Ignore the fads and keep type legible

I fully agree with this article. Current trends on the web (and beyond) support low contrast and legibility. It’s like building on sand. Ignore the fads and keep type legible.

My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black, and vary weight and font instead of grayness. You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic.

–Kevin Marks, How the Web Became Unreadable

Achievement Unlocked: 365 Day Challenge

About ten days ago, I have completed my UI Snacks project. For 365 days, I have done 1 illustration per day, every day. Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me throughout the year. It’s been a great experiment and I can recommend to everyone to try something similar yourself. For me, it’s time to start a brand new challenge: read a certain amount of pages in a book every day, each day.

Things I learned from UI Snacks thus far

Slowly but surely, I am approaching the half way stage of my UI Snacks project. While I am not happy with the overall quality of my work, I am happy with the way things are going in general. Here are my thoughts on the experiment:

  • Creating something I can be proud of on a daily basis has always been a struggle of mine and I most certainly am not satisfied with some of my illustrations. However, I am doing my best within my personal time constraints.
  • I am happy with the improved speed at which I can now put together an icon or an illustration—during 160 days, I have improved my speed considerably which is a great bonus.
  • Improved Sketch skills are also a big plus—I’ve taken my Sketch app speed and efficiency to a higher level.
  • Sometimes, I can use a UI snack, or part of it, in my commercial work, which can be quite handy.
  • Clients appreciate the fact I am adding to my skillset.
  • I can recommend the experiment to everyone—doing something like this can only be a good thing.

Introducing: Goodies

As a small present from me to you, here is my Goodies page. It currently holds two .sketch files which I tend to use in my work. I’ll update it with more goodies in the future.

Five Common UX Mistakes Web Designers Make

It’s been a while since I wrote an article about common UX mistakes web designers make, but I failed to inform you, the reader. So here you go, the article is live on Toptal and it’s called Are All Trends Worth It? Top 5 Most Common UX Mistakes That Designers Make. The article expands on the subjects I wrote about here, on my blog, and goes into detail how the mistakes in question can be avoided. I hope you’ll enjoy the read. As always, feedback is more than welcome.