In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn five tips for conducting qualitative research, find out what to avoid when backing up your WordPress site, discover a fun way to learn CSS Grid, 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
This Earth Day we need a greater sense of global responsibility based on our belonging to one human family.
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) April 22, 2017
- In his UX Matters interview, Peter Morville discusses how information architecture evolved, how UX teams often lack information architecture experience, and his upcoming strategic design workshop.
- After conducting usability testing of the new WordPress editor, Anna Harrison shared her observations and lessons learned.
You get a lot more insight from observing, and really listening…
- It’s not unusual for products to keep adding features only to discover that users get lost trying to find what they need. Avoid clutter tax; don’t let product features take priority over user experience.
- MeasuringU offers five tips in their primer for conducting successful qualitative research. First up: do you really need qualitative research?
- For all the Sketch users, you can now design with accessibility in mind with Stark, the color-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch.
- Join us for the fourth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit as our Refresh Detroit group partners with Ladies That UX Detroit for an evening of presentations by local accessibility experts.
- What do you think of when someone mentions accessibility?
Accessibility ≠ the art of the killjoy
Accessibility = the art of creative inclusivity
— Steve Faulkner (@stevefaulkner) April 24, 2017
- When it comes to making your videos accessible, most people are aware of the importance of adding captions and a transcript. But do you know what an audio description is?
- Starting with WordPress 4.8, support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 will officially end. I’m not surprised; Microsoft announced end of support for IE 8, 9, and 10 in January 2016.
- My friend Joe O’Connor shares history about free accessible WordPress themes and the progress made in the past five years. Did you know there are 134 accessible themes in the WordPress directory?
- It’s eye-opening when you delve into the details of WordPress backup services and plugins. Read the fine print to learn what exactly is being backed up.
- To follow up with the previous post, here are ten things to avoid when backing up your WordPress site. Tips 5 and 7 are critical.
- My friend Claire Brotherton takes a closer look at the benefits and disadvantages of free and premium WordPress themes.
- What a nice gift to the WordPress community from the Merrymint Designs team! A free WordCamp Asset Pack, complete with event poster, room schedule poster, nametags, welcome slides, social media banners, t-shirt designs that WordCamp organizers can customize with their own colors in Photoshop.
CSS and HTML
- Over the weekend, Joni Trythall decided to have some fun and learn CSS Grid with a new design. Follow her footsteps in Spring into CSS Grid and discover how powerful CSS Grid can be.
- First in her series on the CSS Grid Layout Specification, Rachel Andrew explains what all that stuff is at the top of the spec and key aspects to pay attention to.
- Styling focus states? Check out the new :focus-within pseudo class. It becomes active when an element has focus, or if any of its descendants do. Currently available in Firefox and Safari. Chrome 60 will have it available as a flag.
- It’s a hot topic for many designers and developers, how do you group CSS properties? Do you prefer alphabetical, group by type, or something else?
What I Found Interesting
- Announced this week, Google Classroom is now available outside the classroom. Anyone with a personal Google account can now create, teach, or attend a class in Google Classroom.
- Apple retail stores are now offering free classes for everyone. Launching worldwide in May, you can sign up for classes to learn how to code with Swift, make music or movies, and take your photography to the next level.
- Looking for a new presentation application? Here are 15 software alternatives to PowerPoint you can check out. My app of choice? Google Slides. I like that it’s operating system agnostic.
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