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Design, Digested 42 – Accessibility, designing for attention, diaries of note

On this issue: give a damn about accessibility, how to design for readers’ attention span, notable diaries, and more.

Giving a damn about accessibility

A candid and practical handbook for designers. By Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC.

🔗 Download the guide Giving a damn about accessibility on UX Collective

Why developers are designing video games for accessibility

The $184 billion game industry’s massive growth over the last couple decades includes an expanding number of people with disabilities interested in playing, according to Alec Frey, a senior producer at Obsidian Entertainment.

🔗 Read the article Why developers are designing video games for accessibility on PBS

The difference between iteration and prototyping

When building software products, we often hear two separate phrases with different meanings used interchangeably: iteration and prototyping. They’re not the same thing, but they’re related over time during a build process.

🔗 Read the article The difference between iteration and prototyping on Callum Flack’s website

Designing for (realistic) attention

When I advise that a webpage — like a service detail page — have a maximum main body word-count of 150 words, I’m really recommending that it ask a reader to commit to 30 seconds. To put that in perspective, a 1,500 word article — the type of thing we’ve historically written with SEO in mind — could take ~6-10 minutes to read. Fewer and fewer people are doing that, even though search engine algorithms reward length.

🔗 Read the article Designing for (realistic) attention on Christopher Butler’s website

How to think better: the skill you’ve never been taught

Good decisions make the future easier, bad ones make it harder.
But how can we learn to think better?

🔗 Read the article How to think better: the skill you’ve never been taught on Farnam Street

Diaries of note

Every day, beginning on 1st January 2023, a new (old) diary entry will be published on Diaries of Note, with each entry appearing on the same day and month as it was originally written. Every single diarist will be different—nobody will appear twice—which means that by 31st December 2023 you will have been transported back in time by 365 people.

🔗 Visit the Diaries of note’s website

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