In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn the importance of informed consent for your user research, find a one-day virtual web accessibility conference, discover how to design a custom apartment and have a 3D printer create it, 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
— Hugo Giraudel (@HugoGiraudel) May 2, 2017
- The best customer journey is the journey a customer defines, not the journey the organization wants the customer to take, says Gerry McGovern.
Great customer journey design always begins with knowing the journey the customer wants to go on.
- Interesting to read this usability case study of Meetup, an online service I use to plan and organize events for meetup groups. Personally, I’ve learn to avoid the the mobile Meetup app in the past few years, due to poor user experience.
- Jared Spool speaking about usability and security at this week’s UX Immersion: Interactions event:
— Jesse Taggert (@jtag) May 2, 2017
- Informed consent is fundamental to conducting user research to make sure our research doesn’t impose risks to our research participants.
- You can learn a lot from a usability study with a large number of participants. But there are advantages to conducting several small usability studies, says Jakob Nielsen in this two-minute video where he explains the differences between large and small studies.
- Took me by surprise! One of the most talked about news items in web accessibility this week was the acquisition of The Paciello Group by global accessibility services provider VFO, home of Freedom Scientific® and AI Squared. VFO will now be able to offer end-to-end premiere accessibility solutions for enterprise.
- Find out how the live feature of Microsoft Translator can assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing in this video conversation with Marlee Matlin.
- Congrats to this year’s Nominees for Knowbility’s Heroes of Accessibility. I was glad to see so many people in the accessibility community honored for their achievements. Can’t wait to read the announcement of the winners!
- Basics for using ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) in your web projects:
3 Rules for ARIA Use:
-use semantic HTML first
-don't change native semantics
-interactive controls must be usable w/ keyboard#a11y
— Amy Carney (@click2carney) May 3, 2017
- Looking to increase your accessibility knowledge? One of my favorite events, Environments for Humans AccessU Summit, returns on May 18 with its virtual conference on digital accessibility techniques and policies.
- A WordPress developer builds a site with Squarespace and is delighted with the outcome. Fred Meyer discusses what web developers need to know in the WordPress vs. Squarespace debate:
Overall, using Squarespace was fun like few other experiences of creating on the web have been. I didn’t want to stop.
- This year’s WooConf (conference for WooCommerce users) in Seattle, Washington on October 19-20, 2017 will focus on developers. Speaker submissions are open now and early bird tickets can be bought for $499 until July 1, 2017.
- Catch up with the latest StudioPress Genesis news in This Week in Genesis (April 30, 2017 edition) where you’ll learn about Genesis 2.5, find out how to build a sales page, and discover how to filter posts by categories using FacetWP in Genesis.
- Looking for ways to create your WordPress posts in less time? Try any, or all, of these seven tips to save time writing your blog posts. I love Grammarly, but I noticed the extension impacted performance, causing lags in screen display.
- For National Small Business Week, Jetpack is highlighting the features of their service, kicking off with a post about their 165 free themes. Nice treat for WordPress users: a 20 percent one-time discount on all their paid subscriptions. This is the first time I’ve seen Jetpack offer a discount!
CSS and HTML
- Learn the basics of a CSS ruleset from Chris Coyier as he explains the components of a ruleset: selector, property, value, and declaration block.
- What strategies do you use to tackle render blocking CSS? Maria Antonietta Perna presents several approaches, including media types/media queries, lazy loading stylesheets, preloading, and inlining CSS.
- You’ll find the latest news on the CSS Working Group, official news and browser implementations, interoperability and web compatibility issues in Rachel Andrew’s list of what’s happening in CSS. Thank you, Rachel!
- If you’re a designer beginning your first responsive web design project, this helpful guide from 1stWebDesigner will get you started with the key areas: flexible grid, flexible images and media queries. Check out their list of resources at the end of the article.
What I Found Interesting
- Looking for a new laptop with a beautiful design, fabric-covered keyboard, and long battery life? The new Microsoft Surface Laptop may fit your bill. Announced this week at the Microsoft EDU event in New York City, the laptop goes on sale June 15 for $999.
- Like many others this week, I received email invitations to edit a file in Google Docs. I didn’t open the message or click the link, but others who did were caught up in the latest sophisticated phishing scam. Google shut down the application. If you were affected, do a Google Security Checkup.
- Imagine designing your own custom apartment and having a giant 3D printer print it out. That’s what Haseef Rafiei, a student at the Manchester School of Architecture, has created with his Pod Vending Machine. I’ll take mine with light blue walls, please.
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