In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover helpful tips to practice empathy in UX, learn about the role of design in accessibility, discover what it’s like to browse the web without CSS, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting some of my favorite reads for the past week about user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!
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Tweet of the Week
“Design is the rendering of intent. Anyone who renders intent is a designer.” @jmspool
— Ahad Taheraly (@plumberahad) April 26, 2019
- As UX professionals, it’s crucial that we understand the difference between sympathy and empathy. Sarah Gibbons of Nielsen Norman Group explains the difference and offers helpful tips to practice empathy in UX.
- Can you help UserZoom gather insights about enterprise user experience? Take their 2019 Enterprise UX Research survey (it only takes 10 minutes) and you’ll get a chance to win five user experience books from their list of must-read books.
- Good advice for user experience professionals.
— Sarah Doody (@sarahdoody) April 22, 2019
- I’ve used both security products in the past, so I was curious what the results were of UserZoom’s UX Battler of the Week: Kaspersky vs. F-Secure unmoderated remote study with participants using the two products on their own devices. First impressions of the home pages revealed Kaspersky was more welcoming, organized, and easy while F-Secure was viewed as more informational and helpful.
- Speaking of surveys, UX Booth shares their insights from UserTesting’s sixth annual report on customer-centric industry trends. Two takeaways that caught my attention: more than 70% of survey respondents said their company’s digital transformation failed and those companies that succeeded empowered every team and individual to own the “customer experience.”
- In his Accessibility Toronto presentation this week, The Role of Design in Accessibility, Adrian Roselli explained how designers can incorporate accessibility in their design work. Roselli recommended documenting your design decisions, and offered helpful tips for color, contrast, typography, hit targets, and instructions.
- As I’ve learned, sometimes you only need to ask about video captions.
Over the years, I’ve learned that sharing the poor video autocaptions is a powerful way to encourage video producers to caption their videos.
- When I worked at the community college, it was common to see a page using bolded paragraphs instead of HTML headings.
Code cleanup continues. Almost 6 years later I'm still replacing `<p><strong>` with appropriate HTML heading levels. It's a world of difference for people who navigate by heading level with screen readers. #a11y #WebDevLife
— Amy Carney (@click2carney) April 25, 2019
- How are national parks in the United States addressing accessibility? It goes beyond providing accessible parking lots and accessible bathrooms, says Alexandra Charitan.
It’s not only acknowledging that this community exists, but it’s giving them the means to get outside and fulfill their desire for adventure.
- Can you help? The first release candidate for WordPress 5.2 is available for download and testing. Release is scheduled for May 7, 2019; your help is needed to test the new version.
- One of the new features I’m looking forward to in WordPress 5.2: email login link to get back into the site after I get a fatal error. No more getting locked out site with WordPress 5.2. Yay!
- Dear WordPress community, have we lost our collective sanity? In 2008, Installing WordPress took 5.8MB of storage; as of December 2018, it’s now 38MB. Does that make sense for a one-page website or small 10-page website? Or a landing page?
- Is it too late to get into WordPress? No, it’s not. From its humble beginning, WordPress has matured into a powerful system for creating websites. Starting now mean you can take advantage of all the security improvements and features WordPress has to offer.
CSS and HTML
- Have you taken An Event Apart’s Survey of Web and UX Professionals? Since 2007, An Event Apart has conducted the survey to better understand our web community. (Survey is four pages long, 29 questions. Took me less than five minutes to complete.)
- Yikes! This article about Accenture’s website redesign for Hertz spread quickly throughout the design community this week. According to the article, Accenture didn’t deliver a responsive website (I’m shocked) and “…never delivered a functional website or mobile app.”
- How many times has this happened to you? (It shouldn’t!)
1. Don't put links in labels
2. Links should look like links and not like normal text pic.twitter.com/I6sii3UiqZ
— Manuel Matuzović (@mmatuzo) April 25, 2019
- It’s been a few years since I’ve tried this. Have you tried browsing the web with CSS disabled? You’ll be surprised what works (and what doesn’t).
What I Found Interesting
- Are you a Google Inbox user frustrated with the loss of features when Inbox closed earlier this month? A new Chrome browser extension brings back many of the Inbox features you loved.
- With as much time as I spend browsing on my smartphone, I’m always on the lookout for quick tips to make browsing on the web more bearable on mobile.
- Why are Uranus and Neptune so blue? NASA scientists plan to find out more about the two icy planets with their next-generation instrument, which will use new sensors and infrared channels to gather data.
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