Take the Time to Use Fewer Words – Microsoft Design 

Using fewer words isn’t a panacea to fix every user experience; it’s just one guideline, together with all the others employed by excellent writers, designers, developers, program managers, and researchers. It’s how UX writers reduce the text to create experiences that let people to do more of what they want to do — not waste their time reading explanations of how to do it.

Source: Take the Time to Use Fewer Words – Microsoft Design – Medium

Gears! Gears! Gears!

I bought my friend’s three-year-old son Gears! Gears! Gears! as a holiday present and he absolutely loved it. Within moments of unwrapping it, he was building machines. The surprising part was just how much and his mom and I loved it as well.  If you are looking for for a STEM toy for a three-year-old who you want to encourage to be creative and build things, I recommend Gears! Gears! Gears!.

Accessibility Tunnel Vision

I need to see accessibility for what it is too. That means, like everything else on the Web, I need to embrace its fluidity. It can’t be perfect, but it can improve incrementally with each release. Better than before is always better than perfect.

via Accessibility Tunnel Vision


David is on a roll with his 30 day blogging challenge writing some great articles about Accessibility and other issues relevant to modern web developers. This quote really hit me and reminded me of the Akin’s thirty third law of spacecraft design: “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.”. Let’s keep working on better.

Your Flat Design is Convenient for Exactly One of Us | Cooper Journal

Pure, flat design doesn’t just get rid of dead weight. It shifts a burden. What once was information in the world, information borne by the interface, is now information in users’ heads, information borne by them.

via Your Flat Design is Convenient for Exactly One of Us | Cooper Journal.

Increasing burden on the user needs to be a carefully decided upon decision and not a something we choose in the name of fashion.