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Meeting Design

2018-03-30T03:06:19+00:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 (“The Design Constraint of All Meetings”) of Meeting Design: For Managers, Makers, and Everyone by Kevin Hoffman, available now from Two Waves. Jane is a “do it right, or I’ll do it myself ” kind of person. She leads marketing, customer [...]

Designing for Research

2018-03-21T03:06:04+00:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

If you’ve spent enough time developing for the web, this piece of feedback has landed in your inbox since time immemorial: “This photo looks blurry. Can we replace it with a better version?” Every time this feedback reaches me, I’m inclined to question it: “What about the photo looks bad to you, and can you [...]

Conversational Design

2018-03-16T03:06:20+00:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Erika Hall’s new book, Conversational Design, available now from A Book Apart. Texting is how we talk now. We talk by tapping tiny messages on touchscreens—we message using SMS via mobile data networks, or through apps like Facebook Messenger or [...]

A DIY Web Accessibility Blueprint

2018-03-14T03:05:55+00:00March 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

The summer of 2017 marked a monumental victory for the millions of Americans living with a disability. On June 13th, a Southern District of Florida Judge ruled that Winn-Dixie’s inaccessible website violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This case marks the first trial under the ADA, which was passed into law in [...]

We Write CSS Like We Did in the 90s, and Yes, It’s Silly

2018-03-07T03:05:41+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

As web developers, we marvel at technology. We enjoy the many tools that help with our work: multipurpose editors, frameworks, libraries, polyfills and shims, content management systems, preprocessors, build and deployment tools, development consoles, production monitors—the list goes on. Our delight in these tools is so strong that no one questions whether a small website [...]

Owning the Role of the Front-End Developer

2018-02-28T03:06:29+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

When I started working as a web developer in 2009, I spent most of my time crafting HTML/CSS layouts from design comps. My work was the final step of a linear process in which designers, clients, and other stakeholders made virtually all of the decisions. Whether I was working for an agency or as a [...]

Discovery on a Budget: Part II

2018-02-14T03:07:02+00:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Welcome to the second installment of the “Discovery on a Budget” series, in which we explore how to conduct effective discovery research when there is no existing data to comb through, no stakeholders to interview, and no slush fund to draw upon. In part 1 of this series, we discussed how it is helpful to [...]

My Accessibility Journey: What I’ve Learned So Far

2018-02-07T03:07:01+00:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Last year I gave a talk about CSS and accessibility at the stahlstadt.js meetup in Linz, Austria. Afterward, an attendee asked why I was interested in accessibility: Did I or someone in my life have a disability? I’m used to answering this question—to which the answer is no—because I get it all the time. A [...]