When you’re a hands-on CEO, you want to get involved in every aspect of your company. Now, as UX Design becomes a differentiating factor for product and company visibility, CEOs are paying more attention to design, but some, like Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer, are ham-handing it.
Print style sheets, should in theory, be simple. You strip out the complicated junk from your page, and format it a little better for a piece of paper. Right? Wrong. Print style sheets are a pain in the butt. They’re hard to debug, finicky depending on the browser, and downright annoying to get perfect.
Accessibility isn’t always about ARIA roles and text to speech, it’s often about simply good design. There is a range of disabilities that need to be considered when working with the web. We often just think about blindness, but we should remember to consider the other things that make surfing the web difficult for people. Even under “visual” there are different kinds of disabilities, including color blindness and issues with low contrast visuals. Without going into detail about which disabilities need exactly which changes to make the web easier for them to use, let’s take a bird’s eye view and concentrate on good design. Design standards are considered “good” because of their time proven and well tested concepts. Some of these may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget the core concepts when working on a design.
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Designing for responsive layouts has been a big topic lately. I’ve been reading up on it a lot, and have officially been won over to a side. I believe that starting small and working upwards in size is most often the best way to create websites these days. We should start with the mobile design first.
Designing mobile first forces the content and functionality to be considered from a “what is most important” standpoint. Designing for mobile also outlines colors, general shapes, the feel of the website; all while restricting the design to its most basic elements. This starting point will help organize the site and fixing user experience problems at this size will help prevent them showing up later, when things are more complex. Architecting the user profiles at this stage will only serve to be the foundations of the…