What we've been reading

Seven best practices for inclusive product design

Handy accessibility good practice tips.
https://medium.com/@Pinterest_Engineering/seven-best-practices-for-inclusive-product-design-9476c61f1e17

This is how I turned photos into better experiences

Really great read on effective imagery.
https://uxdesign.cc/this-is-how-i-turned-photos-into-better-experiences-944c1ada9c5b

Fast UX Research: An Easier Way To Engage Stakeholders And Speed Up The Research Process

Another example that shows UX doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming.
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/05/fast-ux-research/

ButtonStates (Sketch Library)

Sketch Library that comes with common button patterns for web and digital screens.
https://buttonstates.design/

The Ethics Of Persuasion

Some good links at the bottom of the article too.
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/06/ethics-of-persuasion

Experience Is Everything – The Ultimate UX Guide

I love this visual map of user experience.
https://www.toptal.com/designers/ux/the-ultimate-ux-guide

Mobile Motion: 20 Bright Concepts of UI Animation

Argument that well-crafted motion components can improve navigation and make the interactive process even more user-friendly.
https://design4users.com/2018/06/05/mobile-motion-20-bright-concepts-of-ui-animation/

15 Myths That Can Ruin Your Mobile UX

15 common mobile misperceptions, dispelled with a dose of reality.
https://www.shopify.com/partners/blog/mobile-ux

Why You Shouldn’t Use Bright, Saturated Colors for Backgrounds

Colour influences the aesthetics of a design, but it also influences the usability of it.
http://uxmovement.com/content/why-you-shouldnt-use-bright-saturated-colors-for-backgrounds/

What's New in WCAG 2.1

This page lists the new success criteria in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/new-in-21/

The Perception of Control

Marli Mesibov explores the perception of control in UI. 
http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/the-perception-of-control/

Light Or Dark UI? A Usability Perspective

A discussion on which is better in terms of usability, Light or Dark UI? 
https://usabilitygeek.com/light-dark-ui-usability-perspective/

Ethics & Power: Understanding the Role of Shame in UX Research

Interesting read about the role of shame in UX research and why understanding this matters.
https://uxdesign.cc/ethics-power-understanding-the-role-of-shame-in-ux-research-dafc08bd1d66

Tips For Conducting Usability Studies With Participants With Disabilities

Helpful tips on usability testing with participants with different accessibility needs.
https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/03/tips-conducting-usability-studies-participants-disabilities/

Apple News - a usability case study

A detailed look at the usability of Apple news.
https://uxdesign.cc/apple-news-a-usability-case-study-1ae7b037a7fd

Are You Approaching Prototyping All Wrong?

Paul Boag discusses how we may not be approaching prototyping in the best way and ideas to improve this.
http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/are-you-approaching-prototyping-all-wrong/


Tools that have interested us

Lobe

Build, train, and ship custom deep learning models using a simple visual interface.
https://lobe.ai/


Videos we've been watching

Google Duplex: A.I. Assistant Calls Local Businesses To Make Appointments

Demoed at Google I/0, Google's Assistant can actually ring up a salon or a restaurant to make an appointment for you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5VN56jQMWM


Podcasts we've been listening to

#185 Gaming behaviour with Kellee Santiago

The process of designing and producing Journey and how it contributed to the game being such a success. 
https://uxpodcast.com/185-gaming-behaviour-journey-kellee-santiago/

About the author

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris

Gavin Harris is an experienced Principal User Experience Consultant specialising in user testing, Information Architecture, HTML prototyping and web accessibility. Over the years he has worked with the likes of the Virgin Group, Land Rover, Kia, Orange and Unilever, and many other enterprise organisations.

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