UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week


Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!


Q&A with Astrid Stavro. Shaping Design has a series of these interesting Q&As going on, mostly with professionals working in Design Agencies. While that industry is specific in itself and the challenges it faces, it’s always refreshing to read the concise and candid answers from the interviewees. I particularly enjoyed the answers from Ms. Stravro, since they highlight both her maturity in the field, but also how she has progressed in her career path in a way that is both disarming and unpretentious. Worth reading. Highlight of the article includes:

“For the past three years, Astrid Stavro has been a partner at global design agency Pentagram. While there, Stavro developed a wide-ranging portfolio of work, from brand identities in the corporate and cultural sectors to award-winning magazine design. Now, she’s embarking on a new path. Stavro is launching her own studio. But first, she chatted with us. Here, she shares the her advice for leading a design team, how managing egos is critical to collaborating well, and that one time she threw her portfolio in the river Thames.”


The Top 5 Forms to use in Web Products. Interesting article hailing from The WebDesigner Depot and author Rebekah Carter. Forms are of course one of the main devices to interact with users and capture information/feedback from them. They’re also a very important component of what makes Web Products more or less accessible. The article focuses on Opt In Forms, Contact Forms, Online Payment, Support and Customer Feedback Forms, all of which the author provides helpful and pertinent tips on how to make them more efficient (and reduce friction). Highlight of the article includes:

“Sometimes, when your customers have seen what you have to offer and they’ve checked out the competition, they decide to go ahead with their purchase. To facilitate this, you’re going to need an online payment form. Online forms ensure that your customers can safely enter their credit or debit card details to purchase whatever you have to offer. Most payment processing companies like PayPal, Square, and Stripe come with payment forms included, so you can easily embed them into a website in minutes. However, there’s always the option to customize those payment forms. For instance, ideally, you’ll need a payment form that keeps your customer on the same page, so they don’t have to log into another browser to make their purchase. The fewer transitions your client has to make, the safer they’ll feel.”


Demographics and Entrepeneurship. Another article from The Next Web, courtesy of The Conversation, focused on the topic of middle-aged entrepeneurship being just as relevant and successful as what has long being hailed as an activity for the younger minded individuals. It’s an article based on research conducted in Australia, but just as importantly, it’s an article which instigates a reflection for us all, to keep in mind that as life expectancy keeps increasing, the opportunities for people to do and focus on different activities during their lifetime only increases. Highlight of the article includes:

“But mature-aged entrepreneurs have three key advantages: human capital, social capital, and financial capital. Our research involved surveying more than 1,000 mature entrepreneurs and correlating the results to other studies on entrepreneurs. Our findings indicate older entrepreneurs have accumulated business and life experience, knowledge and skills, social networks, and resources that better equip them for success. They tend to have better social skills and are better able to regulate their emotions, than those younger. They do have a lower risk tolerance than younger entrepreneurs, but that is offset by other factors, such as confidence in their abilities and experience. Their fear of failure is thus less than their younger counterparts.”




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