Hi everyone, the team at Mightybytes is kicking off a redesign of our free web sustainability tool, Ecograder. We’re actively seeking feedback on what the new version could or should become. Our goal is to make it more useful and help people better understand how to improve their digital products to become both high-impact and low-carbon.
This group’s insights would be incredibly helpful. If you’re up for it, would you mind answering a few questions? Here’s the survey. It will stay open for at least the next week or so.
I’ve been reading a bit about Conversational Design, and want to suggest some talking points about its relation to web sustainability:
Conversational Design uses text interaction, which reduces the complexity of the Ui
Conversational Design creates a dialogue between user and a “Site Persona”, which fits nicely into many Ux models. We’ve been calling these, “Design Personas”, as part of Emotional Design:
Conversational Design outputs a text stream ordered in time, which means you naturally support visually impaired uses with screen readers. In contrast, we need to put ARIA roles on visual pages to make sure they let screen readers parse content in the correct order
Conversational Design deliverables look a LOT like a Ux user storyboard, scenario, or Customer Journey.
Conversational Design supports those without visual screens, which includes IoT devices like Alexa. But it also supports, in theory “smart” web spiders and related AIs trying to make sense of a web page, if they can also engage in a dialogue with the Site Persona.
Conversational Design will be used heavily in VR and AR. The reason? VR and AR environments are too complex to control except via voice interaction.
So, I’m suggesting that instead of “Mobile First”, “Conversation First” as a new route to Web Sustainability. Thoughts?
With Mozilla’s 2018 Internet Health Report finally shining a light on sustainability, and thanks to Chris Adams’ presentation at MozFest last year, I’ve been inspired to seriously up my game in terms of helping wherever I can in this field.
As a first step, I’ve put together a very simple WordPress widget that allows users to easily add The Green Web Foundation’s badge to their website. I think of the widget more as a marketing tool than anything else – i.e. it gets The Green Web Foundation into WordPress’ shop window.
You can see the widget in action on my blog (bottom of the sidebar).
My next steps within WordPress are to create a theme that incorporates all of the sustainable web design techniques. My goal is to make a theme that can theoretically score 100 with Ecograder. I say theoretically because some things are dependent on the host, MozRank etc. But if, for example, I could get the demo site for the theme near to 100, that’d be awesome. And I could also centre all of the content on the demo site around Internet sustainability.
What’s needed for better sustainability is a library that allows lookup of JS library by version, with known vulnerabilities. At the very least, design and maintenance documents for websites should include a strategy for fixing outdated JS libraries in the mix.
Green UX draws from individual needs and goals to generate products and services that both improve user experience and increase the convenience of environmentally friendly behaviors. This year’s event will feature sessions on “Sustainable Web Design” – tickets here…
Here’s a link to all things Sustainable Web Design on Mightybytes’ website. As of Feb 2014 we have 19 posts on various aspects of web sustainability and a guide for developing sustainable digital products for anyone who might be interested.
All — I propose we keep a running list of current sustainable web evaluator tools/methods. These can be either auto-gen (“auto”) assessments (like Tim’s Ecograder) or manual (“manual”) assessments (like the IMA contest, etc.)
From this and with additional work we can compile a standardized set of assessments to rate sustainable Web.
If you know of others, or come across them in your work, please add to the list: