Here's a great way to include social icons on your site without breaking a bandwidth sweat: Super Tiny Social Icons is a bunch of really tiny SVG files (all less than 1k). Includes a lot of the most common services so no reason not to use them.
Want to see how closely you are being tracked when visiting a website? Check this out: https://clickclickclick.click
Nielsen Norman Group call out a few big website owners in their recent article Top 10 Enduring Web-Design Mistakes.
Smartlook is a free service that records mouse movements and actions of users on your site. Look like a promising service.
Your Body Text Is Too Small says Christian Miller, and he's probably right. He makes some good points about legibility versus readability and provides some examples of top sites that use pretty large text sizes on their sites.
FLIF, an alternative lossless image format for the web that outperforms PNG and WebP.
It may have been an April Fools' joke but the message can still be read in reverse and appreciated. The Nielsen Norman Group produced a cracker of an article called Difficult Designs Are Better (for Humanity) that highlighted various usability concerns, like how important it is to challenge your visitors by making navigation "joyfully suprising" and give nothing away upfront and instead force your users to go deeper on your site to find more. Brilliant!
GoodUI is a collection of tips and tricks to consider when improving the general usability of your website design. A few that caught my eye were:
- use contrast
- try fewer form field in your forms
- selling benefits instead of features
- stick to conventions (rather than reinventing the wheel)
- add labels to your icons to be clear
- present fewer options
Need some simple CSS loading elements? Try these
SuperPNG is a free, open source plug-in for Photoshop that lets you save transparent PNG images to the absolute minimum file size. Works a treat.