Designer are being gaslighted, rotating ramens, cute halloween cats & a WCAG 2.2 map
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!
Hey designers, they’re gaslighting you. (18min) Designers are being gaslighted into demonstrating impact, justifying value working just a little harder. My friends, we are being set up to fail in a giant, rotten system. Sara Wachter-Boettcher offers ways to reframe all of this, and stop beating ourselves up for failing to change something that it’s not in our control. Seeing her talk about this in Zurich resonated so much with me, I hope the article will resonate with you too.
The Negative Impact of Mobile-First Web Design on Desktop (17min) interesting findings, I’m not sure if the example is “mobile first” though, kind of looks like “every trendy site at the moment with giant areas, big font and huge images”. But yeah, maybe this trends comes from the mobile?
The negative impact of persuasive design (8min) persuasive design in e-commerce might help sell, but encourages excessive consumption, which is detrimental for the user and the planet. I like that we start rethinking this, through the lens of sustainability. by Anna Rátkai
You’re All Set: Casual Language, Embedded Advertising, And The Decline Of Human-Centered Design (7min) “The casual, colloquial language that’s creeping in, the cute animations, and the shameless product placement is evidence of a race to the bottom, and a likely permanent push away from the foundations of a human-centered design philosophy. When our profession really gained traction in the 80s, it was focused on taming the rigidity of engineering-speak and complexity. Now, the battle could—and should—be a pushback against product marketing.”. Sad, but, true
No one actually wants simplicity (3min) web developers often claim they want simplicity, but often are not willing to sacrifice or remove anything to achieve it. by Luke Plant
Emergent best practices in AI-assisted design and research (14min): a couple of best practices to incorporate AI in your user research by Jane Davis. The main principles: don’t use AI for situation where you don’t feel confident evaluating the output and quality, make sure can mitigate biases (not just inaccuracy), be careful about privacy, and think about what you want AI to do for you, rather than what AI can do
Airlines Are Just Banks Now (10min) very insightful read on how airlines almost turned into banks, making more money from mileage programs than from flying planes. It’s a result of deregulation, which has allowed them to pursue profits in whatever way they can.
South Pole Signage: a fascinated journey into different signs, official and unofficial ones to keep people safe and rhythm their lives.
Whole Earth Index: this is amazing if you love print and old magazines, a nearly-complete archive of Whole Earth publications, between 1970 and 2002. They are made available here for scholarship, education, and research purposes.
Useful tools & resources
Trending Topics a site that uses Wikipedia traffic data to surface topics that are trending, or have been trending recently, and the data nerd in me loves this.
Footer if you ever need inspiration for great footers, well, here you go, a footer inspiration gallery
Clamp calculator: an online calculator to generate custom fluid tokens (with clamp) between a set min/max viewport.
Emoji generator: a fun tool to generate your own emojis. I’m not sure my pumpkin cat fits what I had in mind, but, it’s kind of cute, so, we’ll keep it.
Accessible Numbers: how to design services for people who need help with numbers (dyscalculia for example)
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