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This week’s RTO kicks off with some advice for approaching your work to ensure you do the best you can. From there, a look at Amazon from an outside user and the usability problems that...
This week we bring back previous Build Process guest Sean Marcia to join Aaron in a chat with Michael about the Ruby for Good project and their project DiaperBase. Together, we take a dive into...
An insight into why design is so important for your website to be a success online.
Author Tim Broadwater stops in this week to go over his book, UX: FMK, with us. In it, Tim share helpful anecdotes on issues related to the user experience field to help new UXers in the field confront the myriad of challenges and questions you may have. From data, to UX roles, and accessibility, Aaron and Michael pull out some of their favorite passages to dig deeper into their messages with Tim and learn more about the world of UX. (more…)
When learning web development, it’s easy to fall into habits that “work,” but aren’t optimal. We frequently learn by example, but the context those examples come in can impact if the nuance of the solutions are appropriate. Today, we look at an assortment of issues and mistakes that can occur when we simply “stick to what we know” and don’t constantly seek out new information. (more…)
This week we’re joined by HighEdWeb veterans Paul Gilzow, Nikki Massaro Kauffman, and Matt Ryan to take a look back at 2020. In this special roundtable episode, we see where they found success, what challenges they were faced with, and the tools that helped them build successful sites and do UX research despite COVID, remote work, and other challenges. (more…)
We’re less than a month out from the next big election here in the US, so what better time than now to take a look at our candidates’ websites and review some of the things they’re doing wrong or could improve. We take a look at problems ranging from accessibility to hostile design and more that are pervasive across political campaign sites, and suggest things that they could do to improve their UX. (more…)
The end of September means we’re only days away from the annual Hacktoberfest event at GitHub, where people are encouraged to find open source projects to contribute commits to. What you may not know, is that you don’t need to be a developer to take part. To help out, we’re sharing our advice and resources to help anyone take part in their first project, regardless of if you’re a dev, designer, QA tester, technical writer, or otherwise. (more…)
One risk front end developers run in their day to day work is getting buried by the growing piles of frameworks and tools surrounding us and begging for attention. As JavaScript has grown as a viable language for not just site interactivity, but also our build processes and maintenance tools, it’s easy to forget that sometimes simpler is better. This week we’re joined by VanillaJS advocate Chris Ferdinandi from GoMakeThings.com to discuss why vanilla is frequently better, and how simplified development strategies can lead to improved developer experience. (more…)
Users have consumed content since long before webpages existed. We have habits of scanning through content that are ingrained in our psyche, because we’ve learned to trust them when information hunting. The F-Pattern is one such technique that eventually informed our design, and still informs how we browse dense content on the web. In this episode, we take a look at that habit and discuss if it still holds value for designers and content creators on the web today, and why. (more…)
How many times have we heard that your brain is a muscle, and you must exercise it just like your arms and legs? In the world of coding, whether you’re trying to pick up new languages, or deepen your knowledge of others, it’s incredibly important to find good resources to practice your trade regularly. This week Jeremy Walker, co-founder of one of our favorite platforms – Exercism – joins us to talk about what they’re doing to continue providing the best learning resources on the internet for developers of more than 50 different languages. (more…)
The Mantra of Milliseconds Matter has been repeated to us over the years ad nauseam. Even if we feel the saying is somewhat trite, the principle isn’t. As faster computers, better browsers, and increasing connection speeds erode techniques that encourage efficient design and development, it’s more important now than ever to be aware of how performant our pages are (or as the case may be, aren’t). This week we’re looking at issues of actual and perceived performance, and what some of the low hanging fruit are that you can check on. (more…)
DUX takes on the all-too-intimidating task of looking at Amazon in this episode, targeting features and experience on the site that we would make changes to so that the process of shopping and buying could be improved for users. Obviously an hour isn’t much time to talk about that, so we picked some of our favorites to use as examples of how you might save your own users some of the same frustration. (more…)
A last minute curve ball from Michael this week takes us down the road of a three-topic episode again. We get started by reviewing an article from Harry Roberts that gets into how to get...
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is true as we dive deeper into dynamic frameworks like React or Angular, while simultaneously returning to tried and true methods of delivering performant...
Libraries have long made up the cornerstone of community learning, education, and other support services. As their scope and utility grows, so too must the capabilities of their website. Far too often, however, cities don’t...
This past Thursday was Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the perfect time for us to sit down with Webflow developers EJ Mason and Rubin Nic to talk about the work they are doing to prioritize accessibility...
Are you one of the millions of Americans currently adapting to a new remote-working regimen? Are you finding it more challenging that expected, or struggling to stay productive? That’s okay! Working remotely creates new challenges...
Emergencies are unavoidable – they wouldn’t be emergencies otherwise. But when crisis strikes, it always helps to be prepared with a strategy. Websites are no different, and there are a few simple tactics you can...
The world of user experience isn’t new, but it’s definitely evolving and expanding the horizons of web development along with it. Being a professional in the field of UX can come with any one of...
Sharing some quick thoughts on our friend, educator, and mentor, Christopher Schmitt. Transcript The following is a machine-generated transcript of this episode. It will contain errors until it has been reviewed and edited, and we...
Hopefully everyone is staying safe and healthy out there! If you’re trapped in your house, or not, we have a couple great topics for you. First off we look at how COVID-19 is impacting some...
Over the past two seasons, we’ve talked a lot about tools that can make your work faster and more efficient. Some of these tools we’re familiar with, others we’ve talked with other experts about. This...
A new website built in WordPress today isn’t complete until you’ve had to use at least one custom post type. Sometimes we code them by hand, or use a generator, but plugins like Pods aim...
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