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The Design Insider #9: New Features Coming with iOS 14.5 Update and More

Welcome back to the design insider, our weekly round-up of the latest news, informative articles and resources on all things design and tech..

In the News

Source: Macrumours

New Features Coming with Apple iOS 14.5 – Currently available in Beta, this latest update will see the addition of a sleuth of new features. These include crowdsourced incident reporting on Apple Maps, Airplay Support to Fitness +, a basic version of App Tracking Transparency feature, design updates to the podcast/news app and more.

TikTok Tests In Video Recipe Card – The video-sharing social platform is testing a new feature that will allow users to access recipes directly videos with a tap of button. Located above the username, once a user taps the button, they’ll be taken to a screen displaying a full recipe which they can also save to partnering platform, Whisk.

Bumble Debuts on NASDAQ – The dating app designed to put the power of making the first move in females’ hands finally debuted on the stock market. Hitting a whopping valuation of $13 Billion, making founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, the youngest female CEO to take a company public and a self-made billionaire.

Researchers Discover Clubhouse Privacy Flaws – The audio-based social platform is investigating after Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) researchers found that user data is potentially being shared with the Chinese government, through its backend infrastructure provider, Agora.

Pinterest Adding Stories – Following on from pretty much every other social app, Pinterest will also be adding stories to its app’s homepage UI. Known as “story pins”, this feature is currently live on iOS and Android devices, but only accessible for a limited number of businesses and creators.

Instagram Restricting Reposted TikTok’s – To encourage people to create original content, the social media giant will start restricting the visibility of content recycled from rival platforms like TikTok. Another sign that Instagram is doubling up its attempt to dominate the short-form video game.

Recommended Reads

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Bumble: A Design Success Story – This article looks at how Bumble’s design team, lead by Head of Product, Lara Mendonça, built serendipity, ambiguity and other real-life emotional aspects of dating into the new UI of its app, whilst maintaining the company’s core philosophy of “putting women first”.

10 Ways to Design More Inclusive Products – Designing adaptable, flexible, scalable experiences that offer good usability to most people is quite the challenge. In this article, the author shares some excellent tips and strategies to help you create more inclusive products and experiences. 

The Psychology of User Decisions – This article explores how we, as designers, can use our understanding of human psychology to design products/experiences that assist users during the decision making process. 

Lessons in UX Research from Lyft – Research is essential for creating successful digital products. In this article, a researcher from Lyft discusses the five-step research process she used to help her better empathise with, understand and get faster feedback from both drivers and riders.  

Designing for Trust – Of all the emotional responses designers can drum-up through design, trust is the most important. This article looks in-depth at what trust is and how designers can build this into the UI/UX of their products to drive user action.

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