- The Joy of Fortnite
- Microsoft Teams now has a green screen feature to make virtual backgrounds better
- Google Drive quietly introduced (then pulled) a file creation limit for all users
- Google Flights’ price guarantee could pay you back if your tickets get cheaper
- Harry Potter could be rebooted for the small screen
- Why do websites have so many pop-ups?
- Disney is in a land war with the state of Florida
- Song of the South’s racist legacy and Disney’s quiet reboot, explained
- How Tweetbot died (and lived again)
- Notion Quick Capture Hacks
- Why Lego Won
- Wikimapia — Putnam Hall — “Putnam Hall was the birthplace of the FatLan Lan Party.”
- Day One, Obsidian, and my months-long search for a private, personal place on the internet
- Announcing the GitHub Actions extension for VS Code
- Netlify Drop — Drag and drop websites.
- Journaling for Anxiety: How it Works and Why it Helps
- Microsoft Edge launches Workspaces test that lets you share browser tabs
- Counter-Strike 2 is getting Nvidia’s latency-reducing Reflex tech
- Microsoft’s rolling out Edge’s AI image generator to everyone
- 11 ways to power up your gaming on your PS5
- Twitter is now marking Substack links as unsafe
- The Best Clicky Switches For Your Keyboard
- The Best Mechanical Keyboard Switch for Typing!
- McDavid becomes 1st player in 27 years to surpass 150 points
- Penguins’ Sidney Crosby because 15th to 1,500 career points
- Meet the Oakland Guy Making Fun of Your Favorite California Punk Bands
Notes from my week.Continue reading Weeknotes 12.20–12.26
My links for the week.Continue reading Weekly Links 2021.04.03–2021.04.09
Highlights from my week.
Continue reading Weeknotes 2020.08.14
How many third-party scripts are loading on our web pages these days? How can we objectively measure the value of these (advertising, a/b testing, analytics, etc.) scripts—considering their impact on web performance, user experience, and business goals? We’ve learned to scrutinize content hierarchy, browser support, and page speed as part of the design and development process. Similarly, Trent will share recent experiences and explore ways to evaluate and discuss the inclusion of 3rd-party scripts.
Confusing menus and links are the number one issue people have in getting stuff done in digital. Sure, search is critical but even the best search usually only jumps you down a few levels in the navigation hierarchy. To complete your task you nearly always have to click more, and selecting the right link is where so many people get frustrated, confused and annoyed. Learn about methods to reduce confusion and increase speed and simplicity for your customers. Learn how to use evidence to uncover the core navigational mental models within people’s minds and to create intuitive interfaces based on these mental models. Learn how to apply essential navigational principles such as: Familiarity, Unity, Essentiality, and Forward-Focus.
You and your teams are doing the things that need to be done to create inclusive designs. You’ve been using meaningful, semantic markup from the get-go. You stopped using light grey on slightly darker grey text years ago. Designing and building your apps and sites in an accessible way is just how you work now—you have to try really hard to make things that don’t work with a keyboard. So, what’s next for you? How can you make sure that you’re delivering on the promise of the web by delivering an inclusive design that can be easily used by people with disabilities? In this talk, Derek will tackle the tougher problems through design approaches and practical development techniques that you need to create accessible, modern web sites.
Responsive Content Models describe all of the content types on a target site, the elements of each, and then prioritize the content type that should appear on a specific page type. They help us define the content creation, design, and user experience concepts for the new or refreshed site. This is especially important for the responsive web—because layout and user context is constantly changing, we have to make sure that content priorities are represented consistently across all platforms. In this engaging talk, Steve Fisher will show you how to find the core piece you need, prioritize for multiple devices, and sketch out the solution to your responsive-content woes.
With so much emphasis in business on artificial intelligence, automation of various kinds, and digital transformation, the future of human work — and even humanity itself — can feel uncertain. And while we often talk about user experience, customer experience, patient experience, and so on, we rarely consider what a truly integrated human experience might look and feel like. But “Tech Humanist” Kate O’Neill presents the case for why the future of humanity is in creating more meaningful, dimensional, and integrated experiences, and how emerging technologies like chatbots, wearables, IoT devices, and more can be included in this kind of human-centric design. While weaving in examples from a range of industries, applications, and even pop culture, Kate offers an inspiring and useful framework for designers, strategists, or anyone creating experiences for humans.
In this session, Luke will take a look at what we’ve learned over the past ten years of designing for the largest, most connected form of mass media on our planet. Have all the mock-ups, meetings, emails, and more we’ve created in the last decade moved us beyond desktop computing interfaces and ideas? If not, can we find inspiration to go further from looking at what’s happening in natural user interfaces and hardware design? Find out in this session from the author of Mobile First.