“The founding principles of web accessibility instantly made sense to me. For a couple of years, it was just about building an efficient process. It’s only later that I started to really look at accessibility and its benefits from a human perspective.” —Denis Boudreau
By Emily Flake
Thanks to Futility Closet for pointing me to this wonderful piece about Ghostbusters‘ substance as “a thoughtful introduction to environmental law and policy, suitable for discussion in a law school class.” Christine Alice Corcos’ “Who Ya Gonna C(S)ite”: Ghostbusters and the Environmental Regulation Debate (Copyright © 1997 Florida State University Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law) examines this and more.
The Ghostbuster facility is housed in a former fire station, in which the Ghostbusters also reside. The surrounding area seems to have a mixture of small businesses and warehouses. One may well ask whether the area is zoned for uses that include waste storage facilities. If not, the city might object that the facility is a public nuisance. The neighbors may argue that the Ghostbusters’ facility is a private nuisance due to their strange activities including the comings and goings of various employees and visitors, the sirens on the Ghostbusters vehicle, and the oddity of some of their clientele.
“Part of the issue is that standards and guidelines tend to focus more on code than design, more on output than outcome, more on compliance than experience. As such, technically compliant pages could be built that are not the most usable for disabled users. It may not seem immediately obvious, but visual design can have a massive impact on users who cannot see the page. I often find that mobile applications and websites that are problematic to make accessible are the ones where the visual design, by dictating structure, does not allow it.”
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StoriesOnBoard looks like an incredible product planning tool for agile teams to use when backlogging user stories and features. Even if your team isn’t agile, if you’re on a product and working across teams to address a functional specification, this tool can be immensely helpful. Watch the video to see how robust the features are – just amazing!
I highly recommend this Medium piece by Arthur Bodolec, Design co-founder at feedly, discussing how the Material Design UX workshop at Google helped his feedly team think about their application in some new ways. Incidentally, the foundation of feedly was based in material (cards) already – but it’s later in the piece where Bodolec addresses colors and imagery, that the real innovation creeps out. Subtle but powerful before and after pictures included.
Ever wondered about suggested friends on Facebook that seem … random? Me too. Ever hopped on a plane and made a documentary about going to find them and figure it out? Well, this guy did.
Piper is an amazing little hacker toolbox based on a Raspberry Pi that shows you how to build electronics by playing Minecraft. Coming soon to Kickstarter so get ready to support!
Paul Ford, for The New Yorker:
You might have read that, on October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5. And you might know that this has something to do with apps and the Web. The question is: Does this concern you?
The answer, at least for citizens of the Internet, is yes: it is worth understanding both what HTML5 is and who controls the W3C. And it is worth knowing a little bit about the mysterious, conflict-driven cultural process whereby HTML5 became a “recommendation.” Billions of humans will use the Web over the next decade, yet not many of those people are in a position to define what is “the Web” and what isn’t. The W3C is in that position. So who is in this cabal? What is it up to? Who writes the checks?
Read it all at The New Yorker
Completely in love with Elizabeth Gadd‘s photography.
You know about Tinybop, right? They make beautiful apps for kids, and their “Loves” section on the website links to oodles of other wonderful things (books, apps, games, etc.) that you will absolutely love. I don’t have enough time to even try all the wonderful things I’ve found there with my kids.
They have three amazing apps of their own: Plants, Homes, and The Human Body. All three are wonderful, but if you haven’t tried The Human Body yet, do it soon because at the moment, proceeds from the download are going directly to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. You probably can’t do a better job spending $2.99 anywhere else this week. Get to it!