In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn how much time it takes to create personas, find out how to make your WordPress site more accessible, discover what it takes to deliver responsible websites, and more.
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Tweet of the Week
— May Wang (@butitjustis) October 30, 2015
- How Much Time Does It Take to Create Personas?: Results from the recent Nielsen Norman Group survey of 216 user experience professionals shows that smaller companies take less time to create personas, possibly due to fewer stakeholders with competing goals.
- Ode to a Polar Bear: To celebrate the fourth edition of the classic “polar bear book” (Information Architecture), O’Reilly is holding a contest for you to win a free gold pass to the O’Reilly Design Conference. Here’s your chance to get creative!
— Mark Dodgson (@markdodgson) October 27, 2015
- Do UX designers exist?: Michael Le argues why he believes UX design exists, but the role of UX designer doesn’t. Your thoughts?
Are we just a bunch of people who were not technical enough to be developers or not creative enough to be designers?
- Student-designed aid for the deaf converts speech to AR captions: A group of New York City teens have created a proof-of-concept model for the deaf that converts speech to augmented-reality captions.
- Something Old, Something New: Disappointed that in the two years since I’ve left working in higher education, there’s been little forward movement to implement technology policies to support students with disabilities.
In fact, only half of the respondents said their institutions have a strategic plan in place to ensure they comply with federal and state-level accessibility requirements.
— Neil Milliken (@NeilMilliken) October 24, 2015
- Blackboard Brings Virtual Collaboration to Learners with Disabilities: Blackboard, a popular learning management system used by many higher ed schools, announced accessibility improvements in its browser-based web conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate.
- Section 508 Accessibility Forum Notes – Accessibility at Google: Thanks to Tim Springer, CEO of SSB BART Group, for sharing his notes from the talk on Google’s approach for Section 508 compliance and accessibility of their products and services at last week’s 2015 Section 508 Interagency Accessibility Forum.
- WordPress SEO In Depth: Image Optimization: Nick Schäferhoff offers helpful tips and advice for optimizing images, including resources for image compression and managing OpenGraph data.
- How to Make Your Website More Accessible (And 10 WordPress Sites That are Leading the Way): In her WPMUDev post, Brenda Barron walks you through eight tips for making your site more accessible, highlights over a dozen accessible themes, shares five accessibility plugins, and showcases several accessible WordPress sites.
- Free WordPress Cache Enabler Plugin + WebP Support: The recently released Cache Enabler plugin creates static HTML files and stores them on your server.
- Test New WordPress Features Without Installing Anything via TryWPBeta: With the TryWPBeta plugin or the TryWPBeta site, users have
an opportunity to test new features without worrying about breaking the site.
CSS and HTML
- Delivering Responsibly: In his Delivering Responsibly conference talk, Scott Jehl discusses the challenges web designers and developers face in delivering fast, resilient, accessible sites. In addition, he highlights the tools and opportunities we have to create sites that respond to users’ needs and work on any device.
So rather than designing for the best case scenario, we need to design for reality, because our users live in the real world.
- 4 Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out of Google Fonts: Did you know you can request multiple fonts with a single request? Your HTTP requests are reduced, which reduces page load times.
- Guide To Using WebP Images Today: A Case Study: The smaller file size of WebP image format has attracted a lot of interest, but with poor browser support, it’s not used frequently. In their case study, Adrian James & Matt Shull talk about their experience, workarounds for browsers with no WebP support, and share their thoughts on the future of WebP image format.
What I Found Interesting
- Migrating from a MacBook to Surface Book? Microsoft is here to help: Microsoft has set up a page to help Apple MacBook users migrate to the new Surface Book laptop, complete with info about Windows 10, tips for Mac users, as well as instructions for moving files and photos.
Today's tip: Understand the problem before proposing a solution.
— Andi Galpern (@andigalpern) October 30, 2015
- Wait… Didn’t Homejoy Shut down?: What happens to your personal data when a company closes down? You might expect that the company stays true to their word when they tell you we’ll
safeguard your information.Not the case, as John Salzarulo discovered, when HomeJob shut down this summer. And another company gained access to his personal data.
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