In the office this week we read about accessible typefaces, dogfooding, estimates, and mapping population.
Source: Procedural World
Takeaway: Test a complex system by letting an informed but non-expert user interact with it to complete a task. Where does the tool succeed and where are the pain points in the process. As a developer, running a real-world dogfooding test can be a great way to check your work.
Tags: #Programming, #Dogfooding
Source: Herding Cats Blog
Takeaway: The #noestimates movement in project management asserts that small, incremental progress can be made without estimating costs, efforts, or outcomes and can lead to increased efficiency in producing a shippable product. The author of the post (Hank Rainwater) asserts that the #noestimate movement operates under a SOPI (System of Profound Ignorance) and as such avoids meaningful data, operates under significant uncertainty, and does a poor job of delivering value to clients.
Tags: #Project Management
Source: National Geographic
Takeaway: An interesting redrawing of America that ignores state boundaries and instead focuses on population centers and commute data. They use a clustering algorithm (so some places are extremely rounded up to get 50 regions) but the general alternative perspective is really fascinating.
Tags: #maps, #population
Source: A List Apart
Takeaway: Dyslexia blurs the line between accessibility and usability; what helps those that have difficulty distinguishing letter shapes helps us all. Pick up some insight on how to select typefaces with an eye toward accessibility and inclusiveness.
Tags: #Accessibility, #Usability, #Typography, #Dyslexia
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