Design has changed, as have the tools. Here is a list of easy-to-access design apps and websites that can help you create professional output.
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The 5 Stages of Product Designers
From Pixelpusher to Human Experience Design – What every designer goes through in their career.
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Kill Your KPIs
Don’t fall for the data porn trap. Here is how designing for data can negatively impact your product.
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Deluxe Experiences
How to take full control over an experience and its influence.
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Love in Product Design
How the best product designers make us love product – and how you can, too.
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Being Successful in Making Games – Interview with Catt Small
I spoke with UX designer, game developer and TEDx speaker Catt Small about side projects, diversity in games and how to stay motivated.
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Personal OKRs
A brief chat with my buddy Max about personal goal setting, using OKRs and Bill & Ted.
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Humans, not Users
There’s a fundamental problem with UX – here’s how to fix it.
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Books for Designers, Vol. II
If you’re an aspiring UX designer, there is no way around these 5 books. Number 3 will … just kidding, they will all blow your mind.
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How to Find Time for Your Side Hustle
«Do you ever sleep?» How to start a successful side hustle without cutting work or family life.
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How to Turn Your New Year’s Resolutions Into Goals
3 productivity hacks that help you stick to your new years resolutions
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2018 - Year in Review
2018. A lot has happenend. Here is my review.
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Design Trends Forecast 2019
Forget minimalism, big pictures or typography – here are the real design trends for 2019.
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Design Sprint 101
An intro to Design Sprints – from getting started to getting successful.
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Design Process Battle: Which One is the Best?
What does a good design process look like? And what can we learn from Apple and Google?
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Here’s to 2017
A year full of Fun, Details, Populism, Design Talks. My personal year in review.
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Survival Guide for the Attention Economy
Election in Germany is coming up, time to give a little advice on how to avoid being manipulated by players you don’t like.
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«Details Make the Experience» – Interview with Frank Rausch
The award-winning app designer & developer about reading experiences, inspiration and detail obsession.
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My Top 5 Books for UX Designers
If you’re an aspiring UX designer, there is no way around these 5 books. Number 3 will … just kidding, they will all blow your mind.
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«Does my mom understand what I do?» – Interview with Khoi Vinh
The Adobe XD Principal Designer speaks about why design is not well understood – and what we designers can do about it.
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The IKEA Principle
The seven phases of guiding users through an online experience – inspired by the Swedish furniture giant.
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Move your Boundaries – Interview with Alex Cornell
Designer & filmmaker Alex Cornell talks about how he almost ended up on “Shark Tank” and why he gave up his design studio to join Facebook.
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“I Forget to Make Small Moves” – Interview with Aaron Draplin
Speaking with designer legend Aaron James Draplin of Draplin Design Co. about Dribbble, scaling up his company and building record shelves.
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What Creators can Learn from Larry Clark
7 key lessons from the filmmaker legend’s “Manifesto of not giving a fuck”
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Science in Design
Good design is not rooted in art, it is based on science. Read about how math & psychology impact our visuals.
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Pathway to Sanity
We spend too much time consuming content online. Time to fix this.
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Demystifying Editorial Design
Besides VR, AR and AI, the web is still 90% about text. How do I get people to read?
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Product Mixtape
You make playlists for chillin’, to work out or for loved ones. I made one for a product I worked on. Here is why.
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Delightful Details
A true story about space travel, UX design and how a simple switch could kill you.
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Improving my Productivity
I stopped using Wunderlist to become better in tracking and improving my workflow – here’s what I found.
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Designing Fun
Fun experiences can be product differentiators. But how does fun work?
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Experiences! or How to Build Roller Coasters
There’s over a billion websites live today. And the question: how can we stand out?
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Speaking at CreativeMornings Berlin
In November 2016, I had the honor to give a talk at CreativeMornings Berlin – here’s my summary.
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Prototyping with AppStarter
Whenever a new tool or framework comes up, I want to get my hands on it.
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Logo Design Trend: Negative Space
Tiny details in design can tell a great story, especially when they’re hidden in the negative space of a logo.
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Design Trend: Blue Text on Websites
A collection of websites using bright blue as their body copy color.
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UX und HTML5 - So verbesserst du die User-Experience mobiler Web-Apps
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Confusing UI in iOS7
It’s flat, it’s beautiful — and it can teach us a lot about how a sloppy interface implementation can successfully confuse users.
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Don’t Treat Your Brand like a Pet Project
Yahoo just changed their logo, and I like it. What I don’t like is the way they did it. Here is why.
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UI Design Trends 2012
After years of gradient and bubble gum color exploitation, we will see more reduced and monochrome interfaces in 2012.
Johannes Ippen Designer