Hello All

Another long overdue list of UXD Inspired Reads. As Summer is winding down, the focus on our collective UX Design work is coming back into focus. Some interesting posts on Figma, UX Design methods, and even one on the tragedy of being Zuck. While there is zero sympathy there for that character, there are design lessons to be learned about the power of the work we all do. Food for thought.

Hope you all had some good summer adventures.

Mohit

1. Figma Is Making You A Bad Designer.
If you jump straight into a design tool you’re not using it, it’s using you and it’s sucking your creativity dry.
https://medium.com/included-health-design/figma-is-making-you-a-bad-designer-54db4dc995ff

2. Heuristic Evaluation: How To Conduct A Heuristic Evaluation
Heuristic evaluation is the activity of using a set of guidelines (heuristics) to evaluate if an interface is user-friendly. Let’s look at what heuristics are and how you can conduct a heuristic evaluation to improve the usability of your designs.
https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/heuristic-evaluation-how-to-conduct-a-heuristic-evaluation

3. The Big Picture And The Small Designer
The importance of understanding and designing for a connected world
https://uxdesign.cc/the-big-picture-and-the-small-designer-c72390c44ca6

4. Facelift, Refresh, Redesign — Strategies For Paying Off Design Debt
A guide to choosing a strategy for paying off Design Debt.
https://uxdesign.cc/facelift-refresh-redesign-strategies-for-paying-off-design-debt-5cadb10799ed

5. Product Design Interview Questions
Questions I ask candidates in product design interviews that give me the strongest signal about what they’d bring to our team and what it’d be like to work with them.
https://uxdesign.cc/product-design-interview-questions-cdeb2bf249ec

6. Women Represent 7% Of Long-Haul Truckers. What’s Life Like For Them On The Road?
Early on in the Biden administration, officials released an action plan to strengthen America’s trucking workforce. One idea: recruit more women. Is the trucking industry welcoming them?
https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1112411669/1112411670

7. Richard Tait, Co-Inventor Of The Board Game Cranium, Dies At 58
His decidedly eclectic board game became a familiar part of American family life in the late 1990s and 2000s.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/03/business/richard-tait-dead.html

8. Mark Zuckerberg Says Waking Up Every Day As Ceo Of Meta Is Like Getting Punched In The Stomach
“You wake up in the morning, look at my phone, you get like a million messages, right, of stuff that come in. It’s usually not good,” Mr. Zuckerberg told Joe Rogan in an episode on his show that aired Thursday. “It’s almost like every day you wake up and you’re, like, punched in the stomach,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “Now I need to, like, go reset myself and be able to kind of be productive and not be stressed about this.” After processing the information he’s given, he said he spends an hour or two doing physical activity such as surfing or mixed martial arts.
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/22/08/26/1925241/mark-zuckerberg-says-waking-up-every-day-as-ceo-of-meta-is-like-getting-punched-in-the-stomach

9. Hagberg + Hagberg
Meet Marianne and Knut – they’ve designed over 2100 products for IKEA; everything from toys to toothbrush holders to tables. The retrospective exhibition Hagberg + Hagberg, on show at the IKEA Museum until 31 August, pays tribute to the siblings who just might be the world’s most prolific design duo.
https://www.ikea.com/global/en/stories/hagberg-hagberg-ikea-museum-270722/

10. Vince Gilligan Wants To Write A Good Guy
After fourteen years of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” the showrunner talks about how TV has changed, the sins of auteur theory, and the appeal of an old-fashioned hero.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/vince-gilligan-wants-to-write-a-good-guy