A brief history of the numeric keypad
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Picture the keypad of a telephone and calculator side by side. Can you see the subtle difference between the two without using your smartphone?
A calculator has the 7–8–9 buttons at the top whereas a phone uses the 1–2–3 format. Subtle but puzzling—since they serve the same functional goal: input numbers.
There’s no logical reason for the inversion if a user operates the interface in the same way. Or is there?
A brief history of the numeric keypad →
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Little gems this week
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Retro’s nostalgic comeback: a trip or a trap down memory lane? →
Thinking colors: balancing between visual and abstract →
Make me think
Perceived affordances and the functionality mismatch →
“Using one element or set of elements and styling them to look like something else is a common pattern. The essential problem with this approach? It creates a mismatch between the actions people expect they can take and the ones they actually can.”
Healthier communication patterns →
“Dysfunctional communication patterns takes many forms. Improving communication patterns depends on the specific dysfunction you’re trying to improve. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for too many cooks; there are only places to intervene.”
Why I no longer care what people “like” or “don’t like” →
“Across social media sites, I see people posting two design concepts (A/B) and asking others, “Which do you like better?” The comments are filled with responses without any contextual information. Why are we not talking about business goals, the product’s users, and other situational details?”
Tools and resources
DALL-E mockups →
Sample applications of AI to help generate unique mockups.
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UX periodic table →
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