UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week

July//8//2022

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

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Reflections on Career Paths. Interesting article from Smashing Magazine and Vitaly Friedman, that is very much a reflection on the years of experience the author has had in the Design and Technology universe. It’s an article very much informed by the author’s personal perspective on the topic of career paths, and therefore one that is at times debatable (the chapter on salary expectations is a perfect example of that, where I for instance disagree with his perspective, and to clarify my stance, the earlier that conversation is had the better, both as a hiring manager and as a potential candidate). It’s nonetheless an interesting article, worth reading through and pondering on some of the chapters that are highlighted. Highlight of the article includes:

“In the industry, it’s common to be jumping between companies every 12–18 months, and in fact that’s how you usually would make more money. Sadly, what I see as a result is that when some of my colleagues look back at their career, they realize that it’s difficult for them to feel some sense of significant achievement and pride for the incredible work done — mostly because they never had a change to really finish what they started. Undoubtedly, these achievements reflecting in the incredible wall of incredible companies on your CV, but this often doesn’t turn into some deep feeling of self-realization.”

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UX Writing. Another pertinent article hailing from the Nielsen Norman Group, this time courtesy of author Anna Kaley. This time around the article is a compilation of articles previously written on the topic of UX writing. The author divides the article in different chapters including “How People Read Online”, “Best Practices for Short Copy”, “Content Strategy and Ongoing Evaluation”, among others, with each of these chapters covering sub-chapters and very relevant topics. Well worth investigating and parsing through its content. Highlight of the article includes:

“Writing good copy starts with understanding who will consume the information, why they need it, and what they’ll do with it next. This knowledge informs which words to use or avoid, appropriate presentation formats, and how to structure information so people can quickly get to what they need. Use these subsections and resources to remember commonly overlooked details for writing online.

Jargon terms are special words or expressions commonly used and understood by a particular profession or group. While jargon is meaningful to insiders, it doesn’t usually make sense to anyone outside of the group. We usually recommend avoiding it and using plain language instead. However, if there’s a jargon term your audience uses in regular speech or writing, then it’s not jargon to that audience! If you’re writing copy for just that group, you may be able to use the jargon and users may expect to see it. This is why it’s so important to understand your users before you start writing.”

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A few different highlights and honorable mentions for this week’s third chapter.

Mental Health at Work. Hailing from the Invision Design Blog, this very brief article sheds some attention on Mental Health in the work environment. The article is a result of a conversation with Dr. Ejiro Ogbevoen, and tracks aspects such as embracing vulnerabilities, creating safe spaces and loneliness. Worth reading and exploring further. Highlight of the article includes:

“Being alone doesn’t mean you need to feel lonely or isolated. Therapy and counseling help individuals feel supported with their thoughts and self criticism.You are ultimately alone in this world. There are things that we need to come to terms with. For many of us, it might mean you have to speak to someone. Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely or isolated. It is about supporting our self thoughts and self criticism, she says.”

Flexible Work Arrangements Survey. McKinsey’s survey and analysis of how people work and how their habits and expectations have evolved since the pandemic is both insightful and demonstrative of how much has changed in the last few years. Well worth a read and reflecting upon. Highlight of the article includes:

“Another of the survey’s revelations: when people have the chance to work flexibly, 87 percent of them take it. This dynamic is widespread across demographics, occupations, and geographies. The flexible working world was born of a frenzied reaction to a sudden crisis but has remained as a desirable job feature for millions. This represents a tectonic shift in where, when, and how Americans want to work and are working.”

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