Accessibility Testing: Visual Impairment

I’ve been doing some accessibility testing recently and came across WebbIE 3 If you’re testing against visual impairments then it’s worth checking WebbIE 3 out. In their own words: “WebbIE re-presents the information from a web page in an accessible format suitable for a screen reader.” Basically, this browser will strip pages down to just the content… Read More Accessibility Testing: Visual Impairment

CSS Libraries

Lea Verou has, rather masterfully, created a large library of CSS animations here: While this is undoubtedly an excellent way of showing off the capabilities of CSS I would still strongly advise against simply rushing out and plugging as many as possible into any site you may be working on. Libraries like this tend to make us all think… Read More CSS Libraries

‘The “Free” issue’ or ‘How 17th-century philosophy affects UX’

The other day I was reading something that happened to mention Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes was a 17th-century English philosopher. He saw humans as ego-driven, power-hungry machines whose seeming good intentions all mask entirely self-serving motives. The impact of this idea was so strong that even today, more than 300 years later, we still find it… Read More ‘The “Free” issue’ or ‘How 17th-century philosophy affects UX’

The influence of broadband on the future of design and development

This is just a quick thought about the influence of broadband and any services that come after it on the design and development of websites and web-apps. As web designers and developers we’ve never had it so good. I can remember part of our testing process when I started in this business (A long time… Read More The influence of broadband on the future of design and development

Scrollbars and ‘The Fold’

I just read someone’s notes on Bill Scott’s “Designing for Mice and Men” – a pod-cast about multi-platform design and UX ( About half way through the notes is a bullet point that simply says: “The evolution of the scrollbar – it’s now an indicator more than a controller.” This made me think about another… Read More Scrollbars and ‘The Fold’