In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to make your mobile apps more usable and intuitive, find out how and when to use custom post types, discover how to create a web application with only HTML and CSS, 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
Your career should look like this:
— Tom Greever (@tomgreever) May 16, 2017
- Low hanging fruit, design improvements that can be made easily or quickly, can make your mobile app more useful and intuitive. Nick Babich shares seven UX low-hanging fruit design tips to help you create better mobile user experiences.
- Not one, but two collections of prototyping tools this week to help you design your website or application. UX Design has a collection of 62 tools with short descriptions of each tool. The Coding Sans collection of 20 mockup tools offers details about main features and cost for each tool.
- Hiring a writer for your design team can help you solve design problems with words.
Every product has an amazing story to tell. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a writer who could help tell your story?
- What’s your goal? Without a goal, it’s impossible to measure performance or user experience, says Aurora Harley. Find out how to translate UX goals into analytics measurement plans.
- Be aware of accessibility, instead of only thinking it’s a good idea, says Whitney Quesenbery in her two-minute video for Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
- While written for teachers, these 10 tips to make your classroom more accessible are useful for everyone. Did you know Skype makes live content accessible to all, with options to automatically transcribe and translate conversations?
- Thanks to my friend Claire Brotherton for publishing her notes from UserVision’s breakfast briefing for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Translating Good Design into Great Accessibility.
- My friend Molly Holzschlag has a recommendation for keeping the web open and free:
— molly e. holzschlag (@mholzschlag) May 18, 2017
- According to the 2017 State of Captioning report from 3Play Media, a survey of 1,400+ people, 36 percent of organizations caption all of their video content. How about you?
- It’s been released! The first beta version of the WordPress 4.8 is now available. Download and test out the improved visual editor experience as well as the new widgets. (Personally, I’m excited about trying out the enhancement to the text widget which offers visual editing.)
- If you’re a beginner with WordPress, learning how and when to use custom post types can be frustrating. Colin Newcomer makes them easier to understand with his step-by-step guide on how to create and display a custom post type on WordPress.
- Do you use the Avada theme on your website? Update immediately, a security vulerability has been discovered for versions prior to 5.1.5 (releases prior to April 4, 2017).
- Non-developers will find this post helpful: find out what the WordPress REST API is all about in easy-to-understand language.
CSS and HTML
- Imagine using only HTML and CSS (no programming code) to create content-editable elements on a website. And using similar methods to create a web application. Impossible, you might think. No, it’s something you can do today with Mavo.
- I like this quick CSS Grid tip from Jen Simmons.
#CSSGridTipoftheDay Let go of idea that your grid framework effects every part of the page. A CSS Grid only effects one element + children.
— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) May 16, 2017
- How do you know when to use
em, or some other size unit for your CSS properties? Asha Laxmi walks you through the various CSS size units, explaining their usage, how they affect the element’s
font-sizewith code examples.
- I couldn’t attend this week, but I’m grateful that An Event Apart published a post with speakers’ articles, links, and tools from An Event Apart Boston 2017. Great resource!
What I Found Interesting
- Feedback is not an option, but getting negative feedback is challenging. It’s up to you to find the positive in negative feedback and
encourage clients to frame their feedback around the project goals.
I would like to ban “utilize” from the English language
— Dana Chisnell (@danachis) May 16, 2017
- Nice! With the new tailored post feature from Buffer, you can customize your post for each social media platform.
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