Integrating Image-To-Text And Text-To-Speech Models (Part 1) Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Joas Pambou)

Audio descriptions involve narrating contextual visual information in images or videos, improving user experiences, especially for those who rely on audio cues. At the core of audio description technology are two crucial components: the description and the audio. The description involves understanding and interpreting the visual content of an image or video, which includes details … Read more

Getting To The Bottom Of Minimum WCAG-Conformant Interactive Element Size Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Eric Bailey)

There are many rumors and misconceptions about conforming to WCAG criteria for the minimum sizing of interactive elements. I’d like to use this post to demystify what is needed for baseline compliance and to point out an approach for making successful and inclusive interactive experiences using ample target sizes. Minimum Conformant Pixel Size Getting right … Read more

Build Design Systems With Penpot Components Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Mikołaj Dobrucki)

This article is a sponsored by Penpot If you’ve been following along with our Penpot series, you’re already familiar with this exciting open-source design tool and how it is changing the game for designer-developer collaboration. Previously, we’ve explored Penpot’s Flex Layout and Grid Layout features, which bring the power of CSS directly into the hands … Read more

How To Design Effective Conversational AI Experiences: A Comprehensive Guide Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Yinjian Huang)

Conversational AI is revolutionizing information access, offering a personalized, intuitive search experience that delights users and empowers businesses. A well-designed conversational agent acts as a knowledgeable guide, understanding user intent and effortlessly navigating vast data, which leads to happier, more engaged users, fostering loyalty and trust. Meanwhile, businesses benefit from increased efficiency, reduced costs, and … Read more

When Friction Is A Good Thing: Designing Sustainable E-Commerce Experiences Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Anna Rátkai)

As lavish influencer lifestyles, wealth flaunting, and hauls dominate social media feeds, we shouldn’t be surprised that excessive consumption has become the default way of living. We see closets filled to the brim with cheap, throw-away items and having the latest gadget arsenal as signifiers of an aspirational life. Consumerism, however, is more than a … Read more

Useful Customer Journey Maps (+ Figma & Miro Templates) Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Vitaly Friedman)

User journey maps are a remarkably effective way to visualize the user’s experience for the entire team. Instead of pointing to documents scattered across remote fringes of Sharepoint, we bring key insights together — in one single place. Let’s explore a couple of helpful customer journey templates to get started and how companies use them … Read more

Tales Of An Eternal Summer (July 2024 Wallpapers Edition) Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Cosima Mielke)

For many of us, July is the epitome of summer. The time for spending every free minute outside to enjoy the sun and those seemingly endless summer days, be it in a nearby park, by a lake, or on a trip exploring new places. So why not bring a bit of that summer joy to … Read more

How To Improve Your Microcopy: UX Writing Tips For Non-UX Writers Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Irina Silyanova)

Throughout my UX writing career, I’ve held many different roles: a UX writer in a team of UX writers, a solo UX writer replacing someone who left, the first and only UX writer at a company, and even a teacher at a UX writing course, where I reviewed more than 100 home assignments. And oh … Read more

How To Make A Strong Case For Accessibility Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Vitaly Friedman)

Getting support for accessibility efforts isn’t easy. There are many accessibility myths, wrong assumptions, and expectations that make accessibility look like a complex, expensive, and time-consuming project. Let’s fix that! Below are some practical techniques that have been working well for me to convince stakeholders to support and promote accessibility in small and large companies. … Read more

So Your Website Or App Is Live… Now What? Articles on Smashing Magazine — For Web Designers And Developers hello@smashingmagazine.com (Paul Boag)

Whether you’ve launched a redesign of your website or rolled out a new feature in your app, that is the point where people normally move on to the next project. But, that is a mistake. It’s only once a site, app, or feature goes live that we get to see actual users interacting with it … Read more

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