What I've learned about motor impairment

Accessibility is (thankfully) receiving a fair amount of attention in web development circles these days. As designers and developers we should all be seeking to create experiences that are as inclusive as possible. With that in mind I’d like to talk about designing for motor impairments, an aspect of accessibility that I think is often overlooked. read more

The Long Goodbye

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, in fact it was the main reason I started blogging again. It’s a hard post to write, because I have some very difficult news to share. Although I have told many of you in private I haven’t made a public announcement, so here it is: I am terminally ill. read more

Designing for the Unexpected

Before I began doing web design and education full-time I was the art director at Discovery Place, a children’s science museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Like most children’s museums the exhibits were interactive and designed to engage kids by being hands-on and fun. Helping to design new exhibits was challenging and an amazing amount of fun. I learned a lot through this process, but perhaps the biggest lesson I learned was to attempt to expect the unexpected. read more

It's What You Make, Not How You Make It.

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of authoring HTML and CSS directly in JavaScript. Since web design is a subject that people get pretty passionate about, there’s been a fair amount of heated debate over it. In one camp you have developers coming from an app-dev background who see it as an efficient way to architect sites and increase maintainability. On the other side you have web purists who feel the practice results in bad code and violates the separation of concerns that has formed the bedrock of the web for so long. read more