Articles

Cross-Cultural Design

How much consideration have you given to how the text of your site is rendered when it’s localized? Do you consider whether your webfonts load in China? How dense your paragraphs appear in Korean? How your buttons grow (or shrink) in Japanese? Senongo Akpem covers all this and more in this excerpt from Cross-Cultural Design.

Standards for Writing Accessibly

In this excerpt from Writing Is Designing, Michael J. Metts and Andy Welfle discuss critical accessibility considerations for content authors, including reading order, references to additional content, and instructions.

Making Room for Variation

Design systems exist to bring unity, cohesion, and harmony to our designs. That said, the best design systems are flexible enough to enable variation while still maintaining connectedness between those variants. In this excerpt from Expressive Designs Systems, Yesenia Perez-Cruz goes deep on what it takes to create design systems that enables intentional, meaningful variation.

Request with Intent: Caching Strategies in the Age of PWAs

Caching media files, especially images, seems like an obvious way to improve performance, but should we? To provide a more performant UX without abusing users’s network connections or hard drives, Aaron Gustafson puts a spin on classic best practices, experiments with media caching strategies, and shares smart Cache API tricks.

Responsible JavaScript: Part III

Convenience always comes at a price. On the web, developer convenience often means third-party JavaScript—and we pass the hefty cost on to our users. Jeremy Wagner shows us how to get and keep third-party scripts under control through clean-up sprints and eternal vigilance in Part III of Responsible JavaScript.

The Untapped Power of Vulnerability & Transparency in Content Strategy

Vulnerability and transparency are strengths masquerading as weaknesses. Together, they create empowering and meaningful content that can deeply engage your users, transcending mere conversion to build lifelong customer loyalty. Travis McKnight shows how to turn even your company’s worst problems and mistakes into powerful content strategies.

Getting to the Heart of Digital Accessibility

You’ve heard it before: there is not enough diversity in tech. But Carie Fisher offers one solution you may not have heard: that focusing on accessibility may be key in making the tech world itself more accessible.

Responsible JavaScript: Part II

Web development is hard. We don’t always get it right on the first try. Fortunately, we don’t have to get everything perfect from the start. Jeremy Wagner provides some helpful ways to start recovering from our collective JavaScript hangover.

Resilient Management, An Excerpt

Great managers ensure their teams are successful and that team members grow in their careers. In this excerpt from her new book, Resilient Management, Lara Hogan discusses how to do this by mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring them.