In this episode:
- CO.DESIGN: Pinterest Just Redesigned Its App For Blind People
- PAUL BOAG: How to Create Compellingly Simple Websites
- GOOGLE AI BLOG: Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real World Tasks Over the Phone
- CO.DESIGN: The Subtle Sexism Of Your Open Plan Office
- A LIST APART: Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes
Blind people using Pinterest–the app for visual inspiration–may sound like an oxymoron. But in fact, Pinterest, like all mainstream apps, has a contingent of blind users (though the company admits to not tracking them). Many use Pinterest simply to bookmark stories on the web they’d like to read later.
[…] the company wanted to heighten the contrast of the UI across the entire app so that it was more legible. […] With respect to the colorblind , Pinterest has eliminated any instance where color was once used to convey action or meaning; in the new Pinterest, it’s only there for increased legibility and visual flair.
PAUL BOAG: How to Create Compellingly Simple Websites
How do we simplify to create compellingly simple websites? How do we focus users on what we want them to do? The most obvious starting point is to reduce distractions.
This is impressive and scary at the same time. Pair this with a copy of my voice and I’m good to go!
Today we announce Google Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out “real world” tasks over the phone. The technology is directed towards completing specific tasks, such as scheduling certain types of appointments.
CO.DESIGN: The Subtle Sexism Of Your Open Plan Office
Very interesting read on open plan offices and research around it:
Employees subconsciously act and dress differently in modern open-plan office environments
I’d like to test this on one of my next projects:
Simply put, a priority guide contains content and elements […], sorted by hierarchy from top to bottom and without layout specifications. The hierarchy is based on relevance to users, with the content most critical to satisfying user needs and supporting user (and company) goals higher up.