Temperatures dropped this week in our area, and we faced the real possibility of that four letter “s” word last night. Thank goodness I didn’t see any snow this morning. Hope you’re enjoying the weather in your area.
In this week’s roundup of web development and design resources, you’ll find recommendations for what to include in your user experience portfolio, read a very interesting interview with a scholar that I hope encourages you to rethink your approach to design projects, learn how to implement the advanced controls in the WordPress Theme Customizer, and more.
If you’re interested, the photo above was taken earlier this week along the river walkway at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.
— Andrea Resmini (@resmini) November 6, 2013
- How to wow me with your UX research portfolio: Rather than just including user interfaces and personas in your portfolio, Dr. David Travis recommends you describe the research behind your deliverables and explain your approach.
- Please Participate in Our 2013 UXmatters Reader Survey: UX Matters wants to know what you’ve enjoyed reading on UX Matters and what you’d like to read in the future.
— Caroline Jarrett (@cjforms) November 7, 2013
- Explicitly State the Difference Between Options: Make distinctions between choices explicit; users can make the wrong selection when choices are implicit.
- The White Cane as Technology: If you read any article in this week’s roundup, this is the one I recommend. This interview from The Atlantic with scholar Georgina Kleege on technology, design, and disabilities made me pause and reconsider my approach to design projects. One of my favorite excerpts from the post:
I like the term “people with print disabilities,” which encompasses people with visual impairments as well as people with a wide range of cognitive processing issues—various learning disabilities—that affect the ability to process standard print material.
- It’s Hard to be Optimistic About the New DOT Web and Kiosks Regulations: The new U.S. Department of Transportation web and kiosk regulations for airlines and airport kiosks allow airlines too much time for compliance. Example: it will be 10 years before 25% of kiosks are required to be accessible.
- Disability Studies: A New Normal: Twenty years ago, the field of disability studies didn’t exist in higher education. It does now, and it’s growing.
- 10 Things You Should Do When Inheriting a WordPress Site: Good advice from WPBeginner on what to do when you inherit a WordPress site, from gathering and changing passwords, backing up the site, updating roles and permissions, and setting up a staging site.
"How does WordPress Work?" Magic.
— ipstenu (((Mika E))) (@Ipstenu) November 6, 2013
- A Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: Advanced Controls: In the seventh post in the Tuts+ Theme Customizer series, Tom McFarlin discusses how to implement advanced controls.
- Best Free WordPress Plugins for Common Website Functionality: Jake Rocheleau offers his plugin recommendations for caching, image and media management, idea management, SEO and contact forms. Check the comments for research done on caching for large and small sites.
- Breaking: New Features Selected To Merge Into WordPress 3.8 Core: The Widgets Area Chooser, Dash plugin, and MP6 are three of the features expected to be merged into WordPress 3.8 core.
- Pattern Library: The responsive application pattern library from MailChimp has been published as a reference site of their patterns, and made available for all to access. Useful info.
- Google’s Matt Cutts: Don’t Worry About An SEO Down Side To Responsive Design, There Is None: There’s no downside to SEO when you use responsive design rather than an m. site, says Matt Cutts. Page rank isn’t divided since it’s the same URL. Check out his response in this less than two-minute video.
- Submit a Resource: Want to submit a responsive resource or pattern to Brad Frost’s responsive library site? Here you go.
- Responsive Typography For WordPress Themes: Slides and video from Natalie MacLies presentation at last month’s WordCamp Seattle.
CSS and HTML
- The Four Minute Prototype: Adding Interactivity: In his second Livetyping post on HTML prototyping course for UXers, Martin Polley walks you through adding an interactive form to a responsive web page. Note: adding the interactive form will take you longer than four minutes.
- Which CSS Measurements To Use When: Find out why Dudley Storey, the author of Pro CSS3 Animation, suggests you use
remfor typography. And why you shouldn’t use
remif you need to support IE8.
- cite and blockquote – reloaded: You can now include
blockquoteelements (which always made sense to me). Check the comments for good questions on usage.
What I Found Interesting
- Freebie: Nice Things Icon Set (128 Icons, PNG + AI Source): Thanks to Chris Behr for this wonderful set of 128 original illustrations; the set comes complete with original source Illustrator file, complete with named layers.
- Learn To Search: Truth. This came out last month, but I missed it. Over 95% of the conferences I attend have a majority of male speakers. Joanne McNeil and Divya Manion share some simple steps male conference organizers can take to change that ratio.
- Free Resources for Creating a Flat Design: Great collection of resources for user interface kits, icons, web and smartphone templates, WordPress themes, and tutorials.
- Review: Lightbeam Firefox: My friend Virginia DeBolt reviews Mozilla’s new Firefox privacy add-on, Lightbeam, which allows users to see a real-time visualisation of every site visited and every third-party active on that site.