Why are original Post-its yellow? Is it for visual ergonomics, usability maybe? Is it part of 3M brand style? There must be well thought through reasons behind it, right?
Well, here’s what Dr Geoff Nicholson (now retired VP of research & development at 3M) said when asked to explain his and his team decision - “We had some scrap yellow paper!”
That’s it. It is an accident, a coincidence that post-its came out yellow. It wasn’t designed, it just happened and people at 3M rolled with it.
Read a full interview with Dr Geoff Nicholson and see how nonchalant and funny he is about one of the most iconic accidents in product development.
Color systems in complex products can be challenging to establish and maintain and more often than not your design library will end up consisting of 50 shades of rainbow before struggling to narrow it down to it’s essence.
Imagine if that complex product is a map. To convey topography of an area with all it’s subtleties of relief, design teams feel enabled to use as many colors and shades as they see fit. And then time passes and more colors are added, and then some more, and then some..
That’s what happened at Google before their UX Director David Cronin took a look at all the colors Google Maps have accumulated over the years - his jaw dropped. Over 700 colors/shades. That’s a lot and pretty much impossible to maintain.
That’s when Google design team embarked on a challenge like no other - reduce 700+ color palette to just 25 major colors and shades all the while making the maps even more usable and accessible. Sounds crazy but they did it and are now sharing insights from the process. A very interesting read.
There's an awesome UX conference online and for free tomorrow (Nov 19) and if UX design & research is something you'd like to know more about - for sure tune in.
Plenty of great UX minds on the roster among which Lead UX researcher at Google, analyst and researchers from Adobe, Kroger, SAP and more. All coming from companies with deep rooted UX design and research cultures to share their experiences and insights with you.
Learn quite a few things about UI design and a few more about UX in a series of interactive quiz-like courses ranging from design fundamentals like colour theory, layouts and font use, all the way to design systems and advanced UI patterns.
Thought it's mostly more fun than it is educational (explanations doesn't go very deep into the subject) I still think it's a good exercise for both new and pro designers.
If you're just starting out - here you'll find most of what's important in UI design covered even if just briefly but enough to inform and spur your curiosity.
If you're a pro - it's an engaging and interactive way to test your fundamentals and remember what you might have forgotten.
So Google redesigned their icons and it didn't get a warm welcome at all. I, just as many others, felt like the icons are hardly distinguishable between one another and are pretty hard to find on a smaller screen at a glance.
And even though I still feel the same way, a UX designer Felix Lee presents an interesting take on why Google's redesign actually makes sense.
In his article he talks about the importance of context, value and goals of design and highlights that Usability is just one of the factors and not a rule set in stone.
Read the article here https://uxdesign.cc/the-ux-fallacy-the-fallacy-that-everything-needs-to-be-usable-to-be-valuable-2b1c626bdb7d
How do you feel about the redesign?