Postworthy: 2017, Week 05

Your Postworthy reading list this week includes new design techniques, reflections on social connections and expectations, and some useful tools to simplify web design and development.

Here’s your Postworthy reading list for week 5 of 2017:

Mobile-First Is Just Not Good Enough: Meet Journey-Driven Design by Marli Mesibov & Jason Levin

“We’ve come to the conclusion that mobile-first is not specific enough to user needs. Truly user-centered design needs to start with the journeys our users are taking and the flows they follow to complete their objectives. In other words, journey-driven design. Journey-driven design naturally emerges from a user-centered approach that factors in the who, the when and the how to reveal the truly complex set of user needs. Good design doesn’t force users to pick up the device that we designers want them to pick up; good design gives users the best of what a company has to offer on the device that the user wants to use at that point in their journey.”

Information Literacy Is a Design Problem by Lisa Maria Martin

“Fundamentally, we’re not good at parsing information, and that’s troubling. Our experience of an “information society” may have evolved, but [the ability to read and to use information essential for everyday life to effectively navigate a world built on complex masses of information generated by computers and mass media] are even more critical now: our lives depend on information literacy.”

How we’re using Component Based Design by Lewis+humphreys

“(…) we found that the metaphoric nature of Atom Design caused some confusion among our clients. Especially the abstract naming conventions can be a little daunting. Therefore we defined our own take on Component Based Design, borrowing heavily from other great designers– of course.”

Confessions of a Professional Burnout by Mat Marquis

“By reducing myself to my output—by thinking I could game the system by just being more productive than everyone else, above all else—I wasn’t just doing myself a disservice. Burning myself for fuel was a luxury afforded me by immense privilege. It was selfishness under the guise of selflessness. My actions were a tacit vote for an industry standard where people could be weeded out of an interview process for not sufficiently neglecting their responsibilities, their families, their lives, their time—by not having the requisite nights-and-weekends “passion projects.” Allowing “extra credit” to become the default, isn’t just helping to make burnout the norm: it means actively excluding those who don’t have that time to spend. Setting the standards for passion, commitment, and after-hours productivity from a place of privilege makes those standards unattainable for anyone without that privilege.”

An Open Letter from the Canadian Tech Community: Diversity is our Strength by Betakit

“As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed Executive Order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our community. As a community, we are all affected. As a community, we stand together in opposition to the marginalization of people based on their birthplace, race, or religion.”

Solutions that can stop fake news spreading by Mike Wendling

“During the US election, many fake news stories were written not by politically motivated Donald Trump supporters, but by people looking to make some quick cash. And so one way to stop such output would be to eliminate the financial incentives that make fake news profitable.”

A 3-Step Plan for Turning Weaknesses into Strengths by Joseph Grenny

“Our research shows that 97% of people can readily identify a career-limiting habit they have. We’re unreliable, lack empathy, avoid conflict, or fear risk. While we’re clear that our weaknesses cost us both personally and professionally, few of us make any progress in turning them into strengths. In fact, managers report that after giving people feedback in a performance review, fewer than 10% of them look any different a year later. But it doesn’t have to be that way. “

Designing News Products With Empathy: 50 Stress Cases To Consider by Libby Bawcombe

“During the process of creating a product, we generate assumptions about who our users are and how they behave. We identify the major use-cases, then the edge cases?—?that is, unusual or unlikely use of our product; however, when we categorize a behavior as an edge case, we ultimately spend less time solving problems for individuals who use the product in a way we didn’t predict. And in many cases, those are the individuals who need our consideration the most.”

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down by Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus

“Kosinski and his team tirelessly refined their models. In 2012, Kosinski proved that on the basis of an average of 68 Facebook “likes” by a user, it was possible to predict their skin color (with 95 percent accuracy), their sexual orientation (88 percent accuracy), and their affiliation to the Democratic or Republican party (85 percent). But it didn’t stop there. Intelligence, religious affiliation, as well as alcohol, cigarette and drug use, could all be determined. From the data it was even possible to deduce whether someone’s parents were divorced.”

Runway will read your stylesheet and build a beautifully formatted styleguide (app)

“You worry about designing components, we’ll make sure they are presented in a beautiful layout. Choose between two free styleguide themes and a variety of syntax highlighting choices. Runway will handle encapsulating styles to prevent any clashes between your code and ours.”

Clients From Hell, Photographer Edition: “What Are Your Rates?” by Pratik Naik

“I had a very big company ask me to do hair and makeup for 25 people for a commercial shoot. When I quoted them my day rate and kit fee for that, they wrote back asking if I would consider cutting my rate by half but getting paid in socks. SOCKS! SOCKS!!!!!!!! Since when do socks pay the bill? WTF?”

Take Back Your Brain From Social Media by Geoffrey A. Fowler

“I became mindful of my bad habits in the early morning. Pre-coffee, half awake, I’d be lying there for an hour with my phone, getting sucked into the President Trump vortex on Facebook. So I called up psychologists, brain scientists and app designers studying our behaviors for advice on what would actually help me pull back from the brink. Surprisingly, they didn’t recommend a cold-turkey digital detox. That might make you more anxious and could even cause you to miss something of genuine importance. What you need are skills to manage social media as a part of your life.”

Business Lessons From Other People’s Jobs by Morgan Housel

“Most of us spend too much time in the bubble of our own professions, unaware of how much there is to learn from other fields. A lot of jobs fall under the category of “trying to figure out what other people want,” so many ideas from one field transfer to another. Here are a few takeaways from various professions that are relevant to business and investing.”

ADA Compliance for Online Course Design by Sheryl Burgstahler

“(…) laws establish a firm legal basis for the requirement that IT procured, developed, and used by postsecondary institutions be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Together these statutes require that campus offerings — including those made available through applications software, websites, videos, PDF files, and other IT — be available to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors for whom they are designed, including individuals with disabilities.”

What is Postworthy?

Every Friday I publish a list of articles, videos, and other content related to the web and how we use it I found of value in the past week. Some of the content is new, some is old, some cover hot topics of the moment, others are timeless pieces of reflection. I do not necessarily stand behind the opinions put forward by the original authors, rather I feel they are worthy of exposure.

If you find an article you feel should be on a future list, send me a link on here on LinkedIn or on Twitter @mor10. If you read an article this week you feel should have been on the list, leave it in the comments below.

Postworthy: 2017, Week 03

Here’s your Postworthy reading list for week 3 of 2017: Self-segregation: how a personalized world is dividing Americans by Danah Boyd “Many pundits remarked that, during the 2016 election season, very few Americans were regularly exposed to people whose political ideology conflicted with their own. This is true. But it cannot be fixed by Facebook or…