I just created a TinyLetter to dispense the occasional links I'm dying to share with other designers. For a while, it might exist as blog posts too. I might phase that out, though.
This first email is a bit of a story, and then some links. I promised links.
When I first thought about making this newsletter – still wondering if I'll just make blog posts instead, I do hate email clutter – I had a bunch of great articles floating around my head that I wanted to share. Now I have no idea what those were, so I'm now getting lost in the blogosphere that, for 2016, is Medium.com.
I hate ending sentences with URLs.
What these Link Drops are for:
"Beginner's Mind" comes from Buddhism, but I think it works just great for the attitude required when sharing information about any field of practice, especially design:
- It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would. [wiki]
I consider job experience as a vague measurement or ranking of how many mistakes you've made so far. In this light, I can never imagine experience as a limiting factor on learning – yes, even learning the same thing twice.
Great stuff on the internet is usually doing one of two things for me:
- Showing me something really different, or something ordinary in a different way
- Reflecting my own way of thinking about things
It's healthy to get a mix of both. I know, the second one seems very insulating, but I have found that reading what a like-minded person writes gives you the benefit of learning how to better articulate your own thoughts.
Yeah, that would be super helpful. Left to my own devices, I will go down tangents about philosophy, freedom on the internet, and such. I'm going to try and stick to articles and resources for learning about design, and specifically about UX Design. If you really want to see "more like this" or "less of that" then feel free to reply directly to this. It goes to my inbox.
Link Drop #1
In my quest for links today I started digging through Medium and found one, two, three, whoa tons of great articles from UX Launchpad. So it's safe to say that clicking any of those will be interesting and informative.
Start here! It looks like an article, but really it's a video. This serious called "Design Explosions" takes a deep look at a finished product and breaks it down to see what's going on. I appreciate the diagrams.
Craaaazy long, plenty of good diagrams though. Okay so this is a really long one and I don't blame you if you can't get through the whole thing in one sitting. What's most important here is: there are multiple ways to design anything.
Oldie, but excellent. Another person's idea of experience conveyed in squiggly line sketches.
Last week, Nico gave an excellent talk about how people perceive time/waiting. Here's an article giving us a very tangible, and yes, monetary case for an efficient web"
- We wanted to understand how much the speed of our website affected user engagement, specifically, the quantity of articles read, one of our key measures of success. Using that data we then wanted to quantify the impact on our revenue.
I'll finish off on a strong note. This hits both #1 (something new to me) and #2 (reflects a lot back at me).
For example: I'm a big fan of the progressive reveal strategy and that's reflected in a lot of my designs. To each their own, but I enjoyed seeing another designer explain it.
Some of these were long articles talking about real world examples of a design process in action. I could also include some things in the genre of listicles, like Typography Tips for a Better User Experience, or just general repositories of info and tools. If that's more your speed, let me know.