Article Roundup - Week of July 22, 2018

Article Roundup

Here’s the final nail in the coffin of open plan offices
This research may “put the final nail in the coffin” for open office plans, but they’re going to be around for decades to come. Having different spaces for different purposes does help. I have recent experience with that. But without hard and fast rules around phone etiquette and noise buffers those “zones” count for little.

A one size fits all database doesn’t fit anyone
Amazon AWS offers a lot of different types of databases and their CTO defends that in this article. He talks about how different use cases work better with different databases and why it is important to use the option best suited to your needs.

Designing for accessibility is not that hard – UX Collective
Making your website or application accessible doesn’t need to be a big chore. There are a few things that you can do that will account for the majority of accessibility issues. This article goes through 7 things you can do with relatively little effort.

How and Why We Unit Test Our Sass
It’s certainly interesting that Sparkbox performs unit testing on their sass, but I’m not sure I am convinced of the usefulness in most cases. If I had some complex mixins I can understand wanting to test that they behave as expected, but for anything short of that it seems like you’re just duplicating code. Either way, it’s interesting to see.