In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, 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
instead of saying,
"the software was not made accessible,"
"the software isn't accessible because the developers did not code it properly."#a11y
— Rogue 👻 Bigham (@jeffbigham) October 3, 2019
- How do you summarize a collection of qualitative observations in user research? Maria Rosala of Nielsen Norman Group recommends using thematic analysis, which involves discovering significant themes in your findings.
- One of my favorite resources for e-commerce UX research! Congrats to Baymard Institute on their tenth anniversary. Which of their staff-picked 15 articles is your favorite?
- Looking for user experience and web professional events in southeast Michigan? Check out my October 2019 calendar of events.
- Keep people, objects, location, and interactions components in mind as you learn the eight common methods and best practices for prototyping.
- The National Federation of the Blind and Mattel have teamed up to create the first Braille version of the popular UNO game. Learn to play with Audible or printable Braille instructions at UNO Braille.
- Mark your calendars for next week! Inclusive Design 24 returns October 10, 2019 for a full day (24 hours) of sessions about accessibility and inclusive design. Did I mention it’s free?
- Deque announced Axe Pro, a beta version (currently free upgrade) of their popular web accessibility browser extension. Axe Pro offers extended features and intelligent guided tests.
- Best practices for improving game accessibility:
— Game UX Summit (@GameUX_Summit) October 2, 2019
- It’s best to build in accessibility from the start of your web project. Otherwise, you’re facing a huge cost of ignoring accessibility when designing your site.
- Wonderful to see Anariel Design themes included in Kinsta’s WordPress for Nonprofits: Best Themes, Plugins, and Tools post. I’ve been a fan of their themes for several years, used one on the Canton Goodfellows website several years ago.
- You’re invited to join us for our October 15, 2019 West Metro Detroit WordPress quarterly WordPress Q & workshop. Get your questions answered and help fellow WordPress users with their sites at our casual meetup.
- Sad news for users of the Edit Flow plugin, a commonly used editorial collaboration plugin. Automattic has discontinued active development on the plugin. Publish Press is the only alternative with similar features.
- Learn more about WooCommerce at the free virtual two-day WooSesh conference on October 9-10, 2019. The conference has a range of topics for developers and agencies as well as people creating online stories without code.
CSS and HTML
- What a great collection of videos on web design and development, tools, and techniques from Mozilla! Short and to the point, more videos are planned to be released in the upcoming weeks. I enjoyed this video on bulleted lists and markers.
- I love this solution for a masonry layout for photos. Create an adaptive photo layout with flexbox using a basic unordered list with flexbox. This is a more elegant solution than many WordPress plugins I’ve seen.
- I hadn’t thought of it that way.
— hey don't (@heydonworks) October 4, 2019
- Fascinating read as Michele Barker explains how to build a scrapbook layout with CSS Grid.
What I Found Interesting
- Providing thoughtful, specific, actionable, and timely feedback goes far in being a great client.
- What about you, do you agree with Sara?
Looking at a design is one thing; coding it is another. I learn a LOT about design from every single project I work on.
Possibly the number one thing I’ve learned over the years from all of them is to not be afraid of (adding more) white space. ✨
— Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan) October 3, 2019
- Brighten up you week (or weekend) with these incredible images of Mars, taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission. Check out Mars’ north pole and the wispy clouds above it.
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