A List Apart
21  octobre     14h00
How to Sell UX Research with Two Simple Questions
   Do you find yourself designing screens with only a vague idea of how the things on the screen relate to the things elsewhere in the system? Do you leave stakeholder meetings with unclear directives that often seem to contradict previous conversations? You know a better understanding of user needs...
23  septembre     14h00
A Content Model Is Not a Design System
   Do you remember when having a great website was enough? Now, people are getting answers from Siri, Google search snippets, and mobile apps, not just our websites. Forward-thinking organizations have adopted an omnichannel content strategy, whose mission is to reach audiences across multiple digital...
26  août     15h01
Design for Safety, An Excerpt
   Antiracist economist Kim Crayton says that intention without strategy is chaos. We’ve discussed how our biases, assumptions, and inattention toward marginalized and vulnerable groups lead to dangerous and unethical tech but what, specifically, do we need to do to fix it? The intention to make...
05  août     14h00
Sustainable Web Design, An Excerpt
   In the 1950s, many in the elite running community had begun to believe it wasn’t possible to run a mile in less than four minutes. Runners had been attempting it since the late 19th century and were beginning to draw the conclusion that the human body simply wasn’t built for the task. But on...
29  juillet     13h00
Voice Content and Usability
   We’ve been having conversations for thousands of years. Whether to convey information, conduct transactions, or simply to check in on one another, people have yammered away, chattering and gesticulating, through spoken conversation for countless generations. Only in the last few millennia have we...
15  juillet     13h00
Designing for the Unexpected
   I’m not sure when I first heard this quote, but it’s something that has stayed with me over the years. How do you create services for situations you can’t imagine? Or design products that work on devices yet to be invented? Flash, Photoshop, and responsive design When I first started...
01  juillet     14h00
Asynchronous Design Critique: Getting Feedback
   Any comment? is probably one of the worst ways to ask for feedback. It’s vague and open ended, and it doesn’t provide any indication of what we’re looking for. Getting good feedback starts earlier than we might expect: it starts with the request. It might seem counterintuitive to start the...
17  juin     14h00
Asynchronous Design Critique: Giving Feedback
   Feedback, in whichever form it takes, and whatever it may be called, is one of the most effective soft skills that we have at our disposal to collaboratively get our designs to a better place while growing our own skills and perspectives. Feedback is also one of the most underestimated tools,...
20  mai     14h00
That’s Not My Burnout
   Are you like me, reading about people fading away as they burn out, and feeling unable to relate? Do you feel like your feelings are invisible to the world because you’re experiencing burnout differently? When burnout starts to push down on us, our core comes through more. Beautiful, peaceful souls...
06  mai     14h00
Beware the Cut n’ Paste Persona
   This Person Does Not Exist is a website that generates human faces with a machine learning algorithm. It takes real portraits and recombines them into fake human faces. We recently scrolled past a LinkedIn post stating that this website could be useful if you are developing a persona and looking...
29  avril     14h00
Immersive Content Strategy
   Beyond the severe toll of the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps no other disruption has transformed user experiences quite like how the tethers to our formerly web-biased era of content have frayed. We’re transitioning to a new world of remote work and digital content. We’re also experimenting with...
22  avril     14h00
Do You Need to Localize Your Website?
   Global markets give you access to new customers. All you need to do is inform potential buyers about your product or service. Your website is a good place to introduce your product or service outside your locale. Localizing your web content sounds like the right way to reach out to the global...
25  mars     14h00
Human-Readable JavaScript: A Tale of Two Experts
   Everyone wants to be an expert. But what does that even mean? Over the years I’ve seen two types of people who are referred to as experts. Expert 1 is someone who knows every tool in the language and makes sure to use every bit of it, whether it helps or not. Expert 2 also knows every piece of...
18  mars     14h00
Now THAT’S What I Call Service Worker
   The Service Worker API is the Dremel of the web platform. It offers incredibly broad utility while also yielding resiliency and better performance. If you’ve not used Service Worker yet and you couldn’t be blamed if so, as it hasn’t seen wide adoption as of 2020 it goes something like this: On...
11  mars     15h00
Keeping Your Design Mind New and Fresh
   Only a fool knows everything. African Proverb Since March 2020, most of us have been working from home, and the days blend into each other and look the same. This is not the first time I have experienced this type of feeling. My commute New York to New Jersey is what folks in my area...
04  mars     15h00
How to Get a Dysfunctional Team Back on Track
   Maybe you’ve been part of a team that you’ve seen slowly slide into a rut. You didn’t notice it happen, but you’re now not shipping anything, no one’s talking to each other, and the management’s Eye of Sauron has cast its gaze upon you. Maybe you’ve just joined a team that’s in the doldrums. ...
25  février     15h00
The Future of Web Software Is HTML-over-WebSockets
   The future of web-based software architectures is already taking form, and this time it’s server-rendered (again). Papa’s got a brand new bag: HTML-over-WebSockets and broadcast everything all the time. The dual approach of marrying a Single Page App with an API service has left many dev teams...
18  février     15h00
Designing Inclusive Content Models
   In the 1920s, Robert Moses designed a system of parkways surrounding New York City. His designs, which included overpasses too low for public buses, have become an often-cited example of exclusionary design and are argued by biographer Robert A. Caro to represent a purposeful barrier between the...
11  février     15h00
The Never-Ending Job of Selling Design Systems
   I’m willing to bet that you probably didn’t start your web career because you wanted to be a politician or a salesperson. But here’s the cold, hard truth, friend: if you want to work on design systems, you don’t have a choice. Someone has to pay for your time, and that means someone has to sell...
10  décembre     15h00
Navigating the Awkward: A Framework for Design Conversations
   We’ve all been there. A client or coworker shows us this amazing thing they (and maybe their entire team) have worked on for hours or weeks. They are so proud of it. It’s new or maybe it just looks new. They may or may not ask you what you think but you’re there to experience it. And your brain...