In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn what to do when asked for your UX salary expectations in an interview, find a call for speakers for an inclusive design conference, discover a list of Gutenberg blocks for your WordPress site, 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
Having a clear process that everyone respects is how we get things done as fast as possible. We aren't spending a lot of time or energy on debating how to go about the process. We just get on with it. It helps us when we disagree. It helps us when we are stuck.
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) June 13, 2019
- Over the years, I’ve read dozens of articles about the difference between customer experience and user experience. I like Kim Flaherty’s explanation in their Nielsen Norman group article,
Whether you use the term “UX” or “CX” is not important, because they basically mean the same thing if you have the “correct” interpretation of the terms
- Excellent tips and advice from Joe Natoli on what to do when you’re asked for your UX salary expectations during an interview.
- It’s been a while since I shared a UX win, where I highlight an organization that does something that shows they’ve kept the customer/user top of mind. This week I give a shoutout to Olga’s Kitchen and their feedback survey.
- It’s the tagging system fans use that keeps the almost 5 million fanworks of Archive of Our Own organized and running smoothly. As J.J. Garrett tweeted, Wired did a great job highlighting the successful information architecture project. Unfortunately, Wired didn’t mention the information architecture field.
The good news is that Wired published a whole story profiling a successful work of information architecture.
The bad news is that it does not in any way acknowledge the existence of the field. https://t.co/KzykOz4o3P
— Jesse James Garrett (@jjg) June 13, 2019
- In this week’s post in the #TakeFiveWith series, Zeineb interviews digital accessibility specialist and London Accessibility leader Andy Ronksley, who discusses his work, what motivates him, and plans for the future.
- Filling out an online form should be straightforward. Cues for what is needed and what format should be clearly evident, as Raghavendra Peri describes in the anatomy of accessible forms: required form fields.
- If you missed it, London Accessibility published the livestream of this month’s meetup featuring Gian Wild on the accessibility of social media and Robin Spinks on the augmented reality tool EYEWARE.
- Have you submitted your presentation? Call for speakers is open for the free Inclusive Design 24 conference on October 10, 2019. Submissions are due July 14, 2019.
- Did you know WordPress has a 60.8% market share in the CMS market? And that it powers powers 14.7% of the world’s top websites? Find out more fascinating and interesting facts about WordPress in this post by Maddy Osman.
- Oops! WordPress VIP outage caused sites to display a potted succulent, when the sites reverted to the default Twenty Seventeen theme temporarily.
- Excellent resource for everyone interested in learning about Gutenberg blocks, my friend Claire Brotherton has compiled a full list of WordPress blocks and how you can add more. Definitely a post worth bookmarking!
- Shoutout to Jason Stallings and my friend Chris Wiegman for the beta release of the WP Engine DevKit, a local development environment Chris has been working on since starting at WP Engine in 2018.
CSS and HTML
- Is it time to leave it behind? Do you see the CSS background-image property as an anti-pattern, as Andrew Welch argues?
- If you’re not careful, the properties you set with flexbox and grid can impact the visual order of content, putting it at odds with the DOM order for content. Which affects content re-ordering and accessibility.
- Agreed. There should be a proces.
I believe new HTML elements should go through a standards process, be debated by multiple parties (not one), be useful to most websites (pave the cowpaths), and be written in language that makes sense for HTML, especially for folks who don’t speak English well.
So no on this. https://t.co/FzlgwLV770
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) June 13, 2019
- What do you think are the reasons why most developers fear CSS? Is it trying to understand the cascade, specificity, or past experiences with poor communication with designers?
What I Found Interesting
- Something special you can do for an upcoming family celebration: record yourself reading your kid’s favorite books. Or have friends or family members record themselves reading a favorite book. Hearing their voice reading a story always brings smiles.
- Giving a presentation soon? Check out these 6 do’s and don’ts to take your slides to the next level, courtesy of TED. One of my favorite tips: include a blank slide to provide a pause. But don’t use a white blank slide (people will think something is broken).
- Do you use Google Photos? Google announced that they’re changing how Google Photos and Google Drive work together. Or don’t.
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