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You probably have been there before: Just when you think everything possible has already been invented and thought of, a lightbulb sparks over someone’s head and fascinates everyone around them. The outcome of these ideas isn’t necessarily honest or respectful towards the users though. Just like technology isn’t neutral, so isn’t design as it’s crafted by people like us who aren’t neutral either.
Dark patterns are out there, and they are still heavily used, and sometimes widely accepted. We need to build honest UIs and help users make better, informed decisions, and that, of course, means involving the people we’re designing for in user research and testing whenever possbile — even if the client is wrong. It’s all about the audience we are designing for. For example, we need to study and understand how kids use the web as well as how elderly folks use the web, as the interaction patterns are likely to be very different, and so are users’ needs.
All the more we are humbled and proud to be a new home for White Hat UX, a truly smashing book on prioritizing UX, research, testing, ethical design and privacy issues — and how to make a strong case for honest user experience in your company. Take a look at the Table of Contents. Written by Trine Falbe, a UX expert and consultant from Denmark, along with her colleagues Kim Andersen, and Martin Michael Frederiksen. More empathy can never go wrong.
Stay on the light side!
Design is more than creating pixel-perfect assets. As a designer, you’re also part marketer, part sales person, and part user. To help you accomodate all these aspects in your design process (and design smarter), Jon Moore put together 100 questions designers should ask themselves, the user, and the client to make the most out of a project.
The questions are divided into 50 business and 50 tactical questions. What elevator pitch do you want the user to tell? How might users fail or get lost? Where am I willing to compromise the design? By going beyond what’s usually asked, you’ll gain a fresh view on your project. Give it a try. It’s worth it. (cm)
The web is constantly changing. So, what could be better than learning first-hand from people who know their craft — Marcy Sutton, Brad Frost, Sarah Drasner, Chris Coyier and Monica Dinculescu, among others? Well, SmashingConf Barcelona is returning to the magical Palau de la Música Catalana once again this fall (Oct 17–18th) to boost up your skills. Two packed days of hands-on, practical sessions by some of the most respected members of the community.
Join us on our journey to the sunny Mediterranean seaside where we’ll explore new front-end challenges, UX strategies, and design patterns that you’ll be able to apply immediately to you work. No fluff or theory, just things that have worked in real-life projects — with enough time for networking, of course. Grab your ticket and see you there! (cm)
Sketch. Nearly no week goes by without a cool new tool, plugin or resource seeing the light of day that makes the mighty app even mightier and the work with it even smoother. To help you stay on top of things when it comes to Sketch resources, Jonno Riekwel maintains a handy collection of the best Sketch resources.
In it, you’ll find kits and frameworks, plugins, elements, UI kits, icons and useful apps — most of them available for free. The collection is constantly growing, so if you know of a cool Sketch helper that isn’t listed yet, feel free to share it. (cm)
We all have secrets. Things we rather keep to ourselves because we feel uncomfortable sharing them with others. An embarassing habit, a story from our past, feelings or doubts. Illustrator Terence Eduarte took our most personal secrets as inspiration for a 100-days project. And what better name could there be for an undertaking like this as, well, 100 Days Of Secrets?
For the project, Terence illustrated 100 friends and strangers, in exchange they told them their secret. And as these strangers disclose a part of themselves, you get the impression to know them — at least a bit. A very delicate project that shines both through its art and the stories being told. (cm)
Products come and go. Some of them disappear with a big bang, others rather quietly. Fireworks, Flash, Windows Live Messenger, Mailbox, Google Reader — tools that once were loved and that left a gap behind. The Product Graveyard gives them a last resting place — and you a way to discover alternatives that’ll fill this gap.
The Product Graveyard features more than 1,000 deceased products and counting. Each product comes with an “obituary” that informs about the cause of death, the lifespan, what it’s remembered for, the last-known residence, and, of course, the alternatives to it. Users can even share their stories about the product or a eulogy. If you’re favorite product is missing, feel free to submit an “autopsy report“ for it so it won’t be forgotten. (cm)
Today, the news about whatever is happening in the world spreads within a few minutes. We have constant access — right from our pockets — we only need to open up Twitter or our favorite app or website. Now go back to the times when your grandparents (maybe even your great-grandparents) were young. To times, when the daily newspaper was one of the (if not the only) main sources of information. Wouldn’t it be exciting to leaf through these newspapers today? To take a peek at their layouts, their typography, and, most importantly, the stories they told and how they told them?
If you’re up for a little trip back in time, be sure to check out Newspapers.com. The site archives more than 306 million pages from more than 5,300 newspapers from across the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. You can browse and search the newspapers from the 1700s to the 2000s — interesting discoveries guaranteed. A seven-day trial is free, afterwards the service costs $12.49 per month. A treasure trove. (cm)
Fresh, aromatic herbs, carrots that come straight out of the soil, bread with a perfect crust, the soft milk foam on top of a freshly brewed cappuccino. Hungry? Well, then we might have something to satisfy your hunger — at least visually: Foodiesfeed. On the site, food photographers from all around the world share their photos. For free.
The idea behind the resource is to put an end to sterile, soulless stock photos and replace them with naturally looking food photography instead. Photography that celebrates the beauty of the products and the joy of preparing and sharing a meal together. Now, if you ever get to work on a food-related project someday, you know where to start your search, right? (cm)
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