Pixels of the Week – November 14, 2021

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

Hii, I’m back from holidays. Weather was meh, but the Botanic Garden in Amsterdam was awesome! I also published an article on Tips on How to Pick the Right Icons for Your Website. It comes with a 🎁 Icons8 Giveaway, you can participate until November 17.

This week I facilitated a “how might bad actors abuse your product and what can you do about it” remote workshop. It was a lot of fun. It went in 3 rounds: list features, another group plays “bad actors” and abuses the features and then find ways to prevent and react to those. I also talked at Entrepreneurship Talk n°3: Introduction to UX design.

TL;DNR the one you should not miss

#Accessibility

The problem with “click here” and “learn more” links: some Interesting tips to help you write better hyperlinks

Interesting article

#Design

  • Can a Robot Do a Designer’s Job? Automation isn’t as much of a threat as we have been told. Yes, to all of the content of that article 🙂 By @chrbutler
  • Designing with ketchup, a nice reminder that design tools change, there will always be a debate on “which tool is the better”, but we should focus on solving real problems and communicating with other disciplines that build the product, not tools.
  • Some thoughts on Interfaces: an interesting 10 min read on interfaces, user state of “flow” and how people interact with systems, why we need to find this fine line between simplicity and complexity, aka skill floors and skill ceilings and the notion of adaptive interfaces

#Psychology

An interesting read on psychological manipulation and deceiving patterns that trick users.

#TechIndustry

Techies Still Think They’re the Good Guys. They’re Not. It’s maybe time to burst that silicon valley bubble and get back

#Metaverse

Hey, Facebook, I Made a Metaverse 27 Years Ago. It was terrible then, and it’s terrible now.” A really interesting article by Ethan Zuckerman

#Mobile FrontEnd

I was not aware of this, could be nice to enhance mobile UX: The enterkeyhint attribute changes the action key on a mobile keyboard to change the text/affordance.

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#Dataviz

This is really cool: a map of all the submarine cables around the world

#Typography

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy

#UserFlowRecording

Hum, you can now record user flows in the Chrome dev tool and replay the session, I wonder if this could be useful for (non remote) usability testing?

#Performance

This is cool and useful: Web Performance Metrics Cheatsheet by @ireaderinokun

#Noise

In case you are in the office and are missing those “home” sounds like trapped fly, small dogs, or maybe children and roommate in a zoom call sound, here’s a tool that lets you play them in the background

#Music

Interesting project: music generated (created, composed, recorded) by Artificial Intelligence (that you can use for your projects)

#Tool

If you need to remove the background of an image and don’t have Photoshop, here’s an online tool

Tutorials & Trainings

#Scroll Animation

This is really cool: Scroll-Linked Animations With the Web Animations API (WAAPI) and ScrollTimeline

#Axure

Want to level up your prototyping skills? Debbie Levitt is has a 2 days of Axure Core skills (beginner) and Advances Skills (advanced) online training for $75 each.
I will attend the second one since I already did the 1st last year

News in the industry

#Accessibility

#Web Technologies

Everything announced at Chrome Dev Summit 2021, a 5min video to get you up to speed

#MetaVerse

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