New Tool: Responsive Image Breakpoints Generator

A new open source tool, Responsive Image Breakpoints Generator, should be at the top of your to-do list of new things to learn to use. Developed by Cloudinary and offered to web designers for immediate use, the tool describes itself, Responsive websites, even the most modern ones, often struggle with selecting image resolutions that best match the various user devices. They compromise on either the image dimensions or the number of images ....more

Gather Content Offers a Free UX Guide

Gather Content, an online software tool that allows people to streamline their web content production, is making their UX Guide available as a free download. The book, UX Design And Content Strategy: The Project Guide, is described as a hands-on resource for all UXers and a project guide to UX design and content strategy that explores the relationship through a website project. The book is a 64 page PDF document ....more

Upcoming changes in Apple iOS 9.3 will Affect Education

A group of students can be set up as a classroom to use any iPad Apple announced changes aimed at education that are coming in iOS 9.3. The changes allow a group of students to share iPads. Faculty will be able to set up profiles for each child in a classroom. Those profiles can then be used on any classroom iPad ....more

How to Protect Yourself from the Weakest Links in The Internet of Things

Image via image via dsa66503. Image choice is not meant to suggest that Nest is an insecure brand. So many things are connected to the Internet now ....more

Broadband Use Drops Slightly; Smart Phone Use Climbs

The Pew Research Center released a new survey on home broadband use in 2015 that has implications for web designers. The overall finding is that fewer people have home broadband, while more people rely on their smart phones for Internet access. The changes are slight, but possibly significant ....more

Flash is Dead. Long Live Animate

Flash has had a few hard years. HTML5 whupped it’s ass. So it’s going away ....more

33 Facts about Women in Tech (Infographic)

This infographic shows both A) women are making progress or B) women have much more progress to make. For women to make as much progress as these facts show are needed, men have to participate in the change. The big changes we see in the last year are there because men have finally started trying to work with women to solve the scarcity of women in tech problem ....more

WebAIM announces updates to the WAVE tool

WebAIM announced several updates to the WAVE tool. I always spend time in my accessibility classes telling students about the importance of accessibility testing. The WAVE tool is generally at the top of my list ....more

O’Reilly EBook: Design for Voice Interfaces

O’Reilly Media is offering a free ebook called Design for Voice Interfaces: Building Products that Talk by Laura Klein. It’s only 30 pages long and worth reading. It gives a brief background, talks about current issues in designing VUI and concludes with a few helpful resources to get you started learning more about it ....more

The Pros and Cons of 5 Current Web Design Trends

Photo Credit: Daniel Kulinski (https://flic.kr/p/bWHeie) By Jason OConnor I feel like an old man. While preparing to write this article I can clearly recall a time when I used the Netscape browser to load my favorite search engine Alta Vista using my tortoise-speed dial-up internet connection back in 1998. From this seventeen-year altitude I have seen a lot of web design trends come and go, with only the best becoming relatively standard ....more