Top content for 2017 — UX, design, tech and beyond

I’ve consumed a tonne of content in the last year, the best of which have been lucky enough to end up in this list. Please feel free to add in the comments what videos and articles that you loved from 2017. Enjoy!

Algorithms, machine learning

The influence of algorithms This is a great playlist of 7 TED talks around algorithms. Be sure to watch Zeynep Tufekci’s hard hitting talk about our AI dystopia.

How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? (7:52)

Colormind This site generates colour schemes, but the difference here is that it uses deep learning from art, pics etc.

Photo by Harpal Singh on Unsplash


Skeuomorphism — Leather on your iPhone (1:20) Great short video on how Skeuomorphism on the iPhone got users to learn how to use it.

Dropbox really screwed up its new design When Dropbox released it’s new design there was a significant backlash from the design community. From the 49 variations of the logo to the 259 fonts, you can see why many designers didn’t like the redesign, and this article really digs into what went wrong and doesn’t hold back.

The iPhone X’s real legacy: Making your face the interface Using the iPhone’s TrueDepth Camera developers have been able to create some interesting games that you control with your face. However, combined with other technologies that Apple had acquired, we could end up with more invasive and controlling devices.


The Top 11 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better In 2017

The Grand Theory of Apple (8:24) This video explains why Apple does what it does. I don’t always agree with Apple, but I feel I have a better understanding of their overall strategy.

The Next User You Design For Won’t Be A Human Introduces the concept of ‘Centaur Design’ — essentially designing for humans and computers working together.

Adobe XD CC — Is it worth to switch from Sketch?

Why All Designers Should Read Cyberpunk


Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss (20:55)

User research

Beyond User Research: Louis Rosenfeld (1:06:35) Louis talks about uniting user research within organisations to lead to great insights.

How Miscommunication happens (and how to avoid it) — Katherine Hampsten (4:32)

How a knowledge kanban board can help your user research

How Customer Listening Shapes the XD Product Development Process

3 Inspiring Ladies Who Became UX Designers After 40

UX Design

SXSW Keynote — The best Interface Is no interface by Golden Krishna (31:54)

The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps. (6:49)

A Bone to Pick With Skeleton Screens

The iPhone X Is A User Experience Nightmare 404 inspiration site

Airbnb built an AI that turns design sketches into product source code

Fuck Dropdowns (46:50)

The Endless Battle Alan Cooper talks about The Endless Battle on user-centred versus design-entered design. He points out how prototype-and-test is being used as the only part of the software creation process that gets users feedback — and excludes doing proper user research and design up front.

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

How Scrolling Can Make (Or Break) Your User Experience

The password needs to die and better UX will kill it

PANEL: What Makes Great Product Design? (55:34)

Why emoji might be your next password

Reactions: Not everything in life is Likeable — The journey of Facebook going from Likes to Reactions.

Designing better tables for enterprise applications

Why UX Extends Beyond The Screen

Stories are the new News Feed

Microsoft Fluent Design System: Breaking down Windows 10’s new look

9 Rules for Designing Mindfully

The Evolution of UI/UX Designers Into Product Designers

“A woman showing off her apple watch and the amazing display on the watch screen” by Green Chameleonon Unsplash

Stakeholder management

Help! My UX research is ignored — or never implemented! (Tuesdays with Joe, Episode 10) (7:13)


How to Choose the Right UX Metrics for Your Product

Translating UX Goals into Analytics Measurement Plans


Uber Sign Language — Teaches American sign language.

Perspective Cards — Provides different perspectives to improve inclusion.


Don’t Let Your Brain Deceive You: Avoiding Bias In Your UX Feedback

How Airbnb designs for trust | Joe Gebbia (16:00)

TOA16: “Balancing Order And Chaos In UX” Ignite Talk with Katie Dill (Airbnb, Director of UX Design) (26:39)

Design Is [Emotion] (57:56)

Photo by Oliver Shou on Unsplash

Ethics & the future

Something is wrong on the internet

Workers Displaced By Automation Should Try A New Job: Caregiver

Dead-End UX: The Big Problem That Facebook, Twitter, And Others Need To Solve

facebook, you needy sonofabitch

“Design Is Inherently An Unethical Industry”

Have Designers Lost Control Of Design?

A Designer’s Code of Ethics

Elementary, My Dear Watson: AI Essentials and Ethics with Chris Noessel(Audio only 21:38)

Design Didn’t Make Uber Good, But It Made Uber Great

The Rise Of Auto-Complete Culture–And Why We Should Resist

MIT Trained An AI To Tug At Your Heartstrings

Designers, It’s Time To Move Slowly And Fix Things

Artificial Intelligence Seeks An Ethical Conscience

Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change (56:15)

Product development

Limit, Visualize, and Improve


Why I HATE your FAKE redesign!

Why human centred design is the enemy of original brands


UX Bear — informs you about design news.


4 Learning Strategies Quick Learners Master But Never Told You

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 This article is also available on Medium.

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