Subscription auto-renewal

Subscription auto-renewal e-mail reminder, done right:

Your Pro subscription renews July 18, 2017. To continue using Pro, no action is required. Your credit card will be charged $36 for another year on the date above. If you’d like to cancel your subscription, you can do so from your billing page.

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Dribbble’s e-mail reminder.

This is how Dribbble reminded me of my subscription. Awesome work, Dribbble. Some websites, like the Eurosport Player don’t do this and you get charged without a reminder. You’re also unable to cancel the next subscription in the last 3 days of your current subscription, which they fail to tell you about. It’s in the small print, but they don’t make the effort to remind you.

Always think about your users and remind them about stuff.

Remove the modals, or we leave

An inspiring article called No, I Don’t Want to Subscribe to Your Newsletter makes a really good point about modal windows which are being thrown in our faces:

The only solution is to unite in changing our behavior. We need to give website operators an ultimatum: Remove the modals, or we leave. And we need to make good on that promise. By closing the browser tab, we can let the bounce rate demand what we as users cannot.

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.