Smashing Magazine: Creating Online Environments That Work Well For Older Users. “Even though we’re as tech-savvy as anyone else, older users have some specific needs that web designers and programmers should consider. None of them are particularly difficult to accommodate, but they can be critical for our use and enjoyment of the Internet. As a bonus, you’ll be designing environments that will also work for you when you get older. ‘Older’ meaning ‘past forty’.” Every Web designer who thinks gray-on-gray text is just swell should be forced to copy this article fifty times.
The Verge: A critical analysis of scroll bars throughout history. “Sébastien Matos has built a fantastic interactive trip through the history of one of the most important UI elements we encounter every day: the scroll bar. He’s recreated, as faithfully as possible, 30 years of scroll bars from some of the top desktop platforms of their day, from Xerox Star to Windows 10.”
Motherboard: Flash Is Responsible for the Internet’s Most Creative Era. “A new book highlighting the visual evolution of web design paints a picture of a risk-taking creative culture that hasn’t been quite the same since Steve Jobs stuck a knife into Flash.”
Fast Company: A new repository of the web’s best portfolios helps you design yours like a pro. “Humans is like a carefully curated Pinterest board that offers insight into what the best personal websites look like, which services are used to create them, and the technology necessary to build them.”
CNET: The best website builders for 2019. “The website builder industry has grown a lot over the last 10 years and can be overwhelming for first-timers. But that growth and complexity also means that you have more choices than ever and can find a site builder tailored to your needs. It’s true that a few clear favorites have emerged — and those sites are usually a good place to start — but even the frontrunners aren’t ideally suited for every scenario.”
Boing Boing: The “One HTML Page Challenge”, a great example of view-source culture. “Behold the “One HTML Page Challenge” — to build a one-page site using just the code in a single html file: ‘Practice your skills with no assistance from libraries, no separation of files, and no assistance of a modern framework.'” Giving me all the nostalgic feels.
The Next Web: 6 ways to create a website that’s accessible (and why it’s important to do so). “If you thought website accessibility only mattered for governments and big business, think again. Accessibility matters to anyone who provides a product or service — public, private or volunteer. It particularly matters for small business. And paradoxically, small businesses are the ones most likely to get it wrong.”