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
— Antonio Santos 💙 (@akwyz) November 24, 2016
- Delight and usability in the services/products you create are a delicate balance. Make sure your delightful details don’t get in the way of usability.
Delight has a shelf life, and even the most delightful details can start feeling stale after a while.
- With this useful wireframe checklist from Edric Lapniramai, you’ll stay on top of your wireframe process. Good discussion in the comments.
- Cathy Pearl takes a closer look at voice user interfaces (VUI) in this excerpt from Chapter 2 of her book Designing Voice User Interfaces.
- Would you add anything to the list?
These 4 problems I see in many designs I come across often #ux
Overuse of uppercase
Lack of whitespace
— Jitendra Vyas (@jitendravyas) November 23, 2016
- Create mockups for smartphones, tablets, and laptops easily with the free Mockuuups desktop app for Mac and Windows. Also available as a premium app ($48) with support for Sketch & Photoshop import.
- Luiz Perez shares his first impressions of VoiceOver on a MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar as he explains the buttons, gestures, and keyboard shortcuts.
- To the web professionals working on accessibility, but whose work we may not know of:
My thanks to all the unsung heroes of #a11y, designers and developers whom we never hear of but bc of their work tech is so much more usable
— Victor Tsaran (@vick08) November 24, 2016
- Did you know how a11y on Twitter came to stand for accessibility? It’s a
numeronym, a word that can be partially represented by numbers.
- The WordPress 4.7 release candidate is available. With an expected ship date of December 6, 2016, they could use your help to test it (non-production sites only!).
- Have you ever wanted to remove all comments from your WordPress blog?
- If you’re heading to WordCamp US 2017, check out ThemeIsle’s post for everything you need to know before attending.
- Learn how to price your WordPress services appropriately so you don’t undercharge for projects.
CSS and HTML
- Heydon Pickering’s post on CSS inheritance is a reminder of the power of CSS as he walks you through the cascade, inheritance, and scope. It’s a long read, but Pickering’s post is my favorite post of the week.
- Remember to create fallbacks:
— Ian Devlin (@iandevlin) November 23, 2016
- Hard to believe it’s been ten years since the first Blue Beanie Day. Now it’s more important than ever says Jeffrey Zeldman, one of the leaders in web standards.
One small thing designers and developers can do is to make accessibility and usability Job 1 on every project.
- What an easy tool to use! The SimpleCSS online tool allows you to generate media queries for specific devices.
What I Found Interesting
- I’ve used all but six of LifeHacker’s list of 50 free apps they’re thankful for. How about you?
- In-depth review of Mac vs. Windows computers as Jonathan Mosen explains why he’s saying goodbye to the Mac. It’s not for one reason, rather a combination of reasons: hardware, productivity, and accessibility.
- Did the U.S. election get you fired up to take action on a topic important to you? This infographic from Cordelia Dillon guides you through calling your representatives in government.
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