Pixels of the Week – September 12, 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

By the time you read this, I’ll be on holidays, enjoying the sea (maybe the sun but I’m not sure based on weather forecast). That’s the amazing thing about scheduling posts. Which also means: no weekly links next Sunday.

So, this week, I put together a list of some essential resources to help you design tables, especially if like me, you work on enterprise web apps with a lot of data. There’s advice on research, best practices, UI patterns, etc.

Something to think about

#CriticalThinking #UXtips #UItips

I will repost something I put on twitter here: Advice for UX & UI designer beginners when checking resources online: be careful when you see UI tips saying “never” or “always“. Most of the time, with real users, you end up in a deep “it depends” area (this is why we test things).

Also, be extra careful with “UX tips” that give inaccessible advice. Like “use a red border for errors” and that color is the only visual mean to indicate errors. Good UX is building accessible products from the start! How to keep a critical eye on those? Running your own feedback sessions with colleagues to check your biases, then if you can, conducting some user research to validate your design hypotheses should help.

Last but not least: spend a few months in Enterprise UX designing B2B tables and or forms for complex productivity webapps and I guarantee you can throw most of those “UI tips” about font sizes, moar whitespace, remove content and such over simplification through the window.

Darren Hood has also an interesting post on the topic of “it depends”

TL;DNR the one you should not miss

#Tools

Being tool-agnostic: a nice reminder that tools are just tools, sometimes you can chose, sometimes you need to adapt to the tools already chosen by your team. Being tool-agnostic is important (by @amrancz)

Interesting article

#Design

#Accessibility

#Job Interview

A few interesting tips to help you connected with your audience when you have to present something for a UX designer (but could apply to most jobs) job interview by @scweeker

#Logo

Hahah, this made me laugh, especially since I think I tried 30 different ways to design a “S” for my own logo I think like anyone with an S in their logo: 7 overused logo letterforms to let go of

#Engineering

Why’d you park like such an a-hole?: Inviting curiosity, context into engineering, our lives by Tatiana Mac. It’s easy to judge without context, why we need to approach things with curiosity over critique when working (and in our life too)

#BackToTheOffice

I’m going to need a “I hate that I like that” button for this “HR Answers Your Questions About Returning to the Office” satire

Inspiration, fun experiments and great ideas

#Inspiration

  • I love the pop culture work of Butcher Billy, a designer and illustrator from Brazil. Check the Behance and website
  • Luiza McAllister is a Brazilian 2D/3D artist and you should really check her work on artstation  and behance
  • Starting the week with the work of Marly Gallardo, a artist from New York. I love that blue and pink color palette

#Typography

Time to geek out about typography: “Fonts in the Twilight Zone“, an interesting article on those fonts that don’t always fit into existing categories. I’m officially in love with the g of the Magnat font. (via @ilovetypography)

#Emojis
This person made a music video only by tweeting emojis. 6 800 tweets, 900k emojis, hundreds of hours of work. This is the twitter account used to create that.

News in the industry


#CSS

Podcasts

#UXBootcamp

In case you missed it, Debbie Levitt has a few interesting episodes on Bootcamps on the Delta CX youtube channel:

#Podcast

A Lens A Day is a series of short (20 minutes) podcasts created by @brownorama
on the topic of Information Architecture. Also, don’t forget to check his deck of information architecture lenses cards. If will help you gain perspective around different aspects of your design regarding IA.

#Design #Panel

Design Around the World: with other Maltem designers, we talked about what it means to design in Canada, Europe, North Africa and Asia. This was an awesome discussion, especially since many of us come from different backgrounds.

Tutorials

#CSS

Back to CSS 101s, today with “An Interactive Guide to Keyframe Animations” by @joshwcomeau

Books

#Book #Disabilities

Disability Visibility, some First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by @DisVisibility

Useful tools and resources that will make your life easy


#Typography

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