Weekly curated resources for designers — thinkers and makers.
“I’m sure that you or someone else you know have worked somewhere in the past where you felt that UX people were out of place. After all, UX is an emerging discipline and a lot of organizations want to hire people from our field because no organization wants to stay behind. While the intentions are good, not all of us are equipped to understand if these organizations who want to hire us are in a good spot to hire UX professionals.”
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- Metaverse turnoff →
Why mimicry in the Metaverse quite often disappoints us.
By Yuna Shin
- Helvetica’s origins →An ode to the joy of retail therapy.
By Neel Dozome
- Technology time-outs →We all need to reduce our screen time. Here is why and how.
By Beau Pesa
Why are letters shaped the way they are?
Make me think
- What makes writing more readable? →
“Writing text that can be understood by as many people as possible seems like an obvious best practice. But from news media to legal guidance to academic research, the way we write often creates barriers to who can read it. Plain language — a style of writing that uses simplified sentences, everyday vocabulary, and clear structure — aims to remove those barriers.”
- Where are our design heroes? →
“Today I speak with young designers and ask them who their heroes are. Who do they look up to? More often than not, the answer chips away a tiny piece of my soul. They point to a social media influencer. A design personality on Instagram, YouTube or TikTok. Someone who doesn’t actively pursue the craft of design, but is more likely famous for being famous. For creating viral and digestible feel-good content.”
By Tobias van Schneider
Little gems this week
Tools and resources
- Asking for gender →
An (updated) LGBTQ+ friendly survey template.
By Mei Ke
- Decision-making toolkit →
A framework for UX and product designers.
By Vihar Kothamasu
- Making better app icons →
Understanding visual systems and image processing to create striking icons.
By Stanislav Stankovic
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