A man and a woman stand facing each other in front of a sunset.
A man and a woman stand facing each other in front of a sunset.
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Have you ever been especially fond of a design element that wasn’t entirely driven by user needs? If so, then you’ve probably had a “darling”. I still find them in my work, but thanks to generations of writers, I know how to handle them.

Writers “kill their darlings”. Designers stand to improve our work by doing the same. …


Worn paperback books sit slanted along a shelf
Worn paperback books sit slanted along a shelf
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A good narrative elevates a prototype from merely demonstrating task flows to an artifact that unites the team, describes the actions afforded, and promotes user empathy.

The narrative unites the team because every team member can relate to it. Humans are hard-wired to understand information in the form of narrative, so we understand and relate to information woven into a narrative better than we relate to information without narrative context. …

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