Between bots and blogging, newsrooms are getting into Slack in some very cool ways (take some inspiration and apply for a Knight-Mozilla Fellowship!). Plus more recommended reading: revisiting Cameron’s World; the joy of generalists; the finer points of faving; and one really excellent gif of cats. Read more
Whether you're just getting started on the web, or trying to pick up a new framework, Susan Robertson has a radical idea: build something that interests you. Sure, there are courses and tutorials out there to walk you through it, but a project you're actually excited about will help you solidify those skills and make them easier to recall when you need them most.
In our recommended reading this week: saying adieu to the Ada Initiative, which did so much work for conference codes of conduct and women in tech; project budget-setting (who wants to see some spreadsheets!); speaking up in the type community; and smartphones, smartwatches, and smart gifs (er, maybe we need to cool our Wet Hot American Summer binge).
That’s dead on what I’m feeling right now. I am trying to update my way of working and I often get stuck on stuff that doesn’t really matter at the beginning, like performance, best practices and architecture. You train your brain to think a certain way during years, but when it is time to change, you shouldn’t rely on it at all because it is still stuck in your old habits. For me, what works best is to let my intuition take the lead and start coding without thinking too much at first. I can review my code later on and refactor it.
Content Management Systems—can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em! If selecting and configuring the best CMS for your team’s needs leaves you feeling adrift, worry not. ALA: On Air returns on August 25 with a group of practiced professionals who will take you through customization, traditional versus “headless” CMSes, design, backend UX, and more.
Everyone talks a lot about empathy, but distilling that theory-driven talk into practices for our day-to-day work can seem daunting. Susan Robertson shows how she's been able to practice empathy for users as a developer.
This week's recommended reading list has bad news for icon fonts: we learn from Seren Davies' presentation that they present accessibility issues for people with dyslexia. Plus: our favorite tech TinyLetter, the NYSE computer glitch, an animal gif, and more.
Half of all web pages are in English, but only about 28 percent of people using the internet speak English as a first language. Fortunately, designing for non-native English speakers doesn't have to come with a huge price tag. Senongo Akpem shares three straightforward strategies for making your sites and apps more usable for non-native speakers.
You want feedback in the early stages of any project, but how can you make sure you're getting the most out of it? Anthony Colangelo recommends a five-stage feedback process to gather input from unique feedback personas every step of the way.
There are plenty of links and a minimum of one (1) gif awaiting you, as always, in this week's On Our Radar. But first, we want to talk about someone who has inspired all of us: Molly Holzschlag, an influential web standards champion and dear friend.
Going back to basics is never easy. Anthony Colangelo reminds us that sometimes the knowledge we've gained and best practices we've learned can work against us. If you're taking on something new, be ready to learn some new tricks.