Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Scaling a Team. Very interesting article focused on powerful insights on how to scale a team, as a company matures and grows. It’s an article filled with observations about team building, strategy and future perspective. Highlight of the article includes:
“Your first few hires are so influential in the success of your company. I have said before that a product needs a core group of features that share a vision and work together well. Similarly, a company needs a core group of people that share a vision and work together well. In both cases, when you hit traction, the decisions about what you add and where are the most important ones you’ll make. When building product, it’s really easy to go off course. While you simply add things that roughly seem to do the job, you can easily forget what you were building in the first place.”
Conducting Workshops. Brief article focused on how to conduct workshops, and what insights to gain from them. The article focuses on tasks such as Explanation, Execution and Examination. Highlight of the article includes:
“Your goal is to remain out of focus as the activity goes on, unless you were assigned a specific role during the activity. If something goes wrong (for example, participants appear lost or do not obey the rules of the activity), you may step in to review the information from the explanation phase. Otherwise, your role should be to observe and listen for comments that can be pointed out during the post-exercise discussion. Remember that, as a facilitator, you are not meant to be the sole expert. Rather, it is your responsibility to define the logistics for how participants will teach, learn, and contribute. If you are asked an outcome-specific question, reframe the question and ask it back to the team.”
Design Mistakes in Web Products. Detailed article from UX Planet, focused on factors that can be detrimental to the effectiveness of a Web product. Those factors include excessive styles, misusing visual hierarchy, wrong color usage, among many others. Highlight:
“There should be sufficient contrast between text and background. To make copy prominent, place a contrasting filter over the image. Black is a popular color but you could also use bright colors and mix and match them. Another option is using a contrasting image from the start and placing the copy on top of a dark section of a photograph.”