Flags Are Not For Languages

Why flags do not represent languages. A blog about designing global user experiences: beyond language, location & culture. Via Dominik Schilling.

Testing for Web Accessibility in 60 Seconds

You want to make your website more accessible, but you don’t know where to start. David Kennedy can help.

Responsive Footnotes

I love web design like this. Both beautiful and useful: footnotes in context so you can read and return without leaving your current place in the text. Two examples—that work in desktop down to mobile—from Upstatement: NPR Code Switch and the newly redesigned Harvard Law Review. Hat tip: Jack Lenox.

Unicorn

Unicorn is the newly minted Unified Validator from W3C. One-stop shop for CSS, HTML, and RSS feed validation.

Top 10 Lists vs. Web Craftsmanship

Are you the type of person who loves to read Top 10 lists, and then link them up on Twitter ad nauseam? Do you love Smashing Magazine and the tuts+ network (psdtuts, nettuts, …)? If so, this post is for you. My latest pet peeve involves people who post and share links to web design … Continue reading Top 10 Lists vs. Web Craftsmanship

Google's Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

I recently came across a wonderfully rich resource on search engine optimization (SEO) called Google’s Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide. Originally written by Google for their internal teams, they decided to generalize the recommendations so that it would be useful to any website author or owner. Access the guide from Google’s SEO page, or download … Continue reading Google's Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

Tucson's Web Design and Development Scene Is on Fire

There is a lot of excitement right now in the Tucson web design and development scene. Tucson Digital Arts Community is rocking the house with monthly workshops, local companies like Bookmans are innovating with their agile web development and engaging user-centric website, and there is a buzz of energy around getting together, sharing ideas and … Continue reading Tucson's Web Design and Development Scene Is on Fire

Site Testing With Alkaline and Load Impact

I came across two new (to me) tools today for testing websites, Alkaline and Load Impact. Alkaline is a new Mac application from Litmus that allows you to “tests your website designs across 17 different Windows browsers right from your Mac desktop.” It works as a standalone app, or with Coda and TextMate using plugins. … Continue reading Site Testing With Alkaline and Load Impact

ChangeOrder: The User is Out

ChangeOrder: The User is Out is an insightful take on why designers shouldn’t be called on to speak for users. Instead, ask the users themselves. Of course, it is a bonus when you are your own client—if you use your own product, then you can answer user experience questions from both a professional and a … Continue reading ChangeOrder: The User is Out

Discouraging Image Theft

Recently I received a question from a colleague regarding image theft and how to prevent it. The sad truth is that you can’t. There are techniques to discourage downloading and reuse of your preciously-crafted images, but they generally aren’t 100% effective or user-friendly for your normal site visitors. The reality of unwanted image downloads is … Continue reading Discouraging Image Theft