Most people want to think about the design of the home page as soon as possible. However, it’s best if you do the opposite: Focus on the content of the home page late in the project.
WordPress 5.0 is coming out tomorrow. You should make sure you’re prepared. Also, we can learn a lot about communication from the frustrations and confusions surrounding this software update.
I’m a big fan of the podcast 99% Invisible, and have even blogged about how an earlier episode of theirs related to web design. I’ve got another one to share now! Episode #308, “Curb Cuts”, looked at the “curb cut effect”, in which an accessibility accommodation proves useful to just about anyone. Curb cuts are … Continue reading “The Curb Cut Effect & Your Website”
The idea of conference tracks is enticing and well-intentioned, but it doesn’t work very well for many WordCamp attendees and is counter productive in many ways. Here’s why WordCamp Seattle 2017 didn’t have tracks and what we did instead.
Using a blind review process for WordCamp 2017 resulted in a focused initial review of speakers and a diverse final speaker lineup that reflected the demographics of the heavily recruited applicant pool.
This is post 1 of 3 in the series “WordCamp Organizing” I was the Speaker Team co-lead for WordCamp Seattle 2017. I’m really proud of the work we did, and the conference went fabulously. I want to share some reflections, ideas, and processes that helped us. Generating a WordCamp Application Review Form in Google Forms … Continue reading “Generating a WordCamp Application Review Form in Google Forms”
[W]e weren’t prepared for how much work it would take, and as our web design team moved steadily closer to launch our migration initiative fell behind. Yesterday, Idealware launched their new website. To promote it, they sent out a newsletter with some great lessons learned from the migration. I wanted to link to it, though, so … Continue reading “Idealware’s Content Migration Lessons [link]”
An excerpt of an email to a client describes the considerations I take when designing a “Donate” button on a nonprofit’s website.
Facebook found that video captions increase engagement by users. This is a great example of universal design in action!
The benefits of blogging have been many and diverse, justifying my time and effort. Here’s a list of them all and the two “rules” that help me keep going.
Lots of nonprofits don’t have the best password-management systems. It turns out professional baseballs teams don’t either.
Today, I want to share two quick things about accessibility (one web, one not) that are both local to MRW Web Design. Seattle Public Schools Accessibility Lawsuit A faithful blog reader let me know about this first story after reading last week’s post on the lawsuit against Harvard and M.I.T. for not captioning videos. Despite minimal news … Continue reading “Good & Bad Accessibility in the Pacific Northwest”
I used to talk about the legal ramifications of having an inaccessible website a lot more. However, WebAIM’s “Hierarchy for Motivating Change” helped me realize there were better arguments in favor of accessibility. That said, sometimes a story is too big to ignore. From the February 12 New York Times: Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed federal lawsuits … Continue reading “The Last Resort: Harvard & M.I.T. Sued Over Video Captioning [link]”
One of my very favorite WordPress plugins, Gravity Forms, is making a mistake with the implementation of two new form field settings. But it’s not too late to change it!
Keep It Simple, Stupid! It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek but still great advice. Let’s apply it to web forms and see what happens.
I need some quick feedback. I’m releasing a major update to a plugin and I’ve made a simple tweak to the settings form. Will it help or will it hurt? You tell me.