Things I found on the web this week (6th September)

Jenny Brown
Sep 6, 2018 · 2 min read
Image from: Making Use of the Crowd — Social Proof and the User Experience

This week: Why Amazon, Airbnb and Asos are all investing in Service Design, the President of Y Combinator on how to succeed with a startup, getting notifications right, the future of magnetic tape.

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

Happy reading!


Making Use of the Crowd — Social Proof and the User Experience

“Social proof can be a powerful tool to help you guide users to make specific decisions online and in mobile apps.”

How To Design Notifications For Better UX

“Notifications are double-edged swords. Getting it right is the key to success.”


Sam Altman — How to Succeed with a Startup

“Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, shares his thoughts on how you can succeed with a startup.”


These companies are shrinking the voice recognition ‘accent gap’

“…Despite the technological leaps and bounds made possible by machine learning, the voice recognition systems of today are at best imperfect — and at worst discriminatory.”


Amazon, Airbnb, and Asos are all investing in this one simple design idea

“Service design has revolutionized our lives. Here are 15 principles for getting it right, as illustrated by some of the world’s most prominent companies.”


Customer Touchpoints — The Point of Interaction Between Brands, Businesses, Products and Customers

“A touchpoint is any interaction (including encounters where there is no physical interaction) that might alter the way that your customer feels about your product, brand, business or service.”


The history and future of data on magnetic tape

“What could be seen as an intermediate but mostly dead technology is actually quite alive and thriving.”


The World’s Newest, Most Gloriously Designed Maps

Maps, maps, glorious maps!

Compiled with ❤️ in Qatar

Every week I read stuff on the web that I think would help Qatar-based tech startups design and build brilliant products. I save up all the interesting things and publish them here, and send them out via

UX. Product Development. Startups. Qatar.

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