In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to find more usability problems with fewer users, find out how to set up SSL using Cloudflare, discover a toolkit for creating your own accessible Facebook Live videos, 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 resources helpful in your projects!
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Tweet of the Week
It's a good feeling when you reattempt to fix old bugs and discover that you're a more competent developer than when you last tried.
— John Blackbourn 🇪🇺 (@johnbillion) September 6, 2017
- How to find more usability problems with fewer users: One way to increase your chances of finding more usability problems, without having more participants, is by asking each participant to do more tasks, says David Trask.
- UX in Africa: My friend Carol Smith shares highlights from her trip to Uganda, part of her work with the IBM Health Corps, where she led a workshop on user research and usability testing at the new Nariobi Design Institute.
- Have you ever felt this way?
I want to be rich so I can be the fairy UX godperson who fixes (for free) all the #ux problems in the world! SO annoyed by bad design. 🤕
— Sarah Doody (@sarahdoody) September 6, 2017
- September 2017 User Experience and Web Professionals Events: Find out what UX and web professionals events are happening in southeast Michigan and northwest Detroit in my monthly calendar.
- Content calendars – the why, the what, and the how: Learn what a content calendar can manage and tools/templates/frameworks you can use to manage it in this useful post from Hilary Marsh.
- Accessibility 101: An Ingredient in the Recipe, Not an Addition for Afterwards: If you’re a manager or someone new to digital accessibility, this month’s Great Lakes ADA Center free webinar on September 21 is a great way to learn about basic accessibility issues as well as the laws that apply.
- After 46 Years, Mattel Redesigned Uno For Color-Blind People: Only available on the Mattel website, the new version uses the ColorADD standard to make the game more friendly to people with colorblindness.
- Accessibility is for everyone.
— TactileVisionGraphic (@TactileGraphics) September 7, 2017
- Accessibility Toolkit for Facebook Live: With this helpful toolkit from Minnesota IT Services, you can create your own accessible Facebook Live videos.
- Colorblind Accessibility on the Web: Fail and Success Cases: In recognition of Colorblind Awareness Day this week, Hampus Sethfors offers examples of design that can help or hinder users who are colorblind. Common offenders: diagrams, infographics, and pie charts.
- GeneratePress Review – Best WordPress Theme I’ve Found in 10 Years: Brian Jackson found GeneratePress to be lightweight, fast, responsive, and versatile with tons of hooks and filters. I’ve only discovered GeneratePress recently, have to say I’m impressed.
I was blown away and am now moving all my sites to GeneratePress.
- Stop the Presses: Gutenberg is What WordPress Needs, but It Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough: In his WPShout post, Fred Meyer answers the question, What do WordPress users want? Meyer offers predictions and recommendations about the Gutenberg project. I have to agree with Fred. In it’s current state, Gutenberg isn’t delivering what WordPress users want in a content editor.
- Research Usability of the WordPress Admin: If you’re a developer of WordPress plugins, can you help Monique Dubbleman with her research on the usability of the WordPress admin? Fill out this 19-question survey (it’s fast!) on Google Docs.
- Jetpack 5.3 Adds PHP 7.1 Compatibility, Better Control for WordAds Placement: The latest version of Jetpack provides PHP 7.1 compatibility, more options for Jetpack Premium and Professional plans to control how ads are displayed, and adds back the filter for Widget Visibility (that was previously accidentally removed).
CSS and HTML
- Two ways to break CSS Grid and how to fix it: Dave Rupert explains how impelementations of overflow-x elements and form elements broke CSS Grid and how he fixed the issues.
- Switching Your Site to HTTPS on a Shoestring Budget: Did you know you can switch your site to HTTPs using the free Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate option in Cloudflare? And it’s free?
- New A List Apart wants you!: Hard to believe it’s been 20 years! In recognition of its upcoming 20th anniversary, A List Apart is returning to its roots. They want to hear from readers and are offering opportunities to create or join a team on a topic or area that you’re interested in.
- The fr unite replaces percentages in most cases when using grid layout.
— HJ Chen (@hj_chen) September 7, 2017
- Little UI Details, in HTML and CSS: Improve your design by providing a better user experience with these tips from Steve Schoger. And be sure to check color contrast!
What I Found Interesting
- Twitter’s Night Mode feature comes to desktop: Select your profile photo, then choose Night Mode (last option, has a moon icon)Nice to have this feature on desktop Twitter!
- For the love of God, please tell me what your company does: I agree 100 percent! Who hasn’t visited a website, and had no idea what the company does? Tell people who you are and what you do on your home page.
- Not a developer or designer? Here’s how you can give back to the tools you use.
Contribute to docs of the tools you use. They often need the most work and benefit everyone.
— Luke Pettway (@LukePettway) September 7, 2017
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