Pixels of the Week – January 22, 2023

On Twitter and 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 process, 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!

#Now – what I’m up to

This week, I went back to experimenting with stickers. I tried to create holographic stickers. I wanted 2 sheets: mental health stickers and plants. I printed on holographic vinyl (aka the paper is already holographic). The printing went okay. The cutting, not so much. Silhouette didn’t get the registration marks (due to holographic paper), the whole mental health ones went to the bin (expect for 2). Much dramatic video available here. I tried to force the marks by cheating: I reprinted them on white regular paper and put them on top of the holo paper. Still big nope. So, I ended up hand cutting the plants. Since my blade wasn’t deep enough, it didn’t cut through the whole thing anyway, so I was able to kind of save some plants.

Behind the scenes, I’m preparing some new content, and workshops. So, it’s not visible, but nice things will happen soon!

TL;DNR the one you should not miss

#UX Industry

Life, the UXverse and Everything, a powerful article on how exhausting the UX industry is, due to constant gaslighting, people not respect us, lousy leadership, dysfunctional organizations, working without support, being constantly blocked from trying to achieve better outcomes

Interesting article

#Localization

Designing for the World: An Introduction to Localization a good introduction on localization with many tips to help designers prepare your content for it

#User Experience

  • UX Cheat Sheet: Common sign-up patterns. An interesting analysis of the common UI patterns you can find in sign up forms. I really like the flows, it shows that something as “simple” as a sign up form is actually a lot of screens when you think about user interactions and different cases
  • An interesting article on gamification gone wrong, the very artificial concept of “streaks” in some apps (like duolingo), why it has a poor user experience, the psychology behind it.
  • A good introduction on how UX researchers ask questions. Happy to see that silence and mirroring is in here. Those are powerful tools, often under used, especially by juniors who are eager to ask a lot. Pause, wait, listen.

#Design

Good design is intentional. Great read on how some of our design and product decisions might “intentionally” harm some users, how to avoid it and to design with intentionality and stop failing to consider the long term consequences of our products

#CSS

The interesting idea of “Conditional CSS”: there is no direct if/ statements is CSS, but you can use certain properties to get conditional results when needed (like mediaqueries, container queries, @\supports, flexbox wrapping, etc)

#Typography

The story behind the first Avatar movie Papyrus font and the Ryan Gosling SNL sketch: “The font that you choose could very much ruin the tone of your piece,” his brother affirms. “You’re at risk of completely throwing the audience.”

#Decision

Interesting alternatives to the RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) matrix. I Might give DACI (Driver, Approver, Contributor, Informed) a try.

#JobHunting

A Layoff Playbook: some interesting pieces of advice, to help you get back on track if you get laid off

#AI

#YearOf

Year Of, Choose your own adventure a cute read on deciding what you year will be made of. Strangely the “Year of Accepting That Some People Dislike You And Maybe That’s Actually For The Best Because It Means That You’re Making Yourself Vulnerable And That’s Kind Of Brave If You Really Think About It” kind of resonates with me those days. I’ve spent too much time trying to be nice online, in a secret hope that people will like my work and content. But, I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that not everyone will, and it’s fine. So, maybe the year of “Zero Fox Given” maybe, or the year of “This is my boundary, respect it or get out” would also be nice.

#Psychology #Research

Lots of bad science still gets published. Here’s how we can change that. A lot of people cite some psychology research findings in the UX fields as “UX laws”, so I’m super curious to know if the research behind some of those is actually replicable.

#eGirl #Army

(trigger warning: army) How E-girl influencers are trying to get Gen Z into the military, this is, uncanny, but, kind of, to be expected at some point, I guess?

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#Stones

Written in Stones, a gallery of sidewalks, and the stamps and seals left by the people who laid them.

#Subway #Art Nouveau

If you ever were in Paris, you might have noticed the entrances of the subway are gorgeous. They were designed by architect Hector Guimard, in an amazing Art Nouveau style.

#Dataviz

It’s Friday, so, here is some important data viz: Pie graphs for dogs. Have a nice week folks.

#PaperCraft #inspiration

Margaret Scrinkl is a paper artists and stop motion animator, and I love her very colorful work

#Design #Uniformisation

“Design is boring, everything looks the same, it’s the fault of Design Systems / UX / AI / Frameworks” (pick one or all of them). Or, maybe, designers need to stop getting “inspiration” from / stakeholders need to stop asking designers to copy the same site? Here is an example of sites that were all “inspired” by Linears

#From The Past

Pacman Dossier, a little nugget from the past, when some passionate people created very very niche web pages, using tables, with debatable design, but, it was all funny and wacky. Here is one of those

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy

#SVG

Interactive SVG Reference, a great place to learn more about SVGs, how they work, the mains parts of the spec, with interactive demos you can play with.

#Change

Sensible Futures: Some cards and frameworks to help your team brainstorm and facilitate better futures (more ethical for example) in organizations, but also to foresee complexity and potential issues.

#Inclusion

Inclusion is also about having images that reflects every aspect of like, and including people with disabilities in your images. Here’s a list of places to find photos of people with disabilities

#PixelArt

An online tool to turn any image into nice pixel art

Videos

#Chicken

Another country, another animal helping people. Today: the life saving chickens who are used as early warning systems against some nasty mosquito borne diseases in Australia.

Tutorials

#Figma

Demystifying Figma auto layout, a few tips and tricks to help you master the auto-layout in Figma

#HTML #Form

Did you know you can customize the little validation messages that you get with HTML5 inputs? Here is how.

Conferences

#UXConference

Here’s a list of some UX conferences you can attend in 2023

News in the industry

#Figma

Interesting for content and resource creators: Figma will support paying content for the community soon

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