In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to include stories in your portfolio presentation, find out what accessibility improvements Apple announced this week, discover productivity tips for managing browser tabs, 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
"The best designs (besides nature) are survival designs. A plane is a survival design: it either flies properly or it will presently kill its crew & passengers. Survival designs are the best for the simple reason that the user's life is riding on their performance." – G. Nelson
— Scott Berkun (@berkun) June 6, 2019
- In her article Why designing for delight doesn’t always work, Jennifer Derome recommends you shift to designing for your customer by understanding your customers’ emotional context and testing messages with customers before launch to make sure the message isn’t misinterpreted.
- Telling a story through your portfolio presentation in an interview makes you stand out from other candidates. Explain your role, your responsibilities, and the challenges you faced in your story.
- Looking to attend some user experience and web professional events this month in southeast Michigan? Check out my June 2019 calendar of events.
- The User Experience Professionals Association wants your feedback on their International Members Survey, even if you’re not a member. Take their survey (it took me less than 10 minutes) and share your thoughts about the annual conference and UXPA International.
- At last week’s Web Accessibility Summit, my friend Michael Fienen spoke about the challenges higher education institutions (and everyone else) face in providing podcast transcripts in a timely fashion. In this 43-minute video, he shares his story and offers useful tips and advice on improving the transcription process.
- Similar to the WebAIM Million, a study of 100 top nonprofits in the United States this year by WebAIM revealed web accessibility among nonprofits has a lot of room for improvement. Of the 100 pages reviewed, 98 had detectable issues.
- Using CSS Grid can make it easier for you to create your web designs. But you’ll want to avoid introducing accessibility issues when you use Grid and reorder content, potentially impacting the logical order of content.
- The accessibility community was abuzz this week with announcements made during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Learn about the improvements in Apple Voice Control and other accessibility features in this interview with Sarah Herrlinger, director of Apple’s Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives.
- Automattic has adopted Alex Mills’ plugins, a collection of 17 plugins, including the well-known Regenerate Thumbnails plugin. A longtime WordPress developer, Mills died of leukemia earlier this year.
- The news that Joost de Valk was stepping down from their WordPress marketing lead role took the WordPress community by surprise. It’s been less than five months since he took on the role.
- Our next West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup is Tuesday, June 18th, where we’ll be discussing accessibility in WordPress, specifically Gutenberg (the new block editor). Will I see you there?
- With the release of Jetpack 7.4 this week, you’ll find a new Business Hours block as well as improvements to the Slideshow, Carousel, Tiled Galleries, and Sharing features.
- Adelina Țucă takes a deep dive into image optimization in WordPress as she describes the various methods you can use to improve images.
CSS and HTML
- Do you find CSS difficult to understand? You need the right mindset for CSS, says Max Böck. A few things to remember: everything is a rectangle, the cascade is your friend, shorthand notation can be more powerful than you intend.
- Shoutout to my friend Christopher Schmitt!
This week I joined the @CSSWG. I was formally trained as a print designer but gravitated to the web due in large part to CSS. It's an understatement to say that the work done @CSSWG has had a significant impact on my career. Hope to make meaningful contributions where I’m able.
— The Internet’s Christopher Schmitt (@teleject) June 6, 2019
- Did you know CSS subgrid is available now in Firefox Nightly? It’s not available in other browsers. Check out this Mozilla article with Rachel Andrew explaining what subgrid is and how it works.
- Whoa. This is so useful for those times when you can’t puzzle out why your CSS isn’t working on an element.
Did you see the latest @FirefoxDevTools awesome feature 🔥?
It's helping you see why a CSS property has no effect.
— Nicolas CHEVOBBE (@nicolaschevobbe) June 4, 2019
What I Found Interesting
- Default settings matter. Starting this week, everyone who installs the Firefox browser for the first time will have Enhanced Tracking Protection on by default. For existing users, it will be rolled out in the coming months.
- Can you imagine an eight-way tie for the Scripps National Spelling Bee? It seems the spelling bee ran out of challenging words. Congrats to all the winners!
- How many browser tabs do you usually have open? As one of my friends said, a better question to ask is how many browser tabs don’t you have open? My husband can’t understand how anyone can have more than five tabs open. Me? I’ve set a goal to stay below 10 tabs.
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