100 Things a UX/UI Designer Should Know
Architect Michael Sorkin recently died from coronavirus, and in a tribute to his beautiful piece 250 Things an Architect Should Know, I’ve compiled a list of 100 things a UX/UI designer should know. Some are practical, some are poetic; all pay homage to the wonderful complexity of designing things for our fellow human beings. The angular size of legible text About 0.3° from baseline to cap height. Whether you’re reading text on your phone or a billboard, this is a good minimum for body copy. More here. How to use yellow as a brand color Pair with black or dark gray. Avoid yellow text; use black or rich orange hue on yellow background. The best patterns for displaying tables on mobile devices How to train a client to give you good feedback Decide, beforehand, on the goals that constitute a successful design. Focus all design presentations on how your design achieves those goals, and the feedback you recieve will also then by of the same type. What your users would be doing if they weren’t using your app The thing you’re building is likely not how the user wants to spend their time. You’re merely their best option for getting where they want to go. Best to keep this in mind. How long a hoverstate animation should be, in milliseconds 100ms-250ms is pretty quick. A 500ms fade-out will feel slow, and, if multiple nearby elements have such fade-outs, the user will feel like they’re leaving “ripples” with their cursor. What ‘chart junk’ is Any part of a data visualization that catches the eye but does not convey an amount of information corresponding to its visual weight. The biggest thing slowing down your website’s loading time What top-down lighting bias is We are so used to light coming from the sky that things – including interfaces – actually look unnatural when they appear to be lit from below. Hanging punctuation Position punctuation that precedes text – e.g. open-quotataion marks, dashes, or bullets – into the left margin so as to create a stronger sense of alignment. More here. Why certain colors clash For various reasons, chiefly because their saturations are both high or because they have very similar luminosities. The market rate for usability testing participants (60-minute session) For the US: $50 on the low end, with $100 being generous, and more necessary for specialized professionals. What the best design of 1000 years ago looked like “Typography is 90% of manuscript design”, as they say. How to make a design that will be understood 10,000 years in the future How websites make money Advertising, subscriptions, affiliates, ecommerce, marketplaces. How your client’s website makes money And, of course, how your design makes them even more money. Why painters never use black Because black rarely appears in the real world. » Read More
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