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.
We went through day 3 and 4 of my “building better products” workshop, talked about information architecture, content model, content prioritization and built low fidelity wireframes of reusable components. I’m having an awesome time, the group is amazing. Tomorrow is the last day, and we will talk about usability testing!!
TL;DNR the one you should not miss
Are you struggling selling UX research to stakeholders? Here’s some help: The UXR Valuation Model, awesome talk by Claudia Natasia on how NOT investing in UXR destroys revenues and adds invisible leverage that will accelerate this destruction
(almost?) none reads the terms of services of products. this website gives you the too long, didn’t read for many of the big companies terms of services: Terms of Service Didn’t Read.
Interesting map by Erika Hall to help you plan your design research. I also like her definition of evaluation “how well is our solution working”, because often evaluation gets reduced to “validation”, and, nope, that’s not good.
Context Matters. Something to remember when we design: “Nothing exists in isolation. Whatever you make will be experienced as part of a broader context that influences how people understand it.”
It’s very hard and complicated to design pages if you have no idea about what of content goes in there. Hence, the importance of content strategy for UX designers as well: Content Strategy 101
Protect Me From What I Want – What the whole “no algorithm” discussion doesn’t make sense (there is always an algorithm, even a simple one behind displaying data), and how we could build a better algorithm where users could indeed have more control, one with human values.
Designers can find their place in an AI future “We’re at a crossroads. If we get complacent and put trends, safety, and delivering the expected before the creativity that has long since been our defining asset as designers, then before we know it, we’ll be the latest industry ravaged by automation”
“Escalating home prices are pushing more people out of the prospect of ownership, landlord automation doesn’t just help wealthy investment firms own an increasing percentage of the U.S.’s small homes—it makes the whole paradigm possible.” Yep, I’m sick now: Robot Landlords Are Buying Up Houses
Ways to think about a metaverse “Does France needs its own metaverse”, haha this is SO on point, France is well known for wanting its own everything. Great article on the whole “what is our metaverse strategy” bullshit question and how to re-frame this.
False dilemma – Based on what I see around social media those days, I think a couple of people need to check what a False Dichotomy is. You are welcome.
Myriam Jessier wrote a great text about the issues of sexism and toxicity in the SEO industry: Dear SEO Industry, We Need to Talk. Sadly, this rings so many bells, not just in SEO, but in tech industry in general. Let’s do better, at least for next generations.
A Designer’s Guide to Taking Great Notes . Interesting article to help you take better notes during user research by Lucie Calloway. I really like the AEIOU framework: Activities, Environments, Interactions, Objects, and Users.
Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas
In case you were wondering what would happen if an asteroid hit your city, you can now simulate this with this asteroid launcher simulator.
Marine Beaufils (@moonovermarine) is a French needlepoint/embroidery artist how creates some very unique embroidery artwork, from space to retro gamine, pop culture and beyond
The metrics onion, an interesting concept to help people understand that, often, fluffy vanity metrics don’t really help understand the nuances and reality of a business
Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy
Projectbook is a collection of over 100 software project ideas for people looking to learn a given language or technology but short on inspiration for what to build. The projects vary in complexity and what they exercise.
An interesting set of Performance Cards, by Spotify team, to help your teams consider the experience of all types of users with different access constraints: low resolution screens, data storage scarcity, etc.
I have no idea what you could use this for, but the fact that it exists makes me happy. PlayPhrase, a site where you can search for a phrase and it brings you movies extracts with it
Very niche tool, but, in case you need it: Montaigne, a tool to build a website using Apple Notes
Videos and Tutorials
In case of debate where everyone brings their own personal opinion, the solution is “Show me the Data (5min video) “. It can be quantitative or qualitative of both. Important part is to do the research to settle this with actual user data
The Magentaverse, seriously Pantone? Still love that Viva Mangeta, it goes well with my current mood. Also, in case you ever want to make me a gift and don’t know what, pantone mug in yellow 012 would go nicely in the new office, hehe
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