Designing for accessibility beyond compliance

Companies approach accessibility as a checklist of standards — but a client with disabilities showed me how to think beyond compliance. Source: Photo by Marcus Aurelius During my time volunteering at Neil Squire Society, and helping Hunter, a client with disabilities, be more comfortable using a computer, I learned a lot about how to better design from three… Continue reading Designing for accessibility beyond compliance

Give Your Site Some Focus! Tips for Designing Useful and Usable Focus Indicators

What Are Focus Indicators? Have you ever noticed the blue outlines that sometimes show up around buttons or form fields? What about when you click on a menu item? Have you ever tried to make those outlines disappear? Here’s a hint: by default, browsers use the :focus css pseudo class to give outlines to form… Continue reading Give Your Site Some Focus! Tips for Designing Useful and Usable Focus Indicators

Exciting New Tools for Designers, September 2021

Since school is back in session, this month’s roundup has a learning focus. In addition to tools, many of the resources include guides, tutorials, and cheat sheets to help make design work easier. Here’s what’s new for designers this month. ScrollingMockup.io ScrollingMockup.io generates high-definition, animated scrolling mockups in minutes. All you have to do is… Continue reading Exciting New Tools for Designers, September 2021

8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website Typography in Under 30 Minutes

Typography is one of the most important elements of any site, having a measurably large impact on brand and experience. So fundamental is it that making wholesale changes to your typography — opting for a new font, changing the measure, increasing leading — is complex and fraught with potential time-sinks. But there are some simple… Continue reading 8 Easy Ways to Improve Your Website Typography in Under 30 Minutes

The Latest Research for Web Designers, January 2020

One of the most powerful tools we have in web design is consumer and industry data. It’s like a gauge that tells us whether we’re still heading in the right direction or it’s time to change course and adopt a new strategy or approach. Unless you’re combing the web for the latest news and reports… Continue reading The Latest Research for Web Designers, January 2020

How Powerful Micro-Interactions Boost Your UX

Because of the sense of value users perceive from micro-interactions, they not only boost engagement, but also inspire positive feelings towards your brand, and ultimately, influence users’ actions. This article will discuss the basics of micro-interactions and how you can utilize them to enhance your UX design. What Are Micro-Interactions? In digital design, micro-interactions are… Continue reading How Powerful Micro-Interactions Boost Your UX

How to Create the Ultimate Social Media Listening Dashboard for Online Marketing

You can’t go wrong with social media marketing. Whether you’re a digital agency offering logo designs, SEO services, or even an ecommerce website, it pays to have your social media presence up and running and getting attention like a digital peacock. The only problem is, it can be challenging to pull this off with all… Continue reading How to Create the Ultimate Social Media Listening Dashboard for Online Marketing

How to Find the Best SaaS Products for your Company

Are you on the hunt for some software that will help you run your business more smoothly? Whether you’re needing something to help with payroll, project management or HR, we’re living in a time where specialty trade software is growing faster than Jack’s beanstalk. Finding a great third party tool for you business can indeed… Continue reading How to Find the Best SaaS Products for your Company

Best Practices for Displaying Form Errors

One of the most important but often neglected aspects of form design is the display of error messages. Helpful and well-designed error messages can improve the user experience, while confusing ones can lead to frustration. Learn how to get it right in our new short course, Best Practices for Displaying Form Errors. What You’ll Learn Submitting… Continue reading Best Practices for Displaying Form Errors

Top 12 Web Design Trends 2018: Space Odyssey Infographics

There’s always been a lot of fuss around web design trends. Some of them live for 2 – 3 years and fade into oblivion. Others don’t die out completely: they evolve and make a comeback in a couple of years. What’s the role of them? Why are they so important? The answer to these questions… Continue reading Top 12 Web Design Trends 2018: Space Odyssey Infographics

UX is a Process. SEO, too.

TL;DR: Most people consider the value of both UX and SEO in the same way. Instead, we need to emphasize that both are about the process and an end result, not a product or deliverable. The Internet is a crazy place. Where else can you find a whirlwind of scholarly papers one minute and an… Continue reading UX is a Process. SEO, too.

Essential design trends, December 2016

Do you ever find yourself noticing that a certain design element just keeps popping up? Even those tiny details that look somewhat insignificant can be indicators of design trends. That is particularly true with the elements in this month’s roundup. Each of these trends—white edges framing a web design, cinemagraphs and tiny loading animations—are seemingly… Continue reading Essential design trends, December 2016

4 fresh alternatives to the hamburger menu

Some say web design has become boring. Current trends and high-end techniques establish the rules for the creatives, playing a low-down trick on the community. Everyone wants to be in the mainstream, and release products that go viral; it means that a million interfaces are likely to have the same features. Of course, content can… Continue reading 4 fresh alternatives to the hamburger menu

An Interactive 3D Mall Map Concept

Advertise here via BSA Today Codrops has shared an Interactive 3D Mall Map experiment with us. The idea is to show a mall map with all its floors in perspective. Additionally, we have a search in a sidebar that allows to filter mall spaces. Once a floor is selected, we show some pins as indicators… Continue reading An Interactive 3D Mall Map Concept

Creating an iOS-like Home Screen with CoffeeScript

Today we are going to create an iOS-like home screen using CoffeeScript – a new JavaScript based language, and the jQuery library. CoffeScript has a clean syntax that lies somewhere in between Ruby and Python. If you haven’t used any of them, don’t worry – it is not required. However you will need to be… Continue reading Creating an iOS-like Home Screen with CoffeeScript