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#51 Books and Design, Digested 39


Ever since the new year started, I’ve been reading a lot. I built a library on my laptop including the digital versions of the physical books that still lie in the garage after we moved, the ones I bought on the Kobo store and the ones I read in the past and wish to keep.

The library has become one of my most treasured collections. As it happens too often with digital stuff, though, I didn’t have a precise idea of how many books I own and how many I’ve read. Now I know that I read too little over the past ten years. I’m going to tell you what books I finished, because once the information is out there, I can’t go back to not reading, can I?

Finished, and liked a lot:

  • Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman
  • The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry
  • Women & Power, by Mary Beard

In progress:

  • Extra Bold – A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers, by Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Kaleena Sales, Leslie Xia, Valentina Vergara
  • Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang
  • The Norfolk Mystery, by Ian Sansom

Ideally, Extra Bold would be on my tea table, opened on one of its many insightful pages. I quoted two of them recently: one about history, the other about stereotypes (or clichés).

Another important thing I did was deleting all occurrences of the adjective ’dark’ when used to describe deceptive patterns on my website, in a bid to be more inclusive and not discriminatory.

🔗 Read On ’deceptive patterns’ and wording on my website

Design, Digested #39 – UX of banking, state of web accessibility, microaggressions

On this issue:

  • 900 days of progress – UX of banking
  • The SEER framework
  • Visual design rules you can safely follow every time
  • The state of web accessibility in 2022
  • The Micropedia

🔗 Read Design, Digested #39 on my website

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