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Popular design news of the week: January 20, 2020 – January 26, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Nototo – A Virtual Memory Palace of your Notes

 

Startup Colors – Killer Color Combos for your Internet Startup

 

The New Landing Page is to Have no Landing Page at all

 

Futuristic Patterns in Graphic Design

 

65 Best Creative Instagram Accounts for Design Inspiration

 

Improve your Sign-Up Form with Off-White Text Fields

 

PHP in 2020

 

OpenStudio – All-In-One Business Management Software

 

The Burnout List

 

My Favorite UX Research Mistake

 

My Personal Website – From Zero to Hero in 5 Years

 

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Sleeping Positions on a Plane

 

UX Design Process: A Simple (but Complete) Guide

 

Google Releases 3 New Experimental Apps to Help Cut Down your Phone Usage

 

7 Requirements of a Holistic Design System

 

Isotope · Filter and Sort Magical Layouts

 

Movie Poster — Figma Plugin

 

10 Practical Principles for Designing Better Experiences

 

An ‘Ultimate Guide’ to ‘Tab Hoarding’

 

Why Design Systems Fail and How to Make Them Work in 2020

 

How to Design Emails that People will Actually Read

 

How to Build a Design System in Abstract

 

LinkedIn for Freelancers and Small Business Owners

 

Radiohead Launches Digital ‘public Library’ of the Band’s Archive

 

How to Kill a Startup Idea with Google Keyword Planner and AdWords: A Case Study

 

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Popular design news of the week: January 13, 2020 – January 19, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Why I Quit Using Google

 

This is the One Skill Designers Need to Develop Most in 2020

 

The Definitive Guide to Landing Pages

 

Goodbye, Clean Code

 

Netflix Rejects their New Layout in this A/B Test

 

UX Design Trends Retrospective 2019

 

SPELLL

 

Design System Checklist

 

The Complete List of Font Formats and their Use

 

Hand-Picked List of the Best WordPress Themes in Every Niche for 2020

 

HTML Attributes to Improve your Users’ Two Factor Authentication Experience

 

3 Illustration Trends that will Be Big in 2020

 

Back to Basics in Typography

 

Typo Puns – Series of Fun Typographic Joke Posters

 

20 Best Number Fonts for Displaying Stylish Numbers

 

How to Make Money as a Product Designer

 

UXTweak: Platform for UX Researchers and Designers

 

Welcome to Apple: A One-party State

 

Yell Launches New Salary Tool for Graphic Designers

 

17 Trends in Illustration and Graphic Design to Meet 2020

 

Everything You Think You Know About Minimalism is Wrong

 

KPI is an Imperative Tool for UX Designers

 

Calculate Colors, Share Palettes

 

Being a Solo Founder: Pros, Cons, Tips and Tricks

 

How to Write your CTAs to Fit your Campaign

 

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Apple’s App Store generates $1B a week

On average, Apple generated more than $1 billion a week from the half-billion-plus people visiting its App Store every week in 2019, new data shows.

That’s $54.2 billion in the year.

Chasing the (long) tail

There’s lots of reasons for this, principally a successful push toward subscription-based business models and rapidly growing consumer acceptance that there actually is a value in digital products.

This renaissance in digital engagement is also generating new opportunity for enterprises who seek to meet customers where they are with digital-first experiences.

Subscription revenues increased in 2019, with more developers offering to let users try their apps before paying for the full feature set, according to SensorTower data. Growing subscription revenues prove shoppers will pay monthly fees for apps.

Nurturing this kind of perception has been one of the big challenges for the tech industry. In the early years, the success of Napster and file-sharing showed what can happen to industries when people don’t value digital product.

The later success of iTunes, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime and services like iCloud and Dropbox helped most users recognize digital value.

Now it’s generating massive money. User spending at the App Store climbed 16% year-over-year from $47 billion in 2018. Games accounted for a mighty $37 billion of this, while entertainment apps hoovered up $3.9 billion more.

We’re also seeing physical product sales become more deeply digital. 

“People are more connected today than ever before,” said Jason Woosley, vice president of commerce product and platform at Adobe.

“We all have a smartphone in our pocket, and that is really what is driving the uptick in mobile commerce and e-commerce overall. You can literally think of something you need, and just purchase it right that second.

“This always-on and always connected trend will continue to accelerate, especially as the definition of mobility continues to expand to new devices and modes of accessing the Internet.”

Best in store

Apple recently announced that App Store developers had earned more than $155 billion in App Store sales since 2008. The company added that “over a quarter” of these sales came in the last year and confirmed customers spent $1.42 billion at the App Store between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 2019 — up 16%. The App Store store generated $386 million in sales on New Year’s Day 2020, Apple said – up slightly on the $322 million generated the same day last year.

The trend isn’t merely visible on Apple’s App Store; even Google Play also saw increased revenues – though the sum generated by iOS was 85% greater than the $29.3 billion spent on Google Play.

The digital value chain

This flurry of statistics proves perception of digital value is growing. (This is also proven by news that Pokemon Go generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue on in-game purchases alone last year.)

That is something that should matter to enterprise professionals attempting to identify and deliver new services and business models.

Consumer willingness to pay for digital services shows business models such as “information as a service,” expansion in digital channels and sponsorship of key digital experiences are more likely to build revenue, attract customers or enhance relationships than before.

In an intensifying competitive environment, delivering such services may be mandatory – and there may be some way to go, given Gartner’s analysis that 84% of consumers using digital tools and services in 2018 reported “underwhelming” experiences.

This matters.

  • 60% of enterprises that have engaged in digital transformation projects have also built new business models.
  • 78% of customers use mobile channels to communicate with brands.
  • 80% of millennials are more likely to purchase from companies that have a mobile customer services portal.

The attention economy isn’t at all stable. A better product or service can come along and quickly steal away hard-won hearts and minds. This has always been true in business, but the rapidity with which digital solutions can be developed and distributed means competition is rapid – and response must be more agile.

It’s an intense environment.

“By 2022, 72% of customer interactions will involve an emerging technology, such as machine-learning applications, chatbots or mobile messaging, up from 11% in 2017,” Gartner predicted in 2019.

It is interesting that Calm and Headspace became the biggest-grossing apps in the health and fitness category across both Apple and Android platforms in December.

Perhaps all those ‘digital first’ executives badly needed some time out as they grappled with the challenge of continued transformation?

Though on a more serious note, this also reflects consumer willingness to invest in a huge array of tech-driven services, even those we don’t usually associate with “digital.”

Please follow me on Twitter, or join me in the AppleHolic’s bar & grill and Apple Discussions groups on MeWe.

Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc.





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Apple’s App Store generates a billion dollars a week

On average, Apple generated over a billion dollars a week from the half billion plus people visiting its App Store every week in 2019, the latest data shows.

That’s $54.2 billion in the year.

Chasing the (long) tail

There’s lots of reasons for this, principally a successful push toward subscription-based business models and rapidly growing consumer acceptance that there actually is a value in digital products.

This renaissance in digital engagement is also generating new opportunity for enterprises who seek to meet customers where they are with digital-first experiences.

Subscription revenues increased in 2019, with more developers offering to let users try their apps before paying out for the full feature set, according to SensorTower data. Growing subs revenues prove shoppers will pay monthly fees for apps.

Nurturing this kind of perception has been one of the big challenges for the tech industry. In the early years the success of Napster and file-sharing showed what can happen to industries when people don’t value digital product.

The success of iTunes, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime and services like iCloud and Dropbox helped most users recognize digital value.

Now it’s generating massive money.

User spending at the App Store climbed 16% y-o-y from $47 billion in 2018. Games accounted for a mighty $37 billion of this, while entertainment apps hoovered up $3.9 billion more.

We’re also seeing physical product sales become more deeply digital. 

“People are more connected today than ever before,” said Jason Woosley, vice president of commerce product & platform at Adobe.

“We all have a smartphone in our pocket, and that is really what is driving the uptick in mobile commerce and e-commerce overall. You can literally think of something you need, and just purchase it right that second.

“This always-on and always connected trend will continue to accelerate, especially as the definition of mobility continues to expand to new devices and modes of accessing the Internet.”

Best in store

Apple recently announced that App Store developers earned over $155 billion in App Store sales since 2008.

The company added that “over a quarter” of these sales came in the last year and confirmed customers spent $1.42 billion at the App Store between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 2019 — up 16 percent. The App Store store generated $386 million in sales on New Year’s Day 2020, Apple said — up slightly on the $322 million generated the same day last year.

The trend isn’t merely visible on Apple’s App Store, even Google Play also saw increased revenues – despite which the sum generated by iOS was 85 percent greater than the $29.3 billion spent on Google Play.

The digital value chain

This flurry of statistics proves perception of digital value is growing. (This is also proven by news that Pokemon Go generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue on in-game purchases alone last year).

That is something that should matter to enterprise professionals attempting to identify and deliver new services and business models.

Consumer willingness to pay for digital services shows business models such as ‘information as a service’, expansion in digital channels and sponsorship of key digital experiences are more likely to build revenue, attract customers or enhance relationships than before.

In an intensifying competitive environment, delivering such services may be mandatory – and there may be some way to go, given Gartner’s analysis that 84 percent of consumers using digital tools and services in 2018 reported “underwhelming” experiences.

This matters.

  • 60% of enterprises that have engaged in digital transformation projects have also built new business models.
  • 78% of customers use mobile channels to communicate with brands.
  • 80% of millennials are more likely to purchase from companies that have a mobile customer services portal.

The attention economy isn’t at all stable. A better product or service can come along and quickly steal away hard-won hearts and minds. This has always been true in business, but the rapidity with which digital solutions can be developed and distributed means competition is rapid and response must be more agile.

It’s an intense environment.

“By 2022, 72 percent of customer interactions will involve an emerging technology, such as machine-learning applications, chatbots or mobile messaging, up from 11 percent in 2017,” predicted Gartner in 2019.

Within this it is interesting that Calm and Headspace became the biggest grossing apps in the health and fitness category across both Apple and Android platforms in December.

Perhaps all those ‘digital first’ executives badly needed some time out as they grappled with the challenge of continued transformation?

Though on a more serious note this also reflects consumer willingness to invest in a huge array of tech-driven services, even those we don’t usually associate with “digital”.

Please follow me on Twitter, or join me in the AppleHolic’s bar & grill and Apple Discussions groups on MeWe.

Copyright © 2020 IDG Communications, Inc.





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Popular design news of the week: January 6, 2020 – January 12, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Design Trends 2020: Outside the Box

 

What are the 10 UX Trends for 2020?

 

Flat UI and a Half

 

Designers React to the New PS5 Logo (and it’s not Pretty)

 

This Website Lets You Name a HEX Code

 

Notably – Create Markdown Content, Code Snippets and Text Notes

 

New Logo and Identity for Fisher-Price by Pentagram

 

2019: Projects of the Year

 

Design Resolutions

 

Figma’s Features for the Entire Design Process

 

Instagram Font Generator

 

The Next Decade of Design will Be About Fixing the Last Century of Excess

 

Using the “Flywheel Effect” in Product Design

 

Neumorphism will not Kill the Skeuomorphism Star

 

Toyota’s Creepy New ‘Prototype Town’ is a Real-life Westworld

 

The End of “Someone”

 

Fritch – Free Vintage Typeface

 

The Split Personality of Brutalist Web Development

 

All Design Conferences

 

Anatomy of a Logo: The Star Wars Logo Evolution

 

6 Category Page Design Examples

 

Color Stuck? Try the Color Palette Finding Technique Graphic Designers Love

 

7 UI Trends to Watch in 2020

 

Here’s the Typography of the Next Decade

 

Designers Need to Get Paid. Let’s Ban ‘Exposure’ Once and for all

 

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Popular design news of the week: December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Re-Imagining the Bottom Navigation Bar

 

The 20 Biggest Tech Flops of the 2010s

 

Neumorphism will not Be a Huge Trend in 2020

 

Bullet Journal Layout with CSS Grid, Subgrid & Flexbox

 

Kontent: All-In-One Content Design Tool

 

The Best and Worst Brand Designs of the Decade

 

Moca – Free Online Wireframing Tool

 

Top 8 Free Open Source Tools for Graphic Designers

 

Mobile UX Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

 

Fundamentals of Hierarchy in Interface Design

 

How to Get Ahead as a Freelance Designer in 2020

 

10 Tips to Improve your Typography Skills

 

The Best UX and Design Events in 2020

 

The 100 Most Famous Logos of All-Time

 

12 Color Tools to Boost Productivity for Designers

 

How to Become a Graphic Designer Without Going to University

 

Intelligent Apps for a Promising Future

 

The Bitter Truth About Being a UX Designer

 

Neal.fun – Bringing Back the Weird Web!

 

2019 in Review: 3 Website Design Myths

 

Every Sunrise of 2019 Website

 

Achieving Better Engagement Through UX – The Secret to Gamification

 

7 Requirements of a Holistic Design System

 

How to Make a Grid-Powered Resume

 

2020 will Be the Year AI Kills Company Dashboards

 

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Popular design news of the week: December 23, 2019 – December 29, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

Creating a Checkbox like it’s 2020

 

9 Web Design Trends for 2020

 

4 Essential Steps for Building a Website

 

10 Websites with Inspiring Micro-Interactions

 

Top Landing Page Design Trends You Should Follow in 2020

 

10 Things I Learned About SEO in 2019

 

Top 10 Logo Design Trends for 2020: Insights And Examples

 

Is Web Design Easier or Harder than it was 10 Years Ago?

 

React: Designer’s Guide to the Terminal

 

Creative 404 Page Designs

 

6 Design Factors Behind a Truly Successful Website

 

The 9 Best Interactive Design of the Year

 

UX Starter Crash Course

 

Iarcade: Free Arcade Script

 

How to Test Readability

 

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2019

 

5 Tips for a Great Presentation of your Design Projects

 

Guide to Email Automation Management

 

Color Theory and Contrast Ratios

 

Online Image Color Picker for Designers

 

3 Underused CSS Features to Learn for 2020

 

15 Illustrations to Share Winter Beauty and Christmas Magic

 

Manrope – Free Sans-Serif Variable Font

 

6 Steps for a Better Product Design Workflow

 

Winter Wonderland: 40+ Illustrations of Christmas and Winter

 

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Popular design news of the week: December 16, 2019 – December 22, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

PhotoStockEditor: Free HD Images for Commercial Use

 

UI/UX Design Trends for 2020

 

Bravo Studio: Free App Builder for Designers

 

Creative Agency Spends $10,000 on Blank Ads

 

Neumorphism in User Interfaces

 

Disney Plus – Quick Wins for a Better Way-finding Experience

 

After More than 6 Years, IMDb Finally Gets a Redesign

 

What Happens After Prisoners Learn to Code?

 

An Ultimate Guide to Movie Poster Design

 

Choosing the Right Font for your Design

 

Krabby – Keyboard-Based Navigation Browser Extension

 

Writing JavaScript with Only Six Characters

 

The London Underground’s Logo Gets an Inspired Redesign

 

Our Favorite Typefaces of 2018

 

Pantone’s Color of the Year is Awful

 

Your Final_Final Designer Gift Guide of 2019

 

10 Best Design Podcasts that Inspire in 2020

 

Creating Outstanding Website Content in 3 Steps

 

Data-Driven UX with Google Analytics

 

Web Typography in 2020: What will it Look Like?

 

Google Design’s Best of 2019

 

Reimagining Design Systems at Spotify

 

The 14 Most Important Design Ideas of the Decade, According to the Experts

 

Important Rules for a UX Team of One

 

Good Enough Design: How to Boost your Efficiency

 

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Popular design news of the week: December 9, 2019 – December 15, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

PNGDB.com – Download Millions of Free PNG Images

 

Free Vector Illustrations for Web Designers

 

15 Tools Web Designers Should Try in 2020

 

People with Cool Avatars

 

New Levi’s Logo is Infuriating Typophiles

 

Why You Shouldn’t Use Solid or Underlined Text Fields

 

Leonardo: Contrast-based Color Generator

 

Accessibility Tips for Web Developers

 

17 Useful Tools for UI/UX Designers

 

Responsive Breakpoints Generator

 

18 Christmas Gifts for Designers

 

Sentence Lengths

 

Is it Possible to Draw the Internet?

 

Modern Brands Going Back to their Vintage Logos

 

Why CSS HSL Colors are Better!

 

10 Ways to Make a Fully Personalized UI

 

Mental Models for Designers

 

Introducing Unsplash for Brands

 

Investigating the Designer’s Aesthetic-Accessibility Paradox

 

Think You Can’t Escape Google? You Haven’t Seen Anything yet

 

Measuring User Experience with Usability Metrics

 

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Smaller Web Design Projects

 

Branding is Dead, CX Design is King

 

Principles of Conversational Design

 

Why Systems Give You More Creativity

 

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Popular design news of the week: December 2, 2019 – December 8, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

 

11 Web Accessibility Myths Debunked

 

Pay Attention to these Web Design Trends for 2020

 

Google Fonts by Tags

 

Understanding the Golden Ratio in Design

 

10 Rules of Dashboard Design

 

2019 Design Tools Survey

 

Welcome to XD Ideas – Where Designers Go to Grow

 

The State of UX in 2020

 

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here’s Why You Should Too

 

Designing for Development

 

End of the Year Desktop Wallpapers (December Edition)

 

10 Things that Helped Me Improve as a UI Designer

 

How Sketching will Make You a Smarter Designer

 

Better Web List

 

Google Confirms Nov. 2019 Local Search Update

 

Runway Palette

 

Vladmir Putin is Extricating Russia from the World-wide-web

 

The Plain Text Project

 

Designers: 4 Must-Have Clauses in a Contract

 

The Power of Social Proofing

 

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is the New Black

 

Spotify 2019 Wrapped

 

ApostropheCMS – An Open-Source Node.js CMS for the Enterprise

 

5 Bad Habits that Can Hurt your WordPress Website

 

Fluiditype for Simple Typography

 

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