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Disabled buttons suck

November 11th, 2019

In this oldie but goodie, Hampus Sethfors digs into why disabled buttons are troubling for usability reasons and he details one example where this was pretty annoying for him. The same has happened to me recently where I clicked a button that looked like a secondary button and… nothing happened. Here’s another reason why disabled…

Location, Privilege and Performant Websites

November 7th, 2019

Here’s a wonderful reminder from Stephanie Stimac about web performance. She writes about a recent experience of moving to an area with an unreliable network and how this caused problems for her as she tried to figure out what was happening during a power blackout: Assuming all of your customers are living the same life,…

Why Are Accessible Websites so Hard to Build?

October 23rd, 2019

I was chatting with some front-end folks the other day about why so many companies struggle at making accessible websites. Why are accessible websites so hard to build? We learn about HTML, we make sure things are semantic and — voila! @— we have an accessible website. During the course of the conversation, someone mentioned…

Designing accessible color systems

October 21st, 2019

The team at Stripe explores how they’re refining their color palette to make it more accessible and legible for users across all their products and interfaces. Not only that but the team built a wonderful and yet entirely bonkers app for figuring out the ideal range of colors that they needed. We built a web…

Laying the Foundations

October 18th, 2019

Here’s a new book by Andrew Couldwell all about design systems and I’m looking forward to reading the book because it looks like his experience will offer a bunch of insightful thoughts and advice. From the book’s description: This is real talk about creating design systems and digital brand guidelines. No jargon, no glossing over…

Why Progressive Web Apps Are The Future of Mobile Web

October 4th, 2019

Here’s one of the best essays I’ve ever read about why progressive web apps are important, how they work, and what impact they have on a business: PWAs are powerful, effective, fast and app-like. It’s hard to imagine a mobile web property that could not be significantly improved via PWA implementation. They can also potentially…

Enhancing The Clickable Area Size

October 1st, 2019

Here’s a great post by Ahmad Shadeed on making sure that clickable areas in our interfaces are, well, clickable. He writes about making sure that links, buttons and other elements meet accessibility standards for both touch and mouse, too. I particularly like the section where Ahmad writes about making a fake circle around an element…

A Codebase and a Community

September 27th, 2019

I woke up one morning and realized that I had it all wrong. I discovered that code and design are unable to solve every problem on a design systems team, even if many problems can be solved by coding and designing in a dark room all day. Wait, huh? How on earth does that make…

Thinking in React Hooks

September 25th, 2019

Amelia Wattenberger has written this wonderful and interactive piece about React Hooks and details how they can clean up code and remove all those troubling lifecycle events: React introduced hooks one year ago, and they’ve been a game-changer for a lot of developers. There are tons of how-to introduction resources out there, but I want…

(Why) Some HTML is “optional”

September 16th, 2019

Remy Sharp digs into the history of the web and describes why the <p> tag doesn’t need to be closed like this: <p>Paragraphs don’t need to be closed <p>Pretty weird, huh? Remy writes: Pre-DOM, pre-browsers, the world’s first browser was being written by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. There was no reference implementation and certainly no such…