Every week I share a list of curated articles, resources and tools about UX, UI and mobile design, HTML, CSS, the web industry, process inspiration and more…
This is the last selection of 2019 !! So here we go: a comic strip that explains UX design, design ethics, building & designing for design systems, some color palette tools, articles & inspiration, a great introduction to everything CSS related, product design and call to action advice, dark patterns, accessibility, evolution of design, CSS custom properties, PWAs maskable icons, AI weirdness, 2 interesting talks, a fun loader, a German joke, a game for designers who like to center things, etc.
See you un 2020 🙂
#Now – what I’m up to
I gave a workshop a few weeks ago to explain UX methods and concepts to a public of entrepreneurs (but also students). For this workshop I created a small UX kit that contains templates to build a product concept, a user journey map, a user flow kit, some mobile, tablet and desktop templates for paper prototyping and a guerrilla usability testing checklist. You can download the kit and see the slides of the workshop here: UX Starter Crash Course: a workshop & free UX kit templates
This is amazing: batux.design a comic strip that explains a user centric process by using the redesign of the Batman’s outfit as an example. No more excuses to say “yeah but I don’t understand what you people do” now!
“Dark patterns, dark times“, the best thing we can do is raise awareness, but honestly most of the time the people in charge will still want the dark pattern because they are convinced it will make them money 😟For every dark pattern I see online I wonder how many designers and devs in the team tried to fight against it and lost the battle 😟
Designing for Design Systems a great introduction on starting small with colors, typography, button and documenting design decisions into guidelines
“Reimagining Design Systems at Spotify” I like “one foundation with design tokens and different systems for different teams/devices” approach. For a design system to work, it needs to embrace the company’s characteristics and peculiarities
Yeah, if you don’t have anything left on Netflix to watch, Invision has a nice series of videos with tips from Brad Frost Dan Mall and Josh Clark on how to build a design system
“Thinking about color” how cloudflare brings color consistency across all their sites. I’m amazed by the amount of work here, really well documented, big attention to details, something as “simple” as color can become quite complex when product grow
“The Decade of Design – How 10 years transformed design’s role in tech” interesting article but USA centric. I feel like in France or Luxembourg, it’s still hard to make people understand value of design and very few actually invest, it’s still code first mindset. I’ve heard again and again about “if we want to reduce costs we remove the UI budget” and “yes but we create B2B interfaces they don’t need to be pretty, devs can make it functional”, aka people not understanding that design is so much more than making it pretty… Don’t get me wrong it’s better than 10 years ago but I don’t feel this whole revolution (yet) around here.
Some quick tips on how to sketch. The tip about writing is really great, I also have a shitty hand writing but learning how to draw nice readable uppercase is a great asset for sketching but also any workshop where you end up writing on post-its
This Nutella joke made my week but you need to speak German to understand it (For those who don’t: “Dino Teller -> Die Nuteller” because the plural in German sometimes takes a -er)
“Human Centered Design“, from B2C Caribbean cruises to B2B mortgages: it’s the same human beings who go on cruises that come back on Monday and have to use B2B tools, same physiological and psychological needs, they also need simple things