Hello dear reader!
I am Mariana Vargas, a UX Engineer based in sunny Lisbon. Probably some article about UX Design or Tech brought you here. Thank you for taking some time to know me better.
· Who I am, professionally and personally
· Why I joined Medium
· My Medium Goals for 2021:
∘ 1. To publish at least 96 articles (an average of 8 articles per month)
∘ 2. Being published by one of Medium’s official publications — Check!
∘ 3. Create my own publication
· My Top Articles:
∘ 1. How to Create a Signup Confirmation Email…
Confirmation emails for user registration are an important step, both for marketing and security purposes.
In terms of marketing, confirmation emails establish the first communication with the customer, ensuring important information is sent before finishing the signup process, compliance with GDPR regulations, and guarantees that following emails won’t end up in the spam box.
In terms of security, these emails make sure the user is not signing up with a fake email.
In this tutorial, I will guide you through implementing confirmation emails on a registration feature, using React and Node.js.
This tutorial is targeted at someone who already has…
Wingdings, the iconic font composed by… well, icons; became widely popular for being included in many Microsoft Word versions in the ’90s is quite intriguing. It has even been the subject of some conspiracy theories.
Why do we need a font exclusively composed of symbols, such as the Celtic cross, the Zodiac signs, and the star of David? Who came up with that idea? Do people really use it?
Wingdings history ties back to the very beginning of printing. Printing was originally a manual process, that existed before typing. It involved setting every letter, word, line on every page manually…
The hype of “The Social Dilemma” made many viewers become aware of the power of technology and its influence on all of us. For UX Designers, the use of dishonest tricks in digital platforms is not a new topic. We call them dark patterns.
Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you do things that you didn’t mean to, like buying or signing up for something. The purpose of this site is to spread awareness and to shame companies that use them.
Evil design patterns, unfortunately, are very common. …
You must have heard about solving design problems through design patterns, their implementation steps, and some problems that can arise from them. But do you realize the impact these patterns have on the user experience? A few weeks ago, I didn’t at all.
After finishing the UX Nanodegree by Udacity and landing a new role as UX Engineer, I decided to continue with my education on the matter. So, I decided to join the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF) which offers several online courses with certification at a very affordable membership price.
Disclaimer: This post contains one affiliate link however, this…
Last night, I was happily scrolling on TikTok, as one does, and found a girl introducing the cartoon characters she would have sex with. Such a profound concept put me in self-reflection mode, and I could not stop thinking about which cartoon characters have gotten my perverse attention over the years. And after that, I figured why not share it with everyone on the Internet?
Me and Gaston would never work in a relationship because I have commitment issues and he’s a marriage addict. But I would like to get to know him better.
I know he’s not a good…
Addressing environmental issues is not a new topic. But, after the global protests of 2019, it seems to have finally reached a relevant dimension, given the seriousness of the problem. This situation is probably due to the greater visibility of the impact of climate change and easier access to information, which contributes to the public being better informed about the issue.
When we talk about physical products, it is relatively easy to understand the impacts in terms of raw materials and the conditions in which the products are produced.
But, and when we talk about websites or applications, what impact…
Futura is a sans serif typeface, based on rigid geometric principles, inspired by the teachings of the Bauhaus. After one century of existence, it is impossible to see it as a mere set of shapes. It is a historical piece and a cultural force. Unlike many other visual contemporaries, Futura never really went out of style. It has always found a way to stay relevant with each new generation, from the Apollo missions to fashion branding, high art, Hollywood, and political campaigns. Not even being banned by the nazis was able to stop it!
Just before World War I, there…
One of my best friends, Rita, never worked in the subject she studied for. Her first job after graduating in Graphic Design was as a copywriter intern and she has been working in publicity since then. Currently, she has a corporate job in Marketing and couldn’t be happier with her life. Her salary is not amazing, it’s just right enough for her to pay for her rent and have a stable life. And she doesn’t ambition any more than this. How do I know that? Because a few years ago, another friend of mine was looking for some graphic design…
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band became a legendary album for many reasons.
It was composed and recorded after The Beatles had taken a tour break and finally had some free time. This period was decisive for the band to come up with original concepts and to entirely dedicate themselves to their craft.
The album was released in June 1967, during the well-known Summer of Love, perfectly fitting the counterculture of the time. It revolves around the concept of a show given by a fictional Edwardian military band, lead by Sgt. Peppers. …
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