Archive: January, 2009

Facing up to Fonts | Slides and notes

The slides from Richard's superb Skillswap presentation.

Official Google Blog: Introducing Measurement Lab

Vint Cerf announces M-Lab: an excellent resource which will allow people to find out if and how their internet access is being throttled. Viva l'internet!

FireScope

This addition to Firebug is rather excellent: a built in reference for whatever you're inspecting.

Striking Web Sites with Font Stacks that Inspire - Inspiration Bit

A look at different font stacks out there in the wild.

Champion of Guitars.z5 - Parchment

The text adventure version of Guitar Hero.

Experiments in Data Portability - Screencast

Glenn has created a screencast of his superb Skillswap presentation, syncing up the audio with the slides.

Microformats in 2009 · Ben Ward

Ben shares his hopes for the coming year in microformats.

Juicy Studio: Requiring the alt Attribute in HTML5

Gez lays out the case for and against keeping the alt attribute mandatory in HTML5. If he's missed anything, add a comment.

maxgadney.com

Information Graphics about WWII for WWII magazine and for the book proposal "A Visual Miscellany of World War II".

English Russia » Abandoned Russian Polar Nuclear Lighthouses

"Now, there are signs “RADIOACTIVITY� written with big white letters on the approaching paths to the structure but they don’t stop the abandoned exotics lovers."

stopdesign

Good news everyone: Douglas is back! Yay!

AJAX APIs Playground

A nice way to play around with Google's APIs. Example code is provided which you can edit and immediately see the results.

Effective Design for Multiple Screen Sizes | mobiForge

A superb article by Bryan Rieger on designing for multiple screen sizes. The closing section makes it clear that if you care about mobile, you'd better get comfortable with liquid layouts fast.

IT's a man's world? - The F-Word

Sue Schofield plugs Ada Lovelace Day while taking a long hard look at the sniggering sexism endemic to the IT industry.

Jounce, the online home of M. Jackson Wilkinson

Jackson's lovely new site ...written in HTML5.

tomtaylor.co.uk : projects : microprinter

The details of Tom's hardware hack at PaperCamp: an old-school printer receipt printer hooked up via arduino.

Flickr: The New Frontiersman's Photostream

Background material for Watchmen.

Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: pirates and scalpels

Chris Heathcote's notes from his PaperCamp talk on guidebooks.

Austenbook

Pride and Prejudice told through Facebook.

Meow Reader

Cats. Reading. Once again, it's all about the cumulative effect.

LifeStreamBackup.com

This could prove to be very useful in the event of future Pownce/Jaiku implosions.

Noisy Decent Graphics: All the ephemera that's fit to print *

I had a good browse through "Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet 2008" at PaperCamp. It's lovely.

TweetEffect- When did you lose or gain twitter followers?

A little Twitter app from Christian ...that doesn't ask for your password.

Is It Bacon Friday?

I mentioned to Brian on IM that he *totally* had to make this single serving site. Within in an hour, he had the domain and the site up an running. "Just need to do the RSS feed," he said.

moly_x_12

Follow the adventure of this group of artists from around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

Styling XFN and rel-license links - Opera Developer Community

Christopher Schmitt shows how to style XFN links using attribute selectors.

DearIE6 - So Long

Bid farewell to IE6.

YQL now supports microformats! (Yahoo! Developer Network Blog)

Yahoo's RESTful query language can now parse microformats. This is excellent news ...although I'm personally finding it tough to wrap my head around the documentation. It's certainly trickier than hKit but then, it's almost certainly more powerful too.

Walk to work on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Dunstan put a Flip video on the end of a four foot long bamboo pole and attached it to himself to film his morning commute.

60,000 Piece Star Wars LEGO Diorama - Film Roster

A 5' x 10' Hoth base diorama consisting of between 55,000 to 60,000 pieces of LEGO and containing 50 real lights and a remote controlled device that can deploy troops from the AT-ATs.

Using WAI ARIA Landmark Roles - The Paciello Group Blog

A guide to using ARIA roles from the mighty Steve Faulkner.

Dopplr Blog » Blog Archive » Dopplr presents the Personal Annual Report 2008: freshly generated for you, and Barack Obama…

I can't wait to get my personal annual report from Dopplr! In the meantime, I'll content myself with the very pretty example of Barack Obama's annual report.

A definition of “user experience� | FatDUX | blogging about user experiences

Eric Reiss takes a stab at defining User Experience.

Play School: Easy Ajax - load | jQuery for Designers - Tutorials and screencasts

Remy teaches non-techies how to use jQuery in a responsible way.

12 resources for getting a jump on HTML 5 ~ Authentic Boredom

Cameron rounds up articles on HTML5 from 'round the web.

ING Lion Deposit - Online savings account 100% free

More clever meta web marketing.

London V2 Rocket Sites...Mapped - Londonist: London News, Food, Arts & Events

Gravity's rainbow on a Google map.

Font-weight is still broken in all but one browser | Clagnut § Browsers · Typography · CSS techniques

A superb bit of browser research by Richard. "There’s more to the lives of many typefaces than just Bold and Regular, but almost no browsers follow the proper CSS 1 way of specifying Light, Semibold, Black and other weights. There is a workaround,…

bookcamp / PaperCamp

Matt has organised PaperCamp for this weekend and I'll be heading along. Should be good fun.

Pretty Loaded - preloader museum curated by Big Spaceship

A collection of Flash preloaders. Out of context, they make for surprisingly compelling viewing all together.

tiltshiftmaker.com - Transform your photos into tilt-shift style miniatures

Use TiltShiftMaker to easily transform your standard photos into fun tilt-shift style miniature pictures.

Historical Tweets

Twitter through the ages.

The OpenID and OAuth Flow: Playing with UX · Ben Ward

A thoughtful post from Ben on how the flow of OAuth, OpenID and Facebook Connect can be improved.

Giving back to the web community - Our Customers - Campaign Monitor

Organisers of BarCamps — and other geek gatherings — take note: Campaign Monitor will provide sponsorship in the shape of pizza and drink.

Wait till I come! » Blog Archive » Detecting and displaying the information of a logged-in twitter user

Clever or creepy? You decide.

How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR

This site needs some promotion. Maybe on Twitter.

Mosembro | lexanderA

A web browser for Android that detects microformats and allows direct actions with the data. The map integration is exactly the kind of thing I'd like to see on the iPhone.

CO2 emissions, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time

A visual real-time simulation that displays the carbon dioxide (co2) emissions, birth rates, and death rates of every country in the world.

atomictoy - dude-a-day

365 days of hand-drawn exemplars of dudeness.

Anna Pickard: Why is the idea of online friendships still treated with such disdain? | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

A lovely article from Anna on friendship and the internet.

Rands In Repose: A Signature Cadence

Heartfelt and moving: praise for those who sprinkle doses of humanity into software interfaces.

Unobtrusify.com - Unobtrusive Javascript for Progressive Enhancement

A simple and powerful message, beautifully delivered (itself an example of unobtrusive JavaScript). Bravo, Phil Hawksworth!

How your friends' friends can affect your mood - life - 30 December 2008 - New Scientist

The spread of happiness, obesity and smoking habits through social networks.

flickr.simple.php

A super-simple lightweight PHP class by Kellan for calling the Flickr API and receiving back an array of results.

BBC - Future Media Standards & Guidelines - Browser Support Standards v3.3

A document outlining browser support standards for bbc.co.uk

How the Lowly Text Message May Save Languages That Could Otherwise Fade - WSJ.com

The importance of providing predictive text for minority languages (including Irish). To help preserve languages, advocates are pushing to make more written languages available on cellphones.

Twitter Status - Don't Click That Link!

Twitter's promotion of the password anti-pattern bites them on the ass.

Main - browsersec - Google Code - Browser Security Handbook landing page

This looks like being an excellent—and free—resource "...meant to provide web application developers, browser engineers, and information security researchers with a one-stop reference to key security properties of contemporary web browsers."

Accessibility Tips

A collection of tips, guidance, advice and practical suggestions in developing accessible websites

five second test - A simple online usability test

The five second test is a simple usability test that helps you measure the effectiveness of your user interfaces.