Writing about UX for over a decade — and other UX links this week
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Writing was the way I found of memorizing everything I was learning as I dove into the field of UX.
Every Saturday morning I would spend about three hours looking back at everything I had read the week before (I still do, by the way), and turning my personal notes into articles I would publish on a UX blog I had created to help me in that process. Having a place to document what I was learning was an important piece of the puzzle.
And believe me: you learn a lot when you are doing the same thing over and over, every week, for over a decade.
We control absolutely everything we can, but the harsh reality is that we control less than we think. By Aaron Gustafson .
Calm interfaces are here, and they’re wonderful →
How to build experiences that don’t constantly demand our attention, and use natural elements to make us connect to the physical world.
How designers and developers can communicate better →
The need to respect each other, and the fact that everyone is working to try and create the best outcome for the project. By Rachel Andrew .
The best place for error messages on forms →
If error messages are not placed where users expect to see them, you could jeopardize their capability to complete your form.
From the community
- How to develop an eye for Design
by Kathleen Warner
- How to look at evidence and not translate it into your own agenda
by Jasmine Friedl
- Fixing transparency: Terms & Conditions for normal people
by Nadya Nikolova
- Scrolling interactions and techniques
by Jose Virgil Almeda
- 3 communication theories that will help you write better microcopy
by Ryan Cordell
- Cognitive difficulties : an overlooked aspect of accessible design
by Chris Atherton
News & ideas
- Snap has a new version of its Spectacles glasses
- Here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail
- Facebook made an ad about its new commitments to data privacy
- In extremely important news: Google and Facebook adopt water gun emoji , Microsoft quickly runs to catch up
- Blocc is a plain and minimalistic smartphone focused on productivity and energy savings
- The Feminist Letters is a typeface to amplify the message of gender equality
- Amazon’s new parental controls will encourage your kids to say “Please” when talking to Alexa
Tools & resources
- Case Study Club : a gallery of case studies in UI, branding and product
- ScreenFocus will adapt the brightness of your monitors based on your activity
- Sketchize : downloadable sketch sheets to help you bring your ideas to life
- Fluent Express : get your English text checked instantly by a real person
- UX Folio : is a platform to show your UX work (well, and potentially commoditize it)
- Scrumpy : a tool for agile teams who manage multiple projects
A year ago…
The New Skeuomorphism is in Your Voice Assistant →
Skeuomorphism means using real world references and metaphors on interfaces to enhance their comprehensibility. A skeuomorphic button looks like a physical switch, a skeuomorphic canvas can have a wood texture. But is skeuomorphism really dead? Well, no. Skeuomorphism is alive and this time it is invisible.