It seems late, but we’re finally seeing cooler weather this week, and some great autumn colors in the trees. One of my favorite times of the year in Michigan.
In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn about our upcoming World Usability Day event in Detroit, how users who are blind informed development of an application that allows users to access their phone without looking at it, get insights on the process for creating the responsive Entertainment Weekly site, and more.
What resources do you find most useful? Share your thoughts in the comments.
If I want to collect new ideas, I'll ask you what you think, if I am designing for you, I'll observe your behavior.
— Jonathan Lupo (@userexperience) October 11, 2013
- World Usability Day Detroit: Join me November 14 for the World Usability Day Detroit evening event, hosted by Detroit User Experience. We’re excited to have Jeff Greer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Steve Tengler of Altia, Inc. as our guest speakers speaking on healthcare: collaborating for better systems.
- Beyond usability testing: Getting a holistic view of the user experience: Amanda Nance’s slides from her presentation at Atlanta Web Design Group.
- Formal or Casual? Getting the Language Right: Have you ever been involved with a project where users demanded more formal and complex language? Here are some strategies from Georgina Laidlow on how to balance the business need to be user-friendly and users who want jargon.
— Paul Sherman (@pjsherman) October 17, 2013
- UX Week Videos: Thank you Adaptive Path for posting the UX Week 2013 videos. High quality videos; my only wish is that they were captioned.
- How Blind Smartphone Users Helped This Startup Test the Waters: Learn the backstory of how users informed the development of Fleksy, a mobile app that allows people who are blind to use their smartphone without looking at the device.
- The Value of User Research for Accessibility Evaluation: Cory Lebson shares a recent project where his client requested user research for an accessibility evaluation. His findings resulted in a process change for working with clients asking for accessibility evaluations.
it's pretty cool that a windows 8.1 phone is now accessible to the blind #a11y
— Linson Productions (@linson_prollc) October 17, 2013
- We Can’t Rely on Color: As you create your sites, keep in mind there two groups of users dealing with color on sites: those users who can’t differentiate colors and those who can’t see color at all.
- Wheelchair (In)accessible: The Story Behind an App That Maps Obstacles for the Disabled: After being diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, documentary filmmaker Jason DaSilva who now uses a wheelchair, discovered the logistical challenges of getting around New York City. He developed AXS Map, a crowdsourcing platform that allows people to rate businesses for accessibility and share the information for others.
- Responsive email design: five case studies and an infographic on how it improves engagement: Of the five case studies, the Crocs second test case was the study that interested me the most, and the one with the most data.
- Entertainment Weekly Really interesting read from Brad Frost describing the process used to create the responsive Entertainment Weekly website. Check out the other team members perspectives (Jonathon Stark and Josh Clark) of the project.
- Create a page template to show a taxonomy list.: Tutorial from Robin Cornett on creating a custom page template to list categories, or other taxonomies, for the Genesis framework.
- PressNomics Special: Latest WordPress Trends Revealed: From the PressNomics conference in Tempe, Arizona, Adrian Try recaps Helen Souness’s presentation on niches in marketplaces.
- WP Engine’s Values – What We Stand For: Love this post from WP Engine‘s new CEO Heather Brunner. What I admired most was their commitments to do the right thing, hold themselves accountable, and give back to the WordPress community.
- How to Show Different Menus to Logged in Users in WordPress: Whether you want to modify your functions.php or add code to a site-specific plugin, there’s just a few lines of code to show different menus to logged in users.
CSS and HTML
- Guidepost: Eric Meyer updates the status of the fourth edition of his CSS: The Definitive Guide. The first edition of his book, with many post-it notes and notes in the margins, was my go-to book in the early 2000’s.
So if headings make a new section, and if <section> is *supposed* to have a heading, then <section> is mostly pointless, right?
— Jared Smith (@jared_w_smith) October 17, 2013
- Interview Questions and Exercises About CSS: If you want to ensure your next new hire knows their CSS, you can’t go wrong with this set of interview questions from Chris Coyier.
What I Found Interesting
- Learning to let go: How to delegate effectively: Learning to delegate effectively takes time. Start small, set reasonable expectations, and don’t just focus on results (recognize and acknowledge efforts).
Happy Ada Lovelace day! In addition to writing the world's first algorithm, she had the best nickname: The Enchantress of Numbers.
— Kate Crawford (@katecrawford) October 15, 2013
- Fotor Makes Quick Work of Photo Editing Tasks Online: First time I’ve heard of Fotor, a free online photo editor. In addition to providing the ability to modify tone, contrast, color correction and apply filters, Fotor handles HDR processing.