Yes, you should definitely visit your local pool. :)
What makes things cool?
Although trends might seem completely random, there are well-documented patterns to what becomes popular, like the mere exposure effect and habituation.
„For me, the best metaphor that I use for content is that content is a conversation in a marketplace. In every marketplace, there’s a buyer and a seller. It’s important to know which role you’re playing.“
Because it is so often ignored and forgotten: Color Accessibility Workflows
„Even though it might seem obvious, always avoid questions like, “How do you like it?” Ask specific and neutral questions like, “Do you have any concerns about what you’re looking at?” -Critical feedback can be hard to digest. But it’s the only way to grow and improve.“
Guess Who Made Computers The Design Tools They Are Today? Women.
A great article on „intuitive design„ (in German)
„Features are meaningless. They mean nothing to users. A coherent product user interface is the product to users.”
Kim Goodwin in „Getting Your Design Built“
A great real world example of contextual help.
Ikea is asking some interesting questions about the future of AI, how do we want our AI to speak and what form it should take. Do You Speak Human?
Persuasion, Design and ethics – and our responsibility as Designers – a Formfunk podcast with Tristan Harris.
All the things! My former university professor Andrea Krajewski wrote a great article about User Centred IoT-Design.
We live in a Multiscreen-World. Everything needs to work across devices. This requires a holistic strategy.
Context switching is a major source of feeling stressed The Road to Burnout is Paved With Context Switching
Awesome Gif Illustration (showing my level of tiredness at the moment): Livia Falcaru
Can’t wait for our Ladies that UX Berlin meetup #6 this Tuesday (20.06), where we will be unpicking practical challenges around conducting UX research in our jobs with talks by Kyra Edeker and Martina Skender. Thanks to N26, who will host this event in their office.
RSVP here, if you are close by! See you there!
The magic of microcopy: Words on a screen can never take the place of a real conversation, but good microcopy can show that real people created your product.
No access to real user groups? A list apart gives some great suggestions on how to do you do user research when you can’t get direct access to your users.
Focus on Quality Subscribers, Not Quantity – The Conversion Rate Illusion of Modal Newsletter Forms
„The real hard work for any design thinking process is the people part“ – a great article about how to get practical results from design thinking
Stark is a color-blind simulator & contrast checker plugin for sketchapp. Check your designs directly in Sketch, because accessibility matters.
A hackerspace for women in Berlin – The Heart of Code – has finally launched.
And last but not least: Our lovely Ladies that UX Berlin community is always looking for speakers! We’re a friendly community of women who are working or who are interested in the fields of user experience. It’s also a perfect place to train or sharpen your speaking skills. So, if you have something to share or just want to say hi ping me or send an email to our Berlin group if you are interested!
Image credit: The pigeon above illustrates exactly how I feel this week. Awesome work by Thoka Maer
Next weeks hashtag: #serenity
„You are the Alfred to Batman and not the other way around“: 6 storytelling principles to improve your UX
How do I convince people in my organization to take user experience seriously? I’ve tried giving brown-bag sessions on the importance of UX, but nothing has happened. A Proven Method For Showing The Value Of Good UX
„We talk about empathy all the time but its kind of a bullshitty word […] what we need is inclusion, we need to include people, not feel for them“ So true. UX Podcast #159 Politics or design? with Mike Monteiro
Berlin meetups to visit: A post-UX Camp Europe Satellite event brings the author Ian Fenn to this live discussion of his „Designing a UX Portfolio“ book. I’m really looking forward to this! RSVP to attend here
♥ The gif above comes from Cindy Suen. I think she is my new favorite illustrator.
I decided I while ago, that I will have a hashtag for each week to focus on, so my hashtag for the next week will be #listen