This post started off as an email to my team that I thought might have some useful content for other UX folks. This here is a collection of articles, webinars, tools, and other thingies that I encountered over the year that I think are worth sharing, with some inspiring quotes sprinkled in along the way.
Articles and Video
Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
– Salvador Dali
Interesting read about how to prepare for the next stage of UX
Notes from article:
• Don’t just understand users, understand the business
• Think product strategy (understand the totality of the product you are designing for)
• Understand how UX affects growth
Instead of thinking outside of the box, get rid of the box
Video webinar from Jonathan Wheeler, Sr. UX guy from Oppenheimer
Main takeaway from video:
- Don’t be a gatekeeper pf design, be a design facilitator
The above video was from the great webinar series from InVision called Design Talks that has over 60 videos thus far covering topics such as UX Leadership, design systems, and user research
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new
- Albert Einstein
State of UX in 2018: UXdesign.cc
This list does a pretty thorough job of going over the field
• “UX Designer” as a title is starting to differentiate; some people are specializing in UX for specific domains, while some are morphing into Product Designers, the new generalists.
• UX is moving beyond the traditional screen and must learn to accommodate new technologies and ways of interacting
• Understanding the complete diversity of your users is becoming more important the more diverse people become (interesting examples are software systems that assume Asian eyes are closed)
• Storytelling will only become more and more ubiquitous; UX and copywriters will collaborate more
• Branding is more than just a logo; how can a brand be expressed throughout an experience?
• AI is now a real thing (Amazon Echo, Google Dot, etc.); How will we design for it?
Anyone who influences what the design becomes is the designer. This includes
developers, PMs, even corporate legal. All the designers.
- Jared Spool
More trends for 2018
Quote I most identify with:
“I really hope 2018 is the year designers commit to designing with accessibility in mind. We need to stop using ultra light grays for essential elements, we need to stop animating every single pixel just because it looks nice, and we need to stop making it harder on people to understand the content of a page only because we want to prove ourselves as designers.”
— Hubert Florin, Product Designer at Slack; me too, dude, me too
UX podcast: High Resolution
This series has 25 interviews with industry leaders from companies like AirBnB, Uber, Facebook and Slack. You can watch them as videos or listen to them as podcasts.
WATCH or LISTEN: https://www.highresolution.design/
User Research webinars from Usertesting.com:
A ton of content here with a focus on user research and testing
Online UX conferences from UXPin:
UXPin had some great free online conferences in 2017 that you can access as videos.
Most of the tools I used in 2017 I have been using for years but I did pick up a few new ones.
Note taking and collecting: Milanote
This is a cloud-based tools for collecting notes, inspiration, links, images, and it allows you to organize them into boards. I have a board where I store interesting articles and links and one where I add images and examples of good design that I use as an old-school morgue file.
The tool has free and paid accounts and is definitely worth checking out.
CHECK IT OUT: https://www.milanote.com/
I’ve been using InVision for several years now but 2017 was the year I really started using Boards. I probably use this feature a bit different than intended. I have a board that I use as a morgue, which is an old-school term for a collection of inspiration. Another board is literally dozens of ebooks that I have collected. Putting these files on a board makes it easy to share them with the whole team. I use boards for large scale projects to store mocks, zips of assets, palettes, and specs. I also have boards that are filled with terms and their definitions, organized by category (such as Psychological concepts, Design Principles, and Quotes).
InVision has free and paid accounts and is a great tool that is about to launch a bunch of possibly groundbreaking features in 2018.
SIGN UP HERE: https://www.invisionapp.com
SnagIt: Update for MAC!!
SnagIt is a screen capture tool that has been an absolutely essential part of my workflow for YEARS. Unfortunately, the MAC version has been stuck in time while the PC version was much more full-featured. Well, 2017 brought us MAC users a real upgrade!!!! And this is such a cheap tool that upgrading is a no brainer. I use this tool to take quick screen grabs but also to make short videos that explain interactions or to show how an interaction works on another site.