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Design Ecosystem in NYC

{ 🗽 } – City Of Opportunities

In our series Design Ecosystems, we have already visited Africa, Europe, and Asia. In this article, we are going to cover probably the most famous city in North America – New York City.

NYC is not only the biggest city in the United States but also one of the most international ones.

It’s a home to countless interesting companies and startups that have a huge role in shaping the city’s design ecosystem. Let’s take a closer look!

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Refresh: Rethinking The Browser

{ 🌐 } – The Web Browser Of The Future

Look at your web browser’s tab bar. How many tabs do you have opened? I normally keep a 5-tab maximum, but some of you might have 10 or more.

Some of those tabs are probably work-related, others are not. Does it ever get messy and annoying?

Web browsers are due for a breakthrough. We’ve been waiting for one, since the introduction of Chrome. So, what’s next? What can make web surfing more fun and efficient?

Julius Gehrig and Julius Sohn, creators of a Refresh browser concept, have come up with some great ideas.

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The Importance Of Sharing Knowledge

{ 🙏 } – Create an environment where design can thrive

Getting in sync is part of almost every conversation I have as a Product Designer, no matter how small or large. With product managers, developers — even the CEO. Ranging from topics such as why a button is put in a particular place through to discussing how we might validate a feature that presents risk and may or may not add substantial value to the customer and the business.

Each conversation and interaction between people on a team build more tacit knowledge within a group. To the point where you can know people’s preferences and opinions before they even express them — but that’s not where we start, and we don’t get there overnight.

It takes time to build connections like this through shared work and experiences. As designers, we can lead by example and help our team create these connections by sharing knowledge and creating transparency. Specifically, by sharing our design process and insight into why we do certain activities that help us relentlessly focus on the customer.

By doing this, we also create an environment where good work — not just design work — can be done.

Here are a few ways you can share knowledge and increase transparency to create an environment where design can thrive!

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