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Responsive Web Design Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 4, 2014

A recent study showed that mobile is the primary Internet access method for a vast number of global Internet users. Roughly 50% of Internet users in Africa and Asia are mobile-only, in contrast to 25% in the United States. This …

HTML and CSS Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 28, 2014

[Ed note: This is the third in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the first two posts here and here.] Optimizing your markup can have a substantial impact on your site’s page load time. …

Image Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 21, 2014

[Ed note: This is the second in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the introductory post here.] Images make up the majority of most sites’ page weight. Thanks to their size and the number …

The Altar of Shiny

By Courtney Nash
January 13, 2014

Web and mobile users continue to expect faster sites and apps–especially when it comes to mobile–and this year I’d like to see people who work on the web spend more time focusing on performance as a user experience priority instead …

What Developers Can Learn from

By James Turner
October 4, 2013

The first highly visible component of the Affordable Health Care Act launched this week, in the form of the site. Theoretically, it allows citizens, who live in any of the states that have chosen not to implement their own …

Purposeful Design Principles for Behavior Change

By Laurie Petrycki
August 15, 2013

Steve Wendel (@sawendel) is the Principal Scientist at HelloWallet where he develops applications that help users take control of their finances. He’s also currently writing Designing for Behavior Change. I recently sat down to talk with Steve about the importance …

Optimizing Your Websites for Smartphones, Tablets, and More

By Dino Esposito
July 5, 2013

Users expect to be able to use and bookmark a website by name—always the same name, regardless of the device used to reach and view the site. From a user’s standpoint, a site is a site regardless of which device is …

Congress launches in beta, doesn’t open the data

By Alex Howard
September 19, 2012

The Library of Congress is now more responsive — at least when it comes to web design. Today, the nation’s repository for its laws launched a new beta website at and announced that it would eventually replace, the …

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