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12 Oct. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

The Right Way to Select Technology, An Excerpt

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 4 of Tony Byrne and Jarrod Gingras’s new book, The Right Way to Select Technology, available now from Rosenfeld Media.

After establishing a solid business case, enterprises will typically turn to assembling the oft-dreaded “requirements document”—or more accurately, a set of documents, spreadsheets, and diagrams that compose a multiheaded requirements package.

10 Oct. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

UX for Lizard Brains

Technology can make magic happen. In seconds, you can find all the blue sandals in a warehouse of millions of shoes. A million people can read the same article without killing one tree. You can undo, unsend, and even unfriend! But here’s the buzzkill: if unanticipated or unwelcome, the magic of technology is confusing, disorienting, and unintuitive—a UX designer’s worst nightmare.

5 Oct. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

Be a Mentor

Looking back over my eleven-year career in the web industry, I owe most of my success to two people from early on: Holly and Rebecca. Both were supervisors; but, more importantly, both were mentors. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their mentorship. Three years into my career, I got a promotion and became a supervisor myself. It was so exciting to be in a position to mentor others and give back to the community! I only had one question: how the heck do I do that?

4 Oct. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

Planning for Accessibility

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 3 (“Planning for Accessibility") of Laura Kalbag's new book, Accessibility for Everyone, available now from A Book Apart.

3 Oct. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

Using Webfonts

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 (“Using Webfonts") of Bram Stein's new book, Webfont Handbook, available now from A Book Apart.

28 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

What I Talk About When I Talk About Sorting: Untangling Array#sort

Sorting things is a fundamental part of our daily lives—it’s something we do everyday, following all kinds of criteria to make our lives easier. Whether you’re looking for a person’s phone number, the location of your favorite book, or even matching up your socks, sorting allows us to find what we are looking for in a faster and more effective way.

This is also the case in the world of web development. But if you thought you knew exactly how JavaScript’s Array#sort works under the hood, think twice.

26 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

Considering Open Source Licenses

So you have a project that you want to use open source tools to create—well, I tip my hat off to you as a developer. But do you know the questions you need to answer before you get started?

What stage of development is your project in right now? Have you finished the planning phase? Are you going to work with a team? Will the project be split up into different modules? And so on.

26 Sep. 2017 Posted by Six Revisions in External

How Web Design Impacts Content Marketing

The design a company chooses impacts how a potential consumer perceives them. From color choice to style, different elements add up to create a first impression.

This means that bad design – or lack of design – can have potential customers closing the browser and seeking other businesses. As a result, your company’s design can affect several components of your digital marketing strategy, and this is especailly true of content marketing.

What is content marketing?
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22 Sep. 2017 Posted by Six Revisions in External

How to Choose a Navigation Setup

Do you want users to spend time on your site and stick around long enough to convert? If so, it’s essential that your content is easy to navigate. If finding information is difficult, users will likely become frustrated and leave, in search of a site that provides a better user experience.

A website that is easy to navigate will lead to longer visits and increased conversions. And given that your website’s ultimate goal is to generate sales and leads for your business, this is essential.

21 Sep. 2017 Posted by A List Apart in External

How People Perceive Lossy Image Quality: A Study

The notion that lossy image quality is subjective is not an unreasonable hypothesis. There are many factors that play into how humans perceive quality: screen size, image scaling, and yes, even performance.

Many research projects have tackled this subject, but I’ve recently launched a survey that attempts to understand how people perceive image quality in a slightly different way: in the context of performance.

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