UX Weekly: Connectivity speed, Landing page 101, and wireframe tutorial

This week’s UX roundup has 2 UX articles, three design tools, 1 design quote, 1 upcoming virtual event, 1 UX book recommendation, and 8 remote UX jobs. Want updates? Sign up for the UX newsletter here.

💎 UX NUGGETS 🔍

[article] Connect, No Matter the Speed

Many colleges and universities are being very mindful of accessibility while planning for their courses this year. With many offerings being shifted online, they take steps to ensure that students can access learning material and are informed if they need help with their learning platform. This helps make the learning experience better. 

Similarly, this experience impacts the products we interact with daily. When a page takes a while to load and there’s no indication that it’s working, the user becomes frustrated. Therefore, apps have evolved to include a loading page to inform users and in some cases, the app loads the page by priority of content (as opposed to loading everything at once). 


[IG post] Getting good in UX design – Tips from Dan Mall

“Stealing”, practice designing, good portfolios, the value of work, and teamwork → click to learn more on the 5 tips that make you better at UX design.  


[design tool] PlatformAbuse.org

A knowledgeable source of technological harms and mitigations for safer and more positive product development. 


[podcast] Can an app actually help you relax? 

Adobe’s Wireframe is a design podcast hosted by Adobe Senior Director of Design Khoi Vinh. In this episode, he explores the world of UX design regarding stress, anxiety, and sleep. Lack of sleep is something that many of us suffer from and when we don’t get enough sleep, it can directly impact the work we do. Designers are looking into solutions – listen to hear some of the things being done! 


[article] Landing Page 101: How to design a landing page that converts

  1. Use Established Patterns – one of the most common landing page patterns is the “long sales letter” style
  2. A/B Test – “A/B testing should be done regularly to continue making improvements to your landing pages.”
  3. Remove Main Navigation – the landing page is the first impression of a website, so removing the main navigation is minimizing the distractions 
  4. Less is More – be concise and simplify page actions to make for a better experience
  5. Use Shorter Forms, Sometimes – forms are another good example of A/B test but generally, a longer signup form yields a lower conversion rate
  6. Make Copy Scannable – make use of headings and visual hierarchy to make content more scannable at a glance
  7. Differentiate Sections – images and colors can help create a visual distinction between different sections
  8. Repeat the CTA – make sure the call-to-action is visible and accessibly after visiting the landing page

“Data only tells you the ‘what’ and the people tell you the ’why’. This is why we need to talk to users one-on-one.”

Sarah Doody

How to Design a Website – A UX Wireframe Tutorial

A good wireframe helps you visualize the entire layout and functionality of the website – you can think of it as a blueprint! In this 30-minute video, Adrian Twarog walks through the process of wireframing starting with creating a sitemap and then detailing the components of each page. 


[book] Tools of Titans

While this book isn’t specifically geared towards design, it is a good mix of resources to build great habits and increase productivity. Not every page is going to be useful to everyone but there are enough examples that Tim Ferriss references – there’s one that’s bound to resonate with you! 


[design tool] A spreadsheet to compare job offers

Umar Hansa created a reusable spreadsheet that lets you tally the jobs up against a set of predefined criteria. Although this is meant for deciding when you get a job offer, I would argue this could be modified and used during your job search process too when researching and learning more about prospective companies. 

💼  REMOTE UX JOBS  💻

Product Designer

Xapo is a fintech start-up that provides a bitcoin wallet combined with a cold storage vault and a bitcoin-based debit card

Requirements: Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite and Figma; confidence communicating with clients and stakeholders; promote design guidelines and best practices

#startup #international #smallteam

Product Designer

Cmd is a cybersecurity startup on a mission to transform the way enterprise businesses secure their cloud-first Linux environments

Requirements: Fluent in industry-standard design tools like Figma or sketch; experience in a product design role and a strong portfolio of work; can translate complex information into intuitive designs

#startup #friendlycoworkers #unicornpotential

UX Designer

Oddball is a digital agency providing support to federal clients.

Requirements: understanding of and ability to design 508 compliant solutions; experience working in Agile development environments; capable of taking direction from senior leadership and translating into concrete next steps and actions

#greatperks #smallteam

Product Designer

Shogun supports various e-commerce brands. 

Requirements: portfolio to showcase product design work in a similar industry; comfortable exploring data and interpreting results’ experience designing on a remote team

#startup #flexible #unicornpotential

Visual Designer

Lytics improves your business performance by connecting the right data to Lytics’ powerful AI engine

Requirements: 4+ years of relevant experience; knowledge of HTML/CSS, JavaScript is a plus; a portfolio of related works

#startup #smallteam #friendlycoworkers

Remote Senior UX Positions

Senior Product Designer

Headway is a design and development team that helps startups and corporations grow into their next phase of business. 

Requirements: 5+years of experience; experience shipping applications for Web, iOS, and Android; professional knowledge of user-centered design, usability principles, and techniques

#greatperks #smallteam #friendlycoworkers

Senior UX Designer

SmartBear creates software tools for various companies. 

Requirements: 8+ years of experience designing engaging products and user experiences ina dynamic, fast-paced software development context; knowledge of Sketch, Figma, Photoshop, InVision, Axure, or other tools for producing and testing designs

#bigcompany #greatcompanyculture

Senior Product Designer

Babylist helps expecting parents get exactly what they need for the arrival of their new baby

Requirements: 5+ years of product design experience; worked on consumer products in marketplaces, services, or eCommerce where you had to address the needs of multiple user groups and manage complex user journeys 

#flexible #greatperks #startup

About the Author

Kim Chung

Designer, foodie, and lover of aesthetics.

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