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Welcome to the second edition of Design World News. This month, we’ve got five fascinating articles ranging from long-awaited design tool updates to an almost unthinkable UX disaster. We’ll also introduce the intriguing UI work of Ani Harutyunyan, a talented Toptal designer based in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Flat UI Colors 2 Released – Expanded with 13 More Color Palettes

Flat UI Colors 2

Flat UI Colors 2 is a set of 14 color palettes and 280 colors for your designs, projects, presentations, and other creative needs. It’s the result of a collaboration with 13 designers from 13 different countries, and all 280 colors are available via copy/paste…

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Adele – Publicly Available Design Systems and Pattern Libraries

Adele public design systems and pattern libraries

No, Adele, the design systems repository, is not named after Adele the singer. It’s a tribute to one of the most important computer scientists focused on graphic user interfaces, design patterns and object-oriented programming—Adele Goldberg…

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Innovation By Design Awards 2017

Innovation By Design Awards 2017

Fast Company’s sixth annual By Design Awards drew more than 2,500 submissions. The 299 honorees, chosen by expert judges in 13 categories, represent the best products, services, interfaces, and ideas of 2017. Read on, and get inspired…

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Adobe XD – Third-party Workflow Integrations

Adobe XD - Third-party Workflow Integrations

Adobe XD now works with Zeplin, Avocode, Sympli, ProtoPie, and Kite Compositor. Start your designs in XD, then bring them into your favorite developer handoff or advanced animation tool…

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UX Could Have Prevented the Hawaii Missile Disaster

UX Design Hawaii Missile Disaster

One man put Hawaii into a state of panic after mistakenly initiating a mobile alert informing residents that a ballistic missile was headed their way.

State Governor David Ige explained that the catastrophe was caused by an employee pressing the wrong button, and many UX experts, such as the Nielsen Norman Group, wondered how this could’ve happened. In fact, a whopping 34 articles have been written, detailing how this disaster could have been avoided with better UX…

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Toptal Designer Showcase

Please tell us about a recent project you worked on.

PingBing” is a peculiar social app with voice only messaging (no texting, videos or pictures) and it enables people to share with nearby users. PingBing connects you and your friends through the hottest trend in messaging: voice. Getting your voice back has never been cooler!

The app shows all nearby PingBing users whether they are friends or not, so you can easily make new friends and send fun greetings to everyone.

PingBing mobile app design

What was your design process?

There hasn’t been a leading app for voice communication and broadcasting in the market of social applications before, so it was challenging to create a design that would show the world something completely unique.

In the beginning of the process, I created three different UX mockups and tested them with the development and business teams. After approvals, I started work on the UI design, which featured a clean, modern interface and was enriched by a circular, roundish style.

PingBing mobile app design

What was the outcome? What are you most proud of?

I’m pleased with the outcome—it was really stunning. The unusual, even eccentric, design became popular—people loved it. It was featured on Behance.

“PingBing” was also shared on inspiredesign.me as the best Mobile UI/UX design of December 2016.

‘’PingBing’’ is on both the App Store and the Google Play Store. I’m proud and very pleased that my design satisfied the client’s requirements, and the team had a lot of fun creating it! As Honoré de Balzac said: ‘‘All happiness depends on courage and work.’’

PingBing mobile app design

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About the author

Miklos Philips, United Kingdom

member since April 26, 2016

Miklos is a principal lead UX designer with more than 16 years of experience. As a full-spectrum user experience designer, he effectively mediates between user needs, business objectives, and technical feasibility resulting in product designs that work for the intended audience and impact the bottom line. [click to continue…]
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