Are you having trouble maintaining your CSS as your project grows? Looking for recommendations for free WordPress plugins? Need usability research methods other than usability testing? This week’s collection of resources will provide you with solutions, and more. Enjoy!
- Giving Users a Quick Disguised Exit From a Website: Looking for an option for users who need to quickly hide the content they’re viewing? For example, a domestic abuse website? Chris Coyier offers his ideas in this post, and his readers share their suggestions in the numerous comments.
- W3C Shouldn’t Reinvent CSS Grids Terminology: Well-respected designer and speaker Mark Boulton argues against the W3C changing terminology.
- CSS Arrow Please!: Thanks to last week’s CSS Summit conference for sharing this online application for creating CSS arrows quickly and easily. Set your options for color, size, border color, direction the arrow will point, and the CSS is automatically created for you.
- Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS: Jonathon Snook shares his process for structuring CSS to allow for flexibility and maintainability as your project/team grows.
- Re-Introducing Canvas: Christian Heilmann’s first guest post on Facebook’s HTML5 blog focuses on some of canvas’s lesser known properties. Loved his comment about canvas…
it’s like having an Etch-a-Sketch in your page.
- How to Draw Quadratic Bézier Curves on HTML5 SVGs: In his second post on SVGs, Sitepoint’s Craig Buckler walks you through drawing bezier curves. Don’t worry if you don’t remember your high school math, Craig includes a demo page.
- Beyond Usability Testing: If your schedule and budget doen’t allow usability testing, Devan Goldstein suggests expert reviews or heuristic evaluations, lower-cost options which can be easily added to your process.
- Maintaining Consistency in Your UI Design: In this article from Design Shack, Patrick Cox discusses three types of consistency to consider in your designs:
- device guidelines and behaviors
- similar sites/applications
- within site/application
- Ethnography for User Experience, Part 3: In the last post of the series, John Payne highlights the ethnography of Occupy Wall Street, focuses on communication methods, and shares concepts from their ideation workshop.
- 7 Core Ideas About Personas And The User Experience: Jeff Sauro shares seven key items all user experience professionals should know about personas.
- Event Tracking: The Killer UX Feature in Google Analytics You Suck at Using: A quick overview on how you can implement event tracking for specific items on pages.
- Make WordPress Mobile: Just launched this weekend, this new blog is the place for contributing to WordPress mobile applications and mobile-focused parts of core. Check out their weekly development chats on Wednesdays at 15:00UTC.
- Live Notes from WordCamp San Francisco 2012: If you couldn’t attend in person, and didn’t watch the livestream, check out Brian Krogsgard‘s live notes with links to slideshows.
WP[dot]com runs 200 plugins on every page load. Never tell me “plugins” slow your site down again. Ever. #wcsf
— Brian Krogsgard (@Krogsgard) August 4, 2012
- Finely Tuned Consultant Sarah Gooding: I’ve been picking up great info and tips from Sarah’s posts on WPMU for a while. Didn’t know we had something in common: we both get 100% of our news from Twitter.
- The Absolutely Must Have Free WordPress Plugins of 2012: I have my list of favorite plugins, how about you? WordPress developer Chris Lema shares his favorite 19 plugins, grouped in seven categories. Review the list; you’re bound to find one you haven’t used before. I’m checking out Efficient Related Posts.
- How Hearing Aids Can’t Overcome Noisy Environments in Conversational Settings: Interesting commentary from The New York Times. Did you know the world is far noisier for people with hearing aids? Our ears naturally filter out noise, but a hearing aid can only be turned on and off.
- 11 Disabled Athletes Who Competed in the Olympics: Oscar Pistorius isn’t the first athlete with a disability to compete in the Olympics. Since 1904, men and women athletes from the US, South Korea, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, New Zeland, South Africa and Italy have competed in the Olympic games.
- Using Your Feedback to Make Narrator Work Better with Touch: I enjoyed reading how Microsoft developers used feedback to modify and improve Narrator… “We had a lot of fun designing and implementing these sounds!” Check the comments for more discussion from target users.
- How To Guides: Great resource from 3PlayMedia on how to add closed captions to YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, Camtasia video and more.
What I Found Interesting
- Legal Guide for Blogging: From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this basic guide for managing legal issues will be valuable for both beginner and advanced bloggers.
- Building a Global Experience Language for the BBC: Thanks BBC for sharing your style guide for web, mobile and tablets.
- Photoshop Etiquette Manifesto for Web Designers: We’ve all been there. A designer’s PSD is handed to us, with hundreds of layers and no consistent, if any, layer naming convention. Clean up your PSDs and file organization with this handy guide.
- How to Create Your Own RSS Mashup With Yahoo Pipes: With your Yahoo! account, easily create your own custom RSS feed from sources you choose.