A List Apart
15h00 10  décembre
Navigating the Awkward: A Framework for Design Conversations
We’ve all been there. A client or coworker shows us this amazing thing they (and maybe their entire team) have worked on for hours or weeks. They are so proud of it. It’s new or maybe it just looks new. They may or may not ask you what you think but you’re there to experience it. And your brain...
14h30 09  juillet
Webwaste
The Web is obese In 1994, there were 3,000 websites. In 2019, there were estimated to be 1.7 billion, almost one website for every three people on the planet. Not only has the number of websites exploded, the weight of each page has also skyrocketed. Between 2003 and 2019, the average webpage...
14h00 02  juillet
Connecting the Dots
Two plans: one for design, one for culture. What I’ve found is that the DNA between both dynamics must be inextricable from one another. Creating with compassion in an environment fueled by compassion means we never lose sight of what it’s all about: people. Beyond functioning in this manner...
14h00 25  juin
Mr. Roboto: Connecting with Technology
People don’t always need another human being to experience a sense of connection. The deep emotional bonds many people have with their pets proves this. (So might the popularity of the Pet Rock in the 1970s but that’s just speculation.) Even Link in The Legend of Zelda had an inanimate companion...
14h31 11  juin
Color Craft & Counterpoint: A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency
So, what is it like to be color blind and also work in the web design and development industry? I’ll answer that question throughout this article, but it’s something that’s always factored into my thoughts, given my passion for design and now my career. I wonder if having normal vision would...
14h30 11  juin
Building the Woke Web: Web Accessibility, Inclusion & Social Justice
What would your life be like without the internet? Not if it didn’t exist at all, but if you were locked out of it? Would your days be different? Unrecognizable, even? Keeping your answers to that in mind, do you think access to the internet is a human right? Do we need to be able to access it to...
14h30 21  mai
Figure It Out
Color is, without a doubt, the visual element most often misunderstood and misused. As mentioned earlier, when designing visual representations, color is often the first visual encoding that people use. It’s also quite limited to about a dozen, distinguishable colors. It’s a potent visual...
14h30 07  mai
Jobs To Be Done
In this chapter, you’ll learn about these plays: How to create a jobs-driven roadmapUsing job stories to solve specific design problemsHow to architect the structure of a solutionTesting assumptions directed by JTBD A software company I once worked for held what were called hackweeks once...
14h00 09  avril
Usability Testing for Voice Content
It’s an important time to be in voice design. Many of us are turning to voice assistants in these times, whether for comfort, recreation, or staying informed. As the interest in interfaces driven by voice continues to reach new heights around the world, so too will users’ expectations and the best...
15h30 27  février
Cross-Cultural Design
When I first traveled to Japan as an exchange student in 2001, I lived in northern Kyoto, a block from the Kitayama subway station. My first time using the train to get to my university was almost a disaster, even though it was only two subway stops away. I thought I had everything I needed to...
15h20 23  janvier
Standards for Writing Accessibly
Writing to meet WCAG2 standards can be a challenge, but it’s worthwhile. Albert Einstein, the archetypical genius and physicist, once said, Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. ...
14h30 12  décembre
Making Room for Variation
Making a brand feel unified, cohesive, and harmonious while also leaving room for experimentation is a tough balancing act. It’s one of the most challenging aspects of a design system. Graphic designer and Pentagram partner Paula Scher faced this challenge with the visual identity for the...
14h30 21  novembre
Request with Intent: Caching Strategies in the Age of PWAs
Once upon a time, we relied on browsers to handle caching for us; as developers in those days, we had very little control. But then came Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), Service Workers, and the Cache API and suddenly we have expansive power over what gets put in the cache and how it gets put there. We...
14h30 14  novembre
Responsible JavaScript: Part III
You’ve done everything you thought was possible to address your website’s JavaScript problem. You relied on the web platform where you could. You sidestepped Babel and found smaller framework alternatives. You whittled your application code down to its most streamlined form possible. Yet, things...
13h30 22  août
The Untapped Power of Vulnerability & Transparency in Content Strategy
In marketing, transparency and vulnerability are unjustly stigmatized. The words conjure illusions of being frightened, imperfect, and powerless. And for companies that shove carefully curated personas in front of users, little is more terrifying than losing control of how people perceive the brand...
13h45 08  août
An Essential Tool for Capturing Your Career Accomplishments
Imagine you’re ready to apply for your next job. Like most busy professionals, you probably haven’t updated your résumé or your portfolio since you looked for your current job. Now you need to update both, and you can’t remember what work you’ve done over the past few years. (In fact, you can...
13h45 01  août
Getting to the Heart of Digital Accessibility
Quick Think of the word developer or coder what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe a whiteish male in his twenties living in a busy metropolis, wearing a nerdy t-shirt and hoodie? Someone a bit like Mark Zuckerberg? Or maybe a younger Bill Gates or Sergey Brin? Any of the dudes...
13h30 13  juin
Responsible JavaScript: Part II
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...
13h30 06  juin
Resilient Management, An Excerpt
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...
14h30 30  mai
Daily Ethical Design
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 on futuristic...