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.
You might have noticed that I changed the introduction. I decided to stop publishing all the links I curate on social media. I’m honestly tired of the social media game, especially Twitter and LinkedIn, that rewards views and reach over quality. I suspect those platforms will start shadow banning people like me, who mostly post “content to other sites”, because, it makes the users leave their site. So, I’ve decided to slowly share less on social media, and more on my blog. Which means: the Pixel of the Week articles, now have extra links, that were not shared on social media.
Sizing typography in design systems, when the tshirt sizing (S, M, L, etc.) doesn’t work, try defining your heading based on columns size . Also, the rule of LIDS for deciding on the constant minimum width is genius!
Minimalism is boring: an interesting read on the lack of personality of minimalism, why simple copying such styles might not work for your brand (or your home decoration) and the idea of inside-out design thinking, aka, starting with understanding you, your brand, and honoring your creative taste.
The interesting concept of natural language inputs. It honestly can’t be worse than being forced to use the Android wheel date picker on desktop because Material UI offers this as a component and it’s a usability nightmare with a mouse.
2022 CSS Updates: what new cool things come to the browser at the end of 2022: cascade layers, :has() and viewport units, yeahy
How it feels to be sexually objectified by an AI: “It’s not just the training data that is to blame. Companies developing these make active choices about how they use the data (…) someone has to choose training data, decide to build the model, decide to take steps to mitigate those biases or not” Yup.
I’ve a background in languages and tech and I love to read about news in neurolinguistics (I also haven’t heard the name Chomsky in a while haha): Finding Language in the Brain, Psycholinguist Giosuè Baggio sheds light on the thrilling, evolving field of neurolinguistics, where neuroscience and linguistics meet.
Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy
Redlines is a Figma plugin to add design measure specs for spacings and sizes to your mockups. And, yes, devs can inspect, but honestly, having some measures directly on the mockups is sometimes faster
Flourish, a tool to create beautiful and easy data visualizations (for storytelling, teaching, journalism, etc) with a very generous free plan.
Openverse is a place to find free images, but also audio under creative commons licenses for your project
Genders.wtf Some very bad examples of forms asking for people’s gender. Seriously, just, don’t ask? Also, what happens on a project to come up with “Sea Captain”, “Venezuela”, “Hot bread” as gender options, seriously?
Indie world is a platforms to help you follow all your small creators in one single place. You can add their URL to the tool and you are all set
If you need to display time with little icons (5min intervals), here you do: ClockFace. I just like that this exists, even though I’m not sure what I would use if for
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