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November 2020

The UX newsletter

for people on a mission • by Tamara Sredojevic

Bonjour people!

If you're in lockdown put your hands up in the air! Clap clap clap. If you're in lockdown put your hands up in the air! Clap clap clap. I don't quite know where I'm going with this. How are you all?

Now Thea has launched, I'm back in design with my friend Laura to release a better, improved version of the website. Also, we're moving to Webflow because Readymag wasn't quite cutting it for us. And I get to implement everything I learned in this accessibility course on LinkedIn.

Meanwhile, Coni (Thea's co-founder) and I started working with David from Remake the web to create a more compelling homepage. You should follow David on Twitter because he's building in public and that's always interesting.

I also prepared a Deep Dive into ethical design for Refind. This is a hand-curated series of 10 time-tested articles and videos from around the web. You can sign up for it and get one link per day.

Articles

Ethical web design for charities

Last month, I was invited by Charity Hour to host a Twitter session on ethical web design. Every Wednesday, people working in or with the charity sector join for a conversation on a chosen topic. Here's a summary of that conversation.

Daily ethical design

This is a great first dive into what ethical design means, why it matters and the impact it has on our daily lives.

Is sabotage ethical?

Mike Monteiro's book "Ruined by design" has changed the way I see my job. It's given me the arguments I needed to discuss ethical design in public. This article covers only a section of his book but I really love it.

UX Tips

Allow users to turn off animations

Your beautiful motion design might look impressive, but they can trigger nausea, dizziness or headaches in certain users - especially those with vestibular disorders. For a more inclusive web design, allow users to turn on/off animations to reduce motion setting.

Pay attention to colour contrast

I get it - you want a bright colour palette to make your site look fun and eye-catching. But some colours and colour pairing can be difficult for visitors with colour blindness or dyslexia to process. To make sure none of your content gets lost to these people, you can test your palette on Accessible Brand Colours and include it in your style guides.

Think about keyboard navigation

For people using screen readers or those suffering from an injury or arthritis, using the mouse is not always an option. They navigate your website using a keyboard. To make your site accessible for everybody, make sure keyboard navigation always highlights the section in focus and that it doesn't miss important steps.
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