Now on The Interconnected: Back to Basics: Writing Design Guidelines

I’m doing a lot of writing design guidelines at work right now — essentially codifying in words the things we’re already doing. Paving the cowpaths if you will.

My June 28 post on The Interconnected is about where to put design guidelines when you write them, what application to write them in, what to put in them, and why nobody’s going to read them but you.

Read Back to Basics: Writing Design Guidelines on The Interconnected

Now on The Pastry Box: The damned annoying truth about sucking at things

The truth about sucking at things is that you do it at the beginning, and suck less until you master a thing.

The damned annoying truth about sucking at things is that if they don’t have defined limits to what “mastery” looks like, you’re always going to be able to see progress. And that means, well, you’re going to suck.

Read the damned annoying truth about sucking at things on The Pastry Box.

Now on The Pastry Box: Rendering intent, in all its incarnations

I recently took a weekend retreat to the Pocono mountains to write.

I learned a lot about writing, a lot about writing retreats, and a little about web design in the process. If design is the rendering of intent, as Jared Spool says, then writing is the ultimate act of design — even when it’s fiction writing.

Read more about rendering intent, in all its incarnations on The Pastry Box

Accessibility, Recovery, and Posters

It’s been a bit crazy around here.

On February 3rd, my scheduled article for The Pastry Box, Recovery, went up. That was, as usual, exciting for me. This month’s post was about being kind to yourself, because you can. People seem to like it a lot.

So my phone was already buzzing with twitter notifications as different folks found and commented on that post, which made me pretty happy.

Then about mid-morning, A List Apart posted Reframing Accessibility for the Web, a piece I wrote about ableism, accessibility, and testing strategies that move accessibility into technology. That’s when my phone started vibrating off my desk.

The article, which has been read and tweeted about more times than I can count, has been very well-received. The most an author can accomplish is to get people thinking — anything beyond that is a bonus. Based on the comments and feedback I’ve gotten, I’ve gotten people thinking, and that makes me very satisfied indeed.

It’s also gotten me remembering the requests I’d received for a printable version of An Alphabet of Accessibility Issues┬áback in July.

So here it is, better late than never, an Alphabet of Accessibility Issues PDF that you can download and print onto whatever size paper you happen to have available. Hang it around the office, in the lobby, or wherever you work on your design and development stuff. Update: thanks to the fine folks at Emerge Interactive the PDF is now tagged for better accessibility!

As for me, I’m thinking of something more oriented toward design heuristics for my next piece. It’ll be fun.