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The UX newsletter for people on a mission
August 2021


by Tamara Sredojevic

Bonjour

(Hello)

Things to know

Your digital life isn't green

We tend to think of the online world as “invisible” and green by default. Without a doubt, being able to communicate digitally saves a lot of paper and unnecessary journeys. But every time we visit a website, send an email, or use social media, a small amount of carbon dioxide is being emitted. Here's everything you need to know about this and some tips to clean up your digital life.

Making social media accessible

Yes, of course Twitter could stop you from posting an image without alt-text. Until then, there are things you can do to make sure your social media activity isn't excluding anybody. Here's a great checklist about the right way to use hashtags, emojis, videos, images, captions and so on.

Getting started with trans inclusive design

We can’t keep developing products without trying to understand how they impact different people, communities or the planet as a whole. There’s a lot that can go wrong from having pronouns on Twitter bios leading to harassment, most forms erasing identities completely, or products not accommodating name changes. Here's a great piece on getting started with trans inclusive design.

Things to do

Turn off your camera

In case you missed the digital decluttering toolkit I shared above, here's a tip to reduce your carbon footprint. Only switch your camera on when it truly adds value. Yes, it also works well as an excuse not to put on make-up or wear an appropriate shirt. You're welcome.

Accessible hashtags

Being accessible on social media isn't rocket science. Here's a few things you can start with:

  • Use hashtags in moderation.
  • Put multi-word hashtags in Camel Case. (#TheyLookLikeThis)
  • Place hashtags at the end of posts and tweets when possible.
  • Place hashtag clouds in the first comment of Instagram posts instead of the caption.

Download Atkinson Hyperlegible font

Thanks to Stark's public library, I learnt about Atkinson Hyperlegible font (named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson). What makes it different from traditional typography design is that it focuses on letterform distinction to increase character recognition, ultimately improving readability. It's free to use, so don't hesitate to work with this.

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