In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn 8 tips for conducting user interviews over the phone, find an updated guide for maintaining content in WordPress, discover a tool to generate CSS Grid markup, 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.
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Tweet of the Week
Show, don’t tell
Work with not for your users
Find the truth, tell the truth
— Dana Chisnell (@danachis) May 30, 2019
- Gather useful and and insightful information with these 8 tips for conducting user interviews over the phone from Ashlea McKay. My favorites: tips 4, 6, and 8.
- According to a recent study of how emotion impacts creativity, this 30-second trick can make anyone more creative.
The reason it works is because empathizing, or thinking about someone in an emotional way, leads you to more cognitive flexibility.”
- Microcopy has improved over the years to be more user-friendly. You would not have seen this wording 5-10 years ago.
"Do you want to install the updates now or try tonight?"
— Chris Messina 🏴☠️ (@chrismessina) May 30, 2019
- When it comes to usability vs. desirability, usability is the minimum requirement for user experience. Desirability is what distinguishes your product or service above others, what makes it stand out and memorable to users.
- Marco Zehe updated his accessibility review of Slack, one he originally published in 2016. The good news? After hiring a product manager and engineer in 2016, many accessibility issues with Slack have been resolved.
As stated above, Slack accessibility is no longer a barrier to entry or evolvement at any job or university.
- The new Getting Started with Web Accessibility site from Salesforce helps you learn what web accessibility is and how you can create accessible website. While the site is focused on Salesforce, the accessibility basics and coding for basics modules are helpful for everyone.
- From Steve Krug, the author of Don’t Make Me Think:
"The one argument for #accessibility that doesn't get made nearly often enough is how extraordinarily better it makes some peoples lives. How many opportunities do we have to just dramatically improve peoples lives just by doing our job a little better?" Steve Krug #A11y pic.twitter.com/yCij8m6zAx
— Hassell Inclusion (@HassellInc) May 28, 2019
- It’s not up to her to request accessibility accommodations, says Mel Chua in her chat about speech input and captions as a Deaf individual on A11yRules.
Just make it accessible by default.
- Easy WP Guide 5.2 is now available, updated with new screenshots and features from the WordPress 5.2 release. It’s one of my favorite WordPress resources for people who manage content on their WordPress site.
- Nice shoutout by Bruce Lawson on using Local by Flywheel to clone a live WordPress site to work on locally.
- Have you heard this week’s Drunken UX episode? They chat with Rachel Cherry about the results of the WordPress 5.0 accessibility audit WPCampus had conducted by Tenon.
- On its third birthday, learn how the Elementor page builder has impacted WordPress. Why do I like Elementor? Because it doesn’t use shortcodes; you’re not locked into their code like other page builders. To celebrate their birthday, Elementor is offering a 25% off discount through June 4, 2019.
CSS and HTML
- What a great tool by Sarah Edo for generating CSS Grid markup. You set the numbers and units of your columns and rows and the tool will generate the CSS grid. Drag within the boxes to place divs with the grid.
- A focus on web performance at your company can only be maintained over time if your organization has these seven common characteristics of a strong performance culture, says Tim Kadlec.
- Need a break from work or whatever? Take a few minutes to play this game of Tic-Tac-Toe, created in CSS.
What I Found Interesting
- In her Prioritizing article on CSS Tricks, Sarah Edo explains how she organizes and prioritizes her time. Two key takeaways for me: know yourself and prioritize based on your energy levels.
- Starting July 1, 2019, Google will implement mobile first indexing by default on all new domains.
- Whoa. Given Google’s decision to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users, I predict many people will be switching to another browser. What about you?
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