UX wronging, UX writing [Beginner’s Guide to Content Strategy]
In our “Staying 20/20 in 2020” newsletter, we found that UX writing would be the newest rising niche in 2020. Formerly known as content strategy, this UX Beginner exclusive walks you through a detailed introduction of content strategy as it impacts editorial, marketing, and design.
In Steve Howe’s The Rise of Microcopy at Typeform, he walks us through the importance of UX writing and text as a means to inclusive and accessible design. It can be easily overlooked as a design through dumb text-filled prototypes but it’s important to review text for consistency and user-friendly language.
BONUS: If you’re already in UX writing and have trouble informing others what you do for work, Steve also wrote a funny relatable 15 Failed Attempts at Describing UX Writing at Parties in the UX Collective.
System Failure [Why Design Systems Fail and How to Make Them Work in 2020]
In 2012, Google launched Google Drive with Google Docs integration which allowed users to collaboratively work on the same document in real-time. Additionally, it removed the need to upload and download files to emails as well as integrated an internal version history within the document.
For some design teams, improving a design system means transitioning to Figma, an online-based design application operating like Google Docs.
But Daniël De Wit says there’s more to building a design system that works. They work because designers are shipping strategies and processes that help them arrive at the solution, not just the deliverable at the end of the deadline.
This list of 16 quotes compiled by Carbon Radio is opinionated, inspiring, and thought-provoking. My favorite:
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”— Steve Jobs
Click here to save [The Power of Touch – The Evolution of Button Design (with Infographic)]
Floppy disks are dead technology – this current generation is hardly aware of the existence of the 1967 invention that helped users save small files to portable storage. As of 2011, Sony announced that they would stop making floppy disks but the ‘save’ icon lives on thanks to Microsoft for having implemented it as a save button for Word during the 1990s. Believe it or not, but there are many people who are unaware of how certain icons and buttons have come about.
Micah Bowers discusses the importance of button design. For many touch icons and buttons nowadays, they stemmed from a physical button in the past. With the growth of technology, he addresses the aim of simplicity in button designs to be successful to users.
#fakenews [Designing for the Post-truth Era]
There’s a lot of online distractions when it comes to news sources – not everything we see is real. While our cool technologies are allowing users to change and manipulate content, we are directly misinforming consumers. For example, Photoshop continues to be the culprit to heavily edited photos of celebrities looking younger, thinner, etc.
To protect our civically-engaged and progressive population, Fabricio Teixeira explains why designers now have the need to design for transparency as it becomes a growing threat. Similar to accessibility, this need is at the forefront of necessity.
Good UX Example: Amazon’s 1-Click
Amazon started in 1995 as an online marketplace for books but it has now since 2015 surpassed Walmart for the most valuable retailer in the US. Amazon’s rise to popularity is mostly due to its solid UI and UX to tempt users into opening their wallets. Why many of their features could be an example of good UX design, we’re taking a look at their one-click order system.
Why this is good UX: Amazon simplifies the shopping process. 1-Click ordering places your order automatically to a saved payment method and shipping address to skip having to navigate to the shopping cart and confirm information. This cuts down the time it takes to quickly purchase an item. You can go into your account settings to change and edit information but once it’s set up, shopping becomes that much easier.
Some key takeaways: Minimizing clicks and repetitive actions with loyal users keep them happy and coming back. 1-Click provides instant gratification and makes shopping painless.
Remote UX Jobs
Interested in joining a remote startup?! Stacker is a British creation that lets you build apps by choosing features and installing them instantly. They’re currently seeking a product-minded UX Designer within +/- 2 hours British time to join their team in creating awesome features.
Property Meld a fast-growing prop-tech startup that works to reduce the time required to coordinate maintenance and increases resident satisfaction. In attempts to tap into user needs, this UX Designer needs to empathize with users to uncover the core of the problem and bring solutions to life through mockups and prototypes.
Chili Piper, not to be confused with chili peppers, is a scheduling product that helps businesses help their buyers. They’re looking for a rockstar Product Designer with experience using Sketch and Abstract to work closely with their dev and product team to design awesome new products. The perk for this job is a WeWork membership that allows you to work from anywhere!
Autosoft, Inc. is a Dealership Management System (DMS) software company that services the retail automotive industry. This UX Designer will work with cross-functional teams to develop designs for SaaS applications across various devices. If you have a background in Creative and/or Marketing leads, this could be a great fit!
Remote Senior UX Designer Positions
Tutuka is a global payments enabler that provides prepaid solutions via virtual and physical cards. They pride themselves in user-friendly payment services and are looking for a Senior UX/UI Designer to join their team. In this position, you are the creator and guardian of the brand by pushing out new design ideas to provide better experiences. If you have experience in FinTech, it’d be a plus!
Secureworks is a technology-driven cybersecurity leader that protects organizations in the digitally connected world at Dell. A Senior Principal UX Designer would be working with Product Management and Engineering to identify design priorities to target during the design process. Some solid skills to have for this position include proficiency in Figma and knowledge of cybersecurity.
Glitch is a company that was founded on treating people well, with 2 well-known spin-off companies, StackOverflow and Trello. At this friendly community, everyone builds the web together. They’re looking for Senior UX Designer to help make Glitch the best place to discover and create apps anywhere on the web. If you’re a seasoned and self-driven designer willing to provide and receive constructive critiques, this could be the next move!