BeingDesignerly's Top 5 Read Articles of 2021
As we wrap up 2021, here's a look back at the top 5 articles that were most read by subscribers of this newsletter. In case you missed any, here's an easy way to catch up before we say goodbye to 2021!
The most clicked article this year. I know I love peeking at Intranet best practices since they are usually locked behind company single sign-ons...
If you design intranets, NNG's Intranet Design Annual 2021 report is a must read. Until you get approval to buy the detailed research report, make sure you read their summary.
" The pandemic raised intranets’ level of importance and influence. As more work, collaboration, sales, meetings, and coaching needed to happen online, the best intranets rose to meet the challenge.
3 lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to apply in the future:
1. Be prepared: if the intranet was a mess before the challenge, adapting will likely be harder than when working with a well-designed and well-structured system
2. Pivot: recognize that the previous way of doing certain things (or even most things) may not be the best, and be willing to sacrifice some sacred cows and quickly adopt new ideas
3. Centralize resources: usability may increase if information and tools that relate to the challenge are pulled together and made accessible from a single location "
A few issues ago, BeingDesignerly featured Bezos' stepping-down-as-CEO-announcement and his signoff line: ‘Let Curiosity Be Your Compass’ - good designerly advice for everyone.
A few days ago, his last letter as CEO, featured storytelling, customer focus, and ended with: "be kind, be original, create more than you consume, and never, never, never let the universe smooth you into your surroundings." - maybe my kids will finally listen now that B-man said it!
While this could be filed under news or inspiration, I felt it was most appropriate as a featured item.
A few days after it released some new design changes meant to make it more accessible, Twitter is going back to the drawing board, and for a very good reason. The design choices were literally hurting some users’ eyes and giving them headaches.
As humans we have biases, which often make us less inclusive.
Here's a chart of 50 cognitive biases - awareness is the first step to addressing them!
A UX researcher uses her TikTok channel, heymiadotco, to deliver design roasts. The bulk of it is aimed at well-known apps and services, like Spotify, Alexa and HBO Max.