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Another great crop of articles this month. Lots of nitty-gritty details that you can use right away.
Annotations can save time by proactively answering potential questions about your design
- Grace Noh, Product Designer
I love the thoughtfulness in Design Annotations That Will Make Your Developers Happy. It mentions specific reasons and use cases for annotations, which are underused, IMO.
While not a sexy web design topic, the styling and content of a footer can actually go a long way in helping the user access pertinent information.
- Rebecca Hugo, UX Auditor
When reading about UX, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest design trends and tools, but hard to find timeless, practical articles like Footer Links Should be Divided into Distinct Semantic Sections (13% of Sites Don’t). Unsexy, FTW.
Though the data and systems that make up these workflows are domain-specific, many of the interaction patterns are fairly common in other products.
- Tina L. Zeng, UX Designer
As someone who started out designing for a complex and technical domain, I found this article spot-on. Designing in a Complex and Technical Domain? Try This. makes this daunting task seem much more approachable.
Facilitating collaboration between Development and UX Design is one of the best things companies can do to get optimal results.
- Rudy Mutter, CTO
How to Bridge the Gap Between Your UX Design and Development Teams is a great reminder that the work of a UX designer is meaningless without developer participation. Some good tips here.
Anyone with even a passing interest in web design stands to benefit from knowing how news design works, and why it works.
- Frederick O’Brien, Journalist
What Newspapers Can Teach Us About Web Design is a nice intro to basic web and UI design. It shows why everything old is new again.
That’s all for this month. Check back next month for more good reads!
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