Category: Accessibility

Introducing Microsoft’s Fluent Design System


We’ve seen leading companies implementing either their own design languages, or existing ones such as Google’s Material Design. Think of a design language as a well-documented guideline for creating apps and websites with an intuitive, engaging and consistent appearance. Microsoft recently unveiled their Fluent Design System, which is intended for use on a wide range […]

Punctuation & Grammar: Bridging the Gap Between UX and Copywriting


Punctuation? Grammar? UX design? What? Yes, you heard me! Punctuation and grammar is vital for an optimal reading experience, and in turn, an optimal user experience. A simple comma can be the difference between a text making complete sense, or not making sense at all. Web design is approximately 95% typography. This was true 11 […]

Should Users be Permitted to Disable JavaScript?


I last raised this question back in 2013 when Mozilla decided to remove the “disable JavaScript” setting from the options dialog in Firefox 23. The primary reasoning: Much of the modern web can break spectacularly without JavaScript. It saves users from themselves. Few people know what JavaScript is and even fewer need to disable it. […]

How to Boost Usability with Intelligent Color Choices


Color plays a critical role in our lives; from differentiating between objects, to understanding traffic signals, to using tools correctly. What’s even more interesting is the huge impact that color has on our cognition and mood. Recently I read a short research article that explains how different people perceive color and the impact that they […]

Designing Voice Experiences


    Voice-based interfaces are becoming commonplace. Voice assistants such as Siri and Cortana have been around for a few years, but this past holiday season, voice-driven devices from Amazon and Google made their way into millions of homes. Recent analysis from VoiceLabs estimates that 24.5 million voice-driven devices will be shipped this year, almost […]