A Practical Guide To Designing For Colorblind People
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1d ago
Too often, accessibility is seen as a checklist, but it’s much more complex than that. We might be using a good contrast for our colors, but then, if these colors are perceived very differently by people, it can make interfaces extremely difficult to use. Depending on our color combinations, people with color weakness or who are colorblind won’t be able to tell them apart. Here are key points for designing with colorbliness — for better and more reliable color choices. This article is part of our ongoing series on design patterns. It’s also a part of the video library on Smart Interface Design ..read more
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Mobile Accessibility Barriers For Assistive Technology Users
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2d ago
I often hear that native mobile app accessibility is more challenging than web accessibility. Teams don’t know where to start, where to find guidance on mobile accessibility, or how to prevent mobile-specific accessibility barriers. As someone who works for a company with an active community of mobile assistive technology users, I get to learn about the challenges from the user’s perspective. In fact, I recently ran a survey with our community about their experiences with mobile accessibility, and I’d like to share what I learned with you. If you only remember one thing from this article, make ..read more
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How Accessibility Standards Can Empower Better Chart Visual Design
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1w ago
Data visualizations are graphics that leverage our visual system and innate capabilities to gather, accumulate, and process information in our environment, as shown in the animation in Figure 1.0. Figure 1.0. An animation demonstrating our preattentive processing capability. Based on a lecture by Dr. Stephen Franconeri. (Large preview) As a result, we’re able to quickly spot trends, patterns, and outliers in all the images we see. Can you spot the visual patterns in Figure 1.1? In this example, there are patterns defined by the size of the shapes, the use of fills and borders, and the use of ..read more
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A Practical Guide To Designing For Children
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1w ago
Children start interacting with the web when they are 3–5 years old. How do we design for children? What do we need to keep in mind while doing so? And how do we meet the expectations of the most demanding users you can possibly find: parents? Well, let’s find out. This article is part of our ongoing series on design patterns. It’s also a part of the video library on Smart Interface Design Patterns ? and is available in the live UX training as well. Embrace Playing, Encourage Small Wins Designing for children is difficult. Children tend to lose focus and motivation. They quit when they ge ..read more
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How To Draw Radar Charts In Web
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1w ago
I got to work with a new type of chart for data visualization called a radar chart when a project asked for it. It was new to me, but the idea is that there is a circular, two-dimensional circle with plots going around the chart. Rather than simple X and Y axes, each plot on a radar chart is its own axis, marking a spot between the outer edge of the circle and the very center of it. The plots represent some sort of category, and when connecting them together, they are like vertices that form shapes to help see the relationship of category values, not totally unlike the vectors in an SVG. Some ..read more
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Frequently Heard In My Beginning Front-End Web Development Class
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1w ago
I felt uninspired for a spell in 2019 and decided to enroll in a beginning-level community college course on web development as a way to “spice” things up, sort of like going backwards in order to move forwards. I had no interest in being an old dog learning new tricks; what I wanted was to look at front-end development through the eyes of a beginner in 2019 after having been a beginner in 2003. Fast-forward five years, and I’m now teaching that class for the same college, as well as three others. What I gained by reprising my student status is an obsession with “a-ha!” moments. It’s the look ..read more
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Web Development Is Getting Too Complex, And It May Be Our Fault
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2w ago
Front-end development seemed simpler in the early 2000s, didn’t it? The standard website consisted mostly of static pages made of HTML and CSS seasoned with a pinch of JavaScript and jQuery. I mean, who doesn’t miss the cross-browser compatibility days, right? Fast forward to today, and it looks like a parallel universe is taking place with an overwhelming number of choices. Which framework should you use for a new project? Perhaps more established ones like React, Angular, Vue, Svelte, or maybe the hot new one that came out last month? Each framework comes with its unique ecosystem. You also ..read more
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A Guide To Designing For Older Adults
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2w ago
Today, one billion people are 60 years or older. That’s 12% of the entire world population, and the age group is growing faster than any other group. Yet, online, the needs of older adults are often overlooked or omitted. So what do we need to consider to make our designs more inclusive for older adults? Well, let’s take a closer look. This article is part of our ongoing series on design patterns. It’s also a part of the video library on Smart Interface Design Patterns ? and is available in the live UX training as well. Make Users Feel Independent And Competent When designing for older ad ..read more
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When Words Cannot Describe: Designing For AI Beyond Conversational Interfaces
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2w ago
Few technological innovations can completely change the way we interact with computers. Lucky for us, it seems we’ve won front-row seats to the unfolding of the next paradigm shift. These shifts tend to unlock a new abstraction layer to hide the working details of a subsystem. Generalizing details allows our complex systems to appear simpler & more intuitive. This streamlines coding programs for computers as well as designing the interfaces to interact with them. The Command Line Interface, for instance, created an abstraction layer to enable interaction through a stored program. This hid ..read more
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29 Days Of Inspiration (February 2024 Wallpapers Edition)
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3w ago
What will you make of the extra day that February has in store for us this year? Call an old friend, explore a new place, or get stuff done you have put off for so long maybe? Whatever you might have planned this month, our new collection of desktop wallpapers is bound to cater for a little inspiration spark along the way. Created by artists and designers from across the globe, the wallpapers in this post come in versions with and without a calendar for February 2024 and can be downloaded for free — a monthly tradition that has been going on here at Smashing Magazine for more than twelve years ..read more
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