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My Grandfather’s Travel Logs and Other Repetitive Tasks

2017-12-15T03:01:58+00:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

My grandfather, James, was a meticulous recordkeeper. He kept handwritten journals detailing everything from his doctor visits to the daily fluctuations of stocks he owned. I only discovered this part of his life seven years after his death, when my family’s basement flooded on Christmas Eve in 2011 and we found his journals while cleaning [...]

How the Sausage Gets Made: The Hidden Work of Content

2017-12-13T03:02:08+00:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

I won an Emmy for keeping a website free of dick pics. Officially, my award certificate says I was on a team that won a 2014 Emmy for Interactive Media, Social TV Experience. The category “Social TV Experience” sounds far classier than my true contribution to the project. The award-winning Live From Space site served [...]

The Best Request Is No Request, Revisited

2017-11-29T03:01:13+00:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Over the last decade, web performance optimization has been controlled by one indisputable guideline: the best request is no request. A very humble rule, easy to interpret. Every network call for a resource eliminated improves performance. Every src attribute spared, every link element dropped. But everything has changed now that HTTP/2 is available, hasn’t it? [...]

Faux Grid Tracks

2017-11-22T03:02:32+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A little while back, there was a question posted to css-discuss: Is it possible to style the rows and columns of a [CSS] grid—the grid itself? I have an upcoming layout that uses what looks like a tic-tac-toe board—complete with the vertical and horizontal lines of said tic-tac-toe board—with text/icon in each grid cell. This [...]

Feedback That Gives Focus

2017-11-15T03:01:23+00:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

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 [...]

Planning for Accessibility

2017-11-10T03:01:52+00:00November 10th, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

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 [...]

Ten Extras for Great API Documentation

2017-11-08T03:02:04+00:00November 8th, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

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. [...]

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

2017-11-03T03:01:25+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

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 [...]