UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/07/ux-improvements-keyboard-accessibility/ How can we provide an accessible user experience for keyboard-only and assistive technology users without affecting the experience for any other users? We’ve kindly asked Aaron Pearlman, Principal UX Designer at Deque Systems, to share some practical tools and techniques to ensure that we’re all providing an inclusive and accessible experience … Continue reading UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility

Collective #532

From Codrops: https://tympanus.net/codrops/collective/collective-532/ Visualizing Risk: Remotely Triggered Earthquakes A really amazing project by Will Chase that he created for the VizRisk challenge. Read it Our Sponsor Be Theme: 450+ pre-built websites you can “steal” If you want gorgeous visuals AND smooth UX, Be Theme offers you 450+ pre-built websites that you can easily customize. You … Continue reading Collective #532

The Case For Brand Systems: Aligning Teams Around A Common Story

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/06/case-brand-systems-align-teams/ There’s a disconnect. If you’ve been in business for enough time you’ve definitely felt it. Teams are pulling companies in different directions with internal processes and specialized frameworks for absolutely everything. They’re focused on building their “part” of the product, and doing it incredibly well. There’s just one problem: our internal … Continue reading The Case For Brand Systems: Aligning Teams Around A Common Story

What Web Designers Can Do To Speed Up Mobile Websites

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/06/web-designers-speed-mobile-websites/ I recently wrote a blog post for a web designer client about page speed and why it matters. What I didn’t know before writing it was that her agency was struggling to optimize their mobile websites for speed. As a result, she came back to me concerned with publishing a post … Continue reading What Web Designers Can Do To Speed Up Mobile Websites

Better Search UX Through Microcopy

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/06/better-search-ux-microcopy/ Better Search UX Through Microcopy It’s hard to overstate the importance of web search. Searching is as old as the Internet itself, and by some measures, even older. A well-designed search benefits both you and your users; it increases conversions, reduces bounce rates, and improves the user experience. Search is especially … Continue reading Better Search UX Through Microcopy

The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/04/user-perspective-story-structure/ Every user interaction with your website is part of a story. The user—the hero—finds themselves on a journey through your website on the way to their goal. If you can see this journey from their perspective, you can better understand what they need at each step, and align your goals with … Continue reading The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes

Sketch vs Figma, Adobe XD, And Other UI Design Applications

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/04/sketch-figma-adobe-xd-ui-design-applications/ Sketch vs Figma, Adobe XD, And Other UI Design Applications For a while now, Sketch has been the application of choice for many UX and UI designers. However, we have lately seen many new contenders for Sketch’s position #1 as a universal UI design tool. Two apps that I think stand … Continue reading Sketch vs Figma, Adobe XD, And Other UI Design Applications

Design Your Mobile Emails To Increase On-Site Conversion

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/06/design-mobile-emails-increase-on-site-conversion/ Design Your Mobile Emails To Increase On-Site Conversion I find it interesting that Google has pushed so hard for web designers to shift from designing primarily for desktop to now designing primarily for mobile. Google’s right… but why only focus on designing websites to appeal to mobile users? After all, Gmail … Continue reading Design Your Mobile Emails To Increase On-Site Conversion

UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/06/ux-optimizations-keyboard-only-assistive-technology-users/ UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users (This is a sponsored article.) One of the cool things about accessibility is that it forces you to see and think about your application beyond the typical sighted, mouse-based user experience. Users who navigate via keyboard only (KO) and/or assistive technology (AT) are … Continue reading UX Optimizations For Keyboard-Only And Assistive Technology Users

Building A Component Library Using Figma

From Smashing mag: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2019/06/building-component-library-figma/ I’ve been working on the creation and maintenance of the main library of our design system, Lexicon. We used the Sketch app for the first year and then we moved to Figma where the library management was different in certain aspects, making the change quite challenging for us. To be honest, … Continue reading Building A Component Library Using Figma