Pixels of the Week – May 14 , 2023

Accessibility issues with AI tools, Google I/O webplatform news and retro games

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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 processes, 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 currently up to

Glow in the dark dino on a shirt and accessibility stickersI’m preparing some stickers for the participants of my accessibility workshop. And, I decided to create a second “glow in the dark” dino shirt, for my dad, so that he can match with my nephew!

I was invited to a Twitter Space Google I/O as GDE web platform and discussed, among other things, new features coming to the web. I’m happy to see we go towards more user-centric, inclusive & accessible experiences with a lot of new CSS features and APIs. We need to embrace that flexible nature of the web. The way our site is displayed changes based on different media features (media queries, container queries, prefers-reduced motion, prefers-contrast, inverted-colors, etc.), viewport size, zoom level, etc. All of those are triggered by the user situation and preference. Every user will see, use, experience, navigation through a small variation of that site. It’s really time to let go the pixel perfect mockup. I also would love it, if more designers could start getting interested into all those new features and in how to use them for a greater experience. You don’t need to learn to code. But, understanding what a browser can do will for sure help build better, more user-centric experiences in the next couple of years. So, yeah, I’m super happy to see where the web platform is going those days.

Interesting frameworks and concepts

8 mental model design heuristics: interesting heuristics to help with learnability of a design. Text version of the table is available on google doc

TL; DNR: the one you should not miss

A Reference to Creating Inclusive Websites: a list of what you can do, test and need to be careful about when building accessible sites. In the end, it’s not that hard, if you start including this from the start.

Interesting articles that caught my attention

UX design, research, and fonts

Accessibility and inclusive design

  • Accessibility context cards: some cards to help designers understand what different people with different disabilities need in terms of accessibility and how to bake that into the mockups.
  • Don’t use custom CSS scrollbars: when you customize browser scroll bars, it’s not up to you to have them make them accessible (color contrast, resize, etc). It’s a lot of work! You are also breaking consistency, making it potentially difficult for people with cognitive disabilities to navigate your site.


David Hume — Why we change our mind : interesting article on the concept of deduction vs induction, cause, and effect and how we try to predict things

More on AI and chatGPT

  • Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey? Long interesting articles on the dangerous combination of AI and capitalism and how AI is used to make predatory capitalism even worse. It also introduces the concept of acceleration: the only way to get out of capitalism is first to get it to a point where society collapses, the idea of it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
  • ShatGPT: chatGPT’s UI is not accessible, and, it’s a problem.Even with minimal UI, people still find ways to make it inaccessible.

Cool news from Google I/O

This week we had the Google I/O. I selected a couple of talks and news I’m really happy and excited about for you:

  • What’s new in the web: a short 9min video where Mariko Kosaka walks you through a couple of the cool new things coming to the webplatform you don’t want to miss: HTML modals, individual CSS transform properties, new better dynamic viewport units, focus visible, etc.
  • How to create personalized web experiences: Adam Argyle explains how different features can help you accommodate to user preferences (new relative units for fonts, prefers-reduced-motion, accent color, prefers-color-scheme, color spaces, logical properties, container queries, etc.)
  • What’s new in web UI Una Kraverts presents the really cool new things you can do with CSS for UI: container queries, has selector (aka parent selector), advanced nth-child, text-wrap: balance, color features, CSS nesting, better control over the cascade, scoping, popover,  anchor positioning, a couple of more animation features, etc. I love this, more intrinsic web, more smart styling in the browser.
  • What’s new in web animations: Bramus Van Damme goes through a couple of cool new things, including view transition API for SPAs, scroll driven animations, . It’s all fun, but, please, support prefers-reduced-motion.
  • Partnering for a stable web Rachel Andrew announced more collaboration between different actors on the web and the creation of Baseline, a place to find out whether a feature or API is safe to use in your site or web applications
  • What’s new in Android Accessibility: a couple of new features regarding screen readers and sound accessibility and more tools to help you test and check accessibility of your native apps

Curiosity cabinet: non-design/tech rabbit holes I enjoyed

German EMS uses QR technology to discourage illegal photography at emergency scenes: that’s actually super smart, “Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe placed QR codes on some of its ambulances and EMS equipment that will send an automatic warning to someone who points a smartphone camera where the code is visible.”

Inspiration: fun experiments, beautiful art, and great ideas

  • Polishpixels.com: the video games retro archive we all need
  • Trigger Warning: a giant page full of animates GIF! That’s basically what Eyecandy is. It’s fun to dig in different visual rabbit holes (be careful with motion sickness)

Useful tools & resources

  • Designer Lynx: a place to find Figma tools (plugins, templates) but also interest resources for UI design
  • ISO A paper size guide for Figma: This is very nice if like me you sometimes use Figma to build print templates (I used it to create my user interview cards printable PDF for example)
  • Accessibility Checklist: the Washington Post has a small checklist to help you cover the most prominent types of usability issues you can catch with manual testing on a site. Very useful. And more accessibility resources here.
  • Dark Reader: a browser extension to enable and customize dark mode for any site or a whole domain. Also, the name is fun.
  • Audioalter: a collection of online tools to edit audio files, from noise reduction, reverse audio, bass booster, etc.
  • HiDock: for the macOS users here, a tool to set custom dock settings for each display.

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