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New Google Maps

Last week, the Google Maps team dramatically changed the map’s visual design. I don’t love it.

Why Is NYC’s New Tourism Logo Shouting at Me?

It doesn’t say ‘Welcome,’ it yells “STOP!”

Down the wrong path: the disaster of the latest Duolingo UI update

The world’s largest language learning platform recently rolled out a major update to its 50M active users.

Duolingo’s redesign: 4 things they got right, 1 possible improvement

I’m here to talk about three things I think Duolingo really nailed with this redesign — and 1 possible improvement.

Taylor Swift’s new album design: an (over)analysis

Because if it’s from a cryptic singer-songwriter, why not?

Goodreads UX: indispensable, but unsatisfying

Despite being a cornerstone in the community, Goodreads has continually disappointed its ample user base with bad usability.

Five logos worth revisiting from 130 years of branding history

Jens Müller gives us a lesson in logo history, unpacking five favourites spanning two centuries, from the niche to the revered.

Analyzing Apple Music’s UX

I’ve spent the last 10 years using Apple products and appreciating the philosophy of good design Jobs ushered in way back when.

A not so gentle intro to web3

You’re not too stupid to understand what’s going on.

A UX case study on Cash App

A user experience (UX) case study, showing what they’ve done right, and what they could improve on.

Reviewing the Safari redesign in iOS 15

An overview of the changes, some theories on the project’s goals, and thoughts on how it’s working so far.

A UX case study on Apple AirTags

A user experience case study, showing what they’ve done right, and what they could improve on.

Hiking Apps & Outdoor Safety: A Critique

New hikers are flocking into the backcountry in unprecedented numbers and apps are their tool of choice.

Applying Usability Heuristics to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

A UX case study focused on the visibility of status.

Shit’s broken: why we need Mindful Notifications & how to Design them

Notifications today impede our focus, get in the way of our plans, cause cognitive overload, and are often devoid of meaning. Here’s how we improve.

Analyzing the new Tesla UI

The new user interface that Tesla has launched as a Christmas gift has not left its users indifferent.

How Group Sessions on Spotify work

I spent ~40 hours using, analyzing and reviewing Spotify’s Group Sessions. Here are the biggest issues with their user experience.

A UX Analysis of Xbox Passkey

Xbox Passkey is a 6-digit code that users can utilise to access their Xbox Live account rather than using an email and password.

Websites We Like: Whimsical

Whimsical is an app that lets you create flowcharts, but it was only earlier today that I spotted just how great the website is.

R’over the Moon

New Logo for Mars2020 by House of van Schneider.