Here are some interesting UI/UX finds of the week!
better bosses Interesting article from Inc. Magazine and author Joe Galvin on the subject of developing better leaders in companies. Much has been written on the subject of the Great Retreat and how much the economy has changed during and after the pandemic. A ubiquitous statement and realization that is emerging is the need for managers and supervisors to show more empathy, be more authentic and, as the article points out, be the harbingers of what the organization’s mission is all about. Now more than ever, being able to retain good talent is something to strive for and practice. However, as the article points out, bosses/managers need to get the right training themselves to be effective leaders. It’s worth reading. Highlights of the article are:
“It has never been more important for leaders to build the bosses they need. Establishing frontline managers to act as an extension of an organization’s core vision ensures alignment, works as a recruiting strategy, and keeps employees engaged. A company’s best salesman can become its worst manager if its leaders don’t first equip them with the right tools. The old-school “sink or swim” mentality means that the majority will sink and some will swim. Even the managers who could swim in the ‘MF95’ era need to be retrained and retrained for today’s hybrid workers.”
Accessibility First approach to data visualization and infographics. A very relevant and pertinent article from Smashing Magazine, courtesy of authors Kent Eisenhuth and Kai Chang, focused on understanding best practices to consider when creating data visualizations and infographics while keeping accessibility requirements in mind. The article’s authors dig into the statistics of people with visual impairments in the US, and then detail how they approached a specific case study they had to “help developers manage the overall latency and performance of their apps, websites, and digital experiences.” to understand”. . It’s an insightful case study, delving into details like color contrasts, but also providing additional resources to explore related to accessibility in digital product solutions. Highlights of the article are:
“Visualizations only work well for those who can see fully. According to the National Federation of the Blind, 7.6 million people in the United States have a visual impairment. We also know that color blindness affects 1 in 12 men worldwide. These people typically don’t rely on assistive technologies like screen readers to consume web content, and they will be the focus of our case study. For most of these people, the value and insights that a chart provides is lost, and in some cases the chart provides little to no information. As part of our mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible, it is our responsibility to be good citizens of the internet by making data accessible to everyone.”
Independent work and creativity. Another article from the Invision Design Blog, this case study examines what Credit Suisse is doing in terms of organizing the work schedule and scope of initiatives of its design teams and team members, all of whom have a global footprint. While the topic and fear of micromanagement comes up throughout the article, it’s worth noting how they build a culture of trust and respect between all team members. While this article leaves some unanswered questions along the way, and likely warrants a deeper understanding of team dynamics, including roles and responsibilities, it’s worth reading and looking for some of the considerations it raises about diverse and widely distributed design teams. Highlights of the article are:
“Inclusivity can be a powerful tool for collaboration in organizations, which is why the team doesn’t take its value for granted throughout the design process. Trust is built in safe environments, and the ability to feel that their contributions matter and are on an equal footing with everyone on a team, said LA Worrell, Design Thinking & Product Delivery Leader at Credit Suisse. It also gives people the space to make their choices and own them, means letting them make mistakes, Christophe notes.”
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