This week’s collection of resources includes a fun site for proving your CSS skills, an ethnographic study of how people use and interact in elevators, a usability case study spoof in honor of April Fools’ Day, and more.
For me, last week was an inspiring and thought-provoking time marked by the fourth TEDxUofM event. I’ve attended all four TEDxUofM events and always walk away in awe of the wonderful people and work being done in the University of Michigan community and beyond.
Favorite tweet of the week:
Main take away from #tedxuofm – Purpose can get you started, but it takes a village of allies, mentors and friends to achieve great things
— Nikki Roda (@NikkiRoda) April 6, 2013
- MetaBright Challenges: Think you know your CSS? Prove your skills with MetaBright’s CSS problems.
- Fess.me: FESS (Fat Expanded Style Sheets) will happily convert your carefully coded CSS shorthand into individual property-value pairs. Perfect if you’re paid by how many lines of CSS you create. Have fun!
- What’s the Deal With Em and Rem?: Carrie Cousins explains
rem, how they differ, and how to best use them in your responsive designs.
- hgroup removed from the HTML5 specification: Intended to represent the heading of a section, the
hgroupelement has been removed from the W3C HTML5 specification. Guidelines on how to markup subheadings with existing HTML elements are expected; check the comments for remarks from Steve Faulkner and Ian Devlin.
- Unusual Code Checker: Holmes Validates HTML, Uses CSS To Do So: Holmes, a standalone CSS stylesheet, allows you to validate your HTML. It works in all modern browsers, but hasn’t been tested in IE9. (No reference to IE 10 on the Holmes website.)
- An uplifting experience—adopting ethnography to study elevator user experience: Are you one of those people in elevators who tries to engage others in conversation? Or do you avoid all eye contact? The results from this study of how people experience and interact within elevators may surprise you.
- Becoming a Great UX Consultant, Part 2: Some Advice: Be confident in your skills, and know when to walk away when you’re not a good fit for a project.
- Mobile Usability for Cats: Essential Design Principles for Felines: Too funny. The Nielsen Norman Group had fun with their April Fools’ Day prank. For their mobile usability for cats study, Norman Nielsen recruited 16 cats as test participants to test 28 apps and 12 websites on Android, iOS and Windows devices.
- 10 Wireframing and Prototyping Tools for 2013: I’m always interested in new tools for wireframing, and this collection from Designmodo doesn’t disappoint. Have you heard of PowerMockup, which offers templates for building wireframes in PowerPoint?
- Switching to Android full-time—an experiment: Read about Marco Zehe’s experiment switching from his iPhone to Android. Quick summary: for Marco’s, a QA engineer at Mozilla who has been blind since birth, Android has a way to go to catch up with the accessibility features in iOS.
- This pinhead-sized implant could replace hearing aids: A new implant, fitted in outpatient surgery, could offer better hearing within the next year to those with severe hearing impairments.
- 10 Tech Resources for the Autism Community: This list of resources includes apps for iPad, websites, and blogs for those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
- Enabling Full Keyboard Access On The Mac: If you’re not aware, full keyboard access isn’t enabled by default in Mac OS. Mac users can choose to enable access on the fly or allow full keyboard access via the preferences in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
- Myths of Running a Theme Business: Bill Robbins dispels myths about running a theme business, including:
- It’s passive income
- If you build it, they will buy it
- You can stop client work
- 20 Awesome WordPress Themes For Charities, Churches, and Non-Profits: Along with the short summaries of each theme, check the feature comparison table at the end of this WPMU article highlighting free and premium WordPress themes for non-profits, churches and charities.
- LiveBlog: WordCamp Miami 2013: My friend Chris Wiegman is on site live blogging at this weekend’s WordCamp Miami 2013 event. Check out his updates throughout the weekend.
- WordPress Optimization Tips To Speed Up WordPress Blog: Good tips for speeding up your site from optimizing your images and database to using a CDN and compressing content. Before you use any of these tips, backup your site.
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- 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20: Looking for some helpful time management tips you can implement quickly?