Utility-first CSS

Reading Time: < 1 minute During dotCSS 2019, Sarah Dayan made a compelling—if, in summary a flawed argument “In Defense of Utility-First CSS”. There’s certainly room for us to reflect and also to counter with some concerns. Sarah argues that utility-first has advantages over our grooming toward semantic CSS and its enhancement with BEM CSS writing styles. These add weight […]

Animation and Keyframes

Screen grab of the environment using TextEdit alongside the browser

Reading Time: 4 minutes This was a fun hour’s project this morning. On a past web page project, I used the viewport width to move multiple backgrounds on expanding and contracting the browser window. A yacht floated serenely across the Adriatic past islands floating on the azure waters in a changing perspective – in my mind. Anyway, the client […]

To title abbr or not?

Reading Time: 4 minutes The following code snippet caught my attention when following posts by Chris Coyier and Eric Bailey diminishing objections to the abbreviation of accessibility to “a11y”. Abbreviation <abbr>a11y</abbr> There is no title=”” attribute within the abbr element. I was groomed to always include it. The Correct HTML? A little research including the WHATWG Living Standard (September, […]

Accessible Clock? Almost…

analogue clock with black face

Reading Time: 3 minutes I adapted a coded clock from W3C Schools (home of the accessible clock canvas) on the Learning Too website’s Articles page. It’s a fun piece of bling drawn into an HTML5 canvas using JavaScript. Online Tutorials YouTube channel demonstrates a lighter-weight HTML, CSS, and JavaScript clock. Both clocks lack inclusive design. Any assumption that our screen […]

Exasperations of accessible experiences

Ableism versus Accessibility

Reading Time: 4 minutes Accessibility is treated by my industry as you would treat a stone chip stuck in your vehicle’s brakes. You can hear it squealing as it grinds into your imagination of a deeply scarred disk. You cannot identify which wheel is affected from inside the comfort of the vehicle. You select reverse gear and go back […]

A Delightful Slider?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Josh Collinsworth’s Likert-based slider input styles a range of emoji in place of the usual grades. It may bring a piece of visual delight to our feedback survey forms? A measure of satisfaction and delight? The 12 emoji that display on the slider button range from, “swear I’m angry” (🤬) to “love it” (😍). The […]

Research content and information

Reading Time: 5 minutes Our latest submission covered information architecture and content as a part of Module 3, the psychology of UX. My preliminary research was included as an Appendix and is included here for (my) future reference. Research: content and information ”…You need to have a good understanding of the content before you even think of tackling the […]

An interception survey reflection

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recruiting participants for field research by “door stopping”, or interception as they perform and behave in a native environment is an opportunity to observe, enquire, and record real-world and spontaneous experiences, behaviours, and attitudes. Supporting enquiry strategies may include overt observation, surveys, and semi-structured interviews. Resulting data may be quantitative or qualitative as designed. Chisnell […]

A little research post

Reading Time: 4 minutes Research is a considered activity that aims to make an original contribution to knowledge. (Dawson, 2005). The trick to successful user research is, “to know what role user research plays, which methods of research to utilise, and how it benefits your team each step along the way.” (Hayes, 2015). Quality Triangulating popular research methods and […]

Strategy: Universal Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutes The days of the product-focused UX silo habit must be numbered? It tends to be art-directed and under resourced by well intentioned and under qualified practitioners. Universal Experience breaks free of the product silo and explores your enterprise’s existing and future business community – a World-reaching business strategy! So, what do we do? It sounds […]

Winning with WordPress?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Perhaps, “winning” is too strong a word? In any case, my relationship with WordPress ended today. I reverted to Dreamweaver. And then I felt shame. Defeat. And I can’t let the little beggar win? So, I played around (fought) and learned (broke) things, which is what I love best about challenges and bending software to […]

Assuming Fintech personas (for a low-resource project)

Reading Time: 13 minutes Building Project Personas At least two personas are required toward achieving the Module 1 project Learning Outcome 2. Students do not have the resources to conduct the full research required to create the range of personas they may desire. How do we go about building personas for a low-resource project? Caveats Our caveat is to […]

Are we learning yet? A 50 minute app design

Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s a load of ‘stuff” to do when learning–stuff. And there’s always the social stuff needed going through within any new class: Tuckman’s Storming and Forming team routines, who our tutors and our fellow students are, and where to get a brew at break time. It all starts with parking and finishes with dark thoughts […]

New to WordPress

Reading Time: 3 minutes Grumbles I don’t like WordPress (WP). It’s clearly a powerful Content Management System and very popular among non-codey types. I like that. What I find difficult is writing the standard and semantic HTML needed to provide a Universal Design (Note 1) and also, if I admit it, my own presentation preferences. For example, using the […]

Me

Reading Time: 6 minutes I love learning. I love teaching and mentoring too because I get to learn from others. We all experience learning too. It’s what makes life and our user experiences (UX) interesting, engaging and delightful. Then again, if too much learning is needed then the experience becomes a chore. A brief background My user experience (UX) […]