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Accessibility Whack-a-Mole

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:35:33 +0000

WHAT do you do when an accessibility solution you’ve devised for one group creates a fresh accessibility dilemma for another group? Through the prism of typeface choice, Eleanor Ratliff relates how she and her team tackled the problem of accessibility whack-a-mole for a rebranding project.

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This year more than ever, Blue Beanie Day matters

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:47:52 +0000

AT FIRST GLANCE, November 2016 has bigger fish to fry than a small, cult holiday celebrated by web developers and designers. Each day since November 8, 2016 has brought new, and, to some of us, unimaginable challenges to the surface. Half of America is angry and terrified. The other half is angry and celebrating. At […]

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Do Not Go Gentle into that iTunes Store

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:11:25 +0000

AT HOME, sick with a cold and bored, my daughter buys a single packet of “My School Dance” in a freemium iTunes game. The manufacturer charges her (well, charges me) for ten packets. This same “accidental” 10x overcharge happens across three different games by the same manufacturer in the span of about an hour. American […]

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State of the Web: Evaluating Technology | Jeremy Keith

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:23:56 +0000

We work with technology every day. And every day it seems like there's more and more technology to understand: graphic design tools, build tools, frameworks and libraries, not to mention new HTML, CSS, and JavaScript features landing in browsers. How should we best choose which technologies to invest our time in? When we decide to weigh up the technology choices that confront us, what are the best criteria for doing that?

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Val Head: Web Animation in the Design Process

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:25:40 +0000

Val Head spoke at An Event Apart San Francisco last week. Her session, Motion In Design Systems: Animation, Style Guides, and the Design Process, led us through everything designers and developers need to make web animation work for the whole team.

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Jason Grigsby on Design Beyond Touch

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:23:18 +0000

12 LESSONS from An Event Apart San Francisco – № 4: Jason Grigsby was the 10th speaker at An Event Apart San Francisco last week. Jason’s session, Adapting to Input, presented designers and developers with a conundrum many of us hadn’t yet considered when designing for our new spectrum of web-capable devices. Responsive web design […]

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From climate change to Swedish hip hop

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:07:08 +0000

A few years ago, my Swedish friend Peyo cofounded a start-up that brought affordable solar power to rural villages in India—profoundly poor villages where, until that time, folks had relied on dirty gasoline-powered generators to get what little electricity they could. Now he is focusing his creative intelligence on the music business.

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Solve the Right Problem: Derek Featherstone on designing for extremes

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 21:46:43 +0000

12 LESSONS from An Event Apart San Francisco – № 3: Derek Featherstone was the 10th speaker at An Event Apart San Francisco, which ended Wednesday. His session, Extreme Design, showed how creating great experiences for people with disabilities results in better designs for everyone. Focusing relentlessly on accessibility helps us think of extreme scenarios […]

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Identify “stress cases” and design with compassion: Eric Meyer

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:26:15 +0000

12 LESSONS from An Event Apart San Francisco – № 2: Eric Meyer was the 11th speaker at An Event Apart San Francisco, which ended Wednesday. His session, Compassionate Design, discussed the pain that can occur when our carefully crafted websites and applications, designed to create an ideal experience for idealized users, instead collide with […]

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Measure Customer Time, Not Organization Time: Gerry McGovern

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:24:24 +0000

We need to manage speed on the page, not just the speed of the page load. Manage the customer’s time on task. We won’t become customer-centric until we change our metrics—focusing on customers’ time to complete tasks, not on internal speed, and not just on the mechanical speed of page load.

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Private Parts: unlikely advocate fights for online privacy, anonymity

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:31:14 +0000

MESMERIZED as we have been by the spectacle of the flaming garbage scow of U.S. election news, it would have been easy to miss this other narrative. But in the past few days, just as Google, AT&T, and Time-Warner were poised to turn the phrase “online privacy” into a George Carlin punchline, in marched an […]

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News of the World

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:11:06 +0000

OUR UBER DRIVER must be hard of hearing, because he plays his right-wing talk radio morning show LOUD. It’s not your erudite, intellectual morning show. It’s hosted by Morning Zoo-type personalities: braying, hyper-testicular fellows, as subtle as a Cuban tie. To illustrate some local New York story about a Hassidic synagogue, they play a nerve-shattering […]

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Spotify to music subscribers: drop dead

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:51:49 +0000

Since at least 2010, subscribers to Spotify’s paid music service have asked the company to include the ability to sort playlists alphabetically in the desktop player. It’s the sort of drop-dead obvious feature that should have been built into the player while it was still in alpha. Yet, after six years of requests by paying customers, the feature still does not exist.

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Ten Years Ago on the Web

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:02:15 +0000

2006 DOESN’T seem forever ago until I remember that we were tracking IE7 bugs, worrying about the RSS feed validator, and viewing Drupal as an accessibility-and-web-standards-positive platform, at the time. Pundits were claiming bad design was good for the web (just as some still do). Joe Clark was critiquing WCAG 2. “An Inconvenient Truth” was playing in theaters, and many folks […]

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Speaking Most Clearly When Not Speaking At All

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:47:10 +0000

Writing brain and speaking brain verbalize differently for me, I have found. I’m considered a passable conference speaker, and, from friendly conversations to client meetings, I’m rarely at a loss for words. But the ideas I’m able to articulate with my mouth are nothing, absolutely nothing, to those I can sometimes share while writing. In […]

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