net February 2019 Issue 315

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Published 28th December

When perfectly executed, design is a fluid, flexible medium. Think of some of your favourite sites and apps: a significant trigger of the surprise and delight you felt the first time you used it would undoubtedly have been down to the way one element effortlessly flowed into the next without you having to think about it.

But, ironically, achieving this kind of fluency in your own work isn’t always so straightforward. You need to be able to think like your user and anticipate the way they’ll travel through your site. So, to give you a helping hand, we’ve asked Joshua Garity to put together a comprehensive guide on developing user flows, understanding each step taken by visitors to your site and carrying this insight through into your wireframes and prototypes.

That’s not our only insight on creating organic interfaces however. This issue, we also take a look at how natural language processing can enable your users to communicate with your sites and apps in more spontaneous ways. And, for those of you building WordPress templates, we run through how building custom blocks for its new Gutenberg editor can give your clients greater flexibility when creating content for their sites.
Enjoy the issue!