Pixels of the Week – March 6, 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

Do you wonder what do UX Designers and Researchers do, what’s the value of such profile on a project and how to they work within a team? I’m talking about all of this as part of Maltem’s design month in an online webinar on Tue, Mar 22, 2022 7:00 PM (CEST). You can register on eventbrite.

I also had fun with Debbie and we talked about UI and UX trends. And I designed and cut some fun yellow neon stickers. (inspired by those UX stickers). I also shared a little teaser of my upcoming slides for my talk at Axe-con “A designer’s guide to documenting accessibility & user interactions

TL;DNR the ones you should not miss

#Plain Language

What makes writing more readable?” a really nice story by Rebecca Monteleone and Jamie Brew that shows what plain language is and how it can help people better understand your content.

#Helping Ukraine

We All Are Ukraine 🇺🇦, a list of ideas and places to help Ukraine in those complicated times.

Interesting article

#Accessibility

#Research

Secondary (or desk) research involves gathering existing data from inside and outside of your organization. A literature review should be done more frequently in UX because it is a viable option even for researchers with limited time and budget

#Usability Test

Testing is a scary word” interesting take on how the word “test” can sound scary for some users and maybe we should use another one with them for usability test (but keep the word test among practitioners). What do you think?

#Journalism

How the contributor network of Forbes changed their reputation from being a respectable business publication to a content farm where people publish content for SEO boost and reputation laundering

#Negotiation

Ten Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer (split in 2 articles). You can hate the game, but at some point, we sadly need how to play it.

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#Book

A great book worth reading those days: Extra Bold, A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designer

#Inspiration

That collection of 2242 mineralogy illustrations drawn between 1802 and 1817 and arranged by color is highly satisfying

#CSS

#Food #Art

How to Actually Cook Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Recipes: Crayfish, Prawns, and Spitted Eggs” interesting video mixing Dali’s history while cooking (TW: live crayfishes)

#Animations

Time flies, a few times ago I built this fun demo to teach the difference between CSS animations and transitions. It uses some SVGs animated in CSS. That was a lot of fun!

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy

#Graphs

Vizzu is a free, open-source JavaScript library for animated data stories and visualizations.

#ProductDesign

Juan Jesús Millo Domínguez (from @uxdatabase) put together a huge list of 750 resources, organized in 16 subjects, 34 topics and 210 subtopics to help you learn product design on your own

#Games

The queer games bundle and jam are back! “The Queer Games Bundle was originally created because making enough money as a game developer is difficult. The bundle attempted to reduce financial burdens for queer artists by collectively selling our games…”

#Management

@sarah_edo wrote a book to help people who were not “born leaders” become better managers. It focuses on Engineering Management but I think a lot of apply to other areas (like design leads)

#Freelance

For my freelance friends, here is a free bookkeeping and accounting online tool

#Marketing

A list of 150+ free tools to help with your marketing, from advertising to automation, lead and project management, etc.

#Logo

If you need a fake logo for a project that doesn’t have any yet, as a placeholder maybe this could help? I would not use this for real client projects though ^^

Spaces and conference videos

#UX Industry

@vcastillo, @leeloowrites, @candiwrites and @YouSoFancy hosted a space  a lot of things, including what happened with Don Norman, asking Vivianne to explain a tweet about colonialism. A really interesting talk on the labor black women are expected to do all the time. You can find some tweets here and here to understand better what happened this week.

#Accessibility Conference

If you are interested in Accessibility, you can find the replay of all the #ZeroCon22 talks on youtube (with subtitles and sign language interpreter) Also check @ZeroProjectorg. I especially liked this talk on designing accessible products, there’s a place where user experience meets accessibility

News in the industry & Conferences

#Accessibility #ACCESS2022

@3playmedia organizes a free online 4 days conference about accessibility, March 29 to April 1 and you can register here

#Browser

Interop 2022: browsers working together to improve the web for developers

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