How fonts die, layoff lessons, atomic design in motion, working with AI

How fonts die, layoff lessons, atomic design in motion, working with AI

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“When the layoffs caught up with me, I was relieved. I had been secretly hoping I would be next because I felt stuck after having worked on the same products for 12 years (6 years on user documentation and another 6 years on UX writing). I had tried looking for other opportunities but just wasn’t very active because I still had a job. I thought this would be a good change.”

My first layoff was the best thing that happened to my career By Felicia Wu

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  • We use too many damn modals
    “Modals are the crutch of the inarticulate designer and developer. While there are genuine, good uses for them, many modals are disruptive, invasive, and confusing, used as an interaction junk drawer, hard to escape, poorly accessible, a frustrating user experience on small screens, and blocking the user’s interaction with the parent window.”
  • Perceptually uniform color models and their implications
    “Albert Munsell, an artist and professor of art at the Massachusetts Normal Art School wanted to create a rational way to describe color that would use decimal notation instead of color names which he could use to teach his students about color.”
  • Consistent with what?
    “Consistency is a word you hear a lot in tech. Designers talk about it (do not play the “drink when you hear this word” game with this word at a design systems conference), developers talk about it, everyone! But when it comes to consistency, it’s important to recognize that consistency comes in different flavors.”

Little gems this week

Fonts can die. Are we doing enough to save them? By Micheal Xing

Resigns and gains, how the negotiation works in UX teams By Kike Peña

Figma, I love you but you’re bringing me down
By Joe Bernstein

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