Archive: July, 2009

Extract colors from photos and make color schemes | ColorSuckr

A very handy tool for extracting colour schemes from photographs.

The Ficly Server Support Project on The Writer's Room - Official Ficly Blog

Ficly needs your help. Ficly deserves your help.

Douchebag Name Generator

The results are astounding accurate.

Misunderstanding Markup: XHTML 2/HTML 5 Comic Strip | How-To | Smashing Magazine

My words have been given new life in comic form thanks to the very talented Brad Colbow.

Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain - life - 29 June 2009 - New Scientist

It turns out that the brain is a scale-free small-world network in a state of self-organised criticality. Just like the internet.

Questionable Characters | Home

A beautifully presented site wherein Ben and Frank endeavour to answer your design-related questions.

the Movie title stills collection

Prepare to lose yourself in this collection of movie titles from the 1920s to the present day.

Font in your face | Nimbupani Designs

A good, clear-headed summation of font linking.

A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web - NYTimes.com

Foreheadslappingly stupid behaviour from the Associated Press.

The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real - Anil Dash

Anil Dash writes about the realtime web, calling it Pushbutton.

An essay on W3C's design principles - Contents

Bert Bos's 2000 Treatise (published in 2003) is a must-read for anyone involved in developing any kind of format. "This essay tries to make explicit what the developers in the various W3C working groups mean when they invoke words like efficiency, maintainability, accessibility, extensibility, learnability, simplicity, longevity, and other long words ending in -y."

HEY-IT - We want to get rid of IE6!

A poster campaign aimed at encouraging IT departments to upgrade company browser policy.

teoskaffa.com AND THAT'S WASSUP

I don't normally like all-Flash sites and I really don't like sites that mess with my cursor* but this one works really well. * I'm looking at you, Harry Potter Twitter site with the password anti-pattern.

arc90 lab : experiments : HashMask - Another (More Secure!) Experiment in Password Masking

Here's an interesting idea: generating a sparkline when you input a password ...familiarity with the generated sparkline acts as a visual aid to the user.

Web fonts. Where are we? Will web fonts ever be a reality? | i love typography, the typography and fonts blog

A great round-up on the current state of web typography following TypeCon 2009.

The Typography Manual - For the iPhone and iPod Touch

A glossary of typography that you can carry around with you.

Missed Connections

"Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down."

Hallvord R. M. Steen - Most expensive javascript ever?

How one line of JavaScript cost a hardware vendor millions. Browser sniffing is bad, m'kay?

Moof

The sign up process is using the Huffduffer model. Good to see more human forms in the wild.

MoonLander3D Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Edition

Celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary with Seb's 3D lunar lander game.

IS HTML5 READY?

Remy's riposte to http://ishtml5readyyet.com/

fuckyeahanimalswithcasts

Awwww... wook at the poor aniwals.

Make them Care! - a book by Joshua Porter

Josh is writing another book. Part copywriting manifesto, part psychology handbook, part design manual.

Table of Condiments

Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad

Invading The Vintage - a set on Flickr

Cute aliens invading vintage postcards of Switzerland.

Code Poetry: Blake’s Jerusalem | actionscripter.co.uk

foreach (tyger in night.forests) { burn(bright); }

HTML5 structure—HTML4 and XHTML1 to HTML5 ・ @boblet | random notes

Oli gives a nice hands-on tutorial on using the new structural elements in HTML 5.

How to create EOT files without Microsoft WEFT — Edward O’Connor

@font-face for all — Ted shows how to convert TTF files to EOT using the command line.

The New York Review of Ideas

The colour scheme is a little odd (though I expect this will change from month to month) but the typography is tasteful and the content is king.

Shirky: In Praise of Evolvable Systems

A classic essay from Clay Shirky on the dumb nature of the web.

Calligraphie lumineuse - a set on Flickr

Gorgeous photos of Arabic calligraphy drawn in light.

Garfield: Lost in Translation

Garfield, translated into Japanese and then translated back into English.

Digg the Blog » Blog Archive » Much Ado About IE6

Trammell outlines the thoughtful, research-based approach that Digg will be taking in phasing out IE6 support.

Kernest.com | @font-face central

Another font-linking service is on the way.

SlickMap CSS — A Visual Sitemapping Tool for Web Developers

A really nice stylesheet for sitemaps represented as nested unordered lists in HTML.

Bug 25267 – Autobuffer on <audio /> cannot be disabled

This single issue is what's stopping me using the HTML 5 audio element on Huffduffer.

Thoughts on the whole XHTML/HTML5 affair | Morethanseven

I think Gareth is reading my mind. Get out my mind, Gareth!

BBC - Glow JavaScript Library

The BBC have released their JavaScript library. This one is worth paying attention to for its wide browser support base.

PHP Typography 1.0 beta 3 • KINGdesk

A PHP script that adds nice typography to your markup.

Stellarium

A free open source planetarium for your computer.

Easily Mused: Panels 66: Why Chicks Cry

What makes women cry, according to comic book panels.

Social Media Icons — Paul Robert Lloyd

A set of icons (in different sizes) from various trendy websites to use in your designs.

Eternal moonwalk - A tribute to Michael Jackson.

Add your moonwalk to the collection.

Inflatable Tower Promises Easy Access to Outer Space: Discovery News

An alternative to the space elevator, an inflatable tower nine miles tall and tethered to a mountain top, could be made of commercially available materials.

Archive of W3C News in 2009

It looks like XHTML2 is going to get mothballed at the end of this year.

The Future of Code

Steven Pemberton, one of my favourite long-term thinkers, talks about programming, markup and XForms.

Final Eyes: Jen Schuetz, Proofreader & Quality Assurance. San Francisco, CA.

Georgeous typography.

HTML5 Video + CSS Visual Effects

Experimenting with CSS3 and HTML5 features implemented in Webkit.

camen design · Video for Everybody!

The smart way to put video on the web: don't choose one single delivery method.

HANDCRAFTED CSS by Dan Cederholm with Ethan Marcotte

Double the awesomeness: Dan and Ethan made a book ...and a DVD ...and a workshop.

Bruce Lawson’s personal site : Impasse on HTML 5 video

The spectre of patents is hurting progress on the web.

HTML5 Demos

Courtesy of Remy. Doesn't he ever sleep?

Sputnik Observatory For the Study of Contemporary Culture : Vint Cerf : Node : Dynamic Meshes

The latest project from Jonathan Harris is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to the study of contemporary culture: "We fulfill this mission by documenting, archiving, and disseminating ideas that are shaping modern thought by interviewing leading thinkers in the arts, sciences and technology from around the world."

Maintainability Guide (Beta) – Jens Meiert

A surface skim of maintainability in front-end development.