Our Senior Designer, Warren Challenger, takes a look into the speed metrics of F1 websites, understanding how accessible your colours are and how designers can take advantage of new CSS techniques.
Using tools available to everybody for free today and simulating slow speeds, ironically found at F1 events, Jake Archibald compares ten Formula 1 manufacturers websites. Diving into network requests, files sizes and how the site performs on older devices. Archibald discovers some surprising results, the manufacturers and brands you’d expect to do well, don’t.
Colour is an essential part of any brand, and when designing your guidelines, one of the things you must consider is accessibility. This tool shows you how ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant your colours are in relation to each other. By adding multiple colours, you can generate a chart to see how they can be used together for accessibility, and find similar colours that work better.
For years, designers have been using grids to bring order to pages. Grids as a design tool are associated with the Swiss who formalised it as a way of thinking about layout in the 1940s. Fast forward six years to the release of CSS Grid in early 2017. This technology removes a lot of the limitations that existed in CSS to date. But CSS Grid is not just a tool for front-end developers; designers can now think about web layout in new ways.
Instead of technology enhancing our abilities as humans, we’ve seen it become a vehicle for extracting our attention, monetising our personal information, and exploiting our psychological vulnerabilities. As designers, we play a vital role in the creation of such technology, and it’s time we take responsibility for the impact that these products and services we build are having on people it should serve.
Hot Design Links
- Typography is so much more than picking a typeface, font size, and weight. People often think you need to choose a pretty font and that’s it. But typography is an essential part of most designs.
- Some great work from Verena Michelitsch.
- Responding to Skepticism About Findings From Small Studies.