Wireframes, dark UX, icons, alt tags

Wireframes are dead…

I cannot remember the last time I presented a wireframe to a client as a deliverable. Our process is less linear these days and we adopt whatever method is most efficient to explain the concept at the time. Sometimes that can be ‘Straight to build’.

Wireframes are becoming less relevant — and that’s a good thing

There’s no such thing as ‘Dark UX’

Tricking users into certain behaviours is just downright nasty and, in my opinion, counterintuitive. Users attach personal traits to technology – If the website is bad they assume the company it belongs to is also bad – and once the trust is lost it is difficult to win it back.

Stop calling these Dark Design Patterns or Dark UX — these are simply a**hole designs

Icons, icons, icons

Iconography has never been more important. Smaller interfaces mean we need to be more inventive about how we help users identify and understand common features before they have even pressed anything, and how do we avoid death by a thousand icons?

Solid Vs. Outline Icons: Which Are Faster to Recognize?

Are we still talking about alt text in 2020?

Sadly, yes, we are. There are plenty of examples of websites that get image labelling wrong or, worse still, ignore the need for labelling altogether. I think this is because many content creators are not SEO experts and are not sure when alt tags are needed and what they should say.

Alt Text Decision Tree – Quick Helper

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