Hi, I’m Brian Dys — a photographer from the inside looking out · a composer entangled in electronic music · a UX designer · a spouse, a parent, & everything in between.
Excited for new things to learn and at the same time at a loss – that’s how I am facing tougher times and bigger challenges for the idea that my colleagues and I are nurturing. Or should I accurately say, battering?
Oh yes. Beating and battering. As quoted by Professor Richard Cruz, great philosopher Michael Gerard Tyson said,
Everybody’s got a plan… until they get punched in the face.
That’s the watered-down quote that is apt in preparing startup founders who will face investors in the ring. Here’s the original in all its wisdom:
Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit in the mouth. Watch what you say and who you say it to today. pic.twitter.com/DYiQO11Wpj
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 9, 2013
I categorize <a> into two: Links and Actions.
Links will take you to another location, mostly for information while Actions could also do the same but with a more targeted purpose.
Links can be left alone in CSS – because they are buried in paragraphs or sitting beside other texts. Actions require styles that will enhance their usability – like padding to increase its active area (easier to click).
I’ve been reading lately about events and conferences selling “Blind Bird” tickets.
It seems like it stemmed from “Early Bird” and upon searching the term “Blind Bird Ticket” in Google, only more Blind Bird ticket sales came up. No official Wiki or definition whatsover.
Buying a Blind Bird Ticket means that you’re entitled to a hefty discount (much like an Early Bird) at an event without further details yet – such as to who will be speaking or doing the intermission numbers.
Does the HTML markup of your website has an accessibility function in the form of “Skip to Content”? If yes, then you would notice that it is located at the topmost of the markup. This is as such in order to make it the first focus when using keyboard to navigate.
Now you may ask, “Shouldn’t the document title be at the topmost of the document?”
Not when you put this accessibility function into the context of its intended use. The user, upon arriving at your website might have come from a link or have typed a URL into the web browser. That could’ve acted as the document title that ensures the user where s/he is.
The second part of this context is the user being able to go directly to the content – skipping every element that isn’t part of his or her purpose for visiting the website.
As UI designers, it’s easy to jump into sketching UIs through wire frames. Afterall, UIs are commonly visual. But taking a careful step of planning before sketching is a rewarding way of ensuring that the information embedded into the UI is well-thought of.
Awhile ago, I received a surprise in my email – that I passed the ToT post exam.
The little sacrifice of waking up early in the mornin, driving 46km to the venue, simultaneously participating in the discussion and working remotely – paid off.
I am now qualified as a lab assistant during the Web Development Training.