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430: Design File Sanity and Breaking Navigation Patterns

February 24, 2022

This week, we talk about design file sources of truth, Snapchat's evolution, and the qualities of great managers. In the Sidebar, we talk about building a YouTube channel from scratch, the opportunity for designers on YouTube, and ways to de-risk a new creative exploration.

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This week, we talk about design file sources of truth, Snapchat's evolution, and the qualities of great managers.

  • Emily asks on GitHub: Hi! I'm curious how other teams maintain their "latest design" mockups for designs that have been shipped.
  • Zach asks on GitHub: I've always wondered how Snapchat was able to get away with a design that broke so many conventions, particularly in the way you navigate the app. Overtime, they seem to have been returning to a normal nav pattern, especially now with the new tab bar design. What do you think of the app's design and evolution, and do you know of any other apps that break the rules and still find success?
  • Mannnny asks on GitHub: Speaking of being a team lead or manager, what do you think are the core skills a manager should have? Also when do you know you’re ready to be a team lead or manager? Do you have to be a great IC to be a manager? I personally don’t think so, they’re very different roles and requires different skills.

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  • Brian shared Must, a prettier Letterboxd. If you are willing to trade visuals for social features, Must is nice!
  • Marshall shared Clear Spaces, an iOS app to create transparent widgets to clean up your Home Screen.

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