The 2018 Design in Tech Report from John Maeda is alive and kicking (I'm late to sharing this as it debuted at SxSW in March.) This year's deck places a strong focus on inclusive design and artificial intelligence. Computers aren’t good at inclusion. They’re good at exclusion, because they’re only based on past data. The … Continue reading 2018 Design in Tech Report
Question: "How are things going, both in perception and reality?" This topic comes up a lot for me lately. As I dig into a reply I find myself grappling with a significant gap. I know there's bound to be a distance between perception and reality, yet often I don't know how something is perceived because … Continue reading Perception Versus Reality
I have a hiring heuristic called ABCDEF, which stands for: agility, brains, communication, drive, empathy and fit. For gatekeepers, I’ve found agility is the most important attribute. To test it, I ask them: ‘Tell me a best practice from your way of working.’ Then I ask: ‘Tell me a situation where that best practice would … Continue reading Agile Thinkers Know When a Best Practice Isn’t Best
You can build something that the cool kids love. You can build something that the bystanders love. Or you can build a cult favorite. Best to do it on purpose. Via Seth Godin's new podcast, Akimbo.
This is day 7 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list. "Solve for one, extend to many" is a key principle of inclusive design which I learned from Kat Holmes and her work with Microsoft. Via fellow WordPresser Leo … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 7/15: Roku and the 10-Foot Rule
Here are the top 5 posts on this site — as measured by your visits and likes — published in December 2017 and January 2018. Gutenberg is the Next-Generation Engine for WordPress The Real Reason People Won’t Change TOA (Thoughts on Acronyms) Radical Renewal 2017 Daily Reads: Dalio and Drucker What else interests you? I'd love to hear … Continue reading Top 5 Recent Sensible Leader Posts, and What’s Up Next
Yet another way to contribute! Remember this 20-piece WordPress contribution chart with the tester Easter Egg? Even though testing is growing stronger in WordPress core with each release, it's still mostly manual — usability, visual regression, accessibility, and beta testing with real sites before launch. Now the tide is turning a bit more toward automation. I'm beyond thrilled … Continue reading Tide: Automated Testing for WordPress Plugins and Themes
Connect: behind the front-end experience is an extraordinary frontend engineering knowledge drop from Stripe's design team — how they built engaging landing pages with next-generation technologies like CSS 3D, CSS Grid, and the Web Animations API — including the (new to me) Intersection Observer API to detect the visibility of an element. A must-read. Via Twitter / johnmaeda.
Laura Sorensen — the talented designer behind Atelier LKS (and my first cousin) — explains why Squarespace might not be a great for fit for your website in 10 Reasons to Choose WordPress Over Squarespace. First of all, their templates virtually require high-end photos to not look odd or underwhelming. Some Squarespace sites are gorgeous, but you … Continue reading If You Love Being Limited
A modern-day baseball anthropologist, Doug Glanville is a former Major Leaguer whose activism and advocacy for social justice is as inspiring to me as his incredible talent as a writer and journalist. For years I've enjoyed his essays and reporting on sports, society, and life from The New York Times to ESPN to The Atlantic to … Continue reading Inspired by Doug Glanville’s Triple Threat: Baseball, Journalism, and Social Justice