Pixels of the Week – February 13 , 2022

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

In case you sent me emails and wonder why I haven’t came back to you yet, well, the last 2.5 months have been busy. And I mean REALLY BUSY. I finished a 5 parts article on user journey maps that will be published on Sitepoint soon. I’ve revamped all my teaching slides for this year (like 750 slides for 10 hours of content). I prepared and gave a talk on “UX Research for Internal Enterprise Tools (youtube replay)“. And I’m putting the final touch to a new talk on how to document accessibility as a designer.
So, I think I will calm down on creating content for a little while and will focus on transcripts for that content first.

TL;DNR the one you should not miss


A resource worth bookmarking: my cheatsheet for user interview and follow up questions to help you write better interview scripts

Interesting article


Multilingual Desktop Publishing: Tips & Tricks #3 — Super interesting tips on product localization (when you translate it to other languages) with a nice graph to predict how text might expand after translation from English to different languages.


Settings are not a design failure” yes it’s time to burn the “settings/customization is a design failure” myth. Most users demand a certain level of customization, especially in enterprise and complex products


The Fascinating Psychology That Makes WORDLE So Addictive, from scarcity to social sharing, habit loops, etc.


Make Defaults More Effective by Harnessing These 3 Factors, interesting article to help you guide your users using smart defaults

#Travel UX

If you work in the hotel and travel accommodation industry, this is a gold mine: 3 High-Level UX Takeaways from 992 Hours of Testing Leading Travel Accommodations Sites by @Baymard

#Information Architecture

Traditional and Hybrid Category Pages – An interesting hybrid approach to deal with ecommerce categories and sub categories for complex products that can also be applied to other areas (education websites, news, etc.)

#Design Thinking

Was Design Thinking Designed To Not Work?” by Debbie Levitt from @Delta_CX and the whole disillusion of the 5 steps magic process anybody can do in a week

#Color #Accessibility

Foundations: colour contrast, a good summary of the color rules for accessibility purposes

#Inclusive Design

Interesting article on inclusive design. But I have an issue with the FB example of “support page for users whose name was not accepted as a valid entry” listed under as inclusive design. Would inclusive design not be the opposite? Not needing that page because all names are valid?

#Context Menus

An interesting guide with examples on how to design context menus, where to position them, how to add keyboard navigation, etc.


An interesting article on alt tag emptiness, screen reader behavior and decorative images


Making the web better. With blocks! I like this idea of having a lot of blocks that could be generic for different editors across the web

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#VideoGame Painting

Delaney created another twitter thread where she explains how she did a paintover on a Tremer character with more modern technologies than when the game was created.

#Nature Beauty

This is the peacock spider, the male has a colorful abdomen and uses vibrations and dance to court the female. Those photos by Jurgen Otto are just amazing. (via @mulegirl)


I really like those fun recreations of famous logos, today’s one is “grotesque art style from the middle ages”. The Firefox is awesome

#Special Effects

This is really cool: “Why ‘The Mandalorian’ Uses Virtual Sets Over Green Screen

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy



This is cool, a CSS specificity calculator


Patterns.dev is free book on design patterns and component patterns for building powerful web apps with vanilla JavaScript and React.


If you are looking for a Worlde version in your native language, here is a list (there is also Esperanto and some French dialects)



Aspect Ratio is Great, goodbye padding old school hack to keep the aspect ratio of images and videos!

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