Welcome to the weekly roundup of resources for web design and development. Each week I gather some of my favorite resources I’ve learned about from Twitter and the blogs I read, and compile them in my weekly resource post.
In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn eight tips for presenting your work to executives, find out how to reverse the circle of mistrust from users, discover how to make your responsive website load faster, and more.
I’m at WordCamp Columbus this weekend, learning more about working with WordPress. I’ll also be sharing what I know tomorrow when I speak about how to improve accessibility in your WordPress sites.
Wow – hit a site that not only had auto-play video, but the video shorted out all the rich navigation. Goodbye forever.
— Dr. Pete Meyers (@dr_pete) July 31, 2014
- Presenting Your Work to Executives: 8 Tips for UX Designers: I think every designer has war stories to share about presenting design ideas to executives. Stef Miller shares her recommendations on how you can improve your next presentation, starting with reminding people why they are there, the goal of the project, and what they will see.
— Christina Li (@chrissy0118) August 1, 2014
- What We Can Learn From the Five Principles of Designing for Kids: My recap of Deb Gelman’s webinar on Designing for Kids focuses on what we can learn from designing for kids in our work designing for adults.
- Reversing a circle of mistrust: The team behind the Gov.uk site explain the steps they took to build trust with users filling out forms. Good recommendation: make form fields mandatory, or don’t include the form fields.
- How to be a keyboard accessibility super hero: Derek Featherstone shares three simple tips to quickly improve the keyboard accessibility of your website or web application.
- An Alphabet of Accessibility Issues: This post by Anne has to be my favorite post of the week. Anne has written 26 use cases that highlight why creating accessible websites for everyone is important.
We just know that when it’s our turn to be one of the twenty-six, we will want the web to work.
- Throwing Down the Gauntlet: John Foliot challenges well-known conference organizers to caption their videos, before publishing the videos online.
- UC Berkeley researchers develop technology to correct screens for visual impairments: Fascinating technology being developed at UC Berkeley that can change images pixel by pixel to adjust for specific visual aberrations that causes the eye to see blurred/distorted image.
- Understanding and Working with Data in WordPress: In the introduction to her working with the WordPress database series, Rachel McCollin discusses content types in WordPress, the database structure, and linking content to database tables.
- Two Plugins to Track Changes on A WordPress Site: When clients work on WordPress websites, there are times when some file gets changed or a setting is modified, and you need to troubleshoot. These two plugins will help you track down what steps the client took.
- Helpful Tips for Documenting WordPress Themes: Sarah Gooding interviews Chip Bennett, who leads the WordPress.org Theme Review Team, about best practices for documenting WordPress themes.
- WordCamp San Francisco Is Not Just Another WordCamp: Should WordCamp San Francisco be renamed to something else, to convey how different it is from locally run WordCamps? Eric Mann raised the question on his site, and Jeff Chandler carried on the conversation on WP Tavern. Your thoughts?
- RWD Bloat Part II: Dave Rupert shares his step-by-step guide to make his personal website faster in this second post on web performance. First step: use Normalize instead of CSS.reset.
— Paul J. Adam (@pauljadam) July 31, 2014
- How we make RWD sites load fast as heck: The Filament Group discusses their approach for improving performance on their website: you don’t need to compromise your responsive design layout in order to have websites load quickly.
CSS and HTML
- CSS Triggers: Paul Lewis has published a helpful reference for determining whether changing any given CSS property triggers layout, paint, or composite.
- 5 Essential Elements of a Successful 404 Error Page: Creating a functional and fun 404 page isn’t mutually exclusive, says Rob Bowen. But make sure you provide a way for the user to get the information they’re seeking.
What I Found Interesting
- Track your competition: Five apps for gathering business intelligence: Want to stay current with news in your industry, or track what your competition is doing? These five free apps can help.
- 16 Places to Find Free Photos: Each week I’m pleasantly surprised to learn about another online site with collections of free photos, available for public use. Magdeleine and Im Free are two sites new to me.