This is a drum I’ve been beating for a while: Not all smartphones are created equal. You should be testing on low-spec smartphones.
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Smart thinking (as always) from Jason Grigsby. This time he’s asking the right questions about context in the age of tiny screens (smartwatches) and giant ones (smart TVs).
Fantastic history of “Information Architecture” as a practice, with an eye for where it’s heading. Great work Christina Wodtke!
This is a fantastic rant from Thomas Fuchs on error messages and how to do them well (with lots of examples of how not to write error messages).
A nice overview of small screen design trends with backgrounds as to why these approaches work well.
There’s some really good forms advice in here. Just be careful when manipulating the tab flow.
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Experiments in radio and checkbox resizing. It’s a sad state of affairs. The small hit targets are why I recommend adding negative margins above and below the
label, coupled with equal padding top and bottom. It’s a recommendation from my forms talk that I will write up soon.
This is a fantastic overview of the accessibility considerations you should be making. Most are far more important than screen reader support.