(TTFS) Time to First Smile

Page load times are important to customer happiness, and if you haven't used the Chrome User Experience Report tool yet on your website or web app, I urge you to do so. Tracking things like: Time to First Byte First Paint First Contentful Paint First Meaningful Paint Time to Interactive These are important numbers to … Continue reading (TTFS) Time to First Smile

Manuel Matuzović on Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Manuel Matuzović writes in My Accessibility Journey: What I’ve Learned So Far on A List Apart: 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. A lot of people seem to assume that a personal connection is … Continue reading Manuel Matuzović on Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Stripe Connect, Frontend Experience

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.

(Video) CSS Grid Changes Everything

If you make websites, this is must-watch TV: CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts) with Morten Rands-Hendriksen at WordCamp Europe 2017. https://youtu.be/txZq7Laz7_4   An educational and engaging presentation by @mor10 (epic pun on his Twitter handle!) that explains everything you need to know to move past float and flex and start using CSS grid today … Continue reading (Video) CSS Grid Changes Everything

Does IQ Measure Literacy?

In Paper Mark Kurlansky said something that surprised me: "IQ measures literacy, not intelligence." (View more about this book on Goodreads; I also recommend Salt and Cod by the same author.) Once I thought about this more, it rang true. If you can read well, you can typically test well, especially if the standardized test is geared … Continue reading Does IQ Measure Literacy?

Abstract, High Resolution, Listen & Learn

Have you watched Abstract on Netflix yet? World-class designers share their life and work and philosophy, which I've found fascinating. A common thread in the episodes I've watched so far is that design doesn't happen in a vacuum. In order to produce something useful and beautiful that people will love and buy, you have to engage with … Continue reading Abstract, High Resolution, Listen & Learn

Design Success Ladder: Meaningful Products

Via design.org: The UX Design Success Ladder: Achieving Meaningful Product Design. Product success envisioned as rungs of a ladder, that you climb up from the bottom: functional, usable, comfortable, delightful, meaningful. I first heard this concept last year at WordCamp Phoenix in a presentation by Ward Andrews; the article showcase examples of products or services at each level. Takeaway … Continue reading Design Success Ladder: Meaningful Products

Design for Real Life

Real life is complicated. Even after we've tested all the important user flows and polished the edges in our app or site, people still stumble. Why? Because we're humans, and because our products still have: Broken flows: transition points or interactions, like a form on a site, that aren’t working correctly. Content gaps: someone needs … Continue reading Design for Real Life

Operation Homecooked Mobile Device Lab

Tucson-based web developer nerd Daniel Bishop wanted to test sites on multiple devices at once. So, he built a thing to do that. Awesomesauce.

Building Themes With the WP REST API

Building themes with the WP REST API — must-watch recap (with video) of Jack Lenox's presentation at WordCamp London.