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385: Raising Your Team’s UI Bar

February 17, 2021

This week, we talk about strategies and tactical tips for elevating a team’s bar to design high quality interfaces. In The Sidebar, we talk about how to transition from web to mobile design.

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In this week's Sidebar, we talk about things to learn and new mental models to adopt in order to transition from web to mobile design.

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Main Topic:

sallythat asks us on GitHub: What to do when the design team’s bar for UI is low?

We discuss some tips and strategies for communication and finding leverage in systems to raise the bar for a product’s UI.

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  • Brian shared CleanShot X, a fantastic alternative to the default macOS screenshot tool. Highlights: auto-copy to clipboard and place window screenshots perfectly centered on your wallpaper.
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