In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to get a free preview of
The Polar Bear book, find out what accessibility improvements Microsoft has planned for 2016, discover how to
clean house after Internet Explorer, and more.
If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post with some of my favorite resources from the past week about user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML.
Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!
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Tweet of the Week
Sometimes you've got to be strong, firm & fearless—you have to evenly say what you should have already said. It's not mean, it's real. #done
— Stephanie Rewis (@stefsull) February 18, 2016
- Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond, 4th edition: Celebrate World Information Architecture Day 2016 (February 20 this year) with a free preview of
The Polar Bear book, Information Architecture, by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and Jorge Arango.
Simplify, simplify, simplify. Because you almost never get it right the first or even second time.
— Joshua Porter (@bokardo) February 15, 2016
- Why are some of the ugliest sites on the Web also the most popular?: What make a design ugly? If websites allow users to find the info they need, accomplish what they want to do, have fast performance, and good legibility, are they ugly designs?
- 7 Tips for Delighting Users With Great UX: Create a user experience that allows users to easily understand, navigate, and interact with your website using these tips. Key takeaways: make it personal, use established design patterns, and keep animations and interactions simple.
- Summary: How to Apply WCAG 2.0 to Mobile Devices: My friend Virginia DeBolt compiled a helpful series of four posts explaining how the guidelines and principles of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 apply to mobile devices.
- Google Cardboard helps a woman see for the first time in 8 years: A woman who suffers from Stargadt disease, a form of vision loss that causes photoreceptors in the retina to die, was able to see for the first time in eight years, with the help of Google Cardboard and the free Near Sighted VR Augmented Aid Android app.
That "accessibility for all" Stevie Wonder mentioned last night? That means your website/app, too.
— Sarah Bourne (@sarahebourne) February 16, 2016
- Useless Accessibility: Karl Groves and Billy Gregory are back to discuss real world accessibility features, ones you and I have seen in our everyday life, and wonder, what in the world?
- Making Microsoft products more accessible: Our path forward: Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie lays out Microsoft’s goals for 2016, including improving Microsoft Edge built-in Narrator and Magnifier technologies, creating accessible content from any device in Office 365, and enhancing the High Contast Mode experience in apps.
- Critical Security Vulnerability Discovered in Elegant Themes Products: If you currently use any Elegant Themes products, or have used them in the past, check this post for a description of the vulnerability and how to patch it. Note: Elegant Themes is providing free updates to all expired accounts through its updater plugin.
- 9 Best Heatmap Tools and Plugins for Your WordPress Site: To learn how users are interacting with your website, you’ll want to add heat maps to discover where users click, look, and scroll. I only knew of three in this list from WPBeginner, so I’ll be checking out the others.
- Why You Can’t Accept a WordPress.com Invite and How to Fix It: At our Metro Detroit WordPress meetup last week, one of our members couldn’t accept the WordPress.com invitation to post on our meetup blog. Here’s what I discovered about WordPress.com invitations.
- Should You Have Comments On Your Blog?: I don’t think there’s one answer for everyone, but I do agree with the author that answering comments on your blog will set you apart from other companies with a blog.
CSS and HTML
- A Quick Overview of ‘object-fit’ and ‘object-position’: Get more control over the content inside
object-positionCSS properties. I haven’t used these CSS properties before, I like that
object-fitallows you to preserve the image’s aspect ratio.
My day: CSS attribute selectors are fun! I'm not even being sarcastic this time 😄
— Maura Teal (like the color 🎨) (@mlteal) February 17, 2016
I personally think that people who are skilled at frontend design are in a great position to help bridge the divide between the design and development worlds.
- Cleaning House after Internet Explorer: With Microsoft ending support for old versions of Internet Explorer last month, you’ll want to look at your website visitors browser usage and consider how to streamline your code and CSS.
What I Found Interesting
- Outlook.com—out of preview and better than ever: I admit it, I left Outlook years ago, moved to Gmail, and never looked back. But this week’s update of Outlook has me reconsidering. You can tag someone in a conversation in an email, use Skype video or chat right in Outlook, and directly edit documents.
People don’t visit your website to see your gorgeous branding or engaging video. They just want to get the information they need and get out
— Mark Greenfield (@markgr) February 19, 2016
- How a Fiverr design can cost you $500: Sites like Fiverr.com are tempting when you want to outsource a job and get it done inexpensively. But even when you find someone with excellent reviews and a great looking portfolio, you may not get what you paid for.
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