Like so many things today, the world of website accessibility testing is becoming automated. There are tools and internet browser extensions now available that make it possible to perform tests in minutes instead of the hours — if not days — that used to be required for completion.Continue Reading
Duo recently started working with an up-and-coming startup to determine a set of requirements for the company’s new mobile app. Based off of phone calls with the startup team, there were a lot of elements that they considered to be important to the project, but due to time and scope limitations, the team wanted us to determine what the minimum viable product was.Continue Reading
Earlier this month, I attended a meetup with other designers, developers and user experience (UX) specialists from across the Chicago area. The session was about building quality accessibility practices into your project processes, and it was fascinating.
The event speakers were a front-end software engineer and a quality assurance engineer, and they each spoke about how addressing accessibility plays a role in their day-to-day responsibilities.Continue Reading
Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, and before we know it, it’s going to be 2018. With that in mind, I wanted to go ahead and talk about five user experience and web design trends I’m going to be keeping my eye on in the new year.
Photo by Annie Spratt
When you think about a brand getting a new website, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, I think the answer would be a site with a new appearance. While that’s obviously an important component of any website development or redesign project, I think there’s something else that should be thought about before considering how a site looks.Continue Reading
I want to start this post off with a quick quiz (don’t worry, it’s not hard, and you won’t be graded).
Think about where you work. What does your business or organization value? What is most important to its leaders?
OK, that wasn’t so hard, right? Now think about (or look at) your organization’s website. Where are those values explained?Continue Reading
When we build a new website or redesign an existing site, the process can be broken down into three basic phases: discovery, design and development.
Without question, the most important of these sections is the first. It is in discovery that we learn the exact details of what our client is looking for. Beyond that, we meet key team members and learn roles and responsibilities as they relate to the website.
I’ve worked on several Drupal updates and redesigns for university websites since I’ve worked at Duo, and the one thing that still surprises me is the level of intricacy needed for the sites. I don’t necessarily mean that the sites are complex, but rather, the planning and organizing of content is more complex than your normal consumer-based site.Continue Reading
I had a conversation recently with a woman in a wheelchair, and I haven’t been able to get what she said out of my head. We were at a conference, and she was talking about challenges she faces that most people may never think about.
The story she told was about that morning. She and a few of her colleagues were approaching the building that housed the conference, but as they got to the front door, she realized there was no handicapped access.