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Design, Digested 45 – Performing goodness in UX, automatic captions and more

On this issue: Performing goodness in UX, swearing and automatic captions, the good line-height and more.

Performing Goodness: The rise of ‘ethical theater’ in UX

Ethics has become a buzzword in the design industry. But what happens when our dedication to ethical “best practices” is nothing more than a performance—a way to spotlight our goodness while masking our harm? If we truly want to challenge the status quo, we need to lift the curtain on ethical theater. Alba Villamil

🔗 Read the article Performing Goodness: The rise of ‘ethical theater’ in UX on Fast Company

What we’ve learned about designing for accessibility from our users

Slack’s accessibility team recently launched a series of changes to make navigating around Slack more reliable and efficient for keyboard-only and screen reader users. While our accessibility had significantly improved over the last few years, we were still hearing from blind and low-vision users that moving around the interface felt disorienting and noisy. One user likened it to trying to find a specific object in an open, busy gymnasium. Talk about frustrating. Andrew Gosine

🔗 Read the article What we’ve learned about designing for accessibility from our users on Slack Design

Swearing and automatic captions

The inclusion of a swear is a deliberate act. Its removal undoes the speaker’s agency, and dilutes the message they’re trying to communicate. Eric Bailey

🔗 Read the article Swearing and automatic captions on Eric Bailey’s website

The good line-height

Have you ever needed to create a type scale following an 8 point baseline grid, or really any grid, and had to spend extra time figuring out what should be the right line-height for every text size in the scale?

🔗 Visit The good line-height website

Amazon duped millions into enrolling in Prime, US regulator says in lawsuit

Federal Trade Commission alleges Bezos firm used ‘manipulative and deceptive user-interface designs to trick consumers’

🔗 Read the article Amazon duped millions into enrolling in Prime, US regulator says in lawsuit on The Guardian

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