Pixels of the Week – August 15, 2021

Every day, I share on Twitter and LinkedIn a list of curated articles I read, resources and tools about UX Design, User Research, UI and mobile design, HTML, CSS, the web industry, some process, some inspiration, etc. This is an archive of everything I shared this week.

#Now – what I’m up to

This is a dense list, I took a few days off so you get 2 weeks worth of links this time. Lucky you ^^. I’m currently enjoying the Vëlosummer in Luxembourg and after a whole rainy month of July, it’s nice to get some sun. I am also going to teach again next year at “Formation continue interuniversitaire en User Experience Design and Research (UX)“. If you speak French and are interesting in a training to become UX designer, take a look (it’s in Belgium).

TL;DNR the one you should not miss

#Design

You know when sometimes someone writes an article that perfectly articulates everything you want to say on a topic, in a nice an even better way and you node? This is it: No, standardization doesn’t stifle creativity by Benek Lisefski

Interesting article

#Accessibility

#UX

Disrespectful Design—Users aren’t stupid or lazy” and “Disrespectful Design, Part II“, 2 interesting reads on how we need to respect our users more and how to do so, by Osman (Ozzie) Osman

#Imposter Syndrome

Here’s the hardcore truth. There isn’t any such thing as imposter syndrome (though there is self-doubt, fear of failure, and a host of other related emotions, scenarios, and states).  And here’s why, By @TheWorldofUX

#Infographics

If you have seen this “Ikigai” diagram on social media and think it’s “Japanese secret” to a long and happy life, think again: Ikigai Is Not a Venn Diagram

#UX #Neurodiversity

UX Principles that include Cognitive Accessibility, a Cognitive perspective on UX Design Principles including a neurodivergent perspective with links to relevant guidance and resources” interesting work by Gareth Ford Williams

#UXMaturity

Improving UX maturity requires growth and evolution across 4 high-level factors: strategy, culture, process, and outcomes. by @NNgroup

#Time Management

The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done, an interesting short read on quality vs quantity time to get things done

#DesignDevRel

For my Figma users friends: “Tips for communicating better the information in Figma files to developers“, a lot of interesting small tips in this article!

#Music

This musician will sing about your enemies over WhatsApp “You pay, I sing and dance out your gossip via WhatsApp,” Chitsama said. “I package your slander, anger, congratulations and turn a client’s emotions into shareable songs and beats to dance to.”

#WebBrowsers

Safari isn’t protecting the web, it’s killing it” I like Safari’s new features, but yes, there are still a lot of things missing compared to other browsers, and it’s bad for the whole ecosystem. (The “killing” is maybe a little bit harsh in the title, but you know, article titles )

#MobileCapabilities

NFC comes to web browsers, yeahy. The “customer would never install an app for that” is indeed an interesting use case. More and more users don’t want to install an app for every single shop they visit.

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#Paper

Reina Takahashi is an amazingly talented paper artists. Visit her instagram and website

#Email

Haa this “Email like a boss” cheatsheet is an awesome list of ways to write more conscious emails by @danidonovan

#Ikea

Ikea wants to help people repurpose some of their old furniture/items with a few projects ideas (it reminds me a little bit of what IkeaHackers already does ^^)

#Jello

In you were wondering what it’s like to swing in a giant pool of jello

#Photography

German photographer Tom Hegen provides an overview of our earth’s surface that has been transformed by the impact of human presence.

#Crochet

Crochet an Astounding Velociraptor

Podcasts and videos

#Design Job

The harsh truth about design manager roles: you might spend more time in keynote than you are spending time in Figma, good designers don’t necessarily make good design manager and a lot of other interesting insights on climbing the ladder

#UX Research

When 2 of my favorite favorite UX/CX design people, Michele Ronsen and Debbie Levitts come together for an awesome podcast episode: Getting UX Research Buy-In

Tutorials

#CSS

#SVG

Thinking About The Cut-Out Effect: CSS or SVG? in case you forgot how awesome SVGs are, you can do many fun things with masks and clipPath and more

#Icon

I always enjoy a good “how to design icons” tips and tricks tutorial, because trust me, creating icons that are consistent, easy to understand but also work well at different sizes is always a challenge

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy

#Privacy

A Firefox (and Chrome) plugin to block email tracking

#Photos

Scop is a diverse marketplace of images & stories by global artists. I really like the body positivity series here

#Icons

A library of Free Icons, Illustrations & Photos for you projects

#Inclusive Design

A list of Inclusive Design Principles to help design for the needs of people with permanent, temporary, situational, or changing disabilities — all of us really.

#Wireframes

A free online tool if you need to build quick wireframes

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