THE BEST UX/TECH ARTICLES THAT I READ LAST WEEK 7/5

These are the best UX/Tech articles that I’ve read for the week of 7/5.
This week was a bit of a design history lesson combined with practical methods.

Pixel Density Demystified by Peter Nowell
In this article and video Peter breaks down the history behind pixel density and how designer can work with updating pixel density standards.

Declarative Design Tools
by Jon Gold
Jon Gold makes a delivers a compelling article for the next evolution of design and tools via roleplaying terminology, programming, set theory and a historical context. Stick with this article, because as he sets up seemingly disparate example. the conclusion is for making the next wave of declarative design tools. This week I’ll be taking his design tool René for a spin.

Winning The Primary Election: With Data Visualization by Jim Dibble
This article is the nexus for data visualization and political junkies. Dibble gives an insightful and accessible analysis of how 538 and the New York Times display candidate data and what lessons can be taken away from their methods.

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Using interface to make a timely statement

In The US, this past week of July 4th was marked by violence that many of us are still wrapping our heads around.

I wanted to take a minute to show some timely design that is addressing violence of this last week.

Beyonce 

Beyonce's Call to End Police Violence

Beyonce’s website is a content rich experience that immerses Beyonce fans in lush visuals and bold typography.

At the top of Beyonce’s content-aggregation style site, is a call to action in bold typography that stands out amongst the visuals on her site. Likely run on a Content Management System, it is a versatile and swift way to respond to national events.

 

Weiden and Kennedy

Wieden and Kennedy Front Page takeover

Wieden and Kennedy take over their front page.

 

Wieden and Kennedy take over the front page of their site with an epitaph addressing the quiet, emotional and psychological side of violence. Forgoing the usual agency portfolio, careers and contact site organization, the only link from the front page is to the Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

 

Uber

Uber Replaces cars with Peace Signs

Uber is no stranger to using their app interface to express opinions. In this instance they are asking for users to contemplate the violence of the last week by changing their car icons into peace signs.

 

Thoughts are with the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the officers of the Dallas Police Department.

Best Articles I read Last Week

The Best UX/Tech articles that I read last week 6/27

These are the best UX/Tech articles that I’ve read for the week of 6/27.



One Googler’s Take on Managing Your Time
by Jeremiah Dillon
As many of my co-workers can attest, my entire scrum team blocks out two “head’s down” days so that we can work uninterrupted by meetings. Jeremiah’s take on managing “maker time” extends this practice beyond scrum team, and is an inclusive definition of maker. This extends the idea of making to Project Managers and Product Managers.

If you’re at the edge of “How do I carve out enough time to work?” Watch the video. Twice.

It’s Portfolio Season – Here’s 8 Things I Wish I Knew While Designing Mine by Emelyn Baker
Portfolio season is a particular time of year for UX/UI, time for scoping out other members in the community and the ritual stink-eye towards your own work. Emelyn approaches the subject matter with examples from her own experiences.
I like to see UX Managers who set examples of the design thinking that their organization is looking for.

Podcast:
Design Review Podcast: Episode 40 The Myth of The Power User by Jonathan Shariat and Chris L

I’ve expanded my “Best Last Week” list to podcasts and I’m excited that Design Review will be the first Podcast that I will be sharing.
Chris and Jon explore an idea that has been on my mind as a UX designer grappling with legacy software and a user base that has divergent needs. When a business talks about a “Power User” what do they mean at the core of it? Chris and Jon discuss this scenario thoroughly, which is a great aide for UX designers who are looking towards design and business goals.

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Best Articles I read Last Week

The Best UX/Tech articles that I read in the week of 2/1/16

These are the best UX/Tech articles that I’ve read for the week of 2/1.


 

The List of UX Tools to Rule Them All by Craig Sullivan

Guilt and Shame As A UI Design Element  by Katie Notopoulos

The High Price of Free  by Rachel Andrew

*Bonus* article since my department is going into “Performance Reviews” 

How to invest in yourself by Jon Westernberg

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Best Articles I read Last Week

Best UX/Tech Articles that I read the week of 1-25-16

These are the best UX/Tech articles that I’ve read for the week of 1/25.


How Design Thinking Demobilize Colombian Guerrillas by Silvia Li

Digital Product Design Principles by Wouter de Bres

So You Want to be a UX Designer by Suelyn Yu

Bonus set: Dribbble Debate! 

Dribbblization of Design by  Paul Adams

Dribbble and the Creation of the Useless Designer by Michael Abehsera

An Open Letter to Designers of Unsolicited Redesigns and Unbuildable Apps by Ted Goas

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Best Articles I read Last Week

Best UX/Tech Articles that I read the week of 1-11-16

These are the best UX/Tech articles that I’ve read for the week of 1/11.


How to make sense of any mess by Abby Covert

Abby Covert is what I consider the archetype of an Information Architect. She has released her book “How to make sense of any mess” as a hyperlinked page. In a way this is far beyond just an article, more of a valuable resource.

This is my most emailed link for the week, since it contains an intermediate-advanced level of information architecture and user experience.

Putting My Patterns through Their Paces  by Ethan Marcotte

Ethan takes on multi-hatted role of UX designer to look at solving a problem beyond workflow and consistent pattern usage. He examines the problem in a three dimensional manner that

Designing Adobe Portfolio by Andrew Couldwell

Andrew Couldwell disects how Adobe approached the design for the Adobe Portfolio. This article is a combination of the “sell” for why I should use Adobe Portfolio and also a strong presentation of Andrew’s process in a case study.

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Best Articles I read Last Week

Best UX/Tech Articles I read last week 1-4-15

These are the best UX/Tech articles that I’ve read for the week of 1/4.


 

How to Hire

This article had me tweeting and talking about what it means to pass on a “False Negative” and what career goals would yield a “20x” career. This article is a must read for thinking about how to improve your work culture, but also how to approach your career

 

The Principles of UX Choreography

 

 

Jedi Principles of UI animation

 

Principles of UX Choreography and Jedi Principles of UI animation are must-read twins for the animation and interaction set. Applying Disney and Star Wars filmography principles to animations, can have a huge impact on how a designer approaches interactions and animations. It’s incredible reading how the masters get it done.

 

 

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Monument Valley's silent princess

Stop Making Users Explore

me:

“So… why are all the links styled the same way as the body copy?”

UXer X:

“The users will explore and find the links.”

me:

“stop that”

Let’s look at why this is a terrible situation to place your users in.

As a user, I want to accomplish a set number of tasks. If I’m exploring your interface, I’m not doing my tasks.
If I’m exploring your app, I’m thinking, about why I can not find the page I’m looking for.
I’m not thinking about your palette, your design patterns, or your visual design.
None of that matters.
I like to discover new music, videos, articles and games.

None of these are your interface.

Monument Valley's silent princess

Monument valley is a well designed exploration, within a scoped space.

Your product is a means to an end. Help your users find it.

Medium article: stop making users explore

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Starbucks app gold experience

The Starbucks app has been successful at separating me from money and consuming way more cappuccino than I should.

Last week I hit gold membership.

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Along with the color change, I was treated to a multi screen flow showing me the features of being a gold member .

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Not a bad experience for a new gold member.

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Yes please!

Rent stabilization billboard

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Vertical of advertisement

Today, I saw a compact, multilingual billboard for rent stabilization. I quickly snapped a few detail shots before heading out into the deluge.
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The billboard combined situational illustrations and typography to create an informative ad.

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