My April Picks

Monzo bank

This post is part of a monthly series where I showcase some of my favourite things I’ve seen around the web recently.

I love April! I don’t know if its because its generally a month of renewal and change, but there is always a ton of exciting things that seem to grab my attention at this time of year.

I’ve compiled a list of the best things that I’ve noticed over the last month that I thought might be interesting to share with you.

So, let’s dive in!

Design Sprint Kit by Google

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Google have put together a lovely little microsite of design sprint resources and guides. Check it out to get inspiration and advice for how to run your next sprint.

Rosenfeld Media – Research pack

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Want to find out more about design research? Well, this is the pack for you. Rosenfeld Media have packaged up 4 of their research-focused books into one, discounted, pack, including:

  • Interviewing Users: Learn to conduct interviews with anyone. And glean rich insights from each user you speak with.
  • Card Sorting: Run effective card sorts to make your content easy to find for every kind of user you serve.
  • Remote Research: Design and run remote usability studies. Start recruiting users quickly and cheaply.
  • Validating Product Ideas: Gain the strategy and lean tactics to create an effective user research process from beginning to end.

Monzo

Monzo bank

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I finally got a Monzo card this month and have been absolutely delighted by the app’s design and motion flourishes, not to mention its usability. If only just from a design standpoint, I’d recommend signing up, because Monzo is a great example of what can happen when you apply some delight to something as functional as banking.

She believed she could so she did

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I’m always looking for the next thing to decorate my home office with, and this print is a firm favourite. I love the geometric design and the palette. This is definitely on my wish list!

User Experience Revolution

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The latest from Smashing Mag, this book by Paul Boag looks really interesting. The blurb says:

This book is for anybody passionate about user experience, but who is working in a company that is failing its customers. It contains a battle plan of practical advice for changing the culture of businesses. Changing them, so they put the user first.

Check out the link to see lots more details about what the book includes.

Leuchtterm 1917 metallic edition notebooks

Leughtterm 1917 metallic edition notebook

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It’s well documented that Leuchtterm 1917 notebooks are my favourite ever notebooks. So, every time they bring out something new and shiny (in this case, literally shiny), I get extremely excited. These metallic versions of the classic notebooks are right up my street.

Mini Metro

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I am obsessed with this game and have been recommending it to all my friends. It is beautifully designed app, with a minimalist and geometric interface, and it has a very considered approach to sound design. If you’re into strategy games and you’re looking for something to do on your commute, download this app now!

UX Design Kit Bag

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Finally, this list would not be complete without shouting about my new UX kit bag. Its perfect for carrying around all of your post-its, sharpies and other workshop accessories! And until midnight on 23rd April 2017, there is 20% off! 🙂


Next month:

I’ll be bringing you a new list every month of the latest and best things I’ve seen around the web. If you have any suggestions of things for me to look at, do send them over to yael at iamnotmypixels dot com. Thanks!

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Design lead, watermelon addict, Leuchtterm notebook obsessive. I just enjoy designing great experiences for people that just work, writing about my craft and connecting with designers everywhere. Find me on Instagram, Twitter and Google+.
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