Tuesday UX Training #25: Top UX Podcasts, Best UX Communities and 100 UX Problems

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  • 📋The 2018 UX Tools Survey is live! This survey aims to identify the most common design tools & programs UX designers use on the job. We look forward to publishing results after accumulating sufficient responses, so please lend us a hand with this survey!
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Tuesday UX Trainer (TUT) #25 

💯100 Example UX Problems = reminder that user experience issues lie EVERYTHING, not just on our screens. I love some of these, like “split a check at a restaurant between drinkers and non-drinkers” and “highlight audio in an audio book like you would in an ebook.” These 100 problems are good fodder for practice design challenges for those tough UX interviews.

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📺Banner Blindness Revisited. Nielsen Norman updated their findings on banner blindness, which relates to the idea of selective attention: when “people direct their attention only to a subset of the stimuli in the environment — usually those related to their goals.” Here are the top 3 guidelines to consider when designing ads…

  1. Do not make content look like ads. Choose colors, type, background, and overall content style carefully. You may think that making it look different from the rest of the site will increase its salience, but it often has the opposite effect.
  2. Run usability tests to make sure that users actually see important content placed in the top banner or right rail.
  3. Don’t mix content and ads in the same visual section.

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Accessibility it not just what a website looks like, which is just one myth this UXPA article dispels. Learning about website accessibility literally involves all senses, considering visual, auditory, motor and cognitive impairments. The author provides some novel suggestions, like learning empathy through simulators like Funkify or the Colorblind Page Filter. If you’re passionate about accessibility, I just discovered the existence of the IAAP, International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

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📑Notable case study: Zuora, a SaaS-startup-gone-public, shares how and why it’s making its own design system. This is going to be a multi-part series, starting with creating a WCAG-compliant style guide. Fascinating to see how as companies grow, the need to establish a consistent brand identity grows as well.

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🏁Career Coaching Corner: Bad Freelancing Words to Avoid may include “gig, bid and creative.” Certainly no hard and fast rules here, but the author makes good points about the way we talk about ourselves – and our work – can hugely affect the ability to get more clients as a freelancer.

Keep learnin’

Oz, founder @ UXBeginner, instructor @ UX School

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