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Don’t Disable Form Controls

Just another usability and accessibility pro telling authors not to do the thing they continue to do.

Building your designs

At some point in a designer’s career, the age-old question is asked: “Should designers code?” My direct answer for people who design software interfaces is yes.

Frequently Heard In My Beginning Front-End Web Development Class

What could we learn from entry-level students in front-end web development? As seasoned professionals, you might think you’ve seen it all, but the truth is that the newcomers are asking the most intriguing questions and making connections that those of us who have spent years on the front end may have never considered.

Web Development Is Getting Too Complex, And It May Be Our Fault

An overwhelming number of frameworks and tooling available today gives the impression that web development has gotten perhaps too complex. As a newcomer, it can be frightening to have so many to consider, almost creating a fear of missing out that we see exploited to sell courses and tutorials on the new hot framework that you “cannot work without.”

Exciting New Tools for Designers, February 2024

2024 is well underway and shaping up to be an interesting year. So, to help you keep your focus on working hard and getting stuff done, we’ve collected another bunch of helpful bits and pieces from across the web.

In Loving Memory of Square Checkbox

As you can see, even the checkmark wasn’t always there. But one thing remained constant: checkboxes were square.

Disabled buttons

Always enabled buttons have long been among the “best practices” of UX design, but there are still disabled buttons in interfaces here and there. In 2021, my colleagues at «Open Investments» asked me to make a presentation with a theoretical proof of the “buttons should always be enabled” concept.

Why React Icons May Be the Only Icon Library You Need

A single, elegantly designed icon can communicate complex actions and ideas in a universal language understood at a glance, proving how crucial icons are in elevating the overall user experience. But where can you procure such icons as a React developer?

A Deep Dive into the CSS Grid Layout Module

Master the Art of Responsive Layouts with Step-by-Step Code Examples for Seamless Web Development

Fixing Cumulative Layout Shift Problems

David tracks the performance of his Core Web Vitals and overall performance with Request Metrics. Recently, we noticed that his CLS performance score was trending pretty slow for both desktop and mobile users.

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