Wrapping up Pride Month with diversity and inclusion

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Designing forms for gender diversity and inclusion

Do you like filling out forms? Me neither. All I want to do is to buy those movie tickets, book that hotel room, order my Chinese takeout, and so on. Filling out forms can feel like such time-consuming unnecessary evils. Now, think about the question of gender – do you fall into a binary option? 

While it’s easy to think that a required Male/Female question would get the job done in a tedious form, let’s not forget that gender, like sexuality and a person’s general identity, is fluid. Here are some recommendations for creating a better experience surrounding the question of gender: 

  1. Give people a really good reason for asking – what are you using this information for? 
  2. Make it private, safe, and anonymous – can I trust you with this information?
  3. Always make it optional – why do you need this information?
  4. Ask for pronouns instead, if that’s all you need to know – are you offering me a preference? 
  5. Be ready for a complex answer – if I’m given options, why aren’t all the options available? 
  6. Consider internationalization – did you consider the lack of direct translations?
  7. Just don’t ask – again, what are you really using this information for? 

UX Learning Guide: UX Books vs UX Courses vs UX Bootcamps

Learning UX is a journey that involves time, energy and money. In this new guide, get the pros and cons of learning with UX books vs UX courses vs UX bootcamps.

If you’ve been stuck in your UX career journey, this guide will help you decide what to do next.

Building the Woke Web: Web Accessibility, Inclusion & Social Justice

woke   / ˈwōk  /

adjective : aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)

Source: Merrium-Webster

The takeaway here is that accessibility should not be an optional extra or afterthought, especially considering that over 40% of the world population still do not have access to the internet. Inclusions should always be in practice for the benefit of your users and your products. While “wokeness” is trending online right now, web accessibility, inclusion, and social justices aren’t a trend – they are the user experience. 

How a dated feature could be tomorrows usability standard

Mitch Mills sets the scene with a question: If you could travel through time with a single idea from today, which idea would you choose and where would you travel to?

Remembering that much of UX has only begun to take off in the 90s and early 2000s, I think that would be my time destination. On the topic of setting standards and incorporating accessibility, I would like to ingrain that into design standards and systems so that they’re established norms. 

Mitch is on a similar wavelength in his article suggesting the idea of synergy to improve a process. He challenges the ideas of question convention, exploring solutions, and implementation – in a sense, he targets the research, ideate, and iterate steps in design thinking. If there’s something that I gathered from the article, it’s the motivation to take a product and consider redesigning it with the current usability needs in mind. 

💎 UX Nuggets 💎

Design tips & tools

Use your phone to color into your Figma or Sketch project → Color Copy Paste

A community where LGBTQ+ designers can connect and share their work → Queer Design Club

Design quotes

“We should all… understand how each of us is an individual and is unique, but also focus on what is universally important to all of us. That way, we can increase access, reduce friction, create a more emotional connection—in literally whatever you design.”

Tim Allen

We know discrimination when we see it, and we need to be fight it together.

Judy Heumann

UX podcast episode 

Dribbble’s weekly podcast, Overtime, unpacks what it means to decolonize our design thinking and unfollow some learned rules in visual art → Is Comic Sans Really That Bad?

UX Video

How to rethink inclusive design not as a remedy for “personal health conditions” but as solves for mismatches → Kat Holmes: Rethink What Inclusive Design Means

Design book

As a designer, this book makes you angry yet hopeful knowing that we have the power to uplift the future with change through our role in society → Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It

REMOTE UX JOBS:

UX Designer

Skylight is a digital consultancy using design, technology, and procurement to help agencies deliver better public services.

Requirements: experience working as a UX or interactive designer within a multidisciplinary, agile team format; ability to work with existing design systems; ability to travel from time to time

#smallteam #startup #greatperks


Product Designer

Hotjar democratizes site analytics and feedback by making it affordable and accessible to everyone.

Requirements: candidates in European timezones between UTC-1 and UTC+3; 4+ years of experience designing and shipping digital products and systems; natural inclination to always think MVP first

#greatperks #flexible 


UX Designer

Bitovi simplifies JavaScript development and UX design.

Requirements: clear verbal and written communication skills; familiar with wireframing and prototyping software (Sketch and Axure); passionate about accessibility; keen eye for (responsive) design. 

#smallteam #greatperks

Remote Senior UX Positions

Senior Designer

Farmstead is minimally processed, farm-fresh food that is delivered right to your doorstep.

Requirements: 2+ years experience shipping high-quality designs; effective at both written and verbal communication; resume and portfolio; have experience working in other formats – print and ads

#startup #unicornpotential


Senior UX Designer

Givelify is a mobile app that serves churches, places of worship, charitable nonprofits, and donors.  

Requirements: 7+ years with end to end product design experience shipping mobile products for iOS and Android; expert knowledge or Adobe CC suite, Sketch, Figma, and/or other industry-standard creativity tools

#smallteam #startup #friendlycoworkers

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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