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  • 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.

  • Design Tools: What Are You Using?

    by ALA Staff · · 3 Comments

    The tools we use as designers are changing rapidly. With responses from thousands of designers around the world, Khoi Vinh's recent survey showcases some surprising trends in the new (and old-school) tools we use for brainstorming, interface design, version control, and many other aspects of our work.

  • Mentoring Junior Designers

    by Senongo Akpem · · 4 Comments

    Mentorship isn't magic; training doesn't just happen. You need a clear process in place to train junior team members and give them the skills they need to grow. Senongo Akpem shares his process for asking questions and tailoring projects to match a team member's abilities.

  • On Our Radar: Faux-Naïve

    by ALA Staff ·

    On our radar these days: Google rebrands. A web animation expert refuses to speak at your conference if it doesn’t have a code of conduct. Preload hints can help you load your web fonts faster. A new site launches that hopes to bridge the gender gap in communication design. Your weekend reading awaits!

  • On Our Radar: Pretty Advanced Machine Learning

    by ALA Staff · · 1 Comment

    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.

  • Building to Learn

    by Susan Robertson · · 1 Comment

    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.

  • On Our Radar: Continued Change

    by ALA Staff ·

    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).

  • Love Your CMS. (No, Really!)

    by Eileen Webb ·

    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.

  • Developing Empathy

    by Susan Robertson · · 1 Comment

    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.

  • On Our Radar: Four-and-a-Horse Stars

    by ALA Staff ·

    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.

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