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Feedback That Gives Focus

2017-11-15T03:01:23+00:00

I have harbored a lifelong dislike of feedback. I didn’t like it in sixth grade when a kid on the bus told me my brand new sneakers were “too bright.” And I didn’t like it when a senior executive heard my pitch for a digital project and said, “I hate this idea.” Turns out my [...]

Feedback That Gives Focus 2017-11-15T03:01:23+00:00

Planning for Accessibility

2017-11-10T03:01:52+00:00

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 3 (“Planning for Accessibility") of Laura Kalbag's new book, Accessibility for Everyone, available now from A Book Apart.Incorporating accessibility from the beginning is almost always easier, more effective, and less expensive than making accessibility improvements as a separate project. In fact, building [...]

Planning for Accessibility 2017-11-10T03:01:52+00:00

Ten Extras for Great API Documentation

2017-11-08T03:02:04+00:00

If you manage to create amazing API documentation and ensure that developers have a positive experience implementing your API, they will sing the praises of your product. Continuously improving your API documentation is an investment, but it can have a huge impact. Great documentation builds trust, differentiates you from your competition, and provides marketing value. [...]

Ten Extras for Great API Documentation 2017-11-08T03:02:04+00:00

What the Failure of New Coke Can Teach Us About User Research And Design

2017-11-03T03:01:25+00:00

In the late 1970s, Pepsi was running behind Coca-Cola in the competition to be the leading cola. But then Pepsi discovered that in blind taste tests, people actually preferred the sweeter taste of Pepsi. To spread the word, Pepsi ran a famous advertising campaign, called the Pepsi Challenge, which showed people tasting the two brands [...]

What the Failure of New Coke Can Teach Us About User Research And Design 2017-11-03T03:01:25+00:00

Web Typography: Designing Tables to be Read, Not Looked At

2017-11-01T03:01:15+00:00

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Richard Rutter’s new book, Web Typography.Good designers spend a great deal of time sweating over typography. They agonise over typefaces, iterate through type scales and meticulously apply white space, all in the service of the reader. Then comes along a [...]

Web Typography: Designing Tables to be Read, Not Looked At 2017-11-01T03:01:15+00:00

Coding with Clarity

2017-10-27T03:01:31+00:00

Working code isn’t necessarily good code. Your code also needs to be easy to read, understand, and modify. It needs clarity, and to achieve that, it has to be organized well, with careful planning and proper separation of ideas taking place before you even open your code editor. Coding for clarity is something that separates [...]

Coding with Clarity 2017-10-27T03:01:31+00:00

The New CSS Layout, An Excerpt

2017-10-25T03:02:34+00:00

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 3 (“The New Layout”) of Rachel Andrew’s new book, The New CSS Layout, available now from A Book Apart.As we have seen, flexbox wasn’t designed for grid layouts—but this is where our newest specification is most at home. CSS Grid Layout does [...]

The New CSS Layout, An Excerpt 2017-10-25T03:02:34+00:00

The Story of CSS Grid, from Its Creators

2017-10-20T03:05:57+00:00

A note from the editors: We want to thank the Microsoft Edge team for sharing transcripts of the interviews they conducted with many of the brilliant people who have contributed to the development of CSS Grid. Those transcripts proved invaluable in compiling this history. You can watch the short video they produced from those interviews, [...]

The Story of CSS Grid, from Its Creators 2017-10-20T03:05:57+00:00