Things I found on the web this week (9th November)

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This week: a jam packed edition! If you read to the end you get a special HEART from Google.
Also: Instagram updated for Arabic audiences, design frameworks from Mailchimp, Airbnb, Microsoft and more, how can e-commerce win against Amazon, validate your idea for less than $1.

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

Happy reading!


Base UI for Sketch

Sketch is by far the best software for digital designers and it comes with a ton of useful kits and plugins to speed up the design process. This is one of them.

Your guide to design systems from the world’s leading brands

Shopify, Airbnb, Mailchimp, Microsoft, Trello, Buzzfeed, Apple… see how the big guys do design.


“The easiest way to pitch your startup to journalist and get media coverage is a Presskit. Create yours now”.


The Landing Page Cookbook

“A practical guide for startups , marketers & designers who want to create better landing pages, faster.”

Offshore Development: Pluses and Minuses for Product Managers

An honest article about the pros and cons of offshore development teams including some tips on how to make it work.


What does it take to make better connected products?

Interesting thoughts from this IoT expert on why the industry needs to professionalise and how it can generate trust.


Instagram introduces ‘right to left’ functionality for Arab users

Good news for Arabic Instagram users!


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

Taking stock of Amazon’s meteoric rise and impact on industries from e-commerce to logistics.


The startup framework to validate your idea before you spend $1

Entrepreneurs on the DIC’s IdeaCamp program will know how easy it is to validate your idea without spending a penny. This article is a 101 of how to succeed before you spend big.


7 Great, Tried and Tested UX Research Techniques

“Thinking about conducting some user research? Wondering which techniques are most likely to provide useful results? Then look no further.”

How to effectively measure UX with Google Heart framework

“Google’s UX research team has come up with the Google HEART framework to measure the quality of user experience.” This is a fantastic tool to help you plan your product development.

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