In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn you don’t always want to design for all the devices, find out about the latest WordPress version, discover what you can do about technical debt, 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
Inclusive design's creative magic happens where differences intersect – make room for diversity to find deeper commonality. #inclusivedesign
— jutta treviranus (@juttatrevira) December 8, 2016
- It’s not about designing for all the devices. It’s about the problems users face and the ways we can solve those problems.
- Personas, the representation of a user for our product or service, are typically based on user research and interests. But as you create them for your design projects, ensure the personas reflect real users with all their imperfections.
- Which is it, UX or UI?
UX or UI?
Or maybe UI?
Yah. Definitely UI.
No, not UI. Definitely UX.
Dammit. I don’t know.
— Jared Spool (@jmspool) December 7, 2016
- Find out what user research is all about as you explore Rosenfeld Media’s latest published book, What’s New: Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries by Steve Portigal.
- Fascinating case study on how one typography change to improve accessibility resulted in accessibility issues for others. Accessibility Whack-a-Mole anyone?
- If inclusive design isn’t about accessibility, user experience, or disabilities, what the heck is inclusive design?
In short, inclusive design means designing things for people who aren’t you, in your situation.
- It’s not magic.
— designjuju (@designjuju) December 8, 2016
- This week’s announcement from Google about expanding Chromebooks for all users makes their popular computers even more accessible. Users can more easily log in to their Chromebook by holding up a badge or using a series of pictures for their personal password.
- Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minutes piece on drive-by lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) surprised many people who saw his reporting as biased and incomplete. Lainey Feingold discusses how 60 Minutes slammed ADA and boosts Trump agenda while David Bekhour asked Anderson Cooper, what were you thinking?
- The last major WordPress version of 2016, WordPress 4.7, was released this week with the long-awaited REST API endpoints, video headers, edit shortcuts, brand new Twenty Seventeen default theme, and a slew of other features and enhancements.
- You’ll find the Twenty Seventeen theme is a change from prior default themes, with its focus on creating business sites. For example, the home page has a section-based landing page layout. Use this tutorial for customizing the Twenty Seventeen home page to get your site set up in no time.
- Learn what went on behind the scenes of Twenty Seventeen from Mel Choyce, who designed the theme. Nice shoutout to my accessibility colleague David Kennedy, who was the theme team co-leader (I finally met David in person at 2016 WordCamp US last week).
- I had a wonderful time at the second annual WordCamp US in Philadelphia last week. Catch my recap of Andrea Zoellner’s presentation on 5 newsroom tips for better website content.
CSS and HTML
- Time to celebrate! CSS Grid is coming; it will be supported by default in Chrome and Firefox in 2017. Eric Meyer explains what you need to know and shares resources for learning CSS Grid.
- Next time someone tells you HTML is not a computer language:
Subtweet: Someone who focuses on html and css IS a developer. HTML is a language it is right there in the name.
— Ada Rose Cannon (@Lady_Ada_King) December 7, 2016
- What can we do about technical debt? It’s that code or CSS you knowingly create, but due to time or resource constraints, the code is not up to your regular standards.
To that end, the most succinct example of technical debt for that audience is simply:
- Thanks to my friend Shay Howe for sharing multiple ways you can improve your HTML and CSS skills.
What I Found Interesting
- Data led to insights for the Hill Holliday company as they searched for a better search for their own website.
- Why it’s important to appreciate the small things:
- Your thoughts? Does Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 brighten up your day?
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