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: a selection of threads and content to educate ourselves about the Black Lives Matter movement, a huge list of books on UX design and user research plus some places to find free books, “real life” user research, UXR Remote Job Board, a children’s books illustrator, colors in CSS, CSS variables guide, SEO UX and the “page experience” metrics, Inclusive Activities Cards, a visual problem solving toolbox, CSS tutorials (content, component styles, etc.), some fun Ikea marketing, etc.
TL;DNR the ones you should not miss
A LOT of people are current sharing a LOT of content to help us educate ourselves on anti-racism topics and around the Black Lives Matter movement. Here is a selection, let’s read, digest, amplify those voices!
#UX #SEO I saw people saying “User Experience will become a SEO ranking factor”, be careful, this is not exactly true, Google will take into account the “page experience” which is a set of really specific metrics, user experience is more complex than that. I’m pretty sure that we could build a website with a really bad user experience, usability issues and include a few bad patterns but still trick Google into giving me a 100% on those criteria. This is not me saying that G should not take those criteria into account (they are already did for some), this is me saying: don’t stop at the fancy “UX will be a SEO ranking factor” titles from tech news blogs, read the whole article, go back to the source if needed.
“Which UI design tool should I use in 2020?” interesting comparison, ultimately it might also depend on your company / client, sometimes you can’t chose the tool. The good news is that once you understood one of those, the others are quite easy to use
“Colors in CSS” there’s a lot of interesting details about colors that you might no know about, great article by Ahmad Shadeed
“Developer who wrote vanilla HTML+CSS in Notepad declared a witch” To be fair: when I was teaching HTML/CSS the first thing I did was ask people to open notepad, write a little hello there, save and change the extension to .HTML and open it in the browser. I kind of feel they felt like wizzards when they did that. Also when they played with the dev tool the first time and changed the CSS of the site (later in the course), I loved the look on people’s face, the empowerment like “hoo this is magic I just changer the website!!!”. Teaching to beginners was honnestly a lot of great moments 🧡 It’s kind of like revealing a big secret of the universe “wait all of that fun was in my browser all of this time right under my nose and I didn’t know of that? This is awesome” Yup, that is why I love HTML and CSS: anyone can learn and play with it directly with the inspect tool
On www.nap.edu you can access a lot of reports, academic publications and books for free (some you can download, some you need to read online) on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine.