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Visible vs. Invisible Design

Written by Francisco Inchauste

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What this chapter is about: Seeing the invisible in design. Design how users think. Mental models. Cluttered vs. clean. Design patterns and interface guidelines.

Design today focuses on the details. Details are all those little things that matter to us. We can spend months to years on a single project, and we might just be tweaking the finer details of how the type renders or working with challenging departments or clients whose motivations don’t necessarily focus on the end user. The fact is that any one website or application can mean the world to us. Making it the best it can be gives ...

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