In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn what museums are doing to improve the user experience, find out how to select a WordPress theme when you’re visually impaired, discover how HTTPs works from a comic, 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
— jeana (@jeana_with_a_j) August 28, 2019
- Fascinating post from Conxa Rodà highlighting the practices museums are implementing—mobile, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence—to improve the experience and connect with museum visitors.
- From managing payments to offering geo-location features, online banks need to improve their user experience to attract and retain customers.
- Why we need to design with the people who use our products and services.
We must take on the complexity ourselves, to make it simpler and simpler for the customer.
— zeldman (@zeldman) August 28, 2019
- This collection of design failures will have you wondering, what were the designers thinking? My personal favorite: the escalator to nowhere.
- For accessibility advocates or accessibility meetup organizers in Europe, the first Accessibility Club Summit will be held November 16-17, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. This looks like a great event!
- In his beginner’s guide to ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) markup, Nick Schäferhoff explains what ARIA is, when you should use it, when it’s not needed, and how it improves the accessibility of a website.
- If you missed this week’s livestream of the Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup, check out my takeaways of the panel discussion with Marcy Sutton and Derek Featherstone.
- How are SEO and accessibility related? When you optimize for search, you optimize for usability. And when people with disabilities can engage with your usable site, you now have the potential to reach
up to 1 billion users that your inaccessible search competitors can’t engage.
- Interesting report from WPTavern on the new Top 50 WP website that ranks plugins by downloads each day. Many of the expected plugins make the top 10-15 in the list. I’m disappointed that a pop-up plugin is the number one downloaded plugin.
- Whether you’re updating files or adding new features to a site, you should always test on a staging site or development site first. Avoid updating a live site.
- My friend Amanda Rush has some helpful tips on choosing a WordPress theme when you’re visually impaired.
Make a list of things that are essential in a theme, then nice-to-haves, and then, once ready to grow, decide on budget for hiring out the visual work of site building/design.
- If you’re a fan of the Twenty Seventeen theme and want to customize it, check out Claire Brotherton’s post How to Big Up Your Theme with Options for Twenty Seventeen. She walks you through many of the 100+ customization options in the plugin.
CSS and HTML
- In his talk this week at An Event Apart Chicago, Jason Grigsby explained how you can make your forms disappear, by reducing the number of form fields, using the correct HTML, and looking for ways to replace forms with biometrics.
- When is a web design done?
“The person writing the CSS is finishing the design.” – @jensimmons
Like it or not, until a web design is in code it’s not finished. Getting both devs and designers to understand new css layouts and share a lexicon is imperative to successful design.
— Adam Sedwick (@AdamSedwick) August 27, 2019
- For anyone who’s been designing sites for more than 15 years, doesn’t faster image loading with embedded image previews remind you of old low-src image coding we did in the late 1990’s?
- This is cool! Discover how you can rotate the cursor with CSS.
What I Found Interesting
- It’s not only marketers that overuse happy words. We all do. Personally, I don’t see that changing soon. They’re part of our vocabulary. Your thoughts?
- This comic about how https works makes it a lot easier to understand.
- With Apple loosening their policies, iPhone users now have another option for repairing their phones. This is wonderful news!
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