Pixels of the Week – March 5, 2023

Prioritize usability problems, product strategy and a 3D printed frog palace!

On Twitter,  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. Also, subscribe to the newsletter to get notified when those are published!

#Now – what I’m up to

The smashing conference site, a plant with pyramid shaped roots out of the pot and some front end social thumbnails with cute raccoons

I will be talking about Enterprise UX, aka, the fun and challenges of designing tools and products, for people at work on 9 – 11 October at Smashing Conf Antwerp, 3 days dedicated to UX, UI and product design!

I finally finished my raccoons and opossum illustrations for your mastodon instance. On the plant topic, have you every see triangle root bound UNDER the man pot? Yup, I managed to do that.

I might also put less images in those articles, to avoid hosting too much decorative images and make the page lighter. So, quick question: do you find the images (aka screenshots of the resources) useful in those articles? Answer on social media, or drop me an email!

TL;DNR the one you should not miss

Louder for the people in the back: “make it easy is NOT a product strategy“, and what you need to go beyond that

Interesting frameworks and concepts

A multiple steps decision tree to help prioritize usability issues

Back to basics, because “frequency” should not be the only criteria when it comes to qual research: “How to prioritise usability problems“, with an interesting decisions tree to help you prioritise

Interesting articles

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy

  • Goodtape: usually automated transcript tools struggle with French, so, it’s kind of my benchmark. I fed this one 15min of one of my teaching classes and it did quite good, so you might want to give it a try.
  • A list of UX designer you can follow on Linkedin to help grow in our industry (also you can submit someone if they are not already on the list)
  • Fontjoy, a tool to pair fonts together. Hit generate to get random pairing, keep one that you want by locking them. It’s a little bit random, I’ve see meh pairings, but, if you tweak with it, you can get nice results.
  • Interesting concept: 1 dataset, 100 visualizations. Not all 100 work and are easy to understand for that dataset though, but, it gives you a lot of examples of different ways of presenting the same data
  • This was fun: take the flash history quiz. I got 40%, but, I’m bad with dates. what about you?
  • Ha, my kind of weather app (or more like PWA here): tell me what I need to wear if I go outside
  • Aw this is cute: a web component for drawing patterns with CSS
  • Oh, that is nice, if you work in a place where you can’t use airtable because it’s in the cloud, Baserow is an open source alternative, and you can self host it on your own servers. I will have to check how easy it is to self host though
  • Quick Reads, A tool that can summarized a whole article in a few words (using GPT-3). It’s far from perfect, but, I’m very bad at writing introductions for my article, so I might use this to help me with those. What would you use it for?
  • I you want to have fun writing, with an AI-powered graph-based help, you can play around with Jotte


Interesting video on different types of click-baits, from the “it’s interesting and legit” to “totally misleading and rubbish content

Online Course

Yeah, Abby Covert built a free online course to teach what Information Architecture is, methods, tools, and more and I really think any designer should check this (no video transcripts though but she also has a lot of written information on her blog)



How To Build A Magazine Layout With CSS Grid Areas grid layout is awesome and lets you do a lot of cool things, including some magazine style layouts

News in the industry

  • Last baseline alignment, CSS alignment is always a mess, this one is going to be super helpful to a lot of things like tables and taglines
  • Ho, no, usability.gov  is now archived and no longer updated. I really hope they will keep the archive, there is still a lot of very descent usability and UX related content on that one.

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