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  • Career Consultation with Dr. Web—Live

    by Rose Weisburd ·

    Your career is alive, complex, and trying to grow in the right direction—but finding that path can be confusing. When you don’t know what you don’t know, or need just a nudge to kickstart your next step, a healthy dose of guidance can do the trick. In a live Q&A this December, Jeffrey Zeldman brings “Ask Dr. Web” to ALA events, answering viewer questions in real time with cohost Sarah Parmenter.

  • Using Roleplay to Prepare Design Managers

    by Senongo Akpem · · 3 Comments

    Practice makes perfect, but how do you help your team practice difficult conversations? Senongo Akpem shows how roleplay can help new managers learn useful techniques and gain confidence for those tough discussions ahead.

  • URLs Beyond the Web

    by Anthony Colangelo · · 6 Comments

    As the newest operating systems for Android and iOS enable deep-linking directly into third-party apps, Anthony Colangelo sees an expanding definition of “the web” and an opportunity to better serve our users.

  • It’s Time We #FEDtalk

    by Mat Marquis · · 4 Comments

    One person focuses on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Another writes JavaScript tests all day. And they both have the same job title: front-end developer. Mat Marquis talks about why that’s okay, and introduces our latest event, “The State of Front-End Dev”.

  • Writing to Think

    by Susan Robertson · · 11 Comments

    It's true, writing about your work can be tough. Putting your thoughts out there for everyone to see—and comment on—can be intimidating. But, as Susan Robertson shows, it's a great way to clarify your thinking on tough problems, and can lead to new opportunities in the process.

  • On Our Radar: Each Button, a Special Snowflake

    by ALA Staff · · 1 Comment

    What grabbed our attention this week? We’re glad you asked. We’re digging the new design standards being shared by 18F and USDS; reading up on accessibility in design (and the notorious PDF!); learning to run better meetings; noodling around with responsive typefaces; and championing better ways to read the comments. Also, somebody likes raccoons. We think. We think that's what they meant.

  • Evaluating Ideas

    by Eileen Webb · · 3 Comments

    Your team came up with all those great ideas for the website, but how do you sort through them all and decide what to include? Eileen Webb shares her framework for evaluating ideas and encouraging teams to focus on the ideas that actually meet their goals.

  • On Our Radar: A Nation of Makers

    by ALA Staff ·

    What the ALA staff has found around the web lately: how we can support Ahmed Mohamed and other young makers; reading the comments (no, really!) on the Coral Project; a plain-language guide to Amazon developer tools; the life and times of a type design legend; icon fonts vs. SVGs, revisited; learning to think first, challenge later; and a robot riding a unicorn (come on, who doesn’t need to see that?).

  • Stop Cringing and Embrace the Unknown

    by Susan Robertson · · 7 Comments

    We all have those moments when we're asked to do something new and we cringe. It's tempting to just stick with what we know, but pushing through those moments of uncertainty is how we learn.

  • More Resources for Accessible Animations

    by Val Head · · 1 Comment

    Earlier this week, we learned about designing safe animations for those living with motion sensitivity. Today, Val Head shares additional resources for creating more accessible animations.

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