Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!
Design Leadership. An interesting article from Fabricio Teixeira on the topic of Design Leadership. Much like one of the articles I wrote on Ego in Design, this article sheds light on the evolution of Design professionals, and how their behavior & attitude should reflect more maturity and insight, as opposed to fall prey to the chant of ego and title. Highlight of the article includes:
“Let go of your ego. Sooner than you think, you’re not going to be the most talented designer in the room anymore, and that’s okay. Your team’s ideas will be stronger than yours, their design more edgy. Stop competing with your team. I know that competitive behavior comes from a place of survival; you’re afraid that if someone is more talented than you, they’ll think they deserve your managerial position.”
Purpose-Led Innovation. Another article from the Fast Company, this one hails from Brian Whipple, Accenture Interactive’s CEO. The article focuses on Experience Innovation, and how Innovation in general can be captured and disseminated across organizations. It’s an interesting perspective on Innovation, a topic I recently also tackled, but from a different perspective. It’s a valid point of view on a very relevant topic, how it impacts organizations and their current & future success. Highlight of the article includes:
“Third, purpose-led innovation is not the rebadging of old purpose. It’s the creativity that changes lives, goes beyond the current depth of creation, and provides meaningful change. It transcends focus on the immediate gratification in one person’s life and looks to wider possibilities to radically transform life’s experiences. It’s the shift from “me” to “we,” from our individual experiences to our shared potential. It’s aligning brand messaging with authentic social, environmental, and economic purpose and building deeper, more aligned relationships with our customers.”
Usability & Aging. A very important topic hailing from the Nielsen Norman Group. As the topic of Inclusive Design is rightfully prevailing, it’s fundamental that product solutions are devised contemplating aging populations. Understanding product demographics, and realistically build products that align not with supposedly considered “optimal/ideal” user groups, but actual ones, that cut across multiple breaths of society, is one of the topics of the article. The article also sheds light on many topics related to UI implementation. Highlight of the article includes:
“Sites and apps designed by and for young people are often inaccessible for older users. As one study participant observed, “the internet is unfriendly to people with bad eyesight.” Readability has remained an issue for seniors throughout all our studies over the years. Websites and apps with tiny type are common. Interactive elements such as buttons, dropdowns, and links are often displayed at a small size that is difficult for older users to click on or tap. Although seniors found applications on mobile to be convenient, readability challenges on these devices were significant. Interface text on mobile apps was often too small and lightly colored for seniors to read comfortably.”