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Tips for running a good remote meeting

View the original postAwesome tips from Julie Zhuo’s article, managing remotely: Cancel as many meetings as you can. Video meetings seem to sap more energy than in-person meetings and require more effort to stay focused, especially if your primary job is to listen. I read an interesting explanation that this may be because we don’t […]

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General

3 little rules for good team communication

View the original postBad communication creates more work and more stress. Good communication creates less work and less stress. So I thought I’d jot down 3 little rules for good team communication: # 1. If you have a thing, show the thing When I’m in a meeting and someone is describing a thing, I find […]

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The problem with snackbars and toast messages

View the original postThere’s been some comments about this on Twitter. Snackbar as shown on Google’s Material Design guidelines Snackbars—also known as toast messages—are little messages shown on top of the interface to give users feedback in response to an action they just did. They’re designed to keep users focused on what they’re doing, which […]

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Accessibility

Building an accessible autocomplete control

View the original postThis is an excerpt from my book, Form Design Patterns. This article starts in the middle of chapter 3, A Flight Booking Form where I’ve been looking at ways to let users enter a destination country. Unfortunately, native HTML form controls just aren’t good enough for this type of interaction. And so […]

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Forms

Form design patterns webinar, course update, January resolutions

View the original postWebinar, course update, bullet journaling, job update, Veganuary and Red January. # I did a webinar on form design patterns Vitaly from Smashing Magazine invited me to do a webinar on my book Form Design Patterns. I talked about why form design is so important and then I did a live redesign […]

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Building trust as a designer

View the original postBeing a designer is a constant balancing act. Whether it’s finding a balance between users’ needs and an organisation’s needs, or forgoing a better design to deliver something quickly, we’re always making trade offs. One of the trade offs I’ve been thinking about lately has been the one between building trust with […]

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JavaScript isn’t always available and it’s not the user’s fault

View the original postThere’s been some comments about this on Twitter. You might have heard that the percentage of users without JavaScript is approximately 1% and that these people actively turn it off. And on that basis that it’s okay to exclude them. First of all, 1% of a large number is still a large […]

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Forms

Where to put buttons on forms

View the original postThere’s been some comments about this on Twitter. Button placement on forms is often ignored or prioritised based on what looks good. But button placement can make or break a form, and a form can make or break a user’s experience. That’s why it’s essential to get it right. This is more […]

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Launching a service, contribution the bank details pattern, design system community building

View the original postIt’s been ages since I wrote one of these. I’ve actually had things to say, but just not mustered up the energy to sit down and write. So this weeknote covers more than just this week, but hey, rules are there to be broken. # What’s gone well recently # Launching the […]

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The problem with tooltips and what to do instead

View the original postThere’s been some comments about this on Twitter. Tooltips are messages that appear when the user hovers over part of an interface—usually an icon—to explain how certain things work or what they mean. They then disappear when the user hovers off the element. Various tooltip illustrations Although they allow you to squeeze […]