UI/UX Articles And Interesting Tidbits Of The Week

January//24//2020

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

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Future of Leadership. Interesting article hailing from Linkedin, focused on how Leadership will evolve in the coming years. The article sheds light on the impact of technology on Leadership, but also topics such as transparency, hiring and retaining top talent, while also dovetailing into interesting aspects and personality traits that are considered paramount, such as emotional intelligence, effective communication skills and inspirational capabilities. Well worth a read and checking the statistics. Highlight of the article includes:

“Competition for top talent is tighter than ever, and attracting and retaining talent is the leading challenge leaders will need to address (45%).
Professionals are aware their jobs are changing, noting that adapting to technological advancements and changes (44%), and reskilling or upskilling employees (40%) were the next biggest challenges.
Respondents are not positive on the outlook of how prepared their leaders are to face these future challenges in the workplace, with 59% indicating “not well at all and “somewhat well”. However, respondents feel much more prepared than their leaders to handle these challenges, with 46% indicating “very well” and “reasonably well” to facing future challenges.”

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The Risks of Imitating Solutions. Another great article hailing from the Nielsen Norman Group. This one sheds light on a common problem: copycatting product solutions. These are issues commonly observed, where solutions are devised, as a direct manifestation of observational and superficial competitive analysis research, not attesting to actual users needs, journeys and specific product narratives being created. Even if Jakob’s Law attests that users spend much of their time on other products, and expect yours to be similar, that doesn’t equate to cannibalization of other solutions. Highlight of the article includes:

“Google obviously has a lot of talented designers and engineers doing fantastic work. But even a talented team doesn’t guarantee that everything they try will be perfect. In this case, the switch from boxes to underlines wasn’t actually an improvement in the user experience, and, in 2017, Google changed the Material Design input-field component back to a rectangles instead of an underline. Susanna Zaraysky and Michael Gilbert shared their research results about this design evolution publicly, explaining that after testing both usability and user preferences with hundreds of users, they concluded that “Enclosed text fields with a rectangular (box) shape performed better than those with a line affordance.” Teams which rely on experimental, data-driven approaches to design usually try a lot of unsuccessful solutions before settling on good ones. An outside observer has no way of knowing which aspects of a design have been thoroughly tested and which are guesses that may not have yet received careful review.”

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5G and Web Products. Hailing from the WebDesigner Depot, an article shedding light on how 5G and new connection speeds, will impact Digital experiences for consumers, but also Product Design considerations for applications of different natures. Well worth a read. Highlight of the article includes:

“The technology is still in the early stages and will be available in only the biggest cities and towns, to begin with. Once the towers have been built to send out 5G signals, cell phones need to adapt and create the right chips to handle these new lightning-fast capabilities. Carriers are still working on perfecting the systems that they’ll use to capture higher speeds and use them properly. There are even concerns about the health aspects of 5G, and whether exposure to a new frequency is bad for us in the long-term. Once locations have begun to embrace 5G properly, and mobile developers have rolled out the right tech, you’ll also need to wait for customers to buy new phones. The new connections won’t work with old 4G enabled devices.”

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Best UX Design of 2019. I’d say more the best of Product Solutions of 2019. It’s a worthy compendium from Fast Company, shedding light on some of the most interesting and arresting Product Design experiences created/deployed in 2019.