Pixels of the Week – March 24, 2019

Stéphanie Walter

Senior UX Designer - Mobile Expert

Senior UX Designer. Mobile Expert. Public speaker. Blog writer. Google Dev Expert Product Design (GDE)

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Every week I share a list of curated articles, resources and tools about UX, UI and mobile design, Front-End development, HTML, CSS and more…

This week’s selection: tips for first time speakers, an accessibility test tool, forms and gender, advice for ecommerce checkout, CSS blurred borders, frictionless design, learning UX is broken, a color palette tool, complex CSS grids and also a CSS grid plan floor, loading animations, inclusive design and how tech provides platforms for hate , a nice book on typography, the Feminist Library’s new visual identity, the need to normalize Unicode strings, how to avoid terrible UX job descriptions and more.

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TL;DNR the one you should not miss

“Tips For First Time Speakers” great tips, I will add:

  • get a nice remote control
  • if you wear  a dress it’s complicated to put the mic equipment, a jacket with pockets or a belt are options. You might think “I will stick the mic little equipment to my bra in my back”. Been there, done that, nope. You don’t want to spend a whole talk with this equipment itching your back 🙁
  • a hand mic is another option if available (but it gets annoying if you have a remote control in the other hand)
  • madonna mics are nice but if you have long hair again it might interfere with the sound, you might need to tie does. Yup I have super practical advice 😀
  • remove the lanyard while you talk it might interfere with mic
  • ask for the slides format and what type of port (hdmi, vga etc) they support in advance to avoid panicking on stage

Interesting article

#UX

#Design

#Performance

If you are interested in perceived performance, here is a nice article on loading animations: “Everything you need to know about Loading Animations“. Also I love the cat loader 😀

#Forms #Gender

Sex and/or gender — working together to get the question right

#Inclusive Design

Canary in a Coal Mine: How Tech Provides Platforms for Hate – “Listen to concerns, no matter how small, particularly if they’re coming from the most endangered groups.”

#Ecommerce

Best E-Commerce Checkout Practices for 2019 – a long 18min read with many interesting advice

#Front-End

#Accessibility

See No Evil: Hidden Content and Accessibility

#Mobile

Do you remember Firefox OS? I do. And I’m thankful because they created the base of a lot of APIs we now take for granted in mobile browsers. Also, the idea of a web based OS might work today, with Google promoting PWAs, huge steps were made towards this.

Inspiration, fun demos and Great ideas

#Robot

MIT invented a new type of robot hand that’s both adorable and terrifying

#Website #Illustrations

Sigle is a beautiful decentralized & open source blog maker. I love the site, the logo, the illustrations, everything here <3

#Book

On the Road to Variable -The Flexible Future of Typography, a nice gift idea for your friend who love typography

#Typography

The Feminist Library’s new visual identity is inspired by its archive of protest banners. And I LOVE the font <3

#CSS Grid

CSS Grid: Floor Plan, because, hell, whyyy not

News in the industry

#Chrome

Chromium Blog: Chrome Lite Pages – For a faster, leaner loading experience.
This is starting to look a little bit like Opera Mini used to work, proxy browser part to serve the page faster for slow connexion

#Instagram

2016, Stephanie Rieger talks and writes about ” a merchant in Kuwait selling sheep through Instagram, 2019, Introducing Checkout on Instagram

Tutorials

#CSS

Useful tools and plugins that will make your life easy

#Color

Geenes, another color palette tool

#Accessibility

accessibilityinsights is a tool (chrome extension + windows app) to test accessibility on your site. The assessment part of the tool gives you a checklist with some helpers to test the page and you can export the results, really cool <3

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