Pixels of the Week – September 11, 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
This week I talked at Web Aim Conference and I updated my talk, slides, and also article on how, what and why designers can document accessibility. I added some details based on previous feedback, and I also prepared a checklist to help people document: A Designer’s Guide to Documenting Accessibility & User Interactions
Wanna hear me rant about UX recruitment but also give a few good tips to navigate the mess? Here you go: Episode 121: The UX Job Hiring and Seeking Landscape, Part 4 with Stéphanie Walter (on apple Podcast, Google podcast and Spotify)
I found some purple and yellow cauliflowers, so I started a new batch of pickled cauliflowers that match my visual identity. How cool is that?
TL;DNR the one you should not miss
If you are interesting in how human take decisions, here is a nice list of difference cognitive biases explained with some examples and illustrations: Biases by decision lab.
- If you have a mac, here are some great tips to help you test sites using the VoiceOver Screen Reader: Mac VoiceOver Testing the Simple Way
- The First Steps to Breaking into Digital Accessibility Careers, by Louise Clark. A great article on the need to gain more awareness around the topic of accessibility, in the community but also in dev and design schools!
- Visit for a surprise: Eric Bailey turned a conversation we had about easter eggs and accessibility into a very interesting article. Could spoiling a joke be an accessibility issue? You better believe it. Also, did you find the easter egg on my homepage yet?
“Psychedelic Dinosaurs, Four-Dimensional Hummingbirds, and How We Got Our Vision: Color, Consciousness, and the Dazzling Universe of Tetrachromacy” an beautiful article on color perception in the animal and human world.
“MVP” – the most misused term in tech. A much better definition of Minimum Viable Product is the version of the product that helps you test your most critical assumption. It is NOT: bad design, bad code, something that could harm the company’s reputation
Knowledge structures: many structured ways of knowing seem to roughly fall into one of several spatial structures: lists, trees, grids, and networks.
Interesting article on how we use objects and metaphors to help users understand our interfaces: Design with materials, not features
“How Uber Used Psychology to Manipulate Its Drivers” outch, that is, quite bad and even dangerous at some point we are talking about manipulating people who might be tired into driving more hours!
Wait, according to this case study, Typeform forces you to fill a mandatory survey if you want to downgrade your plan? This is one of the worse shady pattern I’ve ever seen. I understand it can be interesting to know why, but, mandatory???
How to Avoid Misplacing Things? Easy: put them where you’re likely to find them later, because, “out of sight, out of mind”. Also applies to interfaces ^^
Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas
- Here is a cute map of most common dreams by countries. I’m not sure I trust dream meanings, but I am glad I am not the only dreaming about fallen teeth. There is no school related stuff in here though, I am alone? Like “I attend my class because I could not find the schedule. Also I missed some classes and can’t find anyone to share the notes. Wait, I already have a master degree, why do I even care” kind of dream? Also to be clear: this data is absolutely not scientific, it’s based on an analysis of google search data, so there’s a sample bias here. But I’m still super curious and I love how they presented it, because I’m a map and dataviz geek.
- Wondering what a google map’s street view version of Zelda Breath of the Wild would look like?
Typehunting: some simple things make me happy. Beautiful typography on old labels and objects is one of them
In case you need a little bit of inspiration: 37 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your UI Designs. I love the shapes highlights and hand drawn styles those days. Get inspired, remix, revamp, build something new and really cool!
Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy
Style Guidance: a tool to help you write around different topics (Class & Social Standing, Disabilities, Neurodiversity, & Chronic Illness, Gender & Sexuality, Mental Health, Trauma, & Substance Use, Race and Ethnicity, etc.) using the right words
If you are looking for old school, curious and compelling images and illustrations (but also books, films nd audio) I recommend checking PublicDomainRev
OpenArt: Get inspired from millions of amazing DALL·E 2 art and prompts
If you are looking for the next typeface for your project, Very Cool has a lot of those.
- The syntax of container queries has changed a little bit since the first drafts, it’s shipping in the browser, so here is a summary of the latest syntax and changes
- Creative list styling, some really cool CSS tricks and ideas to make lists less boring. Also, yeahy, an example of definition lists (everyone forgets those exist)
- I’m beyond happy about that: CSS container queries are finally here
Videos and Podcasts
I really liked the “Is a UX Research Career Right For Me?” podcast from Debbie Levitt. A lot of awesome information to know if this is a career for you, but honestly also, a lot of debunking about UX myth questions everyone should listen to!
Episode 5 of Bridging the Rift is out. The part about the show creator expecting to get death threats, like “the players are going to be unmerciful” is so mess up and sadly shows the toxicity of that community and game industry even when a show is amazing.