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a blog of ideas, links, and musings.

Links for 2015-06-25

  • The Accessibility Cheatsheet [ – Jun 02, 2015] – We all know that accessibility is important. The problem is, it is not always clear what exactly we can do to make our sites more accessible. The Web Accessibility Initiative created some Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) targeted at us, web content developers, to create more accessible websites. The WCAG contain some very useful information, and so I decided to condense the very extensive guidelines and highlight some practical examples of what we can do to implement them and make our websites more accessible.
  • Introducing aXe by Deque! – Deque System’s aXe (The Accessibility Engine) open source library is a lightweight (~100 KB), fast, portable JavaScript library that executes automated accessibility testing inside your testing framework or browser of choice.
  • Talking with Users in a Usability Test [Nielsen Norman Group – Jan 26, 2014] – Talk less and learn more by being prepared to use 3 sound, practical techniques for interrupting or answering users while facilitating a usability test or other behavioral research study.
  • Drop Downs Should be the UI of Last Resort [Storify] – All too often mobile forms make use of drop-down menus for input when simpler, more appropriate controls would work better. Here’s a few alternatives.
  • 50 Meticulous Style Guides Every Startup Should See Before Launching [Design School – May 12, 2015] – A brand is like a machine. It’s made up of lots of little parts that work together to make the whole. When assembling this machine, if you forget a part, or screw it in incorrectly, you risk the machine not working, or worse – breaking all together. So, when assembling your brand-machine, one way to avoid breaking it before you begin is to follow the handbook. It’s just one of the ways you can make design easier in your workplace creating a simple booklet that catalogues the specific colours, type, logos, imagery, patterns, taglines, etc. of your brand. Having all of these tiny details recorded and defined allows for you to maintain your brand and make sure your machine runs smoothly, with all parts intact. If you’re designing for your startup or small business, it’s easy to get caught up in the commotion and let your style guide go by the wayside. To prove why you shouldn’t, we’re going to take a look at 50 stunning and detailed examples of style guides that are sure to encourage you to begin compiling your own!
  • Story Map – Design story [Medium – Aug 1, 2014] – A story map is a new type of design document that shows the big idea of your product experience at a glance. A good story map is your golden ticket to unify your team, secure executive support, and help you find a way to ship. Halfway between a storyboard and a treasure map, it bundles the value and functional flow of your product with the delight people might feel at each step in your product. It sketches the UX flow without locking it down, and it delivers the gist of an idea and the emotional gestalt without prematurely belaboring the details.