In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to conduct stakeholder interviews, find out how to create dementia-friendly websites, discover why publishers are moving back to WordPress after using Medium, 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 articles helpful in your projects!
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Tweet of the Week
when i'm coding – i think about design
when i'm designing – i think about code
that was my mindset when i learned 10 years ago & still is
— Nicole Dominguez (@sodevious) August 7, 2017
- Stakeholder Interviews: A Step-By-Step Guide For A Successful Interview: Learn how to plan, prepare your field guide, conduct your interviews, and report your findings with this helpful guide by Sherif Amin.
- 5 provocative views on usability testing: Interesting article by David Travis, user experience strategist at UserFocus, on why five commonly held beliefs about usability testing are false.
Remote, moderated testing puts a wall between you and your users. It encourages you to look at the data first and the users second.
- A user research reading (listening/watching) list: I’m always keen on user experience reading lists, so I was glad to see this list on Steve Portigal’s site, which he shared at his talk this week for students at Center Centre.
- On design, opinions, and working with other people.
Design is not the job. Working with other people who have an opinion about design is the job.
— Tom Greever (@tomgreever) August 7, 2017
- Play Our Game To See If You Can Travel From Glasgow To London On A Typical Day As A Wheelchair User: With this online game, you can imagine the challenges a wheelchair user goes through daily trying to use public transit. It’s a long day.
- Alzheimer’s Society issues guidance on creating dementia-friendly websites: Practical tips include writing clearly and using relevant images. I was surprised with the recommendation to not use blue color for important interface elements.
- Why Automatic Captions Don’t Protect You From an ADA Lawsuit: Make sure your audio and video are captioned correctly. YouTube only averages 60 to 70 percent accuracy, and that’s dependent on how clearly people speak.
- Best Practices for Conducting an Accessibility Review: At his presentation at the Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup, Joe Welinske presented a case study of their accessibility review of the new VeriCite product, with tips for conducting an accessibility review.
- Access to sound, to people and to things: Smart hearing aids have moved beyond simply amplifying sound, they provide directional sound and spatial awareness.
- WordPress.com Business Now Supports Plugins and Third-Party Themes: In my opinion, this is the news of the week for WordPress. And a gamechanger for anyone spending $25/month or more for hosting. Host your site on WordPress.com, use custom themes and plugins, and get real-time concierge support with WordPress.com Happiness Engineers.
- Automattic’s Push into Managed WordPress and Its Potential Impacts to the Hosting Ecosystem: Wondering why the Automattic decision is a gamechanger? Tony Perez from Sucuri Security puts my thoughts into words as he discusses the impact on managed WordPress hosting. And the confusion people will have over WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
- Do You Really Need a Self-Hosted WordPress Site?: I’ve chatted with plenty of WordPress users recently, frustrated with their struggles with their WordPress site. Here’s one story and how I helped resolve their problem.
- Publishers Are Moving Back to WordPress After Short Experiments with Medium: Personally, I’m not surprised, after Medium ended their ad-driven publishing model, and didn’t notify publishers ahead of time.
CSS and HTML
- The Best Way to Implement a “Wrapper” in CSS: Kaloyan Kosev explains his method for creating a wrapper in CSS. Is it similar to yours?Do you use the terms container and wrapper interchangeably in your CSS?
- What’s your focus?
We're way too obsessed with how to write code, rather than wondering why we're writing the code in the first place.
— Adam Silver (@adambsilver) August 8, 2017
- What’s the Difference Between Sass and SCSS?: Did you know Sass refers to the preprocessor and that SCSS (which stands for for Sassy CSS) is the CSS-like syntax?
What I Found Interesting
- The Next Time You’re Thinking About Threading On Twitter, Write A Blog Post Instead: While Twitter threads are popular with many people, I agree that the user experience is poor. Make it easy for your readers: write a blog post.
- Have you been putting off starting a blog?
"One reason I encourage people to blog is that the act of doing it stretches your available vocabulary and hones a new voice." Seth Godin
— Lauren Hooker (@LaurenElizHook) August 8, 2017
- Intolerable: The memo from the Google engineer about gender and working at Google caught a lot of attention this week. Jeremy Keith explains why the thoughts shared in the memo are reprehensible and intolerable. Check his list of other articles about the memo.
- Can Your Readers Trust You With Their Time?: Though written about newspapers and information overload, I thought Thomas Baekdal’s article easily applies to what we create online:
So, offering people value for their time is now a key element.
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