In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to build usability testing into everything you do, find out what’s new in WordPress 4.8, discover the different ways you can use viewport units, 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
INNOVATION = create the vision
LEADERSHIP = communicate the vision
MANAGEMENT = execute the vision
— Alex Osterwalder (@AlexOsterwalder) June 5, 2017
- How can you make usability testing happen? Make it an ongoing part of your project, not a separate line item, says Paul Boag in how to build usability testing into everything you do.
- By 2020, artificial intelligence is expected to be a $20 billion industry. Applications will push the principles of user-centric design further, using intuitiveness and usability to serve a user’s functional and emotional needs.
Design will be less about delivering on a user’s request, and more about responding to the needs they haven’t expressed yet.”.
- Measure success of your content at the page level. Make sure your content meets the needs of your users, said Sarah Richards in her Content ROI: Defining and measuring success presentation at Confab Central 2017 this week. Check out her slides.
- Want to start a user experience writing process for your team? This checklist from a Google I/O 2017 UX writers talk on product strategy, best practices, and voice will get you started down the right path.
- Happening today, hope you’re able to attend some of the 24 free livestreamed sessions of the fourth annual Inclusive Design 24 online accessibility event. Each session lasts one hour, includes live captions and live chat with the presenter.
- With the Chrome Dev Tools Audit tab, you can run an accessibility audit without downloading any extensions or turning to command line. Learn more about the Audit tab in Jess Lee’s post, Accessibility audits are fun!
- When there’s no site content, it can be tricky to conduct accessibility reviews of WordPress themes, says Joe Dolson, as he explains issues with background images, subtle focus states, navigation, and landmarks.
- Nice! The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) updated their Web Accessibility Laws and Policies list for countries around the world with the latest info.
- WordPress 4.8 “Evans” was released with new features and bug fixes. Users will enjoy the new widget enhancements: Image Widget, Visual Editor for Text Widget, Audio Widget, and Video Widget. Personally, I’m excited about the expanded width of the Customizer!
- Jetpack 5.0 was also released this week, with speed improvements, compatibility for WordPress 4.8, several bug fixes, and better stability.
- It’s a busy week for releases! WP Rocket released their 2.1 version with a revamped dashboard, new caching features, and other enhancements.
- Great tips for keeping your WordPress website running smoothly and quickly, from the perspective of a web host. Good advice about ad networks and third party services: keep them to a minimum or pay the price with slower site performance.
CSS and HTML
- Things I learned this week: you can use viewport units for font-size, positioning, margins, padding, shadows, border, and more. Discover how to have fun with viewport units.
- CSS variables don’t need to be declared only in the :root—they can be declared at any point in the CSS file. Read or listen to locally scoped CSS variables: what, how, and why by Una Kravets.
- Beautiful. Have you seen CSS-Doodle, a web component for drawing patterns with CSS?
- The floating labels debate continues as Matt Smith, the author of the floating labels design many people use, responds to Adam Silver’s floating labels are problematic post. Check the comments for Adam’s reply.
What I Found Interesting
- What tools do you use in your web design and development work? Jeffrey Zeldman shared the tools he uses in the first post of the An Event Apart series, “The Tools We Use.” I use several of the same tools, but one of my favorites that’s not on his list is Nimbus.
- Happy birthday!
A very happy birthday to Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, who turns 62 today. pic.twitter.com/MTwB5UqnFk
— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) June 8, 2017
- Apple’s annual developer conference this week had great news for both developers and consumers: seven laptop updates, a new iMac Pro desktop computer, new iPad, and HomePod, the new home smart speaker
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