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 week’s selection: the dribbblish designs, UX top articles, the best user testing tools, some great UX template resources, responsive grids, accessibility tools, the loss of micro-privacy, a user task canvas with cards and interview guide, accessibility and contrast, a few CSS tutorials (counters, grid, line-clamp, etc.), PWAs documentation, a fun isometric city builder in JS, some gooey effect inspiration.
#Now – what I’m up to
A few months ago I shared a picture of a user interview guide and some people asked me if it will be available. The good news is: it’s now available for free online: User Task Canvas – Collect your users’ needs & activities.
Geoffrey Crofte and Julie Muller created a set of cards to help collect user needs regarding tasks and activities. I then modified those cards to create a user interview guide to help me with the interviews I was conducting on a previous project. You can download both for free on Geoffrey’s site. Enjoy 🙂
I was also playing with the CSS of this blog so that you get cute nice animations. Ironically the cache from my Service Worker + WPRocket are doing a great job (hahaha) so you need to force refresh on Chrome at least to enjoy them.
TL;DNR the one you should not miss
The unbearable lightness of Dribbble – “Why real apps rarely look like dribbble shots? Is it because designers who make these real apps are incompetent? No. It’s because when you design a real app you have constrains of any sort. Technical ones, business ones, marketing ones…” For me dribbble went from “yeah look what I’m working on, any feedback folks?” to “yeah look what I wish I would work on if I had zero contraints of budget and dev and no client to destroy my beaaaaautiful design”.
The second is a nice exercise. Also it might get your hired of find freelance clients. Because let’s face it: a lot of people in the hiring process who are not actual designers are looking for some fancy sexy amazing pixels. So I can’t really blame designer to play the game to find jobs and eat.
“The Loss Of Micro-Privacy” How small design changes rewrote the rules of messaging and how we feel about one another. Really interesting and yet still scary. Don’t we all hate those “message was read” when the person does not reply?
“The Need to Think and Talk like an Executive” training executives on the whys and hows of design never works. The only way to communicate the value UX design is to talk to the executives in a language they already understand
Did you know: both mozilla and microsoft both have a nice documentation on PWAs as well?
“A Whole Bunch of Places to Consider Contrast in a Single Paragraph” those sounds obvious and yet we tend to forget so many small details, great read
Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas
If you are looking for me, I will spend the rest of the day playing with the gooey hover effects on this site (at least until my macbook dies of overheat): hellomonday.com
“Responsive grids and how to actually use them” a good introduction for students and design beginners, a great reminder for everyone else by Christie Tang
Useful tools and plugins that will make your life easy
Some tools to help you build accessible good looking designs
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