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“FOR PEOPLE WHO MAKE WEBSITES” A List Apart Magazine (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. A publication of Happy Cog™

Mission: To inform, provoke, challenge, lead, educate, advance, and promote the practice and profession of web design and related specializations: web development, UX design, graphic design, content strategy, writing, etc.

Operating as usual

“Approach a design system as you would a marathon, not a sprint. You’re laying the groundwork for an extensive effort. B...
09/08/2020
Promoting a Design System Across Your Products

“Approach a design system as you would a marathon, not a sprint. You’re laying the groundwork for an extensive effort. By understanding your organization through its product portfolio, you’ll … achieve a stronger and more cohesive experience.”

https://alistapart.com/article/promoting-a-design-system-across-your-products/

Our industry has gotten really good at making living style guides out of parts: reusable components like color, typography, buttons and forms, voice and tone. We’ve also learned how to map skills t…

09/08/2020

Thank you to our sponsor: Northwestern’s Online MS in Information Design and Strategy. Choose from tracks in content strategy, data science and analytics, and learning design.

https://sps.northwestern.edu/ala

“If you find yourself wrestling with CSS layout, it’s likely you’re making decisions for browsers they should be making ...
08/24/2020
Relearn CSS layout

“If you find yourself wrestling with CSS layout, it’s likely you’re making decisions for browsers they should be making themselves.”

https://every-layout.dev/

If you find yourself wrestling with CSS layout, it’s likely you’re making decisions for browsers they should be making themselves. Through a series of simple, composable layouts, Every Layout will teach you how to better harness the built-in algorithms that power browsers and CSS.

Design for Real Life: An Interview with Sara Wachter-Boettcher
07/19/2020
Design for Real Life: An Interview with Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Design for Real Life: An Interview with Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Good intentions can easily blind us to bad ideas—accidentally awful outcomes that alienate and distress our users. It’s time to take a hard look at our processes, to recognize and work throug…

“After the launch, everyone is happy for a while (except the customers, of course) because in many organizations what is...
07/09/2020

“After the launch, everyone is happy for a while (except the customers, of course) because in many organizations what is important is to be seen to be doing things and producing and launching things, rather than to do something useful.” Gerry McGovern

https://alistapart.com/article/webwaste

Behavior change design creates entrancing and effective products. In this excerpt from Chapter 9 of her new book, Amy Bu...
06/25/2020

Behavior change design creates entrancing and effective products. In this excerpt from Chapter 9 of her new book, Amy Bucher shares insights into using personalization to create meaningful user experiences.

https://alistapart.com/article/engaged-excerpt

06/11/2020

From banking to civil services to education, the Internet intersects every part of our lives in a way that was unthinkable 20 years ago. And yet the web remains inaccessible to vast swathes of people, with code issues far from the only roadblock. Olu Niyiawosusi explores the complexity of true accessibly, and offers a thoughtful approach to building a safer and more welcoming web.

https://alistapart.com/article/building-the-woke-web

In “Designing Value,” an excerpt from The Jobs To Be Done Playbook, Jim Kalbach gives advice on creating a jobs-driven r...
05/07/2020

In “Designing Value,” an excerpt from The Jobs To Be Done Playbook, Jim Kalbach gives advice on creating a jobs-driven roadmap and using "job stories" to solve specific design problems.

https://alistapart.com/article/jobs-to-be-done

04/09/2020

It’s an important time to be in voice design, but it’s not without its own challenges. Content in voice-driven interfaces can vary wildly from that of traditional websites, which might leave many of us wondering about our existing approaches to usability testing. In this piece, Preston So not only casts these challenges as opportunities, but also as advantages for the medium itself.

https://alistapart.com/article/usability-testing-for-voice-content

Every day, people visit sites that offer no cultural mental models to fall back on. Effective visual systems can elimina...
02/27/2020

Every day, people visit sites that offer no cultural mental models to fall back on. Effective visual systems can eliminate their guesswork and frustration. Learn how in this excerpt from Senongo Akpem’s brand-new “Cross-Cultural Design” (A Book Apart).

https://alistapart.com/article/cross-cultural-design

#AEASF 2019 Day II
12/11/2019

#AEASF 2019 Day II

Recep and me. #aeasf Recep, who traveled all the way from Ankara, Turkey, to attend, joins me during a break at An Event...
12/09/2019

Recep and me. #aeasf

Recep, who traveled all the way from Ankara, Turkey, to attend, joins me during a break at An Event Apart San Francisco 2019.

Timeline Photos
12/03/2019

Timeline Photos

11/14/2019

Convenience always comes at a price. On the web, #developer convenience often means third-party #JavaScript—and we pass the hefty cost on to our users. In Part III of Responsible JavaScript, Jeremy Wagner shows us how to get third-party scripts under control through clean-up sprints and eternal vigilance.

https://alistapart.com/article/responsible-javascript-part-3

10/07/2019

Thanks to our sponsor: Northwestern’s Online MS in Information Design and Strategy. Choose from tracks in content strategy, data science and analytics, and learning design.

sps.northwestern.edu/ala

✩ Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to WireframesWireframes too often undermine user-centricity, reduce team ...
10/06/2019
Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

✩ Priority Guides: A Content-First Alternative to Wireframes

Wireframes too often undermine user-centricity, reduce team engagement, and limit creativity. van Nues and Overkamp share an alternative that’s more in tune with today’s design ethos.

https://alistapart.com/article/priority-guides-a-content-first-alternative-to-wireframes/

The sirens’ song of wireframe visuals has been the thorn in the side of many a design project. With potential to undermine user-centricity, reduce team engagement, and limit creativity when it’s mo…

06/15/2019

So superlative

Web development is hard and we don’t always get it right on the first try. Fortunately, we don’t have to get everything ...
06/13/2019

Web development is hard and we don’t always get it right on the first try. Fortunately, we don’t have to get everything perfect from the get-go. In today’s article, Jeremy Wagner provides some helpful ways to begin recovering from our collective JavaScript hangover and move forward responsibly.

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♛ Finding your bearings as a manager can feel overwhelming, but Lara Hogan is here to help. Enjoy a free preview of Lara...
06/06/2019

♛ Finding your bearings as a manager can feel overwhelming, but Lara Hogan is here to help.

Enjoy a free preview of Lara’s new A Book Apart book, Resilient Management, to learn how mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring your teammates can spur course-correction and growth.

https://alistapart.com/article/resilient-management-excerpt/

☛  If all the recent posts, manifestos, and tweets about how design can be evil have left you feeling more frustrated th...
05/30/2019

☛ If all the recent posts, manifestos, and tweets about how design can be evil have left you feeling more frustrated than empowered—wishing for practical, real-world ways to enact change in your work—have we got an article for you.

“Daily Ethical Design” by Lennart Overkamp

https://alistapart.com/article/daily-ethical-design/

#DesignEthics #design #ethics

05/09/2019

Real name policies put people at risk. Erin White discusses how the design decisions we make—even seemingly trivial ones—can have a profound impact on our users lives, especially for folks who identify as trans, non-binary, or gender-variant. https://alistapart.com/article/trans-inclusive-design

To rebuild a system, we must understand it. Enter the structural audit: a review of the site focused solely on its menus...
04/18/2019

To rebuild a system, we must understand it. Enter the structural audit: a review of the site focused solely on its menus, links, flows, and hierarchies. Lisa Maria Martin explains in this exclusive excerpt from her brand-new A Book Apart book, “Everyday Information Architecture.”

https://alistapart.com/article/everyday-information-architecture-excerpt

Thanks to our sponsor, Buddy. Get the fastest deployments in UI/UX, with speed that blows developers away. From static w...
04/16/2019
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This week’s A LIST APART is sponsored by Buddy. Get the fastest deployments in UI/UX, with speed that blows developers a...
04/11/2019
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This week’s A LIST APART is sponsored by Buddy. Get the fastest deployments in UI/UX, with speed that blows developers away. From static sites to WordPress to Kubernetes—whatever you do, Buddy’s got your back.

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Powerful and easy-to-configure CI/CD for developers and digital agencies. Our mission is to offload developers from everything that can be automated — and give them back the time for being creative.

Why are our digital services and social networks “a garbage fire of lies, distortions, hate speech, tribalism, privacy v...
04/11/2019

Why are our digital services and social networks “a garbage fire of lies, distortions, hate speech, tribalism, privacy violations, snake oil, dangerous idiocy, deflected responsibility, ethical breaches, and crimes?” A List Apart publisher Zeldman has a few ideas.

https://alistapart.com/article/nothing-fails-like-success

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