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How UX Allies Can Support #BlackLivesMatter

Hot off the heel’s of last week’s newsletter, here’s an expanded toolkit of the ways that UX designers can leverage their skills to help the current civil rights movement.

  • Black startups, founders and businesses to help
  • Conscious ways of using UX tools & processes to design more inclusively
  • How to best leverage your current workplace to promote equality

Thank you to all the designers who’ve written in and commented with support. We stand with #BlackLivesMatter.

Resilient Design

With design trends always changing up like seasons, it’s important to consider creating things that are evergreen. While Apple launches need product models every year, think back to the core of what makes their products still relevant – usability, design, simplicity. 

Here’s a list of 5 things that make for resilient design: 

  1. Resilience to use –  durability, repairability, and improvement through use (i.e. anti-fragility). An example of what to avoid is an iOS 10 update on a 16GB iPhone 4S – Apple’s preloaded apps could not be deleted at the time so it left many users with little to no space on their phone for anything. 
  2. Timeless form and function – design based on the current fashion trend is a risk for value loss after the trend is over. Just think, maybe after this year, Neumorphism might not be the “hot” commodity anymore. 
  3. Uses proven technology – it passes the test of time. If a design hasn’t continued to survive tests (and be improved), the effort in the product is not there.
  4. Uses standard, system components – it’s universal and easy to repair. Think car parts – they can get expensive to replace if it only is produced by single manufacture. 
  5. Relies on fundamental qualities – genuinely beneficial to all forms of use. The most important knife in the kitchen is a chef’s knife and while it might only be one in a set of 10 knives, a sharp mid-sized knife can do everything from peeling an apple to dice onions. 

This article highlights some pretty obvious components to the good and resilient design. The key takeaway is that good design not only serves but adapts to serve its purpose. 

Emoji and Accessibility

Whether this is your first time tuning in to our weekly UXB newsletters or you’re a veteran subscriber, you might have noticed emojis casually sprinkled throughout the headings. Emojis are a fun, simple way to convey actions and emotions on the web. 

During my recent accessibility training, a colleague asked great questions to the facilitators about image accessibility when using icons and decorative images. The interesting conversation then moved into emojis, which to me, has never crossed my mind as a potential accessibility issue. So I did some research. 

Emojis have been around since the late-1990s but they didn’t take off until around 2010s. What started as a simple “:)” transformed into pictorials with various skin tones. Emojis created a great thing – a method of communication that broke down language barriers. But what it’s still lacking is inclusivity on screenreaders. If you want to include emojis in your work online, consider adding script or markup to convey meaning, similar to how you would add alt text to images. 

This useful emoji chart provides a list of the Unicode emoji characters and sequences with images from different platforms for you to reference. 

💎 UX Nuggets 💎

Design tips & tools

UI Faces – Avatars for design mockup → UI Faces

A Figma and Sketch-supported tool for designing, animating, and prototyping → Origami 3 Beta

Design quotes

““I’m not just interested in making something pretty, it has to be personal too.”

Kenneth Ize

“People ignore design that ignores people.”

Frank Chimero

UX podcast episode 

In light of current events – diversity is less about numbers and more about having the right perspectives present → #20: Slack Head of Comms Design, Kristy Tillman, on breaking through molds and improving diversity 

UX Video

Jakob Nielsen’s keynote presentation about how UX involvement can solve major challenges for the world → 10 UX Challenges for the Next 25 Years (Jakob Nielsen Keynote)

UX Book

How inclusive methods can build elegant design solutions that work for all. → Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes.

“Holmes tells stories of pioneers of inclusive design, many of whom were drawn to work on inclusion because of their own experiences of exclusion.”

REMOTE UX JOBS:

Product Designer

CompanyCam creates simple-to-use visual-first communication and accountability tools that help contractors get things done every day.

Requirements: The ability to write in markup, CSS/Sass, React.js or React Native; proven ability in UI design, specifically for web apps or mobile apps

#smallteam #unicornpotential #startup


Product Designer

Noteworth is a platform that organizes patient care and information. 

Requirements: experience shipping software for both desktop and mobile using best practices to create and design solutions; strong working knowledge of sketch, Zeplin, Illustrator, and Photoshop

#startup #friendlycoworkers #greatperks


UX Mentor

Designlab is a mentor-led, online design education option.

Requirements: 3+ years of UX/UI design experience, ideally in a senior or manager role; passion for education, design, and creative work; strong problem-solving skills

#flexible #mentoring


Product Designer

Gubagoo is a fast-growing messenger and commerce solutions for automotive dealers. 

Requirements: open to feedback and looking to grow skillsets; ability to multi-task and can synthesize multiple perspectives to get the most important thing done; organized and detail-oriented

#bigcompany #friendlycoworkers #unicornpotential

Remote Senior UX Positions

Senior UI/UX Designer

Bevy built to help companies build, grow, and scale their global communities. 

Requirements: 5+ years experience; located withing the Americas; Figma/Sketch; Ideation of personas, user journeys/flows, storyboards; wireframes; prototyping

#startup #smallteam


Principal Product Designer

Carbon Relay offers advanced data science, deep reinforcement learning, and augmented intelligence.

Requirements: 7+ years experience as a lead designer; experience working directly with customers conducting user research; experience working in product management and engineering using collaborative Agile product development practices

#startup #flexible #greatperks


Senior UI Designer (based in Europe)

WisePops is a popup solution helping 1,000+ websites increase conversions and build their email list.

Requirements: experience in SaaS or with a complex Web application; native English; strong organizational skills; based in Europe

#flexible #greatperks #friendlycoworkers

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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