Educational Resources


UXPA-MN recognizes that members like you want to continue to learn and grow within the User Experience practice, and to help you achieve that goal, we've curated a number of items below. In this section, you will find resources that you can read, watch, listen to, or do that we hope expand the breadth and depth of your knowledge of user experience.

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Current Theme: Inclusive UX Design

Updated: May 3, 2021

On May 13, UXPA-MN welcomes Joelle Allen, Chief Inclusion Strategist at Interaction Traction, Inc. and Director of Client Engagement at kpCompanies to talk us through anti-racist hiring practices and how to find and retain diverse talent.

To coincide with Joelle's virtual visit, we have curated a number of resources related to diversity, inclusion, and allyship within the UX discipline. This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list of resources on this topic. We recognize that being a good ally and designing for all types of users is a complex, integral part of our work and there are countless voices in the community from whom we can learn. Please do not hesitate to reach out with additional works on this topic that you think would benefit our community.

Read

Designing for diversity by Daniel Jenkins and Lisa Baker

If diversity and inclusion in design is something you haven't thought much about - or haven't known where to start - this short article articulates some of the most common-sense reasons why we should design with a diverse user population in mind.


Don't Drink the Kool-aid: Why Apple's New Approach to Diversity and Inclusion is Deeply Problematic by Vivanne Castillo

Vivanne takes a critical look at what one tech giant was doing in the diversity and inclusion realm. This article is a few years old, but still raises many good questions and criticisms that we can use today to evaluate our own companies' diversity and inclusion policies. Part of good allyship is calling out when things aren't working.

As a note, Denise Young Smith stepped down from Apple later that year, and Apple hired Christie Smith (https://www.businessinsider.com/apples-vp-diversity-12-white-men-can-be-diverse-group-2017-10). Christie Smith recently left Apple in 2020. (see: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/06/17/report-apples-head-diversity-and-inclusion-has-left-company/3204852001/)

The original article by Vivianne is included not as a criticism of Apple in 2021, but rather as a way to critique the way many businesses have handled and continue to handle the idea of Diversity and Inclusion.


Designing Ourselves: Identity, Bias, Empathy, and Game Design by Dr. Karen Schreier

Game Design and traditional software design share many of the same tactics and many of the same challenges. Dr. Schreier details the findings from a series of Game Jams with students. A lengthy read, so grab yourself a coffee before settling in.


8 Best Practices for Designing Infographics for Diversity and Inclusion by Lydia Hooper

Lydia Hooper walks through a number of useful tactics for designing graphics within a website to be inclusive and welcoming to a diverse audience.


Watch

Inclusive Design is a Welcome Mat by nngroup


Product Inclusion for More Inclusive Design by UXPA International


Accessibility and Inlusive UX Design with Alexis Lucio by Hello, I'm Alexa


Screaming in the Silence: How to be an ally, not a savior by Graciela Mohamedi

Listen

Leading With Empathy & Allyship by Melinda Briana Epler

This entire podcast series is a phenomenal listen, though if you want to focus on strictly design concepts, the April 5, 2021 episode titled "Designing for Intersectional Inclusion with Frieda McAlear" is a great place to start.


Do

COMING SOON! Inclusive Design by Adobe Design

This coming June, Adobe is releasing an entire course dedicated to Inclusive Design. Though it cannot be accessed yet, you can sign up for updates to the curriculum once it is released.



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