April 30, 2021: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about inclusive recruiting on UX research platforms, find out how to avoid feature creep in digital accessibility, discover why I stood up for my work, and more.

If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.

Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!

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Tweet of the Week

User Experience

  • It’s time to relearn the basics, says Gerry McGovern, as he comments on the overwhelming amount of digital content created for websites. It’s not good for the environment and it’s not good for the people who have to create and publish it. His advice: publish the website you can maintain.
  • While personas and journey maps are celebrated when they’re published, they’re often quickly abandoned. Andrew Schall offers practical advice for keeping personas and journeys engaging and relevant. Key steps: align user goals in journey maps and make personas more meaningful.
  • Another comment on personas:
  • Your product or service needs feedback from diverse and under-represented populations to make sure what you offer meets their needs. David Muñoz discusses inclusive recruiting on UX research platforms and points out the need for teams to take extra steps to make sure diverse participants are included.

Accessibility

WordPress

CSS and HTML

  • Published this week, the new Image Optimization book from Smashing Magazine is available for pre-release ordering. The 528-page book covers all things images, from performance, formats, and compression to delivery and maintenance. Congrats to everyone on the team that helped to make it happen!
  • CodePen has rolled out new team management improvements for their PRO Teams plan, with new features including multiple Team owners, a new team admin role, and name filtering.
  • Fascinating read about the fonts used on the top 1,000 websites. I was surprised to learn 14px was the median font size. Which is not easy to read on mobile devices. Did you know the majority of designers choose a larger font size rather than a heavier weight?
  • For anyone who started working on the web 20+ years ago, you’ll remember creating image maps. I sure do. But it’s been years since I’ve used it. And somehow I didn’t realize it hasn’t been deprecated. In Day 27 of their #30DaysOfHTML series, Jen Kramer and Erika Lee explain how to use map and area to create an image map.

What I Found Interesting

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About the Author

Deborah Edwards-Onoro helps small businesses, consultants, nonprofits, and higher ed with creative and distinctive websites. Deborah shares her expertise with web design, user experience, and accessibility on her blog, social media, and at meetup events. As organizer of Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress, she encourages members to share their knowledge and experiences. In her free time, you'll find her birding, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.
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