As an aspiring author it’s always exciting to be quoted just about anywhere. It is assuring that all that work with your book was not for nothing. That you at least got some recognition for the effort made. We all know how many books we buy is not equal to the books actually being read. Continue reading “Quoted on accessibility in Chicago Tribune”
For some reason intranets tend to adopt design conventions a couple of years late compared to the public Web. Going for responsive web design unfortunately is no exception.
Where I work, our public facing website went responsive in 2012, but our intranet is still lagging behind. Well, on the few occasions when I create content for our intranet I manually input code to make my images responsive. Continue reading “Ad-hoc responsive images for your intranet”
In the book, Web strategy for Everyone, I’m writing a lot on different kind of design principles. One of them is Persuasive Web Design, how to design to be persuasive and strive for users fulfilling the websites objective. When trying to be convincing you have to be considerate of the user’s interest, otherwise you might end up designing a so-called dark pattern?
“It is all about lowering the threshold for decisions and guiding a series of micro-decisions towards the goal you have. Here the concept of dark pattern introduces itself. That, by design, you control what happens in a way that is not in the user’s best interest, or intention. It could be moving around buttons so the user happens to give an app a five-star rating in an app store, without warning, adding additional products to the shopping cart, or services sending e-mails to your contacts claiming to be you.”
– Web Strategy for Everyone, chapter Persuasive Web Design
Almost every cause seem to have its own day to commemorate its importance. Today though, is one I like, namely Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Working with accessibility and a Web for everyone is a constant effort, not something you can expect ever to be done with.
You who have read my book Web Strategy for Everyone notes at the end of the web design section that I, a little unexpectedly, am lumping together usability and accessibility with game-based learning, so-called gamification. It is not a coincidence. In addition to the fact that each user’s abilities are highly individual in its mix its fundamental, for all users, to show that it’s worth the effort. Continue reading “Global Accessibility Awareness Day today”
Yes, today is a great day. For several reasons. Not only is it two years ago, the Swedish original edition got released, but also that the English book is released – Web Strategy for Everyone. The icing on the cake, May 17 is also the neighboring country, Norway’s, national day which makes this date quite easy to remember.
You can lay you hands on the e-book today, it is sent to you shortly after you check out your order. The printed book, though, will take a few weeks before it is sent. The e-book’s formats are ePub, PDF and Mobi, they cover virtually all mobile phones and tablets, and Mobi is specifically for you with an Amazon Kindle. If you’re looking for a different format I can recommend that you download the program Calibre, then you can convert to many more formats yourself.
The best offer is, I think, to purchase both the e-book and the printed book. It costs about 25 $ + VAT. Then you get 90% discount on the e-book.
In addition to the fact that I’m writing a book about web analytics and will publish the book Web Strategy for Everyone this year, I also bought some promising books to read.
An unusual number of interesting books has been published recently. These book I’ll be reading shortly:
- Designing for performance by Lara Hogan
- Measuring the User Experience by Tom Tullis and Bill Albert
- Going Responsive av Karen McGrane
- Responsive Design: Patterns & Principles by Ethan Marcotte
- Lean websites by Barbara Bermes
- Design for Care by Peter Jones
- Service design by Andy Polaine
- Managing chaos by Lisa Welchman
- Content Everywhere by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
- Search Analytics for Your Site by Louis Rosenfeld
- Why: A Guide to Finding and Using Causes by Samantha Kleinberg
- Relevant Search by Doug Turnbull and John Berryman
Do you have any interesting books you look forward to reading this year?