Every week I post a lot of my daily readings about Web, UI and UX Design, mobile design, webdesign tools and useful resources, inspiration on twitter and other social networks.
This week’s selection: dark patterns, UX lessons from video games, ROI of UX, user testing tips, CSS animations, UX responsibility of not doing any harm, blue light color health issues, designing for trust, finding a UX job, user research manuals, designing for accessibility, alternative to mobile burger menu, a nice feminist ad, Axure supporting Sketch files, a free font, CSS ch unit, testing visual design, exploring search for mobile.
You can follow me on twitter to get a dose of links every days.
I wrote an article this week
TL;DNR the one you should not miss
Amazing article on cognitive cost, interfaces and ethical responsibility
Distracted Driving: UX’s Responsibility to Do No Harm
#UX and #UI
- How dark UX patterns target the most vulnerable
- Level up for UX: Design lessons from video games
- Harsh, sad but necessary read for everyone in the industry by Alan Cooper: “What’s the ROI of UX? – The most idiotic question ever asked.
- Get Rid Of Your Generic “About” Designer Statement – hum, I’m kind of guilty of that as well BUT this is a MVP portfolio, I’m still iterating on the wording. Also we need some buzzwords for SEO and people looking for those :/ (some)
- The 3 Little Known Factors That Dictate Successful User Tests – interesting data on user testing. Also “If you’re going to pay participants, don’t skimp. Pay for quality and expect to get what you paid for”
- Why letter casing is important to consider during design decisions, interesting read on when and how to use each depending on your message en UI needs
- The Comprehensive Guide to Finding a Kick-Ass UX Job – it’s not always about the money. Great tips for beginners in the industry and senior levels as well 🙂
- Two articles on designing for trust: Designing UIs with trust in mind and Integrating Privacy by Design Into Your UI Design Strategy, a nice article to help you also with GDPR.
- User research – a few Service Manuals to help you start with user research
- Steve Jobs on Prototypes – interesting read on prototyping tools not made in the same language as the final product
- Why tech’s favorite color is making us all miserable – interesting article on blue light and the influence of military and pop culture interface in interface design
- How to Test Visual Design – 5 seconds tests are really easy to implement. Also I like to ask the people to draw the interface after the test. This helps me see what parts stood out and what they visually remembered
- Don’t Use The Placeholder Attribute — I strongly agree, haven’t found a usecase where having a placeholder would make more sense than a description text to help users understand format and field specificities
- Designing for accessibility is not that hard – great guide and OMG those gifs
- Fitting Text to a Container, a few interesting technics
- What is the CSS ‘ch’ Unit? “however wide the “0” character is in a given typeface, that’s the measure of one ch”
- Pixels vs. Ems: Users DO Change Font Size – interesting data and piece of code to test this ^^
- Drawing Images with CSS Gradients – I like it when people push the limits of CSS 🙂
- Growth Rock » The Link Bar, an Ecommerce Mobile Homepage Navigation Alternative (to the Hamburger Menu) – interesting data testing an alternative pattern.
- Designing search for mobile apps – Explore the various ways to implement search and the purpose behind each
The unforgettable lessons I’ve learned from 100 boring conferences – on PowerPoint design and going your own path
Inspiration, fun demos and Great ideas
Highlight the Remarkable – Edith, a marvelous advertisement idea to highlight women behind the great men in history
this is brilliant!! “Current state of webdesign” (I love the non mobile optimized pop ups)
Useful resources, tools and plugins that will make your life easy
Prospectus, a new and bold contemporary serif typeface, with optical sizes, designed by Dave Bailey from The Lost Type.