AI stereotyping the world, cute Disney robots & a coding kitten assistant, meow!
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!
It’s 2023, here is why your web design sucks (9min) Heather Buchel explores the reason why we no longer have “web designers”. The gendering of web design has led to a split in the field, with designers and developers not sitting together anymore, and surprise, this backfired.
Risk tolerance: why some countries prefer more complex UIs (10min) very interesting analysis of how uncertainty avoidance can shape your design (using Amazon as an example). Also, good reminder: you can’t just copy/paste your designs from other platforms. They might serve different audiences.
Why designers design forms (5min) bad forms are still quite common, so, ask help from your designers when you need a form! by Andrew Duckworth
The added value of (neuro)diversity (5min) “If somebody would investigate the prevalence of neurodiversity among developers and designers, I’d expect it to be above average. They’re some of the most focussed and creative people you’ll ever meet. If somebody would investigate the prevalence of neurodiversity among managers, I’d expect it to be below average. Outliers don’t get promoted.” Agreed, but the last part makes me sad. We need to promote more neurodiverse people!! by Erik Kroes
When ADHD Calls the Shots: The Hyperfocus Hijinks (5min) people often think ADHD is mostly about a lack of attention, sometimes it can be the other way around, intense fixation on some interesting activity, which comes with its own sets of issues. by Asmita Puri
Splitting within Selects some interesting tests by Adrian Roselli on the <hr> in <select> regarding screen readers support
The Future of Ghosts (6min) a perfect essay for the week of Halloween that explores our definition or “what’s real”, with the lens of technologies like AIs and virtual realities. “Humans are terrified of death. Will technological developments allow us to avoid its psychological consequences? Or will it give us a new way to go mad? (…) Perhaps we are moving steadily toward the nonmaterial life and world that religious folks have told us is the ultimate truth. This time around, we won’t have to die to get there—we join the metaverse.”
Curiosity cabinet: non-design/tech rabbit holes I enjoyed
Inspiration: fun experiments, beautiful art, and great ideas
Make WordArt if you are nostalgic from the WordArt area, now you can bring back those magnificent effects.
Email Geeks: for my marketing and email enthusiasts friends: a bunch of email tailored desktop walls papers, stickers and Tshirts
4K Rivers a beautiful project by Dan Coe Carto who used high-resolution elevation data to recreate the rivers and delta from North America
Single div CSS terminal by Lynn Fisher, a very cool, fun demo. And, yes, you should totally not do for a real site, of course, but, that’s not the point here, just enjoy the cool thing!
The World’s Writing Systems reference glyph and basic information for each of the world’s writing systems, you can order them by time, region, name, etc.
Coding kitty – the cat that has a habit of singing while coding. Meow…
Useful tools & resources
Affordance a nice illustration of the concept of affordance (what someone can do with an object), that applies a lot to UI design (buttons, links, etc.): users shouldn’t struggle to understand something is or is not clickable.
My Computer My Way: a list of guides to help you find what accessibility features can make your life better with your device. You can search by category of disability, but also adjustment, condition, or simply symptoms. One thing I use a lot (but it’s not in the list because it’s not related to my OS, but to my browser): Firefox reading mode. I use it to remove distraction when I’m actually reading an article. Or even better: I don’t read it, I let the speech synthesis read it to me. I also used TTS PDF reader (not free) when I need to read student work, again, listening is easier for me.
Study Finds 95 Percent of NFTs Are Now Worthless, surprised? Nah… In other words, 95 percent of NFT collectors — purchased by an estimated 23 million people — are holding onto the exclusive rights to JPGs that are effectively worth nothing.
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