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Embracing Collaboration Between Designers

Designing alone gives us huge control over our work, but it's the collaboration with others that makes us do things, that we haven't thought of doing before. In Issue #12, we take a closer look at collaboration in design teams using design audits, Moscow's design ecosystem, as well as designing truly accessible maps.

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The Ultimate Guide to Design Audits

{ 📒 } – What are design audits, why you need one, and how to do them

The word “audit” doesn’t generally inspire excitement, but when it comes to a design audit, well… conducting one can at least lead to some exciting outcomes for your product and brand.

A design audit involves analyzing all the design elements used across your organization in order to ensure that branding is consistent across all channels and outlets. That not only means taking stock of your visual design elements, but also the verbal and written portions of your user experience.

Design audits have gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Let’s break down the components of a design audit, then dive into how to do one of your own.

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Design Ecosystem in Moscow

{ 🇷🇺 } – Russia’s Creative Capital

In the last edition of our Design Ecosystem series in 2018, we took a look at one of the most engaged design communities in the world: San Francisco. Now we’re jumping into 2019 with our take on Moscow, where we had an opportunity to talk about Phase during last year’s Design Conference.

We reached out to designers based in the city to learn more about it and get a closer look at the local design community. Here’s an inside take on what we discovered!

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Design Accessible Maps

{ 🗺 } – UX guide to improving navigation apps for the visually impaired.

This study was done by a team led by Dr Young Mi Choi at the Georgia Tech School of Design.

Visually impaired people have a hard time using existing navigation apps. Through user interviews, market research, and user testing, we came up with a list of do’s and don’ts for navigation apps that want to improve their vision accessibility. In this article, I’ll be using Google Maps as an example —this is because 82% of interviewees reported primarily using Google Maps. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and there may be exceptions to every rule.

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