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.
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.
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)
This 2011 resurfaces in my feed and I think it’s still interesting: Design is About Solving Problems, and we might not be able to solve them if we jump right into inspiration galleries and look at competition, we might even close doors to solutions
A long and super interesting read on “UX=Accessibility & Accessibility=UX” with the idea of shifting towards an Obstacles and Preferences-based model of accessibility and what it could look like. By Gareth Ford Williams
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)
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
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)
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.