I’m in the process of wrapping up several major client projects (one I’ve been working on for six months, how time flies…) and so naturally I’m having to start talking to people about what I’m going to work on next. I’ve probably spoken to 8-10 people in the last week alone. My favorite part of learning about new potential projects is the creative process of imaging where an idea, concept or rough demo might go. This usually involves a lot of googling. This post is a bit of a compilation of some good ux (user experience), ui (user interface) and general web product articles I’ve read lately and a way to force myself to articulate and write some thoughts about said articles. Make sense? Here we go.
Design Tip: Never Use Black
Great advice and interesting thinking about the use of the color black.
The Dominant Colors of Common Website Qualities
Unless you’re doing something in the luxury space or want to convey “high quality.”
Principles of User Interface Design
Good big picture thinking. Sent this to a prospective client in regards to a discussion about less is more, especially in mobile.
Product Management: What distinguishes the top 1% of product managers from the top 10%?
I believe @stevebanfield tweeted this one. Great to think about in regards to what areas of my own expertise I need to be constantly improving.
How to hire a product manager
Read this after interviewing for a PM role. Would have been helpful if I had done it in the opposite order, oh well.
Google: What makes someone a great product manager at Google?
I have a buddy who has been interviewing for another position at Google. Our discussions prompted finding this.
Errol Morris shows how fonts affect our thinking
In case you needed proof Comic Sans is terrible.
Good Product Manager by Ben Horowitz
Alex Rainert had this one to add, almost 20 years old, but still very relevant.
Well, nothing too profound to say about any of those, highly recommend reading them all if you’re interested in this sort of thing. Except for the one about colors, just look at the pictures on that one.
edit: had to add the Errol Morris link.
edit 2: added the Horowitz memo