UX Weekly: Push Notification, Plagiarism, and Accessible Video Conferencing Tools

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Design and Anatomy of a Push Notification 2020

Push notifications were first introduced to iOS in 2009. This new feature was adapted by other mobile operating systems for five years before making it to web and desktop notifications. 

While the real estate differs by platform, the general anatomy of a push notification is:

  • Title – a short 20-40 character heading
  • Content – 20-80 characters to describe the notification
  • Icon – a square/circular non-animated visual

Additionally, these notifications can include the browser type or app name and action links. Check out this article and some of the other useful push resources and guides. 

Your UX Design work is being copied by another designer, without your knowledge

When I began my journey into UX Design, my mentor suggested to me a book to read, “Steal Like An Artist”. He said, if you’re not acquainted with the latest design tips and tricks, go out and learn them, recreate them, and reinvent them. Since his advice to me, I’ve seen many other suggestions for new learners to take their favorite website or app and recreate it. This article is a bit shocking because it reveals a lack of integrity in the design community. 

Like many designers, I have a Dribbble, Behance, and personal portfolio but not all of my work is visible online. I want to only share my best work and have things ready for my job search. Shockingly enough, this article reveals that designers’ work is being easily copied online and we’re unable to protect ourselves from it. Sure there are ways to monitor it by doing an image search but there’s no permanent solution. How can we support each other’s work and protect ourselves from this “creative theft”?

Which Video Conferencing Tools Are Most Accessible?

Due to Covid-19, many companies were forced to rapidly transition to online back in March and have continued to remain fully remote since then. The default choice for meeting with your team and never-ending online meetings is Zoom. 

While Zoom had a rocky start with some privacy issues, it’s actually a favorite for accessibility. Some offerings that Zoom has include assistive technologies such as screen readers, magnification, and captions. In addition, it offers many customizations in the settings from reaction skin tone to default share screen options. The only flaw that’s been pointed out is the inability to save or share settings. 

Another popular app for working from home is Slack. Slack offers instant messaging to teammates as well as public channels for communication. The large bold buttons and resizable text are helpful for users with moderately low vision but Slack has yet to offer further assistive technology. 

For many teams, it’s almost uncertain how much longer they’ll have to work from home so this might be a good time to reconsider the work tools. With the consideration of accessibility for employees, it’s only reasonable to consider that accessibility will rise up higher on the priority list for product design

💎 UX Nuggets 💎

Design tips & tools

Designing Apple apps? Here’s a collection of Sketch, Photoshop, and XD templates, guides, and other resources → Apple Design Resources

Some awesome fonts made to stand out, some are retro-inspired, others more futuristic and dynamic. → Rostype

Design quotes

“Design is intelligence made visible.”

Alina Wheeler

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

UX podcast episode 

Kate and Laura from Users Know chat about how your present creation that will impact your design future → UX Debt

UX Video

Deeper insights will give the team more value to a design or product → Is There Value in Having Others than the Designers Work on UX?

Design book

Well-designed visualization delivers to users complex data in digestible amounts for the commonplace in our day-to-day work. Think about health apps, infographics, bank apps – these are all data that has been transformed to be more appealing and appropriate for the common user. → Envisioning Information

REMOTE UX JOBS:

Product Designer

Hopin is an online events platform where users can create engaging virtual events. 

Requirements: 3+ years of strong graphic design experience; strong experience in UI/UX design for responsive web apps; proficiency in various design and prototyping tools – Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, InVision, Marvel, etc. 

#flexible #startup #greatperks


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

Chili Piper is a scheduling product that helps businesses help their buyers. 

Requirements: has experience using Sketch (experience with Abstract is a plus); very passionate about small detail in a product; loves to be challenged.

#greatperks #smallteam #unicornpotential

Remote Senior UX Positions

Senior UX Designer

Shopify standardizes and streamlines data infrastructure with a single platform. 

Requirements: proficiency in English and Mandarin at a business level; knowledge and familiarity with a data-informed approach to design; an understanding that great experiences come from collaborative decision-making with other disciplines

#friendlycowroker #greatperks #bigcompany


Senior Product Designer

Kuali is a non-profit, open-source community initiative for developing higher education administrative systems that provided better long-term alternatives to what was available.

Requirements: a portfolio of work; expert skills with graphic, illustration, and prototyping tools; experience shipping Software as a Service (SaaS) products; excellent collaboration skills

#flexible #leadershipopportunity #establishedcompany


Senior Product Designer

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that ensures privacy protection for browsers. 

Requirements: 6+ years of product design experience with a minimum of 2+ years in senior-level design positions at significant global consumer brands; proficiency with leveraging both qualitative and quantitative data

#smallteam #greatperks #friendlycoworkers

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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