In this week’s resources you’ll find an alternative to CSS resets, learn how to set up Sass in a self-contained environment, read how Marvel Comics created custom comic books for a four-year old boy who won’t wear his hearing aid, and more. Enjoy!
- Top 10 Online CSS3 Tools To Make Your Work More Easier: Button makers, patterns, animation tools, and more.
- Create a Stylish Tweet Book with jQuery and CSS: Step-by-step guide from 1stWebDesigner walks you through creating a tweet book with the Twitter API using jQuery and AJAX.
- Setting Up Sass on Windows: Louis Lazaris of Impressive Webs shares how Windows users can easily set up Sass on Windows.
- Sass on Windows with Scout App: If you’ve been looking for an easier way to work with Sass without having to install Ruby (like me), read this follow up post from Louis Lazaris on using Scout App, a free Windows and Mac native application.
- Learning to Love the Boring Bits of CSS: I was excited to read about these “boring” bits of CSS. I liked learning how to speed up page performance by loading a subset of characters when I use an icon font.
- Normalize.css: A Modern, HTML5-Ready Alternative to CSS Resets: An alternative to CSS resets, normalize.css is a small CSS file that provides cross-browser compatibility.
- Why I Became a HTML5 Co-Editor: Silvia Pfieffer discusses her new role as a member of the editorial team of the W3C HTML5 specification.
- Using the HTML5 Placeholder Attribute: The placeholder attribute allows you to include a short hint in your form fields. Learn when and how to use the placeholder attribute as well as recommendations for styling.
- New HTML5 Tutorials on Frontend Development Techniques: Focused on the intermediate HTML5 developer, you’ll find tutorials for using HTML5 video, drag and drop, cross-browser forms and more.
- UX-ceptional: 5 User Experience Infographics You Need to See: Good tips and resources in this collection of UX infographics. My two favorites are the infographics from KISSmetrics and UsabilityCounts.
- Usability Testing of Fruit: Too funny. BlinkUX takes a light-hearted look at our profession with this video of fruit usability testing.
- Brand as Context in Interaction Design: How do you react to brands? How do you feel when you read the words Nike, OxFam, Fox News or BP? This article explores how interaction designers can better understand how their work maintains the relationships brands have with consumers.
- Beautiful Button Design in Action: Examples & Tips for Creating Effective Buttons: Thank you Noupe for this collection of button design tips and examples. Blogger Pat Flynn split tested 43 variations of a button to discover which one converted best.
- The Zen of Usability Testing: Do you practice the Zen of user testing? Leave your ego at the door.
It’s a focused and selfless pursuit of understanding the needs and desires of candidates representing the millions of end users.
- WordCamp Detroit: Our WordCamp Detroit 2012 website is live! Join us October 6 at the Madison Building in downtown Detroit for a two-track day of WordPress. Submit your speaker proposal, register to attend, or volunteer to help!
- 15 Free WordPress Themes to Get You Started with Responsive Design: If you’ve been waiting to research responsive design WordPress themes, start with this post from WebDesignerDepot. Many of the themes are minimalist, but can be easily customized.
- WordPress 2-Step Verification Plugin: New security plugin which uses email as a two-factor authentication option. Easy to setup, this verification plugin works with multisite.
- WordPress 3.4: Using the New Theme Customizer: Jessica Neuman Beck, co-author of WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition steps you through how to use the new theme customizer.
- Getting Google Love for Your WordPress Site Meeting Notes: My notes from Tim Yow’s SEO presentation at the August 2012 Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup.
- Marvel Develops Comics for a 4-Year Old Who Won’t Wear His Hearing Aid: Love this story about how a mother of a deaf child writes Marvel Comics to ask if they have any comics featuring deaf super-heroes. Marvel didn’t, but created a custom-made comic book for Anthony. Not just one, but three custom-made comics books. Shout out to Tanya Snook for posting this wonderful story about Anthony’s mom and Marvel.
- Creating Products and Services That Are Simply Accessible: Jeff Parks of Johnny Holland interviews Derek Featherstone about accessibility and the need to consider accessibility throughout the creation of products and services. Accessibility is not a checklist to be completed, rather you should consider it a design tool.
- Verizon Introduces Suite of Apps for Visually Impaired: The free suite is a collection of 10 applications, featuring speech recognition, text-to-speech, and Braille output, for Android phone users (requires Android version 2.2 or higher).
- The Basics of Blog Accessibility: If you’re not sure where to start on improving accessibility on your blog posts, check out these ten quick tips from VIUS.
- What’d You Do With Your Summer? Google Intern Brings Inline Caption Editing to YouTube: Hurray! Love this new feature. Now I don’t have to edit the entire caption file. For anyone who’s done YouTube captioning (that’s me, I’ve been captioning YouTube video for several years), this is great news.
What I Found Interesting
- Protect Your Content from Being Copied in 3 Steps: Though not foolproof, Darren Rowse shares three tips to prevent your content from being copied.
- 10 Neat Image Optimization Tools You’ll Actually Need: I liked this post since it’s not just a collection of optimization tools; Justin He takes the time to give brief pros and cons of each tool.
- Email Smackdown: Outlook.com vs. Gmail: Have you moved to the new Outlook.com? Mashable reviews the two applications, guess which app won?
- Android 4.0 Cheat Sheet: Check out this quick reference sheet to learn what you can do with Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.