July 16, 2021: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

In this week’s web design and development roundup, you’ll learn about broken filters, find out what’s new in the WordPress 5.8 release, discover how to design experiences that are accessible to everyone, 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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User Experience

  • In part 8 of the Smashing Magazine Design Patterns series, Vitaly Friedman takes a closer look at broken filters and how designers can overcome common frustrations of broken, frozen, and inaccessible filters. One key point: design for the comfortable range of options.
  • In their late 2020 benchmark of the 60 top-grossing U.S. ecommerce sites, Baymard Institute highlights the current state of homepage UX and eight common pitfalls. I wasn’t surprised to learn one of the eight common UX issues was overly aggressive and distracting ads.
  • Is it time for a new traffic light design? Art.Lebedev Studio thinks so, and offers a dazzling, 21st century traffic light makeover with their one continuous panel that provides ability to convey more information to drivers and pedestrians.
  • It’s not about increasing number of products sold or increasing number of users for your service/product, says Christian Heilmann in How many happy users did your product have this month?
    We didn’t come up with this super clever way of dealing with this ourselves. We did user research and tested various ways to work around the problem.
  • Writing a survey question? Researchers can avoid writer’s block when writing survey questions by following seven steps (and sometimes all you need are the first two).

Accessibility

  • Learn why your business should invest in digital accessibility at the July 20, 2021 The Business Case for Accessibility free webinar with a panel of global leaders, hosted by AbilityNet.
  • Employers can do more to make their hiring process smoother: let all candidates know what the hiring process is, ask if any accommodations are needed, and publish an annual report showing what progress has been made to diversity their workforce, says Wendy Lu in My Disability is Obvious in Job Interviews. Is That a Bad Thing?
  • In part 2 of Microsoft’s General Design Concepts video series, you’ll learn how to design experiences that are accessible to everyone (less than two-minute video).
  • In his The Price is Which? article, Gerardo Rodriguez discusses a common accessibility issue on ecommerce sites: how to distinguish sales price for an item vs. regular price for people using assistive technology.

WordPress

CSS and HTML

What I Found Interesting

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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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