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  • ECommerce Metrics That Matter

    Using data in online sales in nothing new. eCommerce brands have been using data to drive sales, reach new audiences and upsell for the better part of two decades. But customer and audience data has gotten deeper, wider and even more useful. […]

  • 10 Responsive Slider jQuery Plugins

    We’ve all heard about why we should be using responsive design (beyond the fact that it’s current design trend). But the decision to go responsive raises a number of development questions. One of the biggest issues is handling media. And […]

  • Types or Tests: Why Not Both?

    Every now and then, a debate flares up about the value of typed JavaScript. "Just write more tests!" yell some opponents. "Replace unit tests with types!" scream others. Both are right in some ways, and wrong in others. Twitter affords little room […]

  • UX Improvements For Keyboard Accessibility

    How can we provide an accessible user experience for keyboard-only and assistive technology users without affecting the experience for any other users? We’ve kindly asked Aaron Pearlman, Principal UX Designer at Deque Systems, to share some […]

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    • Responsible JavaScript: Part II

      You and the rest of the dev team lobbied enthusiastically for a total re-architecture of the company’s aging website. Your pleas were heard by management—even up to the C-suite—who gave the green light. Elated, you and the team […]

    • Resilient Management, An Excerpt

      In Tuckman’s Stages of Group Development, the Storming stage happens as a group begins to figure out how to work together. Previously, each person had been doing their own thing as individuals, so necessarily a few things need to be ironed […]

    • Daily Ethical Design

      Suddenly, I realized that the people next to me might be severely impacted by my work. I was having a quick lunch in the airport. A group of flight attendants sat down at the table next to me and started to prepare for their flight. For a while […]

    • Trans-inclusive Design

      Late one night a few years ago, a panicked professor emailed me: “My transgender student’s legal name is showing on our online discussion board. How can I keep him from being outed to his classmates?” Short story: we […]

    • Everyday Information Architecture: Auditing for Structure

      Just as we need to understand our content before we can recategorize it, we need to understand the system before we try to rebuild it. Enter the structural audit: a review of the site focused solely on its menus, links, flows, and hierarchies. I […]

    • Nothing Fails Like Success

      A family buys a house they can’t afford. They can’t make their monthly mortgage payments, so they borrow money from the Mob. Now they’re in debt to the bank and the Mob, live in fear of losing their home, and must do whatever their […]

    • Accessibility for Vestibular Disorders: How My Temporary...

      Accessibility can be tricky. There are plenty of conditions to take into consideration, and many technical limitations and weird exceptions that make it quite hard to master for most designers and developers. I never considered myself an […]

    • Responsible JavaScript: Part I

      By the numbers, JavaScript is a performance liability. If the trend persists, the median page will be shipping at least 400 KB of it before too long, and that’s merely what’s transferred. Like other text-based resources, […]

    • Canary in a Coal Mine: How Tech Provides Platforms for Hate

      As I write this, the world is sending its thoughts and prayers to our Muslim cousins. The Christchurch act of terrorism has once again reminded the world that white supremacy’s rise is very real, that its perpetrators are no longer on the […]

    • Semantics to Screen Readers

      As a child of the ’90s, one of my favorite movie quotes is from Harriet the Spy: “there are as many ways to live as there are people in this world, and each one deserves a closer look.” Likewise, there as many ways to browse the […]

    • 30 Best WordPress Themes of 2019

      WordPress is a perfect example of how the web has evolved from static to interactive, a shift driven by our desire to share thoughts and a great opportunity to promote our goods. A truly good WordPress theme goes beyond simply looking good to offer […]

    • Common WordPress Errors & How to Fix Them

      WordPress is an amazingly stable platform thanks to the dedication and talent of the hundreds of professionals contributing to it, and the strict code standards they follow. Even so, the huge variety of themes, plugins and server environments out […]

    • Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme

      I’m excited to announce that Themify has released another awesome theme – Themify Shoppe. Designed by Liam McKay and coded by Themify team, Shoppe works hand-in-hand with WooCommerce, making it the ultimate multi-purpose eCommerce theme. […]

    • Best Email Marketing Tips to Increase Engagement &...

      Email is your post powerful marketing channel when used well. Your visitor’s inbox is a perfect opportunity for you to capture attention, communicate important updates and invite readers back to your site for increased visibility. The stats on […]

    • Four Elements of Truly Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menus

      There are hundreds of ways to create responsive navigation, limited only by your creativity and the boundaries of what CSS can accomplish. Good responsive navigation is a little harder – a responsive menu must become a mobile menu, adhering to […]

    • Level Up Your CSS Skills With These 20 Pro CSS Tips

      Front-end development is quickly becoming more and more focused on efficiency – faster loading and rendering through selector choice and minimizing code. Pre-processors like Less and SCSS go a long way in doing some of the work for us, but […]

    • Easy CSS Animation Using @keyframes

      CSS Transitions and transforms work beautifully for creating visual interactions based on single state changes. To have more control over what happens and when, you can use the CSS animation property to create easy CSS animation using @keyframes. […]

    • Easy CSS Animation With Transition & Transforms

      Recently, I walked you through how to create a simple landing page that used a couple different CSS animation techniques. “Animation” is a loose term, in web design usually referring to anything that involves movement. CSS transitions […]

    • Master CSS Flexbox in 5 Simple Steps

      CSS flexbox is an incredibly useful tool for layout without using floats or positioning. Currently almost all current browser version support flexbox, making it a go-to standard for web design. It can solve a number of problems efficiently, such as […]

    • How to Create Spotify Colorizer Effects With CSS Blend Modes

      When Spotify launched their colorful new brand identity, featuring hip duo-toned imagery, it went hand-in-hand with a new Colorizer tool that allows artists to apply a variety of filters to images. This solved a problem in which Spotify needed a way […]