Book review: Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

It’s not a book about UX per se, but I think a lot of the ideas in Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg can apply to UX. Continue reading “Book review: Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg”

Why you gotta push Google Fonts, WordPress?

WordPress really, really, really wants you to use Google Fonts. It actually wants you to use a small subset of Google Fonts, but without much hassle, you can set it up to where you can choose from their entire font library.

But what if you don’t want to use Google Fonts? Continue reading “Why you gotta push Google Fonts, WordPress?”

5 reasons why Skillcrush is so important to the tech industry

We hear all the time about how there are more technical jobs available than there are people to fill them. You may have even heard that part of the problem is a tech workforce that isn’t as diverse as it could be. For the most part, people who aren’t white or Asian men are underrepresented in the tech industry, which also means they are often underserved by the tech industry. Continue reading “5 reasons why Skillcrush is so important to the tech industry”

Check out CodePen (and freeCodeCamp while you’re at it)

CodePen is a site where you can play with HTML, CSS, and Javascript in the browser. One of the nice things about it is you can set it up to load various common libraries automatically, such as Bootstrap and jQuery. It’s free to sign up, although they have paid options available. Here’s a link to a portfolio site I made using CodePen. By the way, if you have any feedback on that, feel free to leave it in the comments! All I ask that you keep any criticism constructive. Continue reading “Check out CodePen (and freeCodeCamp while you’re at it)”

The hidden design step that can make or break your interface

When you ask people what design means, you’ll probably get a lot of answers about colors, fonts, and layouts. You might even hear about mockups or wireframes if you talk to anyone who’s actually done some design work.

This post isn’t about any of those things. Continue reading “The hidden design step that can make or break your interface”

So what is this UX stuff all about, anyway?

If you follow web design or development, chances are you’ve heard the term “user experience” or “UX” thrown around at some point. But if you haven’t spend some time around UX literature or practitioners, you might not have a good idea of what UX is about. Also, I’ve heard some outright misconceptions about UX, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about that today. So if you want to learn more about what UX is and isn’t, read on! Continue reading “So what is this UX stuff all about, anyway?”

How web design is like Family Feud

I have a friend who loves the Game Show Network, and Family Feud is one of her favorite game shows. Unlike shows such as Jeopardy!, which test your knowledge (or at least your powers of inference), Family Feud tests a different set of skills–namely, your ability to think like an average person. So it’s possible for someone to be really smart and really terrible at Family Feud. Or so I’ve heard. On TV. Continue reading “How web design is like Family Feud”