Today, images stand for about 50 % of a website’s total weight. Since poor performance is so tightly linked to decreased revenue and dissatisfied users, we designers must take more responsibility for website images.
Websites keep getting heavier and heavier. According to data from httparchive.org, the average website weighed 3686 KB on February 15, 2018. Six years earlier (February 15, 2012), the average website used to weigh 986 KB.
Websites have become 373,8 % heavier during the last six years. It’s mind-blowingly bad!
Video stands for a large part of a website’s weight today compared to a few years ago, but the largest contributor to the total weight is still images.
Why performance matters
When arguing for the importance of good performance, it’s easy to find supporting research.
If you’ve ever shared your knowledge and experience in front of a crowd, you know it’s an amazing and very rewarding experience. But getting speaking gigs can be challenging. In this post, I’ll share my advice on how to get them.
Since 2011 I’ve been giving talks on different topics such as accessibility, mobile first, responsive web design and how to become a macOS power user. It’s something that I enjoy immensely, learn a lot from and will keep doing for as long as I can.
While giving talks is a science on its own, getting speaking gigs is something that doesn’t happen automatically. You have to work on your social and marketing skills. Selling yourself doesn’t come easy to most people. I’ve sure struggled with it.
Luckily, I’ve learnt a thing or two about selling my talks over the years. So, here are my best pieces of advice on getting more speaking gigs.
In the Summer of 2018, WCAG 2.0 will be updated to version 2.1 with new guidelines for making websites even more accessible. In this post I’ll try to give simple explanations of these guidelines along with thoughts and advice on how to follow them.
WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and is an International established set of guidelines for accessible content on the Internet. These guidelines are mainly for people with various disabilities, but also for different devices used for browsing websites.
WCAG is maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main standards organisation for the Internet. The current version (WCAG 2.0) was published in 2008 and became an ISO standard (ISO/IEC 40500:2012) in 2012.
In the Summer of 2018, WCAG 2.1 is set to be released with seventeen new guidelines that focus on improving accessibility for users with cognitive disabilities and for users who browse websites on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
In recent years, Sketch has risen to one of the top vector graphics editors among designers. I use it several times a week at work and I love it! Here are my tips for making great wireframes in Sketch.
When I started working as an IT consultant in 2011, my designer colleagues all used different vector graphics editors. Today, almost everyone of them uses Sketch exclusively.
If you’re making wireframes, creating a style guide or drawing illustrations Sketch is the perfect tool! It’s popular, not overburdened with features and costs much less than editors like Photoshop.
Here are my best pieces of advice when making wireframes in Sketch.
Organize your screens with Pages and Artboards
As your wireframes grow, keeping all screens organized is essential for staying efficient. Hence, you should make use of Pages and Artboards.
Create a Page for each set of related screens
In Sketch, a Page offers a new blank canvas. There’s no reason to put all of your screens on the same Page. Instead, create a Page for each set of related screens of the app or website your making wireframes for.
Memories fade over time and some are easily lost forever, especially if they’re stored on old VHS tapes. This is my guide on how to transfer your VHS tapes to your Mac, so you can store them for the future.
When I came home for Christmas eight years ago in 2010, my parents had organized all of their old VHS tapes from when I was a kid. When we watched some of them, I realized that these tapes needed to be transfered to digital form before they deteriorated further.
I took me seven years, but last year I decided to finally transfer these tapes to digital form as a Christmas gift to my parents.
This is how I did it, step by step.
1. Getting the equipment
Transferring VHS tapes to a computer requires getting some equipment.
Luckily, my parents had already done a lot of the hard work by having not one but two VHS players in great shape (one broke down and we had to repair it for $72, but that’s another story).
This is the equipment I used (excluding my Macbook):