UX statement earrings, Accessibility workshops, UX research insights and CSS patterns
On Twitter, LinkedIn, and Mastodon, I share curated articles I read, resources and tools about UX Design, User Research, UI and mobile design, HTML, CSS, the web industry, some processes, some inspiration, etc. This is an archive of everything I shared this week. And some extra links that I decided to only share for the blog readers. Also, subscribe to the newsletter to get notified when those are published!
My accessibility workshop(s)
Great news, you now have two options if you are interested in my Accessibility Workshop. You’ll learn how to include accessibility in the design phase, what to be careful about, what you can document and annotation, etc.
Full-day workshop, Thursday, October 12, 2023 in Antwerp. Check the details and grab a ticket (also if you are a newsletter subscriber, check your emails there is a coupon for you).
I’ve been testing a lot of new fun things the last couple of weeks.
All the fun shrink plastic pieces
First, I gave shrink plastic another try. I bought a heat gun, and it’s a lot of fun. Check the shrinking video of a couple of pieces on my Instagram. I tried some printed ones. To print and get a nice color, you need to make it lighter and desaturate, since it gets darker when you shrink it. I turned them into pins and keychains and some very cool “Talk to your Users” UX statement earrings. The whole series is on Instagram. My main issue with shrink plastic: if sometimes changes shape, so you end up with skewed pieces, and there is little you can do about this. So, you don’t get your perfect print.
Cardboard and PVC
Cardboard and PVC pieces
While looking for a solution for this, I discovered Kandor, who makes keychains with cardstock. I decided to give it a try and created some Luna inspired pins, and a couple of moths . Again, you can check the video of the making of on Instagram for the Luna cat and the Moth earrings. I sealed both with UV resin, and added some some mica powder and glitter.
How you can create non-obvious UX research insights (7min) 6 tips to avoid the “yes we already knew that” when presenting UX research reports: start with stakeholder interviews to clarify what they already (think they) know, combine methods, include extreme users when recruiting, build aha moments, present the findings in a narrative, and remember that it’s normal they feel that way too due to the hindsight bias (by Soyeon Lee)
Interesting articles that caught my attention
I’m introducing a time to read after the article link. It’s based on Firefox’s reader mode, but it should give you an idea of how long / short articles are. Let me know what you think of it (by email or social media).
How to Conduct Contextual Inquiry in Usability Testing (7min) a short introduction to this method that involved interacting with users in their usual context (aka you go to them where they are using your product / service), why use them, when, when not to, pros and cons
Are data dashboards vanity projects? (12min) not everyone is good at understanding complex data, no matter how visually appealing you present them. Before investing in building data visualizations or dashboards solely because they seem necessary to remain competitive or because that’s what other B2B and B2C products are doing, it’s crucial to consider your users and their actual needs.
Web Accessibility in High-Risk Segments (10min): not being accessible is a risk and the best way to mitigate it is to start making meaningful progress on accessibility now. Doing so is the least expensive, least stressful, and most-sustainable approach.
8 common heading questions: let’s debunk a couple of myths and bring best practices around accessibility of headings (h1, h2, etc.)
Inspiration: fun experiments, beautiful art, and great ideas
Dragon Typeface: looking for a hot variable font? Meet Dragon, a condensed variable font, with 36 and a lot of different options by Rajesh Rajput
Useful tools & resources
Legal Lullabies: can’t sleep? Why don’t you try listening to some soothing voice reading you the Instagram terms of service? Or the TikTok version. I think this is pure chaos genius and I’m here for it!
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