UI/UX Articles And Interesting Tidbits Of The Week

August//28//2020

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

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Atlassian’s Design System. The topic of Design Systems is one that I typically post on this Newsletter. One of the most compelling and thoroughly put together demonstrations of the efficiency of a Design System, particularly across a breadth of products and brands within an ecosystem, is Atlassian’s. The ever evolving brand, has released an updated version of their Design system, and it’s well worth checking the article where they detail the process behind its edification, not to mention the output of that same initiative. Highlight of the article includes:

Over the last year, our cross-disciplinary team has accomplished so much to bring the new design system site to life. It began with extensive audits across our content, design, tooling, and code. We focused on organizing, structuring, and designing our content in an effective and sustainable way, which evolved into various layers of navigation, thoughtful information architecture, scalable content models, and reusable developer tooling. We applied the visual foundations of our design system and reused existing components to design and build the new site, truly putting our design system to the test.”

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Showcasing Pricing Pages. I haven’t posted one of these types of articles in a while. Mostly due to the fact that these articles tend to be fairly superficial examinations and musings on the efficiency/satisfaction of a variety of Web products that exist on the market. Typically these reflections are mostly based on information that is externally visible and accessible, in a large percentage of cases, the author writing the article not knowing analytics, or for that matter, how users go through products, to justify some judgements that are rapidly issued. However, this listing of examples, resonated since Pricing pages are very much like the nomenclature of Hyperlinks: Substantial, Specific, Sincere, and Succinct. These are pages that in order to be successful, have to be informative and transparent. The author lists a wide variety of examples on this article, and highlights how they make their strategy plainly visible for users. Well worth a read. Highlight of the article includes:

“A pricing plan page is the last step between someone navigating through a website and coming to that all important buying decision. There needs to be the right amount of information to help them make an informed choice and at the same time you can’t lose them with a lackluster design.”

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Engaged Engineering Teams. Hailing from the Intercom Blog, this article is a reflection from author Todd Royal, on how to effectively manage engineering teams. Though the article is focused specifically on his experience managing teams of engineers, it can be easily transposed to managing teams in general. The author enumerates and describes his experiences with topics such as Personal Conduct, Development of a Philosophy, Flexibility, Compassion, among many pertinent reflections. Much like the values of long lasting brands (Self Awareness, Principled, Focused, Adaptive, Deliberate), preserving and enriching teams and their integration, is an ever evolving effort. Worth a read. Highlight of the article includes:

“When a manager knows their values, they can start to form better opinions about how they want to operate their team and why. They can shape this into a philosophy of management (sometimes also called a management style); that is a set of principles for making decisions about how the team operates. Once I knew my values, I started to think about why I liked people management, and how my values might map to those things. I also thought about some of the things I disliked about people management and how there might be reasonable alternatives to my values that would lead someone else to enjoy those same things.”