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October 2020

The UX newsletter

  for people on a mission • by Tamara Sredojevic

Bonjour people!

Busy month, eh? First of all, I relaunched my website on Webflow, which is probably my favourite no-code builder so far. And thanks to Hannah Milan's incredible a11yresources, making it accessible was much simpler this time. 

I'm also taking advantage of the Women Make F*cking Ship It Challenge to imagine a new interface for Action for Happiness. You can learn about my process and follow my progress on Twitter.

You might have noticed I'm sending this newsletter earlier than usual. I needed to brag about the Twitter session I'll co-host with Tahera Mayat from the Charity Hour UK on 14 October. The topic will be ethical web design for charities. So please join if you have insight or questions for us.

Last but not least, Coni and I finally shipped Thea, our freelance collective for small brands to have big conversations. And we're VERY excited to get to work. A much welcome change after months starting all our sentences with "when we launch, we will...".

Articles

• The why and how of privacy and security

My friend Clo S. released this great article explaining in digestible details why you should care about online privacy and security. Written in collaboration with security expert @lp1eu, she's giving real-life examples that could impact us all in a near future.

• 10 principles for ethical UX design

Do you know that feeling when you realise you've been debited for something you forgot you had signed up to? And it's yearly and considered too late? Online, we call it dark UK. There are rules you should always follow if you don't want people to turn their back on you.

• Sustainable design: designing for a cause

It’s a globally accepted fact that we do our best work when it’s for something we’re wildly passionate about. And in this article, Sophie Clifton-Tucker shares everything I'm passionate about. An oath for designers, Mike Monteiro's book "Ruined by Design", the Women Make Just F*ng Ship It Challenge and much more.

UX Tips

• Simplify busy menus

It's not a crime to have lots of things to share. But just like The Guardian does it, show what is the most commonly viewed sections first. Following that, use a “more” button. Or a hamburger menu for the mobile version.

• Don't put text as part of an image

I didn't think this was still a thing. But here we are, friends! The text of a website should be written as text, rather than as part of an image. With all the no-code builders out there and all the free fonts available online, there's no more excuse.

• Make images readable

This time, I'm talking about real images screen readers analyse for visually impaired users. How do they do that? They read the alt text description you surely will have added. Unless the image is purely decorative/distractive.
News

• What new UK web accessibility laws mean for the public sector

Remember GDPR? Well, the fun is back with this new regulation for public sector websites to comply with WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards. Read this article to know who the laws apply to, why it matters and how it'll be enforced.

• Pantone announces a new colour to fight period stigmas

With its new colour “PERIOD”, Pantone wants to fight the stigma surrounding periods. Pantone explained that the goal of their new “active and adventurous red hue” is to “embolden people who menstruate to feel proud of who they are.”
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