My Journey into Voice Prototyping | UX Booth

Interesting stat to the start the article: “According to Oberlo, approximately 71% of consumers even prefer to use voice searches over typing, so it goes without saying that people want to use their voices to complete actions. ”

Tools such as Figma and Invision can easily simulate the functions of a “clickable” user interface but are incapable of interactions by voice. Different prototyping tools are needed that allow users to actually speak to and hear audio feedback from an application. In this article, UX design researcher Jeff Villa shares his experiences and tips for creating a voice prototype using a tool called Voiceflow.

Source: My Journey into Voice Prototyping | UX Booth

UX Design Challenges | UX Tools

Very well written and I can see this resource being used as a launch pad for any UX related project. Find a task, quickly see the pros/cons, caveats AND jump right to the methods to do them effectively and efficiently.

A set of challenges to practice UX design skills.

Source: UX Design Challenges | UX Tools

The Geospatial Product Trap | Sparkgeo

Loving the problem is critical because your technology will age and become obsolete. If you love the problem, you will happily change how you solve that problem to do it better. If you love the technology, you will care more about your method than the result, putting you out of alignment with your customers.

Do you know what the geospatial product trap is? It’s when we fall in love with the technology, not the problem.

Source: The Geospatial Product Trap | Sparkgeo

You can definitely see it in people when they talk about a certain type of technology. It’s like they have blinders on and forget about whether or not the solution has the budget, skills/knowledge, resources and capacity to maintain it. It sort of reminds me how developed nations used to bring solutions to developing nations in the past – it just falls apart after they leave.

An Overview of the Best Data Visualization Tools | Toptal

Another excellent article by Cameron Chapman.

Data visualization tools provide designers with an easier way to create visual representations of large data sets. When dealing with data sets that include hundreds of thousands or millions of data points, automating the process of creating a visualization makes a designer’s job significantly easier.

Source: An Overview of the Best Data Visualization Tools | Toptal

Color Oracle

You can finally walk in colour-blind person’s shoes with this tool.

Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for Window, Mac and Linux. It takes the guesswork out of designing for color blindness by showing you in real time what people with common color vision impairments will see.

Source: Color Oracle

Skype – never again

I have family across Canada and we often like to have video chats to mainly try to chat with our growing nieces and nephews (if they can ever sit still). Skype has been our main go-to-app but after the many poor call quality experiences, security breaches, login problems going on and with the plethora of alternatives available – Skype is now dead to me.

Here is what I use:

  1. Facebook Messenger
    My non-techie parents are on Facebook (check), they know how to turn it on (check), the the video call quality was awesome. My sanity is saved (check)
  2. Google Duo
    Simple, clean (landscape rotation needs to be fixed), and it works!
  3. Face Time
    Tried-tested-and-true (however that saying goes)
  4. WhatsApp
    3 options is what my brain can usually handle at the moment, but from what my international friends have been saying, it’s amazing. Will eventually add this to my repertoire of tools.

Design Mock-Ups Need Dynamic Content: Tools and Plugins – Smashing Magazine

Nothing is perfect on the web, so our mock-ups shouldn’t pretend otherwise. Some helpful tools and plugins for using dynamic content in our deliverables.

Source: Design Mock-Ups Need Dynamic Content: Tools and Plugins – Smashing Magazine

In practice, mock-ups usually represent a perfect experience in a perfect context with perfect data which doesn’t really exist. A good example for it are “optimal” usernames which are perfectly short, fit on a single line on mobile and wrap nicely, or perfect photography that allows for perfectly legible text overlays. It’s not realistic. We need to work with dynamic content in our prototypes, with both average and extremes being represented.

We need to craft future-proof experiences, too. What if your interface design would need to be translated into other languages?