Things I found on the web this week (7th December)

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This week: Airbnb, Uber and IBM use design systems and so should you, how to leverage social media in 2018, how e-commerce can win against Amazon, building a sales team from your users, meet a chap who is excelling at excel.

Here are the things I found interesting on the web this week.

Happy reading!


Des Traynor on how to create a product first company

A fantastic slide deck about the history of technology, product development and why being product-led will make your business succeed.


How a UX Team Boosted their Users’ Confidence Right Out of the Box

A really nice case study of why it’s important to consider the user experience right from the very beginning.


Great Design Drives Sales

Just in case you why wondering why I keep banging on about design…

How Stripe Designs Beautiful Websites

Analysis of how Stripe’s website gets to look so beautiful and why Stripe considers design to be essential for their business.

A Comprehensive Guide to Design Systems

How companies such as Airbnb, Uber and IBM use Design Systems to “change the pace of creation and innovation within their teams”.

Each Screen isn’t a Special Snowflake: Brad Frost on Design Systems

“[Design Systems] provide a mental model to help us think about user interfaces in a more systematic, hierarchical way so we can create thoughtful UIs…”


How to Leverage Social Media In 2018: A Video Marketing Guide for Brands

“As video is the both the present and the future of content marketing, it’s a good idea to review what works best on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat so you can plan accordingly.”


7 Great Products Innovations Developed by Studying Nature

Need some inspiration? Learn from no less than Mother Nature herself.


How Can E-commerce Fight Back (and Win) Against Amazon?

“Ecommerce companies need to get innovative if they’re going to prevent Amazon from taking over.”


Let your customers do the work

How this company “built a (free) sales team from thousands of happy users.”


Meet Tatsuo Horiuchi, the 77-Year-Old Artist Who ‘Paints’ Japanese Landscapes With Excel

In case you were wondering what else you can do with Excel besides spreadsheets.

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