In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll find about the myths surrounding how to become a designer, learn about the features in this week’s WordPress 4.4 release, discover why you shouldn’t use icon fonts, and more.
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The photo in today’s post was taken last week at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What a beautiful holiday experience I had as I strolled their outside gardens strewn with brightly colored holiday lights. Add an amazing a capella concert in their conservatory to my evening. Wonderful!
Tweet of the Week
— Mel Choyce (@melchoyce) December 5, 2015
- Rookie Mistakes: The One Thing that Chases Customers Away: Don’t overlook these site functionality basics as you develop your website or application, or you’ll risk putting off your web visitors.
- How to identify your mobile audience and their needs: In the second post in the mobile-friendly website series, Andy Favell focuses on customer research methods and how they inform your project decisions.
From now on, all forms of design will be called "Wizardry." "So, are you IA or UX or IxD?" "I AM A WIZARD. I PERFORM WIZARDRY."
— Laura Klein (@lauraklein) December 7, 2015
- Myths About Good Designers: As designers, we can make our profession more inclusive by acknowledging our biases and recognizing the myths surrounding how to become a designer. Designers come from all walks of life, not only those with a formal education.
If you don’t check all the boxes, don’t let that stop you from trying.
- How Many Writers Do We Need for Our Website Project?: Avoid underestimating your content resources and delaying your project. Calculate how many writers you need for your web project with this free online calculator.
- How to Create More Accessible Content, Part 1: Copywriting: Want to make your site content more accessible? Megan Zlock has several tips including: use consistent language, don’t rely on visual indicators, write link text that makes sense out of context.
- Advocates for disabled sue Husted over voting, website problems: Ohio State Secretary of State Huston is sued for allegedly denying voters who are blind access to the state website as well as equal opportunity to vote.
If your website ignores accessibility, you're ignoring people. #a11y
— Ian Devlin (@iandevlin) December 8, 2015
- Why I’m Joining the WordPress Accessibility Team: Expanding his programming skills and helping to resolve outstanding issues are two reasons Adam Soucie is joining the team. But there’s a more personal reason.
- WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”: Released earlier this week, the WordPress 4.4 version sports a number of features people have been waiting for: responsive images, the new Twenty Sixteen theme, and WordPress post embeds. Learn more about the new features in this short two-minute video.
- WordPress 4.4 “Clifford” Featuring Responsive Images, Twenty Sixteen, and More: My friend Jeff Chandler shares more details about the new features in WordPress 4.4, explaining how the new responsive image feature works (no settings to configure), how embedding WordPress posts works (and how you can disable it), as well as describing other noteworthy changes.
Learn accessibility, and you'll help millions.#a11y
— Gary Jones (@GaryJ) December 7, 2015
- Recap: 7 Typography Rules I Wish I Knew Before Designing a Theme: My recap of Dmitry Mayorov’s presentation last week at WordCamp US 2015 highlights how focusing on seven basics of typography can improve your theme design.
- Getting Stated with the WordPress Customizer: In this CSS Tricks tutorial, Scott Fennell walks you through the steps to build the WordPress Customizer into a theme, explaining how to define your own panels, sections, and settings and more, with code examples.
CSS and HTML
- Flexbox Froggy: Want to learn how to use CSS flexbox in your web designs? Check out this fun, online game by Thomas Park.
- Native Form Elements: Find out what every HTML form element looks like in your current operating system and browser. Thanks to Ian Devlin for the tip.
— Sara Soueidan (@SaraSoueidan) December 8, 2015
- The Fall and Rise of SVG: What many people who are recently discovering the advantages of using SVG for images don’t realize is that SVG has been around since 1999. Browser wars, standards wars, and acquisitions led to SVG languishing for years.
- Caring about OpenType Features: Learn what OpenType features are, when to use them, and why they matter in this lesson from Typekit
What I Found Interesting
- Dear Data: What an interesting project! Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec embarked on a year-long analog drawing project. They decided to measure a specific type of data each week and share the drawing with each other on a postcard-size piece of paper. Via good old-fashioned mail.
- Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4 now available and free!: Finally. Adobe has made Lightroom Mobile available for Android (it was made available for iOS last October).
- This Chrome extension moves Twitter’s Moments tab back where it belongs: Not happy with Twitter’s redesign with the Moments tab taking the space where the Notifications tab used to be? Use this Chrome extension to put the Notifications tab back to its former location.
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