Pixels of the Week – June 12, 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

Hi, folks. This week I talked about documenting in French accessibility for designers at a meetup. The video should be online soon. Meanwhile you can check the talk slides, transcript and video in English here: A Designer’s Guide to Documenting Accessibility & User Interactions . I’ll be off for the next 2 weeks!

TL;DNR the one you should not miss

#Dark Mode

Peering into the accessibility of Dark Mode. Dark Mode’s USP seems to be its sustainability and easing the visual strain on our eyes. But how true are these notions — and how does it fare in terms of accessibility? Thank you Dora Cee for debunking a few myths around dark mode.

Interesting article

#UXMethod

Interesting distinction between personas and archetypes. I often don’t see the point of bio information in personas, especially in enterprise UX where we are more driven by tasks and needs than who the person is, so this kind of makes sense.

#Information Architecture

It’s all about making choices: Four Tradeoffs When Designing Navigation Menus

#Accessibility

#Design

It’s easy to view design as making things pretty, as though the presentation of the work is all that matters because that’s the thing we can see. Systems thinking is what makes designers great. Yes to all of this: Systems thinking is what makes designers great

#Humility

I’m a 1x engineer  Well I am not an engineer but I like many ideas and concepts presented here, we need more 1x engineers, designers, humble people.

#Cheating

My students cheated… A lot. I am amazed at this whole story (but not surprised I had students teach too before)

#Disability

Interesting article on the design of objects to help disabled people. I still wonder how many of those projects are actual useful objects disabled people can buy and use (some are from the links I saw), vs art projects and disability dongles.

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#Time Travel

Web Design Museum exhibits over 2,000 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1991 and 2006.
The also have videos of old flash sites!!

#SVG Animation

What can I say, I have a thing for day/night demos by Aysenur Turk

#Sounds

  • Welcome to the Yellowstone sound library, where you can immerse yourself in the aural landscape of America’s first national park.
  • Tree fm, a website where you can listen to the sound of a forest in the world. I find this quite calming and relaxing when you can’t actually go in a real one right now.
  • CatMeows: A Publicly-Available Dataset of Cat Vocalizations  “440 meows emitted by cats in different contexts. Specifically, 21 cats belonging to 2 breeds have been repeatedly exposed to three different stimuli to induce the emission of meows”

#Game

That person made a game in Microsoft Word (video) . Yup. Word. I just love it when people play around with technologies to go beyond what it was supposed to be.

#Links

Heydon is troll twitter with some link alignment chart and I love it.

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy

#Maps

Felt, an interesting tool if you need to create and share different custom maps in internet –

#Illustration

If you need illustrations for you next project, you can configure styles, colors and background here (free with attribution)

#SVG Animation

A fun tool that turns your SVG into doodle pen style little animations

#Dev Tool

Can I DevTools is like caniuse but for the browser devtools

#Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin Is Dead” – The #1 Database of Notable Bitcoin Skeptics

#Reading

If you are tired of the noise when you try to read an article, this mac “Quite Reader” app could help. Alternatives in browsers: Firefox and Safari Reader View, Edge Immersive Reader

Tutorials

#Typography

I don’t fully agree with the fond choices here, but it’s still a nice interactive exercise to understand different areas of typography choice: Interactive Typography Tutorial

News in the industry

#Push Notifications

Push notification coming in iOS, weeeee, I was looking forward to update my class on that for years. This is a great news!!!

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