In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the eight common methods for prototyping, find out what’s in the WordPress 4.9.5 version released this week, discover how to improve web performance, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekFrom this week’s An Event Apart: Seattle 2018 Web Design and UX Conference:“Accessibility is an outcome. Inclusive design is a process.” @feather #InclusiveDesign #aeasea— zeldman (@zeldman) April 4, 2018User ExperienceApple’s 2019 Mac Pro will be shaped by workflows: Can you imagine hiring users as employees, so they can do usability testing on your products? That’s exactly what Apple did, hiring creative professionals to test their new Mac Pro, according to this article by TechCrunch. How do you handle frequently asked questions in your information architecture?Users will not know that a question is frequently asked, and if it is frequent why put the answer in an arbitrary FAQ bucket as opposed to under a meaningful label?@gerrymcgovern #intuitivenav #aea #aeasea #aea2018— Jake Kronika (@jkronika) April 4, 2018Monthly User Experience and Web Professional Events: April 2018: Find out what user experience and web professionals events are happening in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio with my April 2018 calendar. Why would you do that in CSS?: I love seeing all the different things people create with CSS. And this post by Chris Coyier highlights some amazing CSS creations: figures created with only one div, an anchor, an animation of a man riding a bicycle. Data Tables: Yes, you can use tables, but only use them for tabular data. Learn how to create inclusive data tables that are accessible and responsive in this post from Heydon Pickering.What I Found InterestingHow a Photographer’s Kind Heart Led to This Snowy Shot of a Killdeer: What a lovely story to read about a nature photographer and a Killdeer family. After photographer Melissa Groo built a makeshift fence around the birds’ nest in the gravel of the church parking lot, a late snowstorm moved in. Read the article to find out what happened next.I’ve been asking for this for years. Hoping that Twitter implements it sometime soon!Dear @Twitter: I think it would be a good idea to allow people to edit their own tweets after posting. Even a brief editing window of 10 minutes would allow folks to correct typos & other mistakes, and would improve the Twitter experience.👉RT IF YOU’D LIKE THIS EDITING FEATURE!— Jon Cooper 🌊 (@joncoopertweets) April 4, 2018Facebook Container extension now includes Instagram and Facebook Messenger: If you’re concerned about what Facebook is collecting about your online activities, Firefox’s Container extension will isolate your activity when you use Facebook, Facebook Messenger,and Instagram. Dear Developer, The Web Isn’t About You: With all the current focus on frameworks, tools, packaging, and build tools, we’ve set up barriers to working on the web, says Charlie Owen. How about instead we design with empathy, do some research, and create a progressively enhanced universal design? If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedDecember 14, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to create more inclusive forms, find shortcuts for keyboard navigation, discover that the visibility CSS property isn’t only about visibility, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 15, 2018In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to calculate the requirements for content staffing, find out how to meet web accessibility guidelines for authoring books, discover how the new Shape Path editor in Firefox works, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday…In “Web design & development links”October 5, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why every designer should have a foundation in psychology, find out the tentative schedule for WordPress 5.0, discover how to improve color accessibility on your website/apps, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links” Prototyping: Learn Eight Common Methods and Best Practices: Get started building your prototypes quickly with this overview and best practices of the eight common methods. And while you create your prototypes, pay attention to four key components: people, objects, location, and interactions.AccessibilityThe Same, But Different: Breaking Down Accessibility, Universality, and Inclusion in Design: In the past year, there’s been more discussion on what the differences are between the three terms. Matt May, co-author of the book Universal Design for Web Applications shares his latest thoughts.When I say, “I’m working on inclusive design,” I get substantially fewer blank stares than when I said, “I work on accessibility.”WordPress Accessibility: WordPress now has an accessibility statement. Congrats to the WordPress Accessibility team for all their work! Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology helps students who are deaf learn: At Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, college students who are deaf or hard of hearing follow their instructors’ lecture, thanks to a Microsoft AI pilot program providing real-time captions. Check out the two-minute video. Autism and Accessibility, Design Challenges and Solutions: Learn about the accessibility concerns for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how you can create autism-friendly designs in this free April 17, 2018 webinar from AbilityNet. WordPressWordPress 4.9.5: Security and maintenance version WordPress 4.9.5 was released earlier this week, fixing 25 bugs. If your site doesn’t have automatic background updates set up, you’ll want to update your site manually.Jetpack 6.0: In addition to a new social media icons widget, better compatibility between WooCommerce and Jetpack, and enhanced privacy controls, Jetpack 6.0 includes the first changes for General Data Protection Regulation compliance. WordPress Plugins: How to Know When to Install Or When to Avoid: When it comes to deciding whether or not to install a plugin, these guidelines from James Cummings will make your decision easier. One of his best tips, if you choose to buy a plugin:Before you purchase, try sending an email to the developer to see their response rate and tone.Code of Conduct Survey: The WordPress Community Team wants your feedback about expanding the Code of Conduct to include meetups, workshops, forums, and official chat channels. Can you take their survey by April 13, 2018? (It took me less than five minutes to complete the survey.) CSS and HTMLAn Event Apart: Performance as User Experience: Excellent summary of Aaron Gustafson’s presentation at An Event Apart Seattle, where Gustafson discussed multiple methods for improving web performance. Three steps he mentioned: use native elements, reduce imagery, only load assets you need.Arc reactor from Iron Man’s suit in CSS.: Are you a fan of Iron Man? Check out this incredible version of the Arc reactor from Iron Man’s suit, created only with CSS.Cropping images with Object Fit: In her latest video, Jen Simmons explains how to create a flexible layout where you specify both the height and width of an image, using object-fit to crop the image.