One of my 2012 goals is posting a weekly resource article on web design and user experience. Last year I started a weekly resource post, but didn’t manage to maintain it. So I’m going to give it another try. Hope you find the resources useful.
Wish me luck!
- Seven things still missing from CSS: Excellent post from open web evangelist and web standards advocate Molly Holzschlag. Despite the advances seen in CSS over the years, we’re still missing basic options and have accepted concepts that force us to use kludges.
- Fullscreen Background Image Slideshow with CSS3: Pretty amazing CSS animations; check the comments for suggestions for improving speed and code.
- Introducing the New Cursor Styles in CSS3: Wow. I had no idea there were so many new cursor styles in CSS3. Did you know you can create your own cursor graphic?
- An In Depth Analysis of HTML5 Multimedia and Accessibility: Good tutorial on improving accessibility in HTML5 multimedia with a focus on WebVTT.
- PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0: Published this week by the W3C, 23 techniques for improving the accessibility of PDFs.
- Wayfinding: Writing for Accessibility: Tips on crafting accessible content, using the Transport for London website as an example.
- 25 Things to Do After Installing Your WordPress Blog: If you don’t have a checklist for what to do after you install your WordPress blog, start with this list.
- Why You Shouldn’t Use Plugins: No tool is all-in-one. Plugins bring functionality and features that make it easier for you to maintain and upgrade your site in the future.
- Common Website Usability Mistakes: The worst thing to do is to ask someone to
take a lookat your just released website. Want answers? Ask these specific questions.
- 20 Free eBooks You Need to Design an Outstanding User Experience: So glad these are available as eBooks, I have many of them on my bookshelves. Now you can download them for free. Get your pick from books by Jenifer Tidwell, Shawn Henry, Mark Boulton, and more.
- Customer Experience vs. User Experience: Leisa Reichelt recommends user experience practitioners could benefit from understanding the structure as well as the discipline and business focus that customer experience professionals bring.
- How to Write a Great User Experience Resume: Include the basics, list your skills (wireframes, personas, HTML/CSS,) and list your projects with URLs.
- It’s Complex to Make a Product Simple: A reminder to keep it simple for users, they shouldn’t be aware of the complexities behind the services and products we build.
What I Found Interesting
- What Journalists Need to Know About SOPA: Confused about what SOPA means? Good article explaining SOPA.
- SOPA vs. PIPA vs. OPEN: Excellent chart showing the differences between the three proposed US bills on Internet privacy.
- Dropbox Automator: Automate your Dropbox with the many different features Dropbox Automator provides. Save your Word document to Dropbox and have it automatically converted to PDF. Upload a photo to Dropbox and have it automatically uploaded to Flickr. And many more options.