UX Lift links roundup – the best UX and design articles and tools from the last two weeks
Avoid design biases, write better how might we's, progress as an individual contributor, banish keyboard clacks from video chats and puppet a virtual character.
A brief history of web design tools and the original sin – Good overview of the history of digital design and touches on how even cutting-edge tools like Figma are still based on a page paradigm, rather than something more native to the Web.
Deadly biases every designer needs to live with – Great overview of the biases we can fall into as designers.
Using “How Might We” questions to ideate on the right problems – Tips and best practice for writing good HMW questions.
How to write the perfect introduction to your UX case study – Make a good impression by using classic storytelling techniques.
Constraints are the hidden source of innovation – How limitations force creativity and focus.
Newsletters – Beautifully illustrated rant on newsletters, the Web, writing and much more. Recommended.
Staff Design – An ongoing series of interviews exploring how product designers navigate the individual contributor path to its highest levels.
My favourite typefaces of 2020 – 2020 was a strange year, but there were some good fonts.
Unclack – App that banishes keyboard sounds in video calls by automatically muting your microphone while you type.
Datalegreya – Typeface that makes clever use of ligatures and OpenType alternatives to combine text and data. Probably horrible for accessibility, but it’s a cool idea.
Chrome Music Lab – fun musical experiments from Google.
Corporate Memphis – The perfect name for a truly terrible illustration style. Once you notice it, you’ll realise it’s everywhere.
Rememory – Record, edit and share layers of 3D-captured video and play it back in AR.
Kalidoface – Puppet a virtual character in video calls using your webcam.
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