Archive: October, 2010

Heed this well young costumed beggars | Coudal Partners

My bookmarking you may rue and curse, to read such horrors told in verse.

80s ALBUM ART RECREATED IN CSS ALONE | Monkeon | Web Design Leeds

A neat little experiment in replicating classic 80s albums using CSS.

Qwerly: API Documentation

It's down for me right now, but this API from Qwerly looks like a great addition to complement Google's Social Graph API — it finds rel="me" links from a Twitter username.

Playbutton

A wearable read-only music player that's a badge. Kind of awesome.

random($foo): Secure Connections

Leonard has some handy tips for protecting yourself against Firesheep and its ilk.

8 BIT WOOD | serving all your wooden pixel needs

We need to make sure that Shaun Inman never discovers this site.

Deaxon's CSS playground

A very impressive collection of CSS demos using no JavaScript. I like the clever use of :target to create tab functionality.

Help stop the spread of NIBS (Native is Better Syndrome) | Web Directions

John Allsopp calls bullshit on the notion that native apps are intrinsically better than web apps. I concur.

Kitchen Interfaces Suck; Let's Break Down Why | Co.Design

Aza Raskin on the UI failings of kitchens.

Stop! You are doing mobile wrong! | Metal Toad Media

An excellent summation of the responsive enhancement approach to web development.

Never finished, rarely simple - Preoccupations

An excellent overview of the evolution of the St. Paul's School website from David Smith, noting an increasing emphasis on mobile usage.

Welcome to Open Library! (Open Library)

One web page for every book. I love this project.

Create a new Fiddle - jsFiddle - Online Editor for the Web (JavaScript, MooTools, jQuery, Prototype, YUI, Glow and Dojo, HTML, CSS)

This looks like it could be a handy little tool for creating test cases with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Mobile Web Application Best Practices

This W3C document is done and dusted: proposed recommendation. Every one of the guidelines for optimising for mobile also holds true for "desktop" sites.

Yiibu - About this site...

A great explanation of the responsive enhancement of this site.

Gangsta Lorem ippzle dummy text generator

Spizzle up your tizzle.

UI Stencils - Welcome

I like this idea: stencils for common interface elements to be used with good ol' pen and paper.

Frank Chimero - How to Have an Idea

Stephen Johnson wrote a book. Frank Chimero did a doodle.

Enterprise HTML - Provides proven high performance, enterprise-level and scalable HTML tips and best practices.

It's funny (and painful) because it's true (and painful).

0to255

A cute little tool to help refine colour palettes.

MIX Online:Ai to Canvas Plug-In

A plug-in for Illustrator that allows you to export to canvas.

Linked Data at the Guardian | Open Platform | guardian.co.uk

A great write-up of the latest additions to the Guardian's Open Platform API including a lukewarm assessment of Semantic Web technologies like RDF.

End hover abuse now : Cennydd Bowles on user experience

An excellent little rant by Cennydd that I agree with 100%: hovering does not demonstrate user intent.

Position Paper for the W3C Workshop on Web Applications and Compound Documents

Here's a little piece of web history: the proposal that was presented and rejected at the 2004 W3C workshop that led to the formation of the WHATWG.

David DeSandro

Drag the text 'round for a bit of fun.

Dirpy Studio Beta - Internet DVR - Convert Youtube Videos to Mp3s

A very handy tool for converting YouTube videos to MP3.

Old Weather - Our Weather's Past, the Climate's Future

What a superb project! Forget Mechanical Turk — this is the way to harness the collective intelligence of humans: transcribing weather observations made by naval ships at the beginning of the twentieth century. It's all grist for the climate model mill.

HTML5 accessibility

A handy table of new HTML5 elements and whether or not they are exposed to assistive technology.

rem @ > 140 characters - Hold off on deploying HTML5 in websites?

I couldn't agree more with this rant from Remy. He took the words right out of my mouth.

With Good References — Unstoppable Robot Ninja

Ethan shares his thoughts on the role of the reference design in the responsive workflow.

Walter Benjamin’s Aura: Open Bookmarks and the future eBook | booktwo.org

James Bridle propsed Open Bookmarks during a presentation at Tools of Change in Frankfurt today: "Open Bookmarks is not a thing, it’s a proposal, a flag in the ground. We need to agree on a way of sharing and storing annotations and bookmarks, reading attention data and everything around the book: that aura."

The Space Game

By playing this canvas game, you can help the European Space Agency plan missions to the planets of our solar system.

Accessibility video tutorial - learn Accessibility // Think Vitamin Membership

Think Vitamin have been their accessibility material available for free.

Journalism in the Age of Data: A Video Report on Data Visualization by Geoff McGhee

Telling stories with data — the video.

Open Data for the Arts – Human Scale Data and Synecdoche – Blog – BERG

An inspiring presentation by Tom Armitage on the value of open data.

Weak Ties, Twitter and Revolution | Wired Science | Wired.com

Responding to Malcolm Gladwell's recent piece in the New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer argues that the strength of weak ties *does* extend to social activism.

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From | Magazine

You'll need to use Instapaper/Readability/Safari Reader to make it legible, but this conversation is well worth reading. Now I want to get those books.

thisisntfuckingdalston.co.uk

A low-tech version of Flickr's shapefiles: stopping people and asking "excuse me, what area is this?"

the nerds are on the march

Geek Calendar is a celebration of the nerdishness of contemporary British life. It's also a project to raise money for libel reform.