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Responsible JavaScript: Part II

2019-06-14T03:07:10+02:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

You and the rest of the dev team lobbied enthusiastically for a total re-architecture of the company’s aging website. Your pleas were heard by management—even up to the C-suite—who gave the green light. Elated, you and the team started working with the design, copy, and IA teams. Before long, you were banging out new code. [...]

Resilient Management, An Excerpt

2019-06-07T03:05:12+02:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

In Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development, the Storming stage happens as a group begins to figure out how to work together. Previously, each person had been doing their own thing as individuals, so necessarily a few things need to be ironed out: how to collaborate, how to hit goals, how to determine priorities. Of course [...]

Daily Ethical Design

2019-05-31T03:05:41+02:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Suddenly, I realized that the people next to me might be severely impacted by my work. I was having a quick lunch in the airport. A group of flight attendants sat down at the table next to me and started to prepare for their flight. For a while now, our design team had been working [...]

2019-04-19T03:05:14+02:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Just as we need to understand our content before we can recategorize it, we need to understand the system before we try to rebuild it. Enter the structural audit: a review of the site focused solely on its menus, links, flows, and hierarchies. I know you thought we were done with audits back in Chapter [...]

2019-04-18T03:06:59+02:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

A family buys a house they can’t afford. They can’t make their monthly mortgage payments, so they borrow money from the Mob. Now they’re in debt to the bank and the Mob, live in fear of losing their home, and must do whatever their creditors tell them to do. Welcome to the internet, 2019. Buying [...]

2019-04-18T03:06:58+02:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

Accessibility can be tricky. There are plenty of conditions to take into consideration, and many technical limitations and weird exceptions that make it quite hard to master for most designers and developers. I never considered myself an accessibility expert, but I took great pride in making my projects Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliant…ish. They would [...]

2019-04-18T03:06:57+02:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

By the numbers, JavaScript is a performance liability. If the trend persists, the median page will be shipping at least 400 KB of it before too long, and that’s merely what’s transferred. Like other text-based resources, JavaScript is almost always served compressed—but that might be the only thing we’re getting consistently right in its delivery. Unfortunately, while [...]

2019-04-18T03:06:55+02:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: News, Tutorials|Tags: |

As I write this, the world is sending its thoughts and prayers to our Muslim cousins. The Christchurch act of terrorism has once again reminded the world that white supremacy’s rise is very real, that its perpetrators are no longer on the fringes of society, but centered in our holiest places of worship. People are [...]

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